Chief Minister KCR is worried that the pressing issues of lakhs of Telangana youth will come to light if Rahul Gandhi visits the university, writes AICC national spokesperson Dasoju Srravan.
The 104-year-old university is a widely respected institution across the globe and has been the foundation for many progressive initiatives, social movements and scientific developments. In fact, it is because of OU that the state of Telangana was formed. The students of the university played an important role in the Telangana movement, some even sacrificing their lives.
How justified is OU’s Executive Council in denying permission to Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students, saying it does not allow political activities? If the same policy was adopted by the past Congress governments, would it have been possible for the university to turn into a foundation for the Telangana movement? If universities disallow even political and social meetings and activities, then what sort of graduates will they produce and how will they help in the development of societies and cultures? The Congress party will abide by the High Court’s decision. But why is the KCR government taking things so far that an opposition party has to seek the court’s support for a meeting with students, to know about their problems? Every concerned citizen has to ponder over this.
The KCR government has completely neglected the education sector in Telangana. It has broken the back of universities by weakening them. For many years, universities did not have full time VCs and were ruled by IAS officers. There has been no recruitment of faculty. Not just professor posts, even teacher and lecturer posts are vacant in large numbers across the state. In its eight years in power, instead of strengthening public universities, the government has encouraged private universities. This is nothing but a cleverly crafted plan to keep quality education and opportunities from SC, ST, BC sections and minorities, who are mostly poor and cannot afford to go to private institutes. KCR feels that weakening universities and the public education system will ensure that his rule continues unquestioned.