Punjab should promote quality education

The educational system in Punjab is defective. The child is burdened with a bulky syllabus and teachers are in a tearing hurry for completing the lessons. Education has become more of learning subjects by rote rather than promoting the fundamental concepts of subjects like science and social studies. As a result, students fail to do well in X and XII examinations.

There is need to pay greater attention to improving the quality of education in Punjab’s schools. Students of government schools are not doing well in the examinations because of the teachers’ failure to establish effective rapport with them. In rural Punjab, either the teachers are absent or the standard of education is very poor.

It is noteworthy that Haryana, in sharp contrast, is encouraging quality education in rural and urban areas. In this context, the government has a positive approach in financial outlays and results. Haryana considers education as an instrument of development. This should be an example for Punjab to emulate.




It is a pity that successive governments have always been apathetic towards quality education in Punjab. Education has reached the saturation point, especially in certain highly technical and medical institutions. There is more emphasis on quantity rather than on quality. The result: increasing white-collared unemployment or underemployment amongst trained professionals.

Confused policies marred education during the Amarinder Singh regime. There was no security of service for private or government teachers. Security of service is very important for achieving good results.

The privately managed aided schools and college teachers have been demanding the 95 per cent aiding pattern. However, this has not been done. Education is mainly in the hands of the privately managed institutions. The powers that be have been overlooking this fact.

Sadly, education is being treated as commerce. Setting up an education commission will not serve the desired purpose until policies on education are not taken out of the bureaucratic control.

K.K. KHOSLA, Ludhiana

Make it reasonable

Toll tax on improved roads and newly built flyovers is a necessary evil. For the renovated road between Hoshiarpur and Balachaur, the imposed toll tax rates are irrational and extremely high.

There are two toll tax barriers. For the stretch between Hoshiarpur and Garhshankar (about 40 km), Rs 29 tax is levied for one way journey by car. For the stretch between Garhshankar and Balachaur (about 20 km), Rs 29 tax is levied for one way. Thus, for a 60-km journey, one must shell out Rs 58! This is unfair and unjustified.

Normally, for a to and fro journey within 24 hours, the toll tax is one and half times the amount charged for one way journey. In this case, the toll tax is Rs 46, again on the higher side. For the distances covered in the two stretches as mentioned above, the one way toll tax should be Rs 15 and Rs 10 only. The authorities concerned should look into the matter in public interest.

Dr B.R. SOOD,Bahadurpur (Hoshiarpur)


Steel plant for Nahan

During a visit to Nahan, Union Steel Minister Ramvilas Paswan had announced that a steel plant would be set up here. It is a laudable move. Mr Paswan has reportedly instructed the authorities concerned to select some suitable location near Nahan for this purpose.

With the winding up of the Nahan Foundry, Nahan deserves an important industry in the public sector to help absorb the young labour force. The steel plant can easily be located in the Markanda Valley.

Since the raw material for such a plant will have to be procured from far off states, the plant should be developed to produce specialised steel. In some European countries, special steel produced is more valuable than even gold.

Once this belt gets a steel plant, it will require a railway link. Kala Amb at the foot of the Shivaliks is already humming with industrial activity. If the railway line connects Dehra Dun, Paonta Sahib, Kala Amb, Naraingarh, Ambala and Chandigarh, this backward zone will witness an economic boom.

Dr L.K. MANUJA, Nahan (HP)

For all times

I read the news-item, “Replace Shakespeare, say experts”. Before this suggestion is accepted, it should be borne in mind that great writers like Shakespeare are for all times as they delve deep into the human mind.

Students of English literature at graduation level will lose much if Shakespeare is replaced by modern writers. His profundity of thought and way of narration remain unparalleled to this day. Poet Dryden’s following lines about the bard are relevant for all times:

But Shakespeare’s magic could not copied be In that circle none could tread but he.

V.P. MEHTA, Chandigarh

Why skip bus stand?

With the construction of the Morinda bypass, passengers desirous of alighting at Morinda bus stand are put to great inconvenience. Buses skip the bus stand as they are diverted to the bypass to avoid the railway crossing.

As a result, passengers have to trudge long distances along with their luggage and children. The authorities concerned should direct all buses to pass through the local bus stand as is the practice at Ropar.




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