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Baby flays college managements

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MES threatens to withdraw from the agreement with State government



M.A. Baby says managements violating Constitution

KOLLAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby has said that an “upper caste lobby” is trying to take control of the State’s education sector.

Inaugurating an educational conference organised in connection with the 11th State conference of the All Kerala School Teachers Union (AKSTU) here on Sunday, Mr. Baby said the private sector self-financing colleges had emerged as symbols of money power.

He said there should be a decorum and social responsibility. No one should be under the impression that the government could be browbeaten. He alleged that in the name of minority rights, the managements of private self-financing colleges were engaged in violation of the Constitution. The Minister said for the proposed higher education scholarship, the government would collect a fu- nd of Rs.100 crore. If land was available, the proposed off-campus unit of the Hyderabad-based English and Foreign Languages University would be opened in Kollam.

NSS stance criticised

Staff Reporter writes from Kozhikode: Muslim Educational Society (MES) president P.A. Fazal Gafoor said here on Sunday that the organisation would consider withdrawing from the accord it had reached with the LDF government on admission to self-financing professional colleges run by it if the Nair Service Society (NSS) moved forward with its stance of opposing the Sachar Committee recommendations.

Talking to reporters, Mr. Gafoor described NSS general secretary P.K. Narayana Panicker’s reported statement that the implementation of the Sachar Committee Report would lead to chaos in Kerala society as a “purposeful ploy” to create a communal divide. They could bargain, at best. But they should not cross the ‘Lakshman rekha’ while indulging in bargaining, he warned.

He said the NSS under Mr. Panicker had not started a single college in 10 years. The MES opened 14 colleges in the last 10 years. They [NSS] were not doing anything but simply issuing threats.

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