On the eve of Savitribai Phule Jayanthi Dalit Sthree Sakthi organized a Conference on the theme of “Education without Discrimination” on 3 January 2018 at Conference Hall, Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram, Hyderabad. In this meeting Jhansi Geddam, National Convener of Dalit Sthree Sakthi presided and Chief guest was Sri Kalyana Chakravarthy, IAS, Director
General of EPTRI. Main dignitaries on the dais were Sri PSN Murthy, IDAS (VR), Chairman of Ambedkar Mission; Dr Shobha Rani, Professor of Government Degree College; Dr Siddoji Rao, Director, IAS/IPS Officers Forum;Prof K Y Ratnam from Hyderabad Central University, Prof Gali Vinod Kumar, Law college Principal from Osmania University, Prof Sailaja and Krishna Sastry participated and elucidated on the importance of education.
Jhansi Geddam and GDV Prakash, National Program Manager of DSS highlighted about the objectives of the conference. Jhansi brought to the attention of the participants about UN
efforts in spreading education without discrimination and the need for education everyone in the country without discrimination of caste and gender. She pointed out that the UN General Assembly declared January 24th of every year as Education Day, starting from 2019. She explained to the audience how DSS has been continuallyspreading awareness on the importance of education by celebrating January 3rd as Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Savitri Bhai Phule.
Gist of the views expressed by the speakers:
Indian society is divided on caste lines and this is reflected in the education system also.
There is discrimination in the family also in getting their children educated.
Common School System exists in various countries and we should demand for introducing common school system in India also.
Discrimination in the society should end so that discrimination in education can end.
Every girl child and woman should be educated.
Budget allocation for education is very meagre which reflects the priority of the Government.
In foreign countries education is given priority and common school system exists for the benefit of all.
Education is the only way to gain self-respect and dignity.
Savitri Bhai Phule was a visionary and fulfilled her role in all aspects and contributed to the education of women.
In the Institutions of higher education discrimination exists in multiple forms and is sophisticated.
Reforms are underway in Universities and in future Dalits will not be able to pay the fees.
Dalits students are dependant on scholarships and if they are denied scholarships, they have to discontinue studies or commit suicide like Rohit (HCU student).
Dalits who get scholarships are insulted and abused. These days, persons without proper subject knowledge are heading the departments.
Humanity is suffering due to ignorance and poverty. In our country large number of people are unable to eke out livelihood.
Fifty percent of women suffer due to anaemia.
Now the legislatures are dominated by vested interests. Unless real people’s representatives come to legislatures no progress can take place.