(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 25, 2009
AIFUCTO Conference Chastises Modi Government
three-day conference of All India Federation of University and College
Teachers� Organizations (AIFUCTO) held at Gandhi Vidyapeeth, Ahemedabad
October resolved to support the struggles of university and college
Gujarat against Gujarat government�s order rejecting revised UGC scales. More than 650 delegates of the conference who
came from different parts of the country marched to the statue of
Gandhi at Income Tax Circle along with hundreds of teachers from
parts of Gujarat, protesting against
what the anti-teacher, anti-educational, authoritarian and arbitrary
of the Gujarat government to
disassociate itself from the national mainstream by refusing to implement the UGC Scales, spurning 80 per cent central assistance for the scheme.
may be recalled that the unexpected move of the
movement resolution adopted at the conference demanded the Gujarat
to rescind the order implementing state scales for college and
and to immediately implement the revised UGC scales as per MHRD order
31-12-2008 and vowed take up
appropriate and adequate nation-wide action programme
to strengthen the
The conference called upon central and state governments to rescind public-private-partnership (PPP) model of development in education, which is a short cut to privatisation of public assets. It appealed to the governments to increase public spending and public control on education with the objective of promoting inclusive development through inclusive education. It demanded the modification of the Right to Education Act by including the provision for free and compulsory education of the children in the age group of 0 to 6 and 14 to 18 by making ample financial provision for the implementation of the scheme. The conference also resolved to request the central government to desist from the move to set up a National Commission for Higher Education and Research by subsuming all the existing regulatory bodies and entrusting policy formulation, regulation and national level administration in higher education with a small body to the total neglect of federal principles.
Through other resolutions, the conference exhorted the central government not to set up offshore campus centres of foreign educational institutions in the country, to abandon the move for compulsory accreditation of higher education institutions and to entrust the responsibility for accreditation with private agencies and not to implement differential scales for teachers in new central universities.
The conference also decided to plan and implement corrective public campaigns and agitations against the misguided educational policies and practices of the central and state governments, independently and in collaboration with democratic movements of teachers, parents, students and other public spirited organisations , and to exhort the teachers across the country to undertake teaching , research and extension with greater sense of dedication and social commitment than ever before, in view of the increased role that education has come to play in ensuring inclusive development in a world which is increasingly being governed by knowledge.
The following office bearers were elected at the conference who would hold office for the next two years. Professor James William (president), Professor Asok Barman (general secretary) Professor Nikhil Desai (treasurer) Professor Sadiquil Islam, Professor Madhu Paranjapai, Professor V P Singh, Professor Rabi Ray, Professor Jaya Gandhi (national secretaries). Apart from the above, nine vice presidents including Professor Chandra Mohanan and Professor Apoorba Das and eight zonal secretaries were also elected.