Stage is set for the 19th state conference of Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU), the student wing of the CPI (ML-New Democracy) to be held at Osmania University for three days from Tuesday.
The conference will begin with a rally from SVS College to Arts College in Osmania University at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be followed by a public meeting, presided by PDSU state president Avula Ashok. The speakers on the occasion include civil rights activist Prof Haragopal, TNGO president Devi Prasad, IFTU national secretary B Pradeep, New Democracy state leader P Ranga Rao, POW state secretary G Jhansi, PDSU state secretary JL Gautham Prasad and PDSU twin cites president B Satya.
On the second day of the convention, there will be a delegates’ session, in which, Prof Haragopal, who is the president of the reception committee of the conference, eminent educationist and scholar Prof Anil Sadgopal, Osmania University vice-chancellor Prof S Satyanarayana, CPI (ML- New Democracy) central committee leader Gade Diwakar and representatives from other states will speak.
On the third and concluding day of the conference, there will be deliberations on education system. MLC Prof Nageswar will speak on economic policies and education while Prof Ghanta Chakrapani will speak on education and commercialisation while IFTU state secretary P Prasad will speak on Present Society-Duties of students.
The three-day conference will focus on the issues pertaining to betterment of education system with emphasis on scientific methods of teaching, harm being done due to commercialisation and corporatisation of education.
Since its inception in the early 70s, PDSU has been waging a relentless battle against the ills in the society, particularly that of education system. The organisation had been in thick of things when it came to raising voice against the shortcomings in government policies and programmes. It had also been supporting Telangana movement and was part of the Million March and Chalo Assembly demonstration.