Mangalore May 05, 2011: The Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) Mangalore Unit staged a protest in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here today against Karnataka’s government’s move to increase fee and decrease government quota in engineering education.
Speaking on the occasion SIO activist Shamsheer Ibrahim said, “The tendency of increasing the fee and reduction in government quota seats clearly denotes that the education sector in Karnataka is in the clutches of private bodies rather than an elected government.”
He said that there is a need to turn down all the efforts to commercialize education. “Increase of fee and cut in the quota are not mere economical issues; rather it is the matter of social justice. There is a fear of weaker section students not getting professional education if government continues this policy.”
He said poor vision and lack of will power in successive governments has encouraged these private managements to the extent of overruling public opinion. “The government should act swiftly towards solving this problem by enacting fundamental and comprehensive regulations to control the errant private managements.”
SIO District Organizer Muhammad Nisar urged the government to “protect the interest of society and student community in particular without bowing to the pressure of private managements.”
A memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav after the protest.
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