Creating real talent
This refers to Amitendu Palit’s column “The growing distance in education” (June 17). Delhi University doesn’t find a place in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education rankings for Asian universities. Contrast the poor performance of DU in these rankings to a headline in The Indian Express “Need 99% to study English at St. Stephen’s”. In Delhi, we all have got used to such headlines of absurd cut-offs. Interestingly, these are not fictional. The cut-offs for admission to Delhi University colleges are rising year after year to the absurd levels and yet there are no signs of shortening of the queues of eligible students. DU colleges are full of students who secured admissions on the strength of their perfect scores. God knows what happens to these perfect scores in DU! Is DU failing to channelise the high IQ of its students for pursuit of relevant competencies? Or is it that our education system, instead of imparting skill, knowledge and right values, is merely producing copy-paste geniuses who have perfected the art and science of copying stuff to their brains from books and then pasting this stuff to the answer scripts in the examination halls. There is need for serious introspection for us all—society-members, educators, policy makers and recruiters—who are gung-ho about high scores.
Why can’t Lalit Modi go to Portugal for the treatment of his cancer-stricken wife, if the Italian Navy personnel, guilty of killing the Indian fishermen from Kerala, can go to Italy just to enjoy Christmas? People ask why the Ottavio ‘Bofors’ Quattrocchi and Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, who was responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Indians, were allowed to leave India by the governments of the time? Were these on any humanitarian grounds? The external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, had humanitarian motives only in simply asking the UK government to let Modi travel, and that too, only if it saw fit do so.
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