Resistance Camp Against Committing Higher Education to WTO

December 13, 2015

Also see Fight against Committing Higher Education to WTO and WTO’s Nairobi Ministerial

7th Day of Resistance Camp Against WTO


AIFRTE (All India Forum for Right To Education), an umbrella platform of 69-member organisations which consider education as a democratic right of every citizen, recognises the imminent danger of GOI not withdrawing from the Doha Round Commitment to WTO-GATS. If we do not withdraw from the 10 year old commitment made to WTO on higher education in the 10th Ministerial meeting from 15-18 December, 2015 at Nairobi, education will become a tradeable service, leaving it open for private plunder and pillage at the hands of global capital. In this connection an All India Resistance Camp Against Committing Higher Education to WTO at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi from 7th to 14th December. PDSU is an active constituent and will be holding the proceedings of the camp on 13th of December (Sunday). Many leaders of PDSU, Panjab Students’ Union (PSU), Progressive Youth League (PYL), Naujawan Bharat Sabha (NBS) and many teachers shall participate in the same. Students, youth and teachers from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi etc. have participated in the same.

The meeting was addressed by Prof. Anil Sadgopal (presidium AIRFTE), Sri Ramesh Patnaik (AIFRTE), Coms. Ravi Chandra (President, PDSU AP), Pradeep Kasba (President, PSU), J. Srinivas (President, PDSU, Telangana), Rajeeve (Convener PDSU, Delhi), Pullaiah (PYL), S. Ram Mohan (G.Sec. PDSU, AP), KS Pradeep (G. Sec. PDSU Telangana), Deepu (PDSU, Bihar), Bhupendra Singh Bhadech (DTF, Punjab), Mrigank (spokesperson, CPI (ML) New Democracy) Poonam (gen. Sec. Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan), Animesh Das (President Delhi IFTU) Many prominent intellectuals also addressed the gathering. They Included Shamsul Islam (Nishant), Dr. Thrumali (Prof.DU), Sandeep Tomar (Teacher, Delhi Administration), Dr. Vikas Bajpayee (JNU), Dr. Ish Mishra (DU), Dr, N K Bhattacharya (retd. V Principal Motilal College, DU).

Speakers pointed out that the Government of India (GoI) is going to allow educational traders from all over the world i.e. 161 member-nations of World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish colleges, universities and other technical or professional institutions in India as commercial ventures in the ensuing Ministerial Conference of WTO from 15th to 18th December. Once India’s education sector comes under this regime by making commitment for market access, the people’s right to education, for which the Government of India must be accountable, will be completely dismantled. The unbridled privatization and commercialization demanded by the WTO regime would not only deny access to the poor and those discriminated against on the basis of caste, creed, gender and disability but also deprive those who purchase in the marketplace an education that would not be worth the name. This is because thorough commercialization will result in degradation of the very purpose of education, course content and pedagogical practices. Education will become too costly for even the middle class to bear its burden. The democratic and social justice agenda – including education at free of cost or at nominal fee, reservations, hostels, scholarships and fellowships – will find no place in WTO regime. Once the commitment for market access in education comes into force, essentially the GoI would be bound to protect the interests of foreign and domestic corporate houses that pursue trade in education against the interests of the students, teachers and the larger society. If the ‘people of India’ fail to bring pressure on the GoI against committing higher education to WTO, our education system will be entangled with the WTO regime forever and be doomed.

6th Day of Resistance Camp Against WTO

Students, teachers, educational rights activists and social activists of Rashtra Sewa Dal (RSD) and Revolutionary Students and Youth Front with support of ‘The New Materialists’ and ‘Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle’ of IIT-Madras organised the 6th day of All India Resistance Camp Against Committing Higher Education to WTO at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on the call given by AIFRTE (All India Forum for Right To Education). Eminent intellectuals, academicians and activists including Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Dr Ravi Kumar (South Asian University), Dr Birendra Rawat (Delhi University), Sri Ramesh Patnaik (Organising Secretary, AIFRTE), Sri Ramesh Bijekar (Satyashodhak Shikshak Sabha, Maharshtra and Treasurer AIFRTE), Former President of RSD Sri Bharat Latkar, Sri Jabar (North Zone General Secreatry of RSD), Sri Surendra Guatam, Com Ganeshan (General Secretary, RSYF), Com Sucheta De (AISA President), Dr Sachin N (Dept of English, Dayal Singh College and AIFRTE), Com Anand (TNM), Com Dawa (DSU, JNU), Com Johnson (CFR, DU), Com Ramesh (APSC).

