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Need for equal employment opportunities

PRABHJOT SINGH’s report, “Break nexus between education providers, recruiting agents” (Jan 3), is timely. The education sector has attracted many big players following privatisation. But it is also considered one of the easiest modes of money-making. Most students are left to compete in the job market on their own except a few pampered and protected ones. With decreasing government jobs and increasing privatisation of job opportunities, most industries and organisations, mostly owned by private education providers, give jobs to students passed out of their own institutes or have a liaison with other industrial houses on a quid pro quo basis to absorb their students.

The government institutes do have good infrastructure and a well-trained faculty with comparatively low cost of education, but the problem is that of placements. Things may worsen if the private education providers are not regulated through a mechanism. Clearly, job opportunities should not be restricted to students to private-run institutions alone. All students — those in state-run and private institutions — should get equal opportunities to compete in a free and fair manner and get jobs.

Dr S. S. VERMA Longowal (Sangrur)


Indian students in Australia and Britain are not students but economic migrants. They may be on student visas, but have no intention of studying or going back. What do they do after their visas run out?

Britain and Australia welcome genuine students from India, — those who have good honours degrees from Indian universities and want to pursue post-graduate qualifications. But the recent deluge of students from Punjab does not come into this category — they are poorly qualified, have little knowledge of English and are rude. In fact, they are spoiling India’s good name.


PM’s concern

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rightly expressed concern over red-tape in scientific growth (Jan 4). We have the best talent and so brain drain is on the higher side. Developed countries are taking benefit of the cheaper and best skilled workers and hindering India’s development.

Before recalling our scientists from abroad, we have to create the required infrastructure and condition to stop brain drain. May be, we can enact a legislation making it mandatory for every doctor, engineer and scientist to serve in India, after passing out, for at least 15 years. Only then, we can think of competing with the global market.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepur city


The Prime Minister has said that the red tape, political interference and lack of recognition are strangling Indian science. Surely, red tape and corruption are ruining the progress of the country. Politicians and bureaucrats are more interested to fill their coffers. They protect criminals at the cost of the poor people. 

Science can grow and develop if scientists are given a free hand to excel without any obstacles, red tape or otherwise.

B.S. GANESH, Bangalore

Secrets of life

Aradhika Sharma’s middle, “Frogs, snails and puppy tails” (Jan 2) is a good piece about adolescence dilemma. Today’s kids are learning the secrets of life very early, thanks to the information explosion on the internet. Today’s kids know things we learnt only in the college.

My nine-year-old son often asks embarrassing questions. The film, 3 idiots, proves to be the proverbial last straw in his quest for knowledge. He seems to feel that we are avoiding his queries.

Clearly, today’s kids are riding on the superhighway of life powered with the information of the internet and we should not attempt to camouflage facts of life which they might already have searched on the web. We must instead be their friends, philosophers and guides and help them to be well-informed.


Timely decision

The news-item, “Rape case trial in two months” (Jan 2) has rekindled the hope of speedy justice in the rape victims whose cases have been pending in courts for years. The amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code have vindicated the campaign of speedy trial of the molestation and rape cases.

The government has woken up form deep slumber after public outcry over the Ruchika molestation case. However, it is better late than never. If the Act is implemented in letter and spirit, it will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the victims and checking crime against women.

Prof I.J. BHARTI, Karnal

Choosing judges

It is a welcome relief that Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran’s scheme to work his way into the Supreme Court has been overturned. But the question that remains unanswered is how the collegium of judges recommended his name for elevation to the apex court in the first place. Obviously, the collegium had taken the decision without proper application of mind.

Only the best and the brightest should make it to the temples of justice, barring favourites without exception. We need to put in place a mechanism to ensure that only those with impeccable character and high integrity become judges.




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