Thursday, July 11, 2013

SFI All India Girls Students Convention Begins

 All India Girls Convention on the central theme "Fight Patriarchy," organised  Students Federation of India (SFI) began on 10th July in the hill city of Shimla. The Convention began with a huge students rally which was inaugurated by CPIM PB member Com. Brinda Karat. SFI activists took out rally from the old railway building to Sabzi Mandi (Vegitable market) ground.    Com. Brinda Karat has said that she will raise the issue of introduction of semester system and choice based credit system (CBCS) under the RashtriyaUchchtarShikhsaAbhiyan (RUSA) during the next parliamentary session. The new academic process has been introduced by Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) for its campus courses and affiliated colleges across the state, which has met with vociferous protests from different student organisations. 

Brinda said, "HP government and HPU have forced the new system of RUSA on students without holding prior discussions with them and other stakeholders. It is an outcome of the neo-liberal polices of the respective governments in the state as well as the Centre. The governments are bent on replicating systems, which are prevalent in America, including the four-year degree programme." 

She added that other parliamentarians too would raise voice against RUSA as it is aimed at uprooting the Indian education system. Karat said, "HPU has set a precedent in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in ensuring equality and a liberal atmosphere to girls as their enrolment rate is nearly 67% here, which is commendable." 
       Expressing concern over the increasing crimes against women, she said it is the need of the hour to ensure autonomy for women, treat them as equal individuals and provide a secure and safe atmosphere. "Keeping in view the increasing assaults, it is necessary to ensure certainty of punishment and see that offenders complete their term of punishment," she remarked. 

SFI Himachal Pradesh state secretary Khushi Verma said, "SFI has organised the convention to discuss issues like condition of girl students and increasing need of security for college and university girls in HP and other states. Safety of women in society at large and stringent steps to curb sexual crimes are also on the agenda."

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