AISF protests radio-tagging

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New Delhi: Hundreds of All India Students Federation (AISF) activists on February 4 staged a dharna in the Capital protesting against radio-tagging of Indian students in the US and proposed Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill. Protesting at Jantar Mantar, the federation demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ask US President Barack Obama to remove radio collars from the legs of Indian students in his country.

“Rather than taking action against their fake Tri Valley University, America is punishing our students, who are victims and not the culprits,’’ AISF general secretary Abhay Taksal said.

“But it is our government who is at fault for all this. They should take the matter to the US President directly,’’ he added.

The organization also opposed strongly the UPA government’s proposed For-eign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, National Commission for Higher Education and Research and Education Tribunal Bills.

“The government should focus on saving public-funded schools, colleges, hostel, universities and scrap these bills. It is a wrong notion that Indian students go abroad just for good education. They go for a number of other reasons such as to settle down there, to get foreign exposure,’’ Taksal said.

AISF also urged the Center to spend 6 percent of the GDP on education from the next fiscal and give 100 percent assistance for the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

Rajya Sabha MP D. Raja, CPI deputy general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy were among other leaders, who took part in the protest.

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