Clipped Wings

As every argument goes the facts must be first established. So here is the story as any ordinary person who reads the newspaper would have seen it. If you unfortunately missed it, please lend an ear.

It all started in the summer of 2005, when in February the Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional a Chhattisgarh legislation under which ‘The Private University’ was established. In the same order, it had directed institutions set up under these universities to seek affiliation of existing universities in that state. In September 2005, the students of ‘The Private University’ filed a petition in the Supreme Court and a further order allowed institutions of dissolved universities outside Chhattisgarh to seek the affiliation of Universities within the state where they were founded.

What followed was this, students justifiably concerned about their future wanted information and correct information about what came next. What came next however were some more controversies generated mostly by the authorities concerned, and a long tension filled wait for the students. On Feburary 2006 The Bombay High Court directed the state government to take a decision by March in the matter of ‘The private university’s’ affiliation with the University of Mumbai.

While in New Delhi, in March 2006 The Private University finally had good news for its students, with an amendment by the Chhattisgarh Government in the ordinance concerned finally paving the way for an affiliation from the government-run Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Raipur. Students however wanted to know why despite the Indraprastha University showing keen interest in giving affiliation under certain conditions, the University decided to go for the lesser known Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University. In a letter dated March 18, the Indraprastha University had stated that in the interest of the students it would agree to expedite the consideration of the proposal if received “duly completed in all respects by March 31”.

In July accusing The Private University of “duping” students and demanding a “regular” degree, students of ‘The private university’ along with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a road block at ITO on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg on Wednesday, causing a traffic jam lasting almost an hour. With traffic coming to a halt at the busy intersection, police used force to remove the agitating students from the road. “We had no other option because our voices are not being heard either by The Private University or the Government. The future of thousands of students is currently at stake and unless a quick decision is taken on the issue, we will lose out on important years,” said a student.

When they had been asked about their reason for doing so the students explained that The Private University had in the earlier month announced that it had finally received an affiliation from the government-run Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Raipur, the University was however, yet to show them an official notification.

In Mumbai things were no better, picture this…

More than 250 students from the private university’s Navi Mumbai campus staged a dharna at Azad Maidan. The students were protesting against University of Mumbai for its delay in providing affiliation to ‘The private University’ run degree courses.

“If the University of Mumbai fails to provide an interim affiliation to the degree courses conducted by ‘The private university’, then we have no other option, but to stage protests,” Praveen B, a third year student pursuing Bachelor in Business Administration course from ‘The private university’ had said.

I shall go no further. It is time to pause, to think. To think about the students who ,in an age where you satisfy yourself about your future by reading your daily forecast, have had to wait so long ( yes please scroll up and check the time span) just to be heard.. What course the story takes is frankly immaterial. The real story is this…an education system which brings a student to roads to protest. Do you see the same story playing in your mind, the common people suffering, its always the same ain’t it? Different people, different circumstances, but the same ol’ story. A government, A judicial system, a private institute of higher learning…where was the problem? I guess this is what we mean when we say “the system failed as usual”

Kangna Singh