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"Do not let campuses become centers of radicalism," higher education minister said.Petra Hapsari 15 July 2017 12:40
Universities in West Java gathered on Friday and declared themselves as anti-radicals at Graha Sanusi Hardjadinata hall in Padjajaran University, Bandung.
This decision is taken after some radical ideas and movements are said to have infiltrated campuses.
Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir, Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara, National Counterrorism Agency Secretary Gautama Wiranegara, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, university rectors and students attended the declaration event.
Forty-four universities in West Java joined the event and declared themselves as anti-radicalism.
“Campuses are where the youth gather, the place where knowledge is developed, [and] campuses consist of scientific communities. The potential of radicalism in campuses is high, so we need to fight it. Do not let campuses become centers of radicalism," Mohamad Nasir said.
Nasir continued that rectors shall take role in detecting developing radicalism potentials.
“Rectors are CEOs who are responsible toward the lecturers, students, and all activities. The key to handle [radicalism] is our four pillars of nationality, [which are] NKRI, Pancasila, Constitutions and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” Nasir added.