November 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Bhubaneswar – 4th November, 2011
To have transparency in the administration and Finances of the Educational Institutions a seminar on the above mentioned topic was organised by Liberal Youth Forum – Delhi based organization and Youth Development Foundation – Bhubanewar at Centre for Social and Scientific Research, Bhubaneswar (CSSR).
Students were trained to file an RTI application with special regard to bring in reform in the Higher Education System. Noted RTI activist Advocate Mr Chitta Behra conducted this session. He also highlighted the problems with the Orissa RTI rules set by the Government where no RTI can be filed without the prescribed form available in the government departments, identity card of the applicant and Orissa Treasury Challan –only available in subdivisional towns and cities of Orisaa. Thus making it next to impossible for rural population and people outside Orissa to avail this Right. Worth mentioning is the fact that these rules are in clear conflict with the Central RTI act , 2005 and no other state apart from Orissa has such anti people rules. Participants are writing to the Chief Minister of Orissa to change these anti- citizens’ provisions of the Orissa RTI rules.
It has been termed as Draconian and anti citizen by a participant Ms Sasmita Swain also a student of the CSSR.
Mr Govinda , Secretary , Youth Development Foundation discussed about the problems presented by the students of Utkal University of culture , mainly the delay in the examination and publication of results where it takes three to three and half years to complete a Master Degree course of 2 years. It is nothing but a crime of playing with the career and life of thousands of students every year. TO great dismay no voice has been raised against this heinous malfunctioning of the university .
Liberal Youth Form and Youth Development Foundation have resolved to work on these campus issues and intensify their efforts towards student friendly Universities in Bhubaneswar and Orissa.
This seminar is the first step towards awaring and sensitizing the students regarding their own issue regarding which they almost have become voice less. Similar programmes will be conducted throughout different colleges and universities of Orissa. Youth leaders from different colleges will be brought together on one platform and they would be trained to start working about their issues with all possible support of these two organizations.
National Programs Coordinator, Mr Rajan Singh addressed the participants and shard how students in different parts of the with support of Liberal Youth Forum are taking initiatives to bring about certain changes in the education system and bearing the responsibility as an active citizen.
Mr Md Imran and Avinash from Nasha Mukti Yuva Sankalp while interacting with the participants shared his experience of campaign against drug abuse and the use of RTI in the campaign .
More than 50 students of Masters in Social Work and Master in Social Sciences participated in the event. Mr Avijit, Ms Lisa and Ms Manaswini from YDF, Ms Sasmita and Ms Swagatika from CSSR along with other students coordinated the event.