The speakers pointed out that imposition of WTO-GATS agenda in higher education will snatch the rights of common people to achieve equitable quality higher education. It was emphasised that what is happening in higher education particularly and the whole education system in general is in a way re-imposition of the brahminical order that has been historically responsible for exclusion of millions of people from education. The higher education system of the country is already so inegalitarian that only a handful have any chance of accessing it. Apart from this, due to rampant privatisation and commercialisation in last three decades already it is becoming difficult for the marginalised sections to get higher education, with WTO-GATS higher education will become a global commodity and its doors will be permanently closed not only for the marginalised sections but even for the middle classes. The speakers expressed their resolve for united struggle to prevent WTO-GATS take higher education into its clutches and also to build massive movement for completely free and equitable education system ‘from KG to PG’ which is able to fulfil the historical aspirations of the masses.

Cultural performances were also presented expressing the angst of the masses against injustices and also there aspiration to establish an equitable and just social and educational order.
The Resistance Camp which started on 7th Dec will continue till 14th December. Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) will mobilize its activists and general public on 13th Dec which will be the 7th day of the Resistance Camp.

Sachin N, Co-Convenor, DCRC, AIFRTE.


5th Day of Resistance Camp Against WTO





Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS) today on the fifth day of All India Resistance Camp released the Delhi Declaration asking for immediate referendum of the people and gave the call for an immediate debate in the Parliament and state legislature on Government of India’s anti-people, pro-rich education policy. The Delhi Declaration was released today in a protest meeting organized by Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS) which saw huge participation from students of government School, correspondence students from  DU SOL, IGNOU, Jamia and students from other State Universities. Protest meeting was addressed by noted social activists, women rights activists and student activists. Programme also saw participation from large number of University Professors and prominent section of intelligentsia.

It is to be noted that if at the 10th Ministerial Meeting in Nairobi, 15 – 18 Dec 2015, the ‘offer’ is made into a ‘commitment’, private education providers, domestic and foreign, would not only make profits through fees but could demand government funding so that subsidies for public institutions would dry up. WTO/GATS rules would override the sovereignty of the country to decide its own educational policies and the rights of the people enshrined in the Constitution.

Students who are going to face the most brutal impact of this treaty are government school students coming from the most economically and socially backward families. Government school students are forced every year to either drop out after class 12th or are forced to take admission in correspondence/informal mode of education due to dearth of regular mode colleges. The real need of the time is to expand the accessability of higher education to change the dark scenario where only 18% of students passing senior secondary examination reach higher education. Agreement with WTO will certainly increase the fees making higher education further the luxury of few.

Correspondence students have been struggling for the right of regular college for a long time now. It is to be noted that correspondence students across the country come from the socially and economically most marginalized section of community. Due to adverse condition of government schools they perform bad in senior secondary exam and lag behind in the cut off race in the University. They are forced to take admission in correspondence courses of SOL DU/IGNOU/Jamia and other central and state universities. The protest meeting took oath of intensifying the struggle against dual education system not only at school level(private and govt schools) but also at the higher education level(correspondence and regular). Lack of parity in the education system has to end for envisaging a just and egalitarian society!

Yours Sincerely,
Rohit Singh
Shahnawaz Jaman
Ph: 09958116114

केवाईएस ने किया दिल्ली घोषणापत्र जारी! जनता-विरोधी शिक्षा नीति पर रेफेरेंडम का किया मांग!

उच्च शिक्षा को डब्लूटीओ के हाथों बेचने के खिलाफ भारी विरोध सम्मलेन!

डब्लूटीओ के खिलाफ संघर्ष में सरकारी स्कूल, पत्राचार और प्रादेशिक विश्वविद्यालय के छात्र जुड़े!

