Mandatory for Campuses to Avert Radicalism

Media Indonesia, page 1

The campus is believed to have the potential as a means or gateway for the entrance of radicalism through education. Therefore, higher education institutions have an obligation to ward it off so that it does not come true.  Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristek Dikti), M Nasir stated this responding to the declaration of 55 state Islamic religious colleges (PT-KIN) on Tuesday (2/5) in response to the outbreak of intolerance, radicalism and terrorism in society, including on campuses.

In line with the declaration of the 55 PT-KIN, M Nasir also invites all universities both public and private under the authority of Kemenristek Dikti to declare anti-radicalism, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia as the only choice, Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution as the people’s outlook of life in Indonesia.

Nasir added what must be understood, if radicalism occurs, is that we do not accept differences. In Indonesia it cannot be like that because we live in the midst of diversity. So, let us jointly tackle the notion that could damage the nation’s future generation.  The socio-political situation and developments in Indonesia, especially during the recent DKI Jakarta gubernatorial elections, according to Nasir, is estimated to trigger the re-emergence of the issue of radicalism among the people.

Nasir explained that to ward it off, it should be through the education path. Since 2016, Kemenristek Dikti has actually issued a circular to ward off such radicalism through the state defense education and national insight. In the implementation, Menristek Dikti continued, that university students are given an understanding of the importance of upholding the values of nationalism and strengthening nationalism for the sake of maintaining the unity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). Universities are also required to prohibit any activity whatsoever that is inclined to radicalism.

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