As­sam won’t name model col­leges af­ter Deen­dayal

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Naresh Mi­tra & Kangkan Kalita

Guwahati: Fac­ing strong crit­i­cism from sev­eral lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, the As­sam govern­ment has gone back on its de­ci­sion to name model col­leges in the state af­ter Hin­dutva ide­o­logue Deen­dayal Upad­hyaya and an­nounced that only the ones al­ready set up will be named af­ter him.

“We will set up more model col­leges, but they will not be named af­ter him,” ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma said. The state is set­ting up model col­leges, with cen­tral as­sis­tance, in dis­tricts where the gross en­rol­ment ra­tio in higher ed­u­ca­tion was lower than the na­tional av­er­age in 2008-09. The de­ci­sion had faced crit­i­cism from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Kr­ishak Mukti San­gram Samiti and All As­sam Stu­dents’ Union, who had ac­cused the govern­ment of try­ing to saf­fro­nise ed­u­ca­tion in the state.

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