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Arts and science colleges being ignored: B. Ekbal

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Focus on campus:B. Ekbal, former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University, inaugurates a seminar on ‘Apolitical Campus' organised by the Keluettan Study and Research Centre in Kozhikode on Wednesday. –

KOZHIKODE: Students of various arts and science colleges in the State are a marginalised group in the educational sector now with owing to the lack of governmental attention, former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University B. Ekbal has said.

He was inaugurating a students' debate on ‘apolitical campus,' organised by the Keluettan Study and Research Centre, at Town Hall here on Wednesday.

Dr. Ekbal pointed out that majority of the backward community students were now depending on the arts and science colleges in the State to complete their education. But, the issues of these marginalised students were never taken up for discussion, he said.

Referring to the lack of representation given to the arts and science college students in various fields, Dr. Ekbal said the discrimination should come to an end in order to strengthen the campuses in Kerala. He criticised that the problems of these students were always being ignored in the hullaballoo of medical and engineering admissions in self-financing colleges.

According to Dr. Ekbal, it was the apolitical atmosphere prevailing on the campuses of the State that paved way for the infiltration of extremist ideas into the young minds. The most dangerous trend now visible on campus would be the propagation against communal integrity and the values upheld by our nation, he said.

Dr. Ekbal also expressed his concern over the propagation that the campuses in the State were emerging as islets as a result of the deterioration of values. He pointed out that students on campuses had already proved their commitment to society by supporting various palliative care movements and the campaigns for the protection of mother tongue.

K.T. Kunhikannan, director of the research centre, presided over the function. Writer and social critic K.E.N. Kunhammed also addressed the programme, which was attended by students from various colleges in the district.

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