In order to deliberate the current reforms that are taking place in the education field including CBCS and Central university Bill, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students had organized an ‘Education Parliament’ at Jantar Mantar.
Students and academicians from different universities and institutes like JNU, DU, FTII, NCERT and ICHR has taken part in the Education Parliament which was hosted by JNU students. According to a statement released by JNUSU, “The present government at the centre, along with massive fund-cuts, is imposing dangerous policies of CBCS, Central University Bill, RUSA, WTO, diktats, safforonisation, Lyngdoh, to destroy the inclusive character of public-funded higher education in the country.” It further added saying, “These policies will commercialize, centralize and saffronise education and severely jeopardize institutional autonomy and campus democracy. It is important to have a dialogue on them.”
From recent recruitment of Gajendra Chauhan in FTII to that of presenting the idea of Central University bill and rolling out CBCS system, has resulted in huge amount of debate in the public forum. This Education Parliament added to the debate and provided a platform for dialogue with the government. The list of expected guests are long that included former NCERT director Parvin Sinclair, JMI and former ICHR member secretary Gopinath Ravindran, former VC Lucknow University Roop Rekha Verma. Along with them there would be representation from the teacher unions of DU, Jamia, JNU, IGNOU, Lucknow University and Aligarh Muslim University to name some of them.