The Left-Backed Students’ Federation of India (SFI) hosted a rally in the city on Friday to protest against national education policies.
Around 150 activists from the CPIM student wing of various colleges and universities marched from Subodh Mallick Square to the Presidency University gate on College Street, shouted slogans against the NEP and demanded their immediate revocation.
“The new education policy will mess up the current education system and disrupt general students.
It will also open the education sector to private actors and make them out of the reach of poor students who depend solely on government educational institutions, ”said a member of the SFI government committee.
The rally, which included posters, was led by the president of the SFI unit, Srijan Bhattacharya, and other officials.
The Cabinet of the Union approved National Education Policy 2020, the first education policy of the 21st century, on July 29 and replaced the 34-year-old National Education Policy (NPE) from 1986.
“Our rally also protested this move to covertly impose the learning of Sanskrit and other ancient languages that already exist in certain higher education institutions. We are not against research and academic activities in these languages. But we see an attempt by the saffron forces to use the move to transfer languages like Sanskrit to students from all universities, ”he said.