One of the greatest problems that our country has been facing since the 1980s is the problem of growing Indiscipline among students. The unrest among students is confined not only to India but has become a global phenomenon. In India, students’ unrest has assumed alarming proportions. This, if not checked, would eat into the very fabric of our national entity. The prevalence of the mood of despondency and dejection among the students is nothing but a reflection of the general dissatisfaction and discontentment prevailing among the masses.
Why our students are resorting to acts of violence and rowdyism needs a serious study. We hear about students going on rampage and arson, stone-throwing and brick batting. Their actions result in ruthless repression by the police personnel who make them the targets of their bullets and sticks. We hear about the closure of the universities, gherao of vice-chancellors and beating of professors by the students. All this is really a sorry state of affairs. And behind this orgy of violence let loose by the students, is a plethora of grievances and demands of the students. The inability of the authorities both public and academic-results in the indulgence of the students in the act of hooliganism, strikes and demonstrations.
The community of students complains that higher tuition fees, which their parents can’t afford, are charged from them. They also complain about ill-equipped libraries and laboratories, improper admission facilities, overcrowded classrooms, inadequate and inefficient off absence of vocational education policy and cold her-pupil relationships. All these gases are responsible for diverting the attention of the students from their primary objectives.
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Moreover, authorities must pay attention to the legitimate demands of the students but students should also co-operate with the authorities.
Students are the pillars of a country’s progress. They have a tremendous reservoir of energy and if it is channelised in the proper direction, it can work miracles. However, if it is misdirected and frittered away, it can spell disaster. The answer to the violent expressions of the students is not bullet or lathi-charge. They have to be tackled in a careful manner. We cannot use the same stick for crushing criminals and students. Students are the bedrock of our country’s progress. Only a proper redressal of their grievances could put an end to the vicious cycle of student’ unrest.