#Occupy UGC – Day 21 – 10th November 2015
Irrespective of day or night we are continuing our occupation at UGC against the UGCs decision of scrapping Non-Net Fellowships and the larger plan of government to sell off education sector to the WTO-GATS. While some of us continue to sit at UGC, many others are going to different colleges and campuses and mobilizing students.
The demands are nowhere close to be met till now. We have failed to receive any written promise from MHRD or UGC and we won’t be fooled by publicity stunts of any minster and continue our protest till demands are met in REAL. The Review committee set up by MHRD is planning to implement a ‘criteria’ mechanism in granting fellowships to the students which we strongly oppose!! This is nothing but an attempt to maintain Brahminical capture of the educational institutions where policies of fund cuts, fee hikes etc are nothing but measures of excluding the marginalized sections like dalits, adivasis and minorities from attaining education. We see that the process of privatization in education is working in complete tandem with the Savarnas’ intent of accumulating/privatizing knowledge.
In the same voice in which we register our protest against Privatization, WTO and Capitalism, we recognize and protest against the Brahminical roots of this rotten system. On the occasion of the farcical Hindu Festival of Diwali #Occupy UGC invites you for a Study Circle on 11th November at 5:00 pm, in front of UGC-ITO, near Metro, where we would discuss the importance of:
Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ‘Annihilation of Caste’ in today’s times and the relevance of understanding Brahminism in Student Movements!
#Occupy UGC Jaari hai, Jaari Rahega!
(#Occupy UGC continues and will continue!)
[Via Shefali Saini]