PTA, activists to edu dept: Make campuses off limits for parties' student wings

Education activists hint they may approach court if government ignores their demand

INCREASING incidents of teachers and other staff members being beaten up by student wings owing allegiance to political parties, especially the Maharashtra MNS, have prompted the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and educational bodies to demand enactment of a law to prevent such people from entering educational institutions. 

With the beginning of the second academic term, PTA members will approach all schools and educational institutions at the behest of the authorities and make parents give in writing that if there are any complaints regarding their children, they will approach the school authority and not any political parties. 

Activists say that political parties get involved in educational matters at the slightest provocation. Rajashri Natu, member of managing committee, PTA, said, "The government has to make a rule to ban students wings from entering the institutions. We'll approach schools and conduct meetings with teachers, principals and parents regarding this issue. "

Education activists also hinted that they would be approaching the court soon if the education department does not take action. "Though it's too early to say anything we'll wait for government's response and then approach the court to deal with the matter," said education activist Jayant Jain.

About four months ago over 50 MNVS members had forced their way into Dr S Ahire's office, the controller of examinations, University of Pune (UoP), and beat him up to protest against the improper functioning of the exam department and other discrepancies related to a Marathi paper. 

Sources in the University of Pune say that the officials of the university are aware of the matter and had approached the education ministry to implement laws against the political parties. "The officials in the university do not take a stand because their posts are controlled by political parties," said a university official, requesting anonymity. 

Despite repeated attempts and SMSes State Higher and Technical Education Minister, Rajesh Tope, did not respond. Last week, National Student Union of India (NSUI) asked the government to ban MNVS activists from entering institutions after they blackened the face of Mumbai University's Controller of Examinations for holding him responsible for leaking the third year Bachelor of Management Studies question paper. 

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