Students oppose FDI in education in MP

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Bhopal, Jun 28: Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIOI), which claims to be working for the last 26 years, has launched a nation-wide campaign to draw the centre's attention for social justice in educational sector, its General Secretary Hashmatullah Khan said today.

Mr Khan told newspersons here that during the campaign from June 20 to July 10 the New Delhi-based organisation was focussing on five-point agenda by holding seminars, rallies and awareness programmes.

The campaign is against globalisation and commercialisation of education, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in education and saffronisation of education in the BJP-ruled states, while it supported reservation in education for weaker sections.

Stressing on quality of education, Mr Khan said only reputed institutions be allowed to have tie-up.

He questioned the propriety of availing a huge grant of 600 million dollars from the World Bank for ''Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 2'' alleging 'We are mortgaging our country to the World Bank.'' ''There are factual errors and historical distortions in the syllabus pursued by BJP-ruled states and these governments are trying to divide the country on sectarian lines,'' he alleged.

He said the reports of the seminars would be submitted to Human Resources Development Ministry to initiate steps for social justice in education.

Mr Khan clarified that the SIOI had no links with banned Students Islamic Movement of India.


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