डब्लूटीओ के खिलाफ अखिल भारतीय प्रतिरोध शिविर के पांचवे दिन क्रांतिकारी युवा संगठन(केवाईएस) ने दिल्ली घोषणापत्र जारी की जिसमे डब्लूटीओ के साथ की जाने वाली करार पर रेफेरेंडम और संसद व विधान सभाओं में बहस की मांग की गयी है| दिल्ली घोषणा पत्र आज क्रांतिकारी युवा संगठन ने एक विरोध सम्मलेन में जारी की जिसमे भारी संख्या में सरकारी स्कूल के छात्र, DU SOL, जामिया और इग्नू के कॉरेस्पोंडेंस छात्र एवं अन्य प्रादेशिक विश्वविद्यालयों के छात्रों ने भारी संख्या में हिस्सेदारी निभायी| कई विख्यात सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता, महिला अधिकार कार्यकर्ता और छात्र कार्यकर्ताओं ने भी कार्यक्रम में हिस्सेदारी निभायी| कार्यक्रम में विश्वविद्यालय के प्रोफेसर और कई अन्य विद्वान् भी मौजूद रहे|

वक्ताओं ने अपनी बात रखते हुए भाजपा शासित केंद्र सरकार को व्यापारीकरण की मौजूदा नीतियों को वापस लेने, शिक्षा में आवंटन को बढ़ाने, WTO-GATS के तहत दिए गए उच्च शिक्षा की पेशकश को वापस लेने तथा सेवा क्षेत्र में मुक्त व्यापार को बढ़ावा देने वाले सभी समझौतों से शिक्षा को बाहर रखने की बात कही| ज्ञात हो कि WTO-GATS की मीटिंग 15-18 दिसम्बर तक नैरोबी, केन्या में होने वाली है| भारत सरकार ने 2005 में उच्च शिक्षा में इस बात पर अपनी हामी दिखाई थी कि वो उच्च शिक्षा को अंतर्राष्ट्रीय व्यापारियों के लिए WTO-GATS के संधि के तहत खोलने को तैयार है| अगर इस संधि को होने से रोका नहीं गया तो ये हमेशा के लिए प्रतिबद्धता बन जाएगी और फिर देश की संसद भी शिक्षा के अधिकार को बचाने के लिए कोई कदम नहीं उठा पाएगा|

अगर शिक्षा को व्यापार की वस्तु बनाई गयी तो करोड़ों लोगों के सपनो पर पानी फिर जाएगा| और इसका सबसे ज्यादा दुष्प्रभाव पड़ेगा सरकारी स्कूलों के गरीब छात्रों पर जो पहले ही सामाजिक और आर्थिक रूप से पिछड़े परिवारों से आते हैं| फीस के बढ़ने से गरीब, दलित, आदिवासी, अल्पसंख्यक,महिलाओं, विकलांग छात्रों को उच्च शिक्षा में पहुचने में बहुत दिक्कतों का सामना करना पड़ सकता है| गरीब छात्रों को लोन के बोझ के तले दबाकर ‘रोजगारविहीन विकास’ को बढ़ावा दिया जा रहा है| 12वीं के बाद सरकारी स्कूल के ज्यादातर छात्र ये तो पढाई छोड़ देते हैं या फिर उन्हें कॉरेस्पोंडेंस कोर्सों में ही दाखिला मिल पाता है| आलम ये है कि 12वीं के बाद 82 प्रतिशत छात्र उच्च शिक्षा तक नहीं पहुच पाते हैं| ऐसे समय में डब्लूटीओ के साथ करार कर के सरकार छात्रों के भविष्य के साथ खिलवाड़ कर रही है|

विरोध सम्मलेन के दौरान इस बात पर सहमति बनी कि दोहरी शिक्षा नीति को ख़त्म किये बिना शिक्षा व्यवस्था की गुणवत्ता को अच्छा नहीं किया जा सकता| सरकारी और प्राइवेट स्कूल की दोहरी शिक्षा नीति और उच्च शिक्षा में रेगुलर और कॉरेस्पोंडेंस कोर्सों की दोहरी शिक्षा नीति के कारण समाज में गैरबराबरी को बढ़ावा मिलता है| सभी को समान अवसर मिले और न्याय और बराबरी पर आधारित समाज बने इसके लिए जरुरी है कि दोहरी शिक्षा नीति ख़त्म हो|

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