Today I, along with young lawyer Amit Kumar Vashistha (who clicked all the photos), attended the whole-day FEDCUTA National Convention on the Draft Education Policy, at India International Centre, New Delhi.
FEDCUTA stands for Federation of Central Universities Teachers'Associations.
We were invited by Dr. Nandita Narain who is the President of DUTA as well as FEDCUTA. Noted scholars, teachers, student leaders and representatives of Teacher Associations from across the country participated.
The Convention was addressed, among others, by political scientist Prof. Hargopal, human rights scholar Prof. Kancha Ilaiah, economist Prof. Prabhat Patnaik and sociologist Prof. Satish Deshpande. Prominent teacher leaders who participated, besides Nandita Narain, included AIFUCTO General Secy. Arun Kumar, Prof. (Ms.) Verma of Lucknow Central University and known teacher leaders from Delhi University : Dr. Kiran Walia and Dr. Shriram Oberoi. Student leaders who participated included Mohit Pandey, the JNUSU President and Faizul Hasan, President of AMUSU.
The Convention passed several resolutions critical of different aspects of the Draft Education Policy, particularly the drastic cut on University budgets and teacher recruitment.The Convention decried the general erosion of academic freedom and democracy in the country. It was indeed a successful National Convention on the New Education Policy.