After the scintillating success of the Right to Education Act, in educating the people of the country, especially the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), the government it is learnt is seriously contemplating a similar Act for Higher Education as well. As per ‘sources’, a draft of the Act has also been prepared by a select group of ‘Intellectuals’ among whom are some of the best brains of India – the best journalists, academicians, activists, advocates and NGOs. The proposed Act, which has the potential to solve all problems of India, is likely to be tabled in the coming session of the Parliament. Main aspects of this landmark legislation are as under:
In an effort to move further ahead in the direction of setting up an prosperous & egalitarian society devoid of any form of social injustice, it is proposed to hereby guarantee a RIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION for all the citizens of the country.
Such a RIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION has been found required against a backdrop of the SARFIRA COMMISSION REPORT, which reveals that in spite of reservations, up to an extent of 90 %, in Higher Educational Institutions, the Minorities, Scheduled and other Backward Castes (hereinafter referred to as MBCs) continue to remain economically backward due to high drop out and / or failure rates of the MBC students. A spate of news articles appearing recently in the media about the extremely high Drop-Out and Failure Rates in IITs, IIMs and AIIMS are a further ratification of the commission’s findings.
Main Findings of the SARFIRA COMMISSION
- The COMMISSSION after an extensive study has found that as far as the Non-MBCs (Non-Minorities not belonging to Scheduled or Backward Classes) are concerned they have always been highly educated but have made every effort to subvert the education of the MBCs through centuries of oppression and discrimination.
- An Attempt to correct the imbalance in society was made under the provisions of RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT (RTE) wherein severe strictures, both financial and otherwise, were placed only on schools being run by Non-MBCs (the terms Hindus or Other Castes is not to be used as these are blatantly communal and casteist). The attempt has proven to be highly successful in correcting some of this imbalances by ensuring education for MBCs in Non-MBC Schools at cost subsidised by both the government and the Non-MBCs.
- The position of Minorities, however, continues to be highly deplorable and backward – in spite of the country being ruled by the Minorities for nearly 800 years before independence and despite competitive appeasement of Minorities by each successive government, including the present MOODY government of the HINDU NATIONALIST BJP Party.
Hence, it is proposed that the provisions of the RIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION ACT for ALL be made applicable only for the MBCs.
The RIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Under the provisions of this Act the Right to Higher Education will be declared as a Fundamental Right and the following provisions shall be made to ensure the implementation of the same:
- No student belonging to MBC community admitted to any course of Higher and / Professional study, above the class 12, may be failed in any class or course of study for any reason whatsoever.
- In case of any failure in any one, many or all the subjects, the pass marks for the MBCs may be reduced by 10 marks each year.
- However, in the interest of maintaining high standards of excellence in education, the pass marks in any subject may not be reduced below 5 in any circumstances whatsoever.
- Further, as a special provision, the MBC students shall be given double the time to complete any course of study – for instance if a normal student gets 4 years to complete IIT then MBC Student shall be given 8 years to complete the same.
- If any MBC student still fails to complete the course despite special provisions made in Clause 3 & 4 above i.e reducing the pass marks to 5 and giving double the time to complete the course – then it shall be treated as a clear cut case of deliberate sabotage by the concerned teachers / professors of the institute and they shall be liable for prosecution under provisions of the Prevention of Atrocities & Discrimination against MBCs Act and dismissed from service.
- As a further measure to guarantee this right to Higher Education, an MBC student shall be deemed to have completed his course after the completion of the double time as indicated in clause 4 above – irrespective of the any marks the student may or may not have scored in his exams.
In effect it would mean that an MBC student, under the provisions of this act, is hereby guaranteed to complete his course / degree at the completion of the stipulated time irrespective of the marks scored. Thus, for example, an MBC student admitted to any MBBS course shall be declared a doctor at the end of 8 years of study (double the normal time), irrespective of any attempts to fail him in any subject or subjects and irrespective of any other circumstance whatsoever.
This Act will thus ensure that no student from the Minorities and Scheduled / Backward Castes can ever be failed in any course of study despite the best efforts of the bourgeoisie & brahmanical Hindutva forces aligned against the MBCs.
Thus, this Right to Higher Education Act, as outlined above shall prove to be a game changer for the nation by ensuring the best of professional education to the weakest and most backward of people, without compromising on quality in any way.
[If you are wondering if the above proposed Act is a fact or a spoof, then let me reassure you that it’s a spoof. However, let me also assure you that given the way the discourse in the country is moving, the above could well become a reality in the spoof of a society that we live in]