Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today urged the students to take part in politics to bring in changes in the education system and the society which would help usher bigger changes in the country.
“You need to come and join politics to change the society. The top leadership may not be interested for changes in the present education system but you need to. You have to participate in the political system,” said Gandhi while interacting with students and youth Congress at Neheru Yuva Pratisthan here today.
“I can not come to Odisha and improve the education system. It is you, who can change the system. You have to come into the system and fight for Odisha,” said Gandhi.
The Neheru-Gandhi scion also blamed the lack of political will power and quality leadership for the deterioration in the educational system, which is under the control of a handful of people, who wield monopoly powers over it.
“Now, the educational system is monopolized. It is under the control of a handful of people. They manage the system. If you open up the system, their capitation fee, the source which fetches them lakhs of rupees, will be badly affected and so they will start resisting,” said the Congress leader.
He also said that like in education the political system has also been monopolized in the country.
“If you want to join politics, you have to be a sycophant to the political bosses, be it the Congress, BJP or any other party. The political system is not open. If a senior leader likes you, then you can get a ticket to contest elections….if he/she does not like you, then you won’t get it. That system needs to be changed,” said Gandhi adding that the Congress party has started a new practice of collecting feedback from each Lok Sabha constituency before selecting the MP candidates.
Replying to a student’s query on the prevailing system of reservation in education, he said the reservation issue is being discussed because there are too few seats in the colleges.
“There are not enough seats in colleges in India. The seats need to be increased so that everyone can avail education irrespective of their class, caste background. The people are only talking about how to distribute the existing number of available seats….nobody discusses how to increase the seats,” Gandhi said.
He also criticised both the state and Central government for not providing quality education as well as not appointing trained teachers for the educational institutions in the state.
The Congress leader did not forget to attack the BJD government over the huge mining scam .
“Odisha is a mineral-rich state but the state government allowed the loot of its mineral resources to benefit the miners, These resources could have been utilized for the development of people in the state. But, the state government did not do it,” said Gandhi.
He also said the government, which is the implementing agency, had failed to to utilize the funds allocated to it by the Centre for the development of the state and its people.