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Increasing commercialisation of education in India

Education, Commercialisation, India
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In recent times, we are witnessing a new trend in India and due to this trend; today education has become a way of earning lots of money by businessmen, politicians and bureaucrats. For most of these entrepreneurs education is nothing more than a way of making good returns from their investments and due to this reason, they are charging huge amount of fees from students, while students mostly have no option in their hands except giving this fees in the hope of getting a good education and later good future.

We can easily give the example of flourishing MBA colleges across India where average annual fees is around 5-10 lakh rupees; however, the facilities provided by these colleges are much below average levels. Most of these colleges remain more interested in making good bucks than providing quality education to students. Every year, number of students going for higher professional education is increasing in India and therefore, good opportunity exists for all these colleges to make money by offering such courses. Same condition do prevail in other professional colleges in India.

In many cases, situations even become worse and students feel cheated at the end of courses. However, in India this trend has full support of our government because many big political leaders and industrialists are running these colleges. Therefore, they easily get the required certificates to run these colleges without providing proper educational infrastructure. At the end, we can say that for these people education has today become an option to make money only than providing quality education to students.

This is really a shameful situation for country like India where our great leaders have stressed on quality and free education. There are many people in India, who still live under poor conditions and therefore, they first find it hard to afford this education and second, if can afford then fail in getting quality education in return. Though, government announce many such popular schemes for providing help to poor students but these schemes mostly do not get any takers due to less information and rampant corruption in system.

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Comments

Mo said…
Thanks for this entry.

This is a global development, driven by global forces. Therefore it can only be countered by a global movement!

That movement is in the making.
On Nov.5th 2008 the first internationally co-ordinated protest took place: "International Day of Action against the Commercialisation of Education" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOeoMVnBjWg).

Groups in more than 20 countries on 5 continents united during this day of action.

A presentation summarizing all the actions can be downloaded here: http://www.archive.org/download/InternationalDayofActionPresentationforDisplay/internationalDayofActionDisplay.pdf

Furthermore groups around the world protested for free (and emancipatory) public education and against the commercialisation of education in the year 2008. I attempted to list most of them here:
http://fading-hope.blog-city.com/students_protest_worldwide_against_commercialisation_bologn.htm

As a result of the co-ordination efforts ahead of the international day of action a loose network was created, which now calls itself the "International Students Movement" (because most groups involved are dominated by students, but of course we are open to all social groups struggling against the commercialisation of education and for free and emancipating public education; i.e. teachers, parents, pupils, workers,...).
We have international chat conferences regularly and during one of our last chats decided to call for a "Reclaim your Education - Global Week of Action 2009" in April (20/04 - 29/04).

For more details regarding the "Reclaim your Education - Global Week of Action 2009" visit this website:
http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/content/global-week-action-2009

Priority for us is to unite groups and movements around the world and promote the global perspective of the struggle. In the end we want to increase the political pressure on a global scale and get governments to implement free public education systems, that are based on an emancipating approach and are accessible to all.


The following platforms were set-up to co-ordinate things together:

* a website with many different forums to help creating new networks locally and globally: http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org

* a group on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37734834372 "Reclaim your Education - Global Week of Action 2009!!" (especially for those registered there already)

* regular international chat conferences with "group representatives" and inidividual activists

* a personal mailing list (with more than 250 contacts from around the world), which I use to send out the summaries of the chats and details regarding up-coming chat conferences, as well as some basic information to co-ordinate things (let me know, if you want to be added to the mailing list)

So far groups in Bangladesh, the Philippines, France, Spain, Indonesia, Germany, Canada, the UK, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Luxembourg, Egypt, Ghana, the U.S. of A., Burundi, Togo and Liberia confirmed their interest in the week of action.
You can access the current list of supporters here: http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/content/list-supporters-global-week-action

Since this issue concerns all of us, let's get organized and unite for free and emancipatory education - worldwide!!

If you have any questions or suggestions, then just drop me (international.students.movement[at]gmail.com) a line.

In Solidarity with all those struggling against this development around the world,
Mo.
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