The following article is written by Protap Debnath (a member of New Socialist Alternative CWI-India) and a student currently studying Fashion Design course in a college in Tirupur (Tamil Nadu). This article is about his experiences on the problems/ issues faced by him and many others in private colleges all over India, as the sole motive of these colleges is all about profit and very little to do with providing them proper amenity or quality education.
The following article appeared in the Socialist Party (England & Wales) website, the sister organization of New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India), on the recent decision by the British government through the UK Border Agency to cancel the licence of London Metropolitan University (LMU) from teaching the non-European foreign students. The move camouflaged in the name of cutting down on alleged illegal immigration through the University, threatens to wreak the lives of many students including those from the Indian sub-continent. As this article correctly points out, a mass campaign is the need of the hour to “force the government back, protect international students and save London Met from the government, management and profiteers, all currently steering it on a course to destruction.”
On 2nd September 2012, New Socialist Alternative – Pune organized a discussion on ‘Unemployment’. Earlier, we campaigned extensively to publicize the event producing 500 leaflets and around 80 A3 size posters covering 8 colleges in the city. In response, 34 students from different colleges turned up, apart from the members of the New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) which added up the figure to 42.
On 10th Aug., in less than half a minute, Maharashtra State Assembly passed ‘Maharashtra Self-Financed Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Act’ and this has now formally opened the doors for Education barons and businessmen. Now in the free market, where educations is traded as commodity, they can run their ‘Education Malls’ and reap huge profits out of it, estimated to be worth USD $68 bn by 2012.