Does Mr Tytler know what he is saying?
Only two dozen out of its 200 plus universities offer reasonable teaching and most of these existed prior to the birth of UGC. For 50 years it has promoted rote learning, incompetent faculty, and mediocrity. It has punished original thinking and failed to create an employable graduate. Hence, students have been pushed into a parallel universe of coaching classes, which ironically take their obligation to students far more seriously. [link]
One hears news reports about students committing suicide after flunking Class 12 board exams. But here's one suicide caused by the lack of examinations!
No exams again, boy ends life
By Siraj Qureshi in Agra
The Indian Express
Thursday, June 02, 2005
A student of Dr B.R. Ambedkar University in Agra committed suicide yesterday after the authorities put off the pharmacy examinations for the third year in a row.
Sonvir Singh's classmates took to the streets after the incident and went on a rampage for over three hours inside the campus today, pelting stones at the Institute of Basic Science and the Vice-Chancellor's office. The university authorities had to call in the police to bring the students under control.
According to the students, Sonvir, a resident of Saiyyan town of Agra, had shut himself inside his hostel room on Tuesday after he saw that the university has closed for summer vacation till July 4 without announcing the exam dates for the pharmacy course. It was to be held in May.
Fearing that his careerwas doomed, he allegedly took his own life.
And guess what:
Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs Jagdish Tytler on Monday said... the government was contemplating setting up universities exclusively for PIO [Persons of Indian Origin], keeping in mind their need for quality higher education. [link]
What a joke, this country!