Petition to Ramesh Pokhriyal, Nirmala Sitharaman
Increase Union Budget for Education #SpendOnEd
I am Bandana, a 16-year-old Dalit girl from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. When I was 14 years old, I had a hard choice to make: keep going to school or help provide for my family by working during school hours. To meet family obligations, I had no choice but to drop out of school. In my village, there is no government school or free education beyond Class 8, so most girls end up as child laborers or child brides and face a life of endless exploitation. Poor families like mine can’t afford private schools — and it’s even worse for girls. Most families believe it is too dangerous to send their daughters to a school outside the village when there is no safe transportation. Many girls have been molested and harassed by boys while walking and cycling to a school far from my home. Currently, the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 only guarantees free and compulsory schooling for children up to age 14. Once we turn 14 and complete Class 8, our access to education ends. I’m not the only girl this impacts — almost 40% of girls ages 15 to 18 are not in school. Education is critical to every girl’s future. The only way to make sure all girls have access to education is by ensuring that more money is spent by the government to build secondary schools in every village. Sign my petition. Thankfully, after two years out of school, I got a second chance. Social workers helped me enroll in a private school and persuaded my family to let me attend. But I still struggle to cover my school expenses. I still need to work after school and on weekends to support my family of six. This doesn’t leave me any time to complete my homework. I have started this petition asking our Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to increase contribution to education from public resources — so that all children can receive free education up to the higher secondary level. Sign my petition if you truly believe in the idea of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. If the government spent more than 10% of the union budget on education, there would be a high school in villages like mine. Thousands of girls like me would grow up with skills that can contribute to the development of our nation. Join me in sending a message so that I don’t have to watch any more of my sisters lose their right to education.
Petition to Municipal Commissioner
Petitioning Social Initiative 'De-Concretise- Save Trees save Mother Nature’
Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner / Tree Authority, De-concretise Remaining TREES before they die of Concrete, Plaster, Tar or Paver-blocks around the base of trees which suffocates and kills them! Sign the petition to join our campaign in saving such trees. The trees around us are extremely important and have always been necessary for improving the human condition and their very existence. Without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. We, the humans are causing irreparable damage to our earth. One such damage is done by CONCRETISATION of area around the trees. Concretization is causing havoc to the very existence and growth of this very source and supporter of life on earth. Concretization has many detrimental effects on biodiversity. It causes immense damage to the trees, soil, climate, living organisms and habitat of tree dwellers. Navi Mumbai was once a greener city with tall n healthy trees. Every road had beautiful Canopy. Trees had enough space to grow. All along on both the sides of road had muddy area with enough plantation. But as time passed. Navi Mumbaikars’s are witnessing massive destruction. On the verge of becoming a Smart City, Development and Destruction is going hand in hand. We are more inclined towards making a Concrete City. Navi Mumbai once a cool city is now witnessing drastic climate change. Footpath with paver-blocks and Concrete has replace the muddy lane. In doing so our civics body failed to follow National Green Tribunal Guideline to keep space of 6 X 6 feet space around the base of the tree. Instead we are witnessing each and every tree on Footpath, Divider, Gardens, Hills, all along the Nallahs, Jogging tracks are chocked to death with either cement or paver-block. It not only blocks the seepage of rain water but the soil too has no space to breathe. Which in turn had been responsible for the death of innumerable trees in Navi Mumbai. Remaining are on the verge of dying. Even after repeated request to our civics body to release the trees from being chocked by paver blocks & concrete has fallen on deaf ears. Neither any of our ward representatives have shown any interest. When concretization work is carried out neither Contractor nor any of the officer from Corporation is seen on site. Trees give us shade, clean air, they are home to varied species of birds, reptiles, squirrels. They give us rain, help in augmenting ground water resource. We need to stand by our TREES and urge our Navi Mumbai Commissioner to de-concretise and prevent the trees from any further concretization. With citizens support we have started a drive to make our Navi Mumbai a Green City. Your signature is extremely important to strengthen our campaign. http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31840&articlexml=Online-petition-to-NMMC-by-green-activist-12032016012024 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009849965212&sk=photos&collection_token=100009849965212%3A2305272732%3A69&set=a.251512751853722.1073741834.100009849965212&type=3&pnref=story https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009849965212&sk=photos&collection_token=100009849965212%3A2305272732%3A69&set=a.287034554968208.1073741838.100009849965212&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009849965212&sk=photos&collection_token=100009849965212%3A2305272732%3A69&set=a.288620644809599.1073741839.100009849965212&type=3 https://youtu.be/cIyfhBVhYZI
Petition to President of India, Minister of Human Resource Development
