Oppn demands govt to take 'draft national education policy'
New Delhi: Leaders of opposition parties today accused the NDA government of rewriting the country's history by framing education policy that suits RSS' communal agenda and demanded HRD ministry to withdraw its alleged Sangh-driven 'draft national education policy'.
Addressing a protest rally here against the "anti-people education policy", they accused RSS of trying to convert schools and universities into its "shakhas" (branches) and vowed to not let the educational institutes turn into "factories of communalism".
"In a diverse country like India, the RSS wants to impose its will, ideology in its bid to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra. This, they can do only by rewriting the history of India and framing the education policy which suits them," AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh said during a rally.
He expressed "surprise" that the Ministry of HRD had put in the draft policy online allegedly on a report prepared by a group of educationists associated with the RSS, while views of other academicians and NGOs were ignored.
"They are calling us for discussion on the proposed policy, but we shall participate only when you (the government) incorporate our suggestions into the draft. You to withdraw the draft from the website first. Only then we will discuss it," the Rajya Sabha member said.
Citing examples of developed countries, Yechury also underscored a need for evolving an education system that ensures universal access to state funded schools. CPI national secretary D Raja, DMK Parliamentarian Kanimozhi, AIADMK's Vijila Sathyananth and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha also addressed the rally.