TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Graduate students are disappointed with a
decision by the Liberal government to spend $8.4 million to fund
private-sector internships through the Mitacs Accelerate program. The
funding announced today will go to a program that funds applied
research almost exclusively in the private, for-profit sector to
address 'business research challenges.'
"This announcement is just the latest example of government policy that
shifts research funding away from being a public function of our
universities and into the hands of private, for-profit companies," said
Brendan Lehman, Chairperson of the Ontario Graduate Caucus of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "This move further encourages close
ties between our public universities and private companies, which
compromises the integrity of research conducted by graduate students."
In January 2012, the Liberal government eliminated the Ontario Research
Fund (ORF), which provided $42 million in research grants, including
grants for graduate students and academics doing research in social
sciences, arts and humanities. Graduate students are also ineligible
for the Ontario Tuition Grant that was launched last year.
"Unfortunately, this program does not undo the damage of previous
Liberal decisions that have left Ontario graduate students paying the
highest tuition fees in the country with few financial supports," said
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "This money would be better served to address the
high cost of graduate studies and to create more research opportunities
within our public universities."
The Ontario Graduate Caucus, a caucus of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario, unites more than 50,000 graduate students at 17
universities in Ontario and works to promote the interests of graduate
students to the provincial government and other external authorities
whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
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