Statement on Violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Need to remove Vice-Chancellor
We are shocked and horrified to learn of the terrible attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University on the evening on 5 January 202, by a group of armed goons who targeted a peaceful gathering of teachers and students. We note that this terrible event comes in the wake of a prolonged struggle by the students against a fee hike that would force nearly half of them to abandon their studies, and after an even longer series of protests by the faculty and students of JNU against the many arbitrary and illegal actions of the JNU Vice Chancellor over nearly three years. We are extremely concerned at the apparent failure of the Delhi Police (which is directly under the Home Ministry) to identify the perpetrators despite much photographic and video evidence, to register the complaints made by faculty and students about the attack, and the malicious attempt to pin the blame for the attack on some of the victims. It is clear to us that a Vice Chancellor who exposes his faculty and students to such terror and who is guilty of many other actions undermining the academic and other functioning of the University, cannot remain in office. As academics from universities across the world, we join those who demand that the JNU Vice Chancellor should be removes forthwith, as he has lost all national and international legitimacy. Signatories: 1. Alicia Puyana, Flacso, Mexico2. Andres Lazzarini, Goldsmiths College, London3. Andrew Cornford, Counsellor, Geneva Finance Observatory Andrew Cornford, Geneva Finance Observatory, Switzerland4. Anya Stiglitz, Columbia University, New York5. Barkin Asal, formerly Istanbul University, Turkey6. Ben Fine, SOAS, University of London, UK7. Burak Gurel, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey8. C. W. M Naastepad, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands9. Caroline S. Hossein, York University, UK10. Cecilia Lopez, CoSOE, Bogota, Colombia11. Christopher Baker, Bangkok, Thailand12. Danai Mupotsa, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa13. Diana Strassman, Rice University, USA14. Edward Fulbrook, University of the West of England, UK15. Erhan Kelesoglu, Istanbul University, Turkey16. Erinc Telgan, Bilkent University, Turkey17. Fikret Baskaya, Free University, Ankara, Turkey18. Francesca Bettio, University of Siena, Italy19. Galip Yalman, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey20. Gerald Epstein, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA21. Giovanni Andrea Cornia, University of Florence, Italy22. Gokce Cihan, Istanbul University23. Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, University of York, UK24. Isil Cakan Haciibrahimoglu, Istanbul University25. Jane Humphries, University of Oxford, UK26. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University, New York27. Juan Carlos Moreno Brid, UNAM, Mexico City28. K. Velupillai, Formerly University of Trento, Italy29. Korkut Boratav, Istanbul University, Turkey30. Kurtar Tanyilmaz, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey31. Levent Dolek, formerly Istanbul University, Turkey32. M. A. Savage, LSE, London, UK33. Marcella Corsi, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy34. Marga Olivera, Universidad federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil35. Mariana Mazzucato, University College London, UK36. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University, Canada37. Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago, USA38. Mehmet Bona, Istanbul University39. Mehmet Cemil Ozansu, formerly Istanbul University, Turkey40. Melda Yaman Ozturk, formerly Samsun 19 Mayis University, Turkey41. Mert Ertan, Istanbul University42. Mustafa Kemal Coskun, formerly Ankara University, Turkey43. Myra Stober, Stanford University, USA44. Nalini Burn, Mauritius45. Nilgun Ongan, Istanbul University, Turkey46. Nobuharu Yokokawa, Musashi University, Tokyo47. Noemi Levy, UNAM, Mexico City48. Ozgur Ozturk, formerly Samsun 19 Mayis University, Turkey49. Pasuk Phongpaichit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand50. Rainer Kattel, University College London, UK51. Richard Jude Rowden, American University, Washington DC, USA52. Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA53. Robert Wade, LSE, London, UK54. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, New School University, New York55. Savaş Karabulut, Istanbul University, Turkey56. Sevtap Metin, Istanbul University57. Servaas Storm, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands58. Siobhan Austen, Curtin University, Australia59. Sungur Savran, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey60. T. Hakan Ongan, Professor, formerly of Istanbul University, Turkey61. Vivianne Ventura-Dias, Santiago, Chile62. Walden Bello, Manila Philippines63. Zulkuf Aydin, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Petition to Government of India, The Prime Minister Of India, Narendra D. Modi, The ministry of human resource development, Department of School Education and Literacy, the supreme court of india
Caste Based Reservation System should be removed.
The purpose of reservation is to get rid of caste barrier and caste discrimination. It acts as an antibiotic for caste discrimination.The word reservation is a misnomer. The appropriate word for it used in the Indian constitution is ‘Representation’. It is not given to anyone in his individual capacity. It is given to individual as a representative of the underprivileged community. Don't divide students on basis of their caste, divide them on basis of their knowledge. There are as well students who despite being from the upper caste cannot afford to study and on top of that reservation makes it worse. Mostly, when paying the tuition fees in schools and colleges, their annual income should be taken into consideration and not the caste. Because not all URs are well to do and not all minors are poverty stricken. So say no to reservation in higher education and jobs.
