Curb politics on campus, suggests education panel
A government panel entrusted with making suggestions for the new national education policy has recommended restrictions on political activities in universities and colleges across the country. The committee, headed by former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian, has also said that educational institutions should consider derecognising student groups based explicitly on caste and religion and also restrict the period for which students can stay on campus. Expressing concern over the increasing number of student protests, the committee, in its report, states, “Agitations, disturbances, gheraos and other disruptive movements are being increasingly witnessed on campuses with potential to interfere with normal academic activities. As a result of this, examinations often get delayed or postponed. These disturbances are generally caused by a small section of politically active students and work to the detriment of the majority of serious students.