Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Denying Basic Human Rights to Citizens of Orissa and Bihar -- Purna Mishra

Denying Basic Human Rights to Citizens of Orissa and Bihar

Compiled by Purna C. Mishra from various published reports

1. Access to Quality Higher Education in Science and Technology is basic human right

India is a signatory to the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (Resolution 217-A III) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10 1948. The Universal Declaration guarantees all citizens of India the right to a quality higher education. The Universal Declaration unequivocally states "Everyone has the right to education … and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit ". The specific focus on higher education (based on the debate and agreement) was to make available quality higher education. Justice Dr. K. Punnayya in his report on " UGC Funding of Institutions of Higher Education" in 1993 reiterated this same sentiment when he stated "… higher education determines its (India's) economic and technological progress…. Government funding must continue to be an essential and mandatory requirement for support to higher education. The Government/State must continue to accept the major responsibility for funding". The Common Minimum Program adopted by the UPA constituents prior to the last parliament election promised to deliver the access to quality higher education to all.


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