Don’t question patriotism of students, says Irani

RSTV Bureau

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Dismissing concerns that students were being radicalised in certain educational institutions, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said students are “sensitive” and their patriotism should not be questioned.

However, Irani said “if the member has any specific information about radicalisation happening at educational institutions, the government will look into it.”

“Bilkul galat hai (it is completely wrong)” to say that some students are getting radicalised at some educational institutions, she said during Question Hour.

Asserting that students are “sensitive and one should not point fingers at their patriotism”, she “this kind of accusation should not be made (against students).”

She was replying to a question of Shiv Sena member Shrirang Appa Barne on whether there were any reports of radicalisation of students in certain educational institutions including anti-national and anti-social activities in some of the state-funded higher educational institutes.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed Barne was naming any institution and asked him to stick to his supplementary.

In her reply, Irani said “details of anti-national, anti-social incidents in state funded higher educational institutions, involving radicalised youth, are not centrally maintained.”

She said these institutions were responsible for monitoring the standards of conduct of students in the courses of study. They also take necessary steps against any anti-national and anti-social activity on their campuses to ensure a peaceful academic atmosphere.

The National Integration Council (NIC) in 2011 had requested the Department of Higher Education to launch effective programmes in all educational institutions to stop radicalisation of youth.