Be cautious of online education
Apropos of the report “Powering education with mobile technology” (June 29), with modern technology, today’s younger generation no doubt has lot of content to access for learning. But the question arises is whether all this content is authentic. Who will guarantee its accuracy? In the days of the gurukulas and the modern high-end schools and colleges of today, it is the teaching system that is held as responsible for the authenticity of the content and knowledge imparted to the students, but in the era of internet technology and smart gadgets, who is accountable? That means that all the content accessed with mobile technology needs to be treated with caution before being recognised. Till a suitable mechanism is evolved to fill this gap, the content acquired using modern technology should be treated only as a means of secondary choice. Till then, the clouds will continue to accumulate without any showers to help.
Tripping DRDO over
This refers to the report “Army invites proposals for tanks, DRDO surprised” (June 27). This news has truly come as a bolt from the blue. It is extremely difficult for any Indian to believe that the Indian army has issued a request for information (RFI) inviting proposals from the domestic and foreign firms for manufacturing Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCH) tanks even when our premier national defence research agency DRDO is already working on the same project. One fails to comprehend the rationale behind such duplication. Yet, the highly disturbing move of the army must have had the blessings of the government. What about the precious money, time and efforts that have gone into this mega project? Perhaps, there is something more to this unsavoury development. Soon after taking over as the country’s the defence minister, Manohar Parrikar had quite unceremoniously removed the then head of DRDO. It appears that the situation has not changed much since then which, for sure, does not augur well for India.
SK Gupta, Delhi
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