“India is a powerful country, which can guide the whole world. The Indian youth have extraordinary talent and they can give a new look to the world. By inventing the cheapest car, Nano, the Indian industrialist Shri Ratan Tata has done a wonder that could not be done by any other country of the world,? said Shri Mookhesswar Choone, Mauritius High Commissioner in India. He was inaugurating the two-day convention of World Organisation of Students and Youth (WOSY) in New Delhi on February 2.
The convention concluded on February 3 at International Youth Center. Established in 1985, WOSY is an international youth body that strives to help humankind in its quest for happiness and fulfillment. The topic of the two-day convention was Impact of Globalisation on Education. About 114 student delegates from different countries including Mauritius, Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Magnolia, Iran, Poland, Mozambique, Oman, Kenya, France, Tanzania, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Syria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Australia, Maldives, UK, Uganda, Guyana and Tazakhstan participated in the convention.
According to Shri Ramesh Pappa, senior ABVP leader and secretary general of WOSY, the prime objective of the convention was to expose the impact of globalisation on education. The delegates from 29 countries of the world, who are studying in India, participated in the convention. Discussion was also held on commercialisation of education and student activism and GATT. Shri Sushil Pandit, chairman of WOSY, said the globalisation has commercialised education and various private institutions charge heavy fees from the students.
Prof. K.B. Pawar, eminent educationist and former secretary general of Association of Indian Universities, explained the impact of globalisation through Power Point presentation. He said the managers of educational institutions only think about their profit and they have nothing to do with quality of education. He pointed out about 1.5 lakh foreign students come to India for education every year. Founder member of WOSY Prof. Rajkumar Bhatia said the youth are present citizens who can lead the whole world. He cited various examples when the youth presented an example with their strength and ability. Shri Sunil Ambekar, national organising secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, said the government should formulate the policies under which even a poor person of the society could get better education. The delegates also discussed the functioning of youth organisations of their respective countries. The convention became a platform to know the education systems of various countries.
Prof. Milind Marathe, HOD, Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, Prof. Dayanand Dongaonkar, secretary general Association of Indian Universities, Prof. J.L. Azad, former Chief, Education Division of NIEPA, Prof. Kapil Kapoor Former Pro Vice Chancellor, J.N.U, Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, former director of NIEPA and former chairman of CBSE also spoke on the occasion. Prof. J.S. Rajput, former director of NCERT was the chief guest at concluding ceremony. The Student delegates from different countries stressed that no doubt the globalisation is giving new ways but it is also leading to the exploitation of natural resources of countries, culture and is basicaly coming with commercial base.
Meanwhile some new members were also added to the WOSY Central Team, which includes, Jasem from Iran, Ahmed from Oman, Leki from Bhutan, Munab from Bangladesh, Chuitra from India, Moru from Mozambique Yvonne from Kenya, Abhishek from India, Rajnish from India, Sandrene from Mauritius and Riaz from Afghanistan.