In an open letter to students, Gandhi said a platform “Behtar Bharat” was being launched where students would have their say, thereby putting students’ issues on the national agenda.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised to provide students with the support they need to fulfil their aspirations, and end the “corruption” that deprives them of educational opportunities.
“You tell us the issues that matter to you and we will put them on the national agenda. Your concerns are our concerns, your priorities are the Congress party’s priorities,” wrote Gandhi.
Calling them “nation builders”. Gandhi said: “Countries forge ahead not with war but with science and technology and art and literature. Societies progress by embracing rationality and justice.
“However, many of you face an uphill battle: it is not easy to get admission into good colleges, college fees are often very high, and sometimes what you study does not seem helpful to getting a job.
“We will do everything we can so that you have direct access to opportunities, and we will end the corruption in the system which holds you back,” said Gandhi.
This has been launched by the Congress student wing National Students Union of India
The letter also underlined the need for students to help the nation forge ahead not through war, but advances in science, technology, art and literature. “Societies progress by embracing rationality and justice. And you are at the forefront of this progressive advance,” it said.
Rahul Gandhi’s message for students will be translated in all regional languages and distributed by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) — the student wing of the Congress — at colleges across the country as part of its Better India campaign, news agency PTI quoted a party statement as saying.
The letter — which exhorts students to air their grievances on the NSUI website — comes at a time when educational institutions across the country are reeling from lack of teaching staff and the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is facing allegations of aiding the Vyapam admission-and-recruitment scam. The Congress hopes to leverage these issues to garner support ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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