Samajwadi Party's MP Azam Khan opining on the new draft Ordinance cleared by the Yogi Adityanath government for private universities said that 'it is important for students to study first'
The Ordinance cleared by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will compel new and existing private universities in the state to submit a covenant that no anti-national activities will undertake on their campus.
The ordinance is focused on "improving functioning and academic standard of these universities" and common law to "remove anomalies"
Speaking over the incident the SP leader stated that the Uttar Pradesh government must first 'create a system for studying'
He said, "It is important for students to study first. First, they should create a system for studying. The kids playing on the streets, working in hotels, working in the houses of wealthy people, how will we stop that? Everybody else is studying, in schools and private schools. But the ones they are talking about, how will they keep a check on them?"
Furthermore, he questioned about the initiatives of the Yogi Adityanath government for educating poor kids.
He said, "And what have they thought about universities who are educating poor kids? Every day they are getting beaten, kids are being picked up by their ears. We run 4 CBSC schools, our kids score very well. We give free education, dress, and books to orphans and for those who have a single parent we give them 50% concession. We educate the poor, from the downtrodden class in mere Rs. 20."
The draft will allow all universities in the state, including the 27 existing ones, to come under the umbrella act. It was also specified that all universities must make it an objective to push national integration, patriotism, secularism, and social harmony.
The Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Ordinance (UPPU) also stated that action could be taken against universities if they indulge in anti-national activities.
The provision will allow the state government to scrutinise on the financial and academic activities of private universities. The effort is to regularising the running of private universities and bring them under the watch of the government.
Among the proposals are that a minimum of 75% of teachers appointed to the private universities would be permanent and not contractual and their quality would be monitored online.
The proposed law must come into action within a year for the existing universities.