New Delhi, Nov 24 : Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar recently voiced her opinion on the controversial fee hike in the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, of which she is an alumna, by reiterating that education is a constitutional right.
The revision in fee structure in JNU has invoked polarised opinions, and has students up in arms with a tense campus atmosphere.
“I am a taxpayer, I am completely okay with my taxes being used to subsidise higher education because I firmly believe education should not be a commodity that becomes a privilege to only a few people in society, those who can afford it.
“Education is a right, a constitutional right, it is something that should be freely accessible at the highest level. I think that girl child education will not be possible if education in general is not a priority for us in society,” Swara, 31, said at the SDGs Impact Summit in New Delhi earlier this month.
Swara, who is known for her bold, unapologetic statements, spoke on a broad range of issues from gender equality to health and education as a key component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The inaugural Summit was brought together by Times Strategic Solutions Limited and The World We Want.