ABVP blames ruling alliance for commercialisation of education

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Jalandhar, Jul 8 (UNI) Punjab Akhil Bharatiya Vidharthi Parishad (ABVP) today blamed the SAD-BJP government for deterioration, commercialisation and privatisation of education in the state.

Addressing a joint press conference here today ABVP state president Pankaj Mahajan and Organising Secretary Sooraj Bhardwaj alleged that ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has commercialised the education by selling the quota seats in engineering, management and medical institutions in the state and due to which it is going out of the reach of a common man.

They said that as compare to neighbouring states, the education in Punjab has become more costly.

Mr Mahajan said, ''Neither Punjab has any education policy nor it has control over such state educational institutions where corruption is rampant.'' Even Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is not producing any positive results in the state, he alleged.

Against the absence of proper education policy and control of government over the existing educational intitutions, the ABVP would launch a state-wide agitation at district and sub-divisional level from July 15, the student leaders said adding that they would also demand student councils' elections in the state, which were banned in 1982 due to disturbances in the state.

They also said that instead of providing sex education in schools and colleges, the governement should provide moral education to the students of the state.

Mr Mahajan said that the Parishad would sent a demand list 21 programmes, addressed to Chief Minister, to Deputy Commissioners and SDMs.

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