Education Politics

SIO Releases Students Manifesto, Demands Affordable Education and Jobs

SIO demands accessible and affordable quality education for students, Jobs and Opportunities for youth, dignity and human rights to all citizens irrespective of their background or preferences.

India is the largest democracy in the world, which provides the opportunity for people to resolve their issues and challenges through their elected representatives who would represent their demands in the legislative body and build consensus. Election manifesto is a mean to communicate people’s hopes and aspirations to potential representatives.

On behalf of students and youth of India, the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) takes this opportunity to present a “Students’ Manifesto” before all the political parties for consideration and inclusion in their respective manifesto and agenda.

The recommendations and demands laid out in the manifesto are divided into three categories; education, youth and human rights issues.

Education: The section on education sharply criticizes the central and state governments for their poor  implementation of the Right to Education Act, and makes a number of recommendations to improve efficiency and transparency. There are specific demands to increase the stipend of Maulana Azad National Fellowship and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship as well as to roll back the requirement of NET for eligibility.

The manifesto also demands reservation in educational institutions as per the recommendations of the Sachar Committee report. Apart from these demands, there are also recommendations to improve scholarship schemes and provide healthcare for students.

Demands: Enact Rohit Act | Central universities/IITs/IIMs, etc., be equally distributed geographically and make quality education easily accessible |Free Health Insurance for Students | Government should pay extra attention to Children with Special Needs |Arabic & Islamic studies chair has to be opened in all the Universities. All the Universities should commence BA in Arabic & Islamic Studies courses | RTE Act (2009) must be implemented completely| Establish AMU Off Campus Centres in Minority Concentrated Districts | Government should ensure that the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

Youth: The youth issues section of the manifesto cites the disturbing trend of continuous jobless growth and makes recommendations for inclusive entrepreneurship schemes and skill development programs. It also flags corruptions in recruitment process of government jobs and demands the implementation of time-bound and transparent selection processes.

Demands: All vacancies in government and public sector jobs should be filled immediately | The selection process for government and public sector jobs should be made transparent, fair and efficient | Reservation in public services must be given as per Ranganath Misra Commission.

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