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Universities: questions to ponder

OUR Prime Minister thinks traditionally and not radically. Similarly, learned writers like the editors of esteemed dailies too fall in line with such thinking. The points in case are the autonomy of the universities, R&D in these institutions, the opening of new colleges to be funded by the Centre as opposed to those by the states or other social organisations. Do we ever think why autonomy is required at all for our universities? Is it only because autonomy is being enjoyed in foreign universities? Or is it because we don’t want any interference from the government?

If so, why shouldn’t there be autonomy in most other departments also where the functionaries, big or small, should be allowed to have a free play? Is the Prime Minister, being an academic, unaware of the criminal misuse of autonomy being made in most universities? Can’t colleges carry out the same function as has been entrusted to the universities at present by manning them with very efficient staff?


 

Is it not a fact that a large chunk of funds goes to universities where the number of students is many times smaller than in the colleges? Are the central universities going to be better places of education? Are they going to be manned by a more efficient faculty? If they are going to be, what prevents the state colleges and universities from being manned so?

Dr K.S. GULIA, Rohtak

Only four thefts

In response to the letter, “Check theft at PAU campus” (July 18), according to Dr V.R. Sharma, Estate Officer, PAU, only four thefts occurred at the campus in June. The security staff were directed to step up vigil to prevent recurrence of thefts. They were also deputed at nakas at certain key points.

The naka party caught a burglar, Jagwinder Singh s/o Piara Singh, a retired employee of the university, on July 15 when he tried to break into 10 type quarters. He has confessed to having involved in the earlier thefts during the recent past when he was handed over to the police.

As regards safety measures, the residents should report to the university authorities immediately when they find any suspicious person moving in the campus. They should also adopt neighbourhood watch measures (keeping the neighbours informed) when there is no one in the house. This is required because all thefts occurred during weekends. Various other safety measures are also in the pipeline.

ADDL. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, PAU, Ludhiana

Training teachers

Amrik Singh, in his article, “No short-cuts to good teaching”, rightly pointed out today’s crucial need for the teacher’s training programmes. This profession is becoming a money-earning profession.

From ancient times, teachers were honoured as the builders of nation. When teachers become corrupt, it marks the ruin of society. There are many training colleges but the methods and techniques in courses like the B Ed, DIET are seldom practiced. Private or state-run, the main purpose of a school teacher should be to train teachers who prepare children to become good citizens.

ARCHANA NAHAR, Shimla

Lal Masjid assault

The assault on Pakistan’s Lal Masjid cannot be compared with Operation Bluestar in our Golden Temple. The Operation Bluestar alienated the 20 million plus Sikh community for desecrating the most pious of the Sikh places of worship, the sacred Sri Harmandir Sahib. 

This has been the darkest chapter of Indian post-partition history and makes many learned Sikhs wonder if the Sikhs did the right thing by joining India in 1947. Unfortunately, no checks have been put to prevent another massacre of the community that followed Indira Gandhi’s assassination to make the community feel secure in India.

HARBIR SINGH, Gurgaon

 






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