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VC deserves all support to stem the rot

It is highly commendable that the first issue of The Tribune in the new year 2007 opens with a brilliant editorial on the front page in support of the Lucknow University Vice-Chancellor, Dr R. P. Singh (“Carry on Professor: The nation will be with you”, Jan 1).

Dr Singh is fighting single-handedly to clean up the university from the mess which has been created by the bullies and hoodlums, who had resorted to violence and brought the university to its closure.

The editorial highlights four points. First, the Vice-Chancellor’s decision to implement the guidelines suggested by the Lyngodoh Committee and directed by the Supreme Court provoked the students to agitate and create disturbances. The Vice-Chancellor was only doing the right thing.

Secondly, the Mulayam Singh government and their political parties, by not supporting the Vice-Chancellor, are exposing their narrow vested political interests, which are immensely harmful to the university.


 

Thirdly, and regrettably too, as always, the teaching community, inert and passive on such occasions, fearing the political bosses utterly show a lack of courage to come out openly in support of the Vice-Chancellor.

And finally, the editorial reflects the crisis which Lucknow University faces is not an isolated one but several other educational institutions also suffer from such maladies. Alas! there are not bold and righteous individuals like Dr R.P. Singh to be found to face such challenging situations.

Congratulations to Mr H.K. Dua for his bold, instructive and constructive editorial.

Prof V. N. DATTA, New Delhi

II

The universities in UP have always hogged the limelight for being hotbeds of dirty activities. One joins a university or other academic institution to get educated in a certain discipline. Hence the students should concentrate only on studies. There should be no students’ union as their raison d’etre, modus operandi and modus vivendi are all vicious. In the scenario of the Lucknow University, it is the wrestler politician who is misusing the institution for his nefarious ends.

It is simply appalling that the student goons are being provided with security merely to make them look important and persons of status!

The need of the hour is to enact a comprehensive law that allows only bona fide students to enroll themselves at universities. The law should forbid politicians and non-students to enter the campus precincts without any genuine purpose.

GEETANJALI KORPAL, Advocate, Amritsar

III

The hoodlums, bullies and goondas under the garb of student leaders, overstay in the universities must be weeded out from educational institutions and universities. Mr Dua’s editorial is thought provoking and he has taken a courageous stand in highlighting the “polluted” atmosphere in the universities.

We strongly feel that the Lyngdoh Committee Report must be implemented in letter and spirit in all the universities and high learning institutions. Let us endeavour to cleanse the politically perverted and polluted atmosphere in the universities and truly make them “temples of education”.

Mr Dua has given us a lead and we will follow him. There is no dearth of wisdom and talent in our young people. We salute The Tribune for its path-breaking editorials.

BALRAJ BHANDARI & RAJESH RATTAN, Chandigarh

IV

What has been highlighted in the front-page editorial is only a tip of the iceberg. The misuse of hostels by students for causes other than education is equally deplorable and despicable in other universities too. At Lucknow, the situation has reached a flash point.

It is of no use to blame the Vice-Chancellor for not handling the situation tactfully. What is happening in Lucknow University is the offshoot of general degradation and degeneration that has crept into the administration of the state.

Sadly, politics rules the roost in all universities. The selection and appointment of the VCs for reasons other than merit is the root cause of the menace of indiscipline bedeviling our higher institutions of learning. As long as the VC dances to the tune of the powers that be, his/her going will be smooth. But the moment one refuses to play a second fiddle, troubles brew up manifold. Dr R.P. Singh seems to have rubbed the leaders on the wrong way and incurred their displeasure who are out to foment trouble for him.

I agree that university hostels should not be allowed to become sanctuaries for musclemen, goondas, anti-social and anti-national elements under the grab of students. Dr Singh, therefore, deserves all help to ensure that our university hostels do not become arenas for political and anti-academic activities.

M.L. DHAWAN,Advocate, Chandigarh

Promote Haryanvi culture

Mr Anoop Luthra, Director for Youth and Cultural Affairs, Kurukshetra University, featured in Regional Potpouri (Dec 25) as a crusader on a white horse for strengthening Haryanvi culture should be given whole-hearted support by the university, the state government, the Union Ministry of Culture, and the people.

Mr Luthra has been making innovative attempts to promote Haryanvi dance, music, art and all other forms of entertainment. Haryana, carved out of Punjab, in 1966, has its own distinctive identity which is getting obliterated in this age of globalisation. While Haryana is a Hindi-speaking state, it has many dialects in its different districts and sub-divisions, which deserve to be protected and indeed enhanced.

VINOD CHOWDHURY,Senior Reader in Economics, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi


 


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