Assam won’t name model colleges after Deendayal
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.