Petition to President of India
Stand against attacks on academic spaces
To, Shri Ram Nath Kovind Hon’ble President of India Rashtrapati Bhavan President’s Estate New Delhi – 110004 Date: January 10, 2020 Subject: Request to safeguard fundamental rights and ensure safety of students in Indian universities Dear Sir, On January 5th, a group of armed men and women entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and wreaked havoc. Unarmed students and teachers were beaten up mercilessly and university property was damaged. This dastardly attack, on JNU students, teachers and staff, is an act of terror that has created an atmosphere of fear across the country. Further, it has far reaching consequences and has caused irreparable damage to harmony and functioning of Indian society. What is at stake is the freedom of scholars to conduct critical enquiry, and the freedom of teachers and students to collectively deliberate on any idea without fear of sanction, censure or illegitimate interference. To express opinion is the fundamental right of every Indian, the attack on places of higher education should be considered as an act of silencing the demand for freedom of thought and intolerance towards rationalism. We use our right to Freedom of Expression and ask the following questions. 1. Are students safe? In recent months, there have been incidents of police brutality to mute dissent in the university campuses such as Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim Univerisity. Each of these incidents has further diminished our faith in the Indian State Machinery to ensure the safety and the protection of the fundamental rights of its own citizenry. 2. How can we trust the law enforcers whose inaction during the entire episode was more than evident? The audacity of the attackers to perpetrate violence for three hours unabated, despite the presence of Delhi Police right outside the JNU gates, is symptomatic of a regime no longer bound by the values enshrined in our Constitution. The increased frequency of such attacks across educational institutes and the complicity of the state apparatus in protecting the perpetrators and intimidating the victims is a direct challenge to the noble ideals which inspired our Freedom Movement. As members of the JNU fraternity, duty-bound by virtue of being responsible citizens of the Indian Republic, we strongly condemn the violence that was witnessed at JNU and request the attention of the President of India to the following appeals: An independent judicial inquiry into the attacks on the JNU community on the 5th of January, 2020. Since this is a collective failure on part of the JNU administration, JNU security and Delhi Police, we appeal that the Vice Chancellor of JNU, M. Jagdeesh Kumar, JNU Chief Security Officer Naveen Yadav and Commissioner of Delhi Police, Amulya Patnaik should resign taking the moral responsibility of the incident. We appeal to you to ensure a free and safe environment at academic spaces, wherein there will be no threats against rational thinking, freedom of speech and expression of dissent. Sincerely, The concerned members of JNU fraternity (undersigned)
Petition to INDIAN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
We want to know, we want to study, we want to enjoy our Indian history.
We, the students of india are intrested to read our own history rather learning the history of the Indian invaders. As a young generation we hardly know our ancient invention, technology, history so most of us will not fell so proud about out country since we read only the successful stories of our invaders (British, Deccan, Portuguese, Mughal, etc). Most of us doesn't know, there were ancient university (Nalanda, etc) which taught many streams (ayurveda, medicine, astrology, vyakarana, vedas, literature, maths, etc). We don't even know air crafts are invented in India, world says right brothers; Much before them India knew advanced technology.
Petition to Delhi University Teachers' Association
An appeal to DUTA president/secretary to address serious issues that engulf DU.
The struggle for our absorption, promotion and other issues has reached 44th day, series of general body resolutions have overwhemlingly resolved its commitment for the above issues. Unfortunayely, guest appointments and screening committees are taking place in various colleges. All this negates the very mandate of general body resolution. If screening and guest appointments against substantive posts are taking place then this defeats the very purpose of our struggle. Till date, DUTA has not taken any concrete steps to stop these. We urge upon you without loss of time ensure that the screening and guest appointments against substantive posts must be stopped. The vice-chancellor even has taken reverse position regarding the 5th Dec letter concerning the promotions with counting of past services.Then the promotion will have no meaning. Kindly ensure the past services are counted for promotion.Your prompt action can only save the issues of promotion and absorption.
Petition to President - Prof. Dr. Satyajit Chakrabarti, Principal - Dr. A.K. Nayak, HOD of CSE DEPT. - Prof. Sourav Saha
We stand against the latest announcement by our college IEM Kolkata on absence/attendance.
Our college Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata recently made an announcement that if any student is found being absent for A.)1 day - He/she has to take permission from the respective class teacher. B.)2 days - He/she has to take permission from the Principal in-charge. C.)3 or more days - He/she has to take re-admission in the college. But we as students stand against this announcement as our University Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) or The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has never issued any such notices or announcements so it violates the guidelines of both of these educational organisations.This also makes life difficult for us students as it only adds to the worry and pressure that we have already been facing which can ultimately lead to depression.On another note, it makes the college environment robust and unfriendly to visit and it deteriorates us academically. We hope the college administration looks into this with utmost priority and uplifts this rule asap or provide an appropriate alternative. We shall forever be obliged to all of you for this. Thankyou We the students