CI RISI IAN leaders in Kerala have declared that a University ill now under consideration by the Indian state's Communisted government contains a "deliberate move" to abolish priv tely-run colleges. A joint statement issued by 35 Catholic. Ort odox, Mar 1 homa and Protestant bishops said the Church coul not withdraw from "the rightful struggle" to maintain her edu ational rights.
T e statement was issued as the Kerala Legislature prepared to dopt the Bill for enactment into law by the governor of the stat . Its signatories included Archbishop Attipetty of Vera poly; Ort odox Metropolitan Baselios Ougen I; Protestant Church of Sou h India Bishop M. M. John, and Mar Thoma Metropolitan Yu anon.
Ii declared that the Bill contained clauses that questioned the exi ence of private colleges and infringed on the fundamental rig t of mlnorities to establish and administer educational instituti ns. Stating that colleges were not run for profit, the bishops poi ted out that even a junior college cost more than £135,000. A uge sum had been invested by Christians in establishing their 64 olleges in Kerala.