Bhubaneswar: All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO) organised a state level demonstration before Odisha state secretariat to mark All India Students protest day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, one of the pioneers of modern secular, scientific and democratic education in our country, demanding reintroduction of pass-fail system, appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in all government and aided institutions on regular basis, abolition e-admission & all types of online process in education, abolition of ‘Block Grant’ system, withdrawal of fee hike at all levels, opening of new courses with Government funding instead of Self-financing or PPP (Public-Private Partnership) mode, withdrawal of inter-disciplinary Choice Based course Credit System, revocation of Lyngdoh commission recommendations in Students’ Union election, appointment of art teacher in all schools, concrete measures to stop anarchy in conduction of examination, evaluation & result publication at all levels of education including Nursing Schools & protection of girl students from sexual onslaughts. AlDSO Odisha state president Akshay Das, Vice-president Subash Nayak & Ganesh Tripathy, Secretary Shibasis Praharaj, Secretariat Members Kedarnath Sahoo, Sidharth Rath, Somanath Behera, Babi Balabantaray, Chiita Ranjan Mishra, Khageswar Mohanta, Paramananda Sahoo, Jayanta Mohanty, Debajani Dehury, Krishna Sahu, Kartik Mohanta, Uday Samad & Saswat Sahu led the well decorated rally of thousands of student participants from 23 districts of the state. Delegation team submitted memorandum to the Higher Education Minister and School & Mass Education Minister separately and discussed about the educational problems of the colleges & schools respectively. Student leaders in the protest meeting said that Central & different state governments are taking one after another step to privatise and commercialise education and convert the entire field of education into a field for investment and profit. At the higher levels of education the introduction of the policy of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), fixing of exorbitant fees and ‘self-financing’ approach, will convert education into a costly commodity. The all-out commercialisation is not only making education a costly commodity, but fundamentally changing the character and basic object of education. Again the study of basic and fundamental sciences, humanities, language and literature are being extremely neglected and only market oriented and business oriented, purely technical courses are being promoted. This will destroy the man-making process within the society and lead the entire society towards a disaster. Furthermore, matriculation and higher secondary board examinations are going to be made optional, which is a part and parcel of the so-called Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation plan, which will damage the very foundation of school education of a student. Moreover, all democratic rights of the students, teachers and non-teaching staff are being curtailed including the imposition of the undemocratic code of conduct of student union elections, recommended by Lyngdoh Commission. It will ensure that no movement can develop against this process of privatisation and commercialization. As a result entire education will be converted into a costly commodity and the system of education will be converted into a field for investment and profit. s unless the demands are fulfilled, student leaders threatened to to develop the student movement further to its higher stages involving people from all walks of life.