Improving the quality of teaching

We need to improve the quality of teaching at institutions of higher learning. Teaching and research are complementary to each other; both deserve equal emphasis in the university system. This, however, is not so and an overemphasis on research component is always advocated.

Moreover, promotions are mostly evaluated on the basis of the candidates’ research publications. Whereas there is record of excellence in research, there is no such record in teaching. Students can give the feedback, but this system is never put to practice.

Autonomy given to universities/ departments in the evaluation of students often impedes the mechanism of feedback. This adversely affects good teaching in universities.


Acquiring new knowledge and advances in scientific areas and transmitting them to the future generations should be the basis of teaching. It is only through quality and significant research encouraging innovation that the complementary role of research in teaching is achieved.

Prof V. K. KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Minimum balance

Geetanjali Korpal revived the hope of customers being exploited by commercial banks (Sept 7). It is good to create a saving habit but penalty should not be imposed because it will not cause any loss to the bank. Further, an annual bonus should be paid on the minimum balance, being a fixed deposit, till the closure of the account. The authorities concerned should act in the right direction.

B.D. SHARMA, Badaihar (Hamirpur)

In bad taste

Having said that “the opponents of the 123 nuclear deal are enemies of development and peace”, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi seems to have taken a leaf out of US President George Bush’s book. Mr Bush accuses everyone opposed to the US foreign policy adventures to be “enemies of freedom and democracy”.

Sadly, when political leaders are afraid of engaging in sensible arguments and discussion, they resort to cheap jibes against their opponents.

J. KHAHRA, Leicester (UK)

Serials on the Army

Left Right Left, a TV serial on the Army life is currently being telecast close on the heels of an earlier serial Saara Akaash on the Air Force. But instead of showcasing the forces’ professional skills, these serials are indulging in intrigues and events far from reality.

TV serial makers should learn a lesson or two from the filmmakers and produce some real good serials on the defence forces. Strangely, much like the Air Force earlier, the Army, too, is not taking action against the outrageous serials that tend to paint the services in bad light.

Wg-Cdr C.L. SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Disturbing trend

I read the editorial, “Manufacturing news” (Oct 2). Earlier, it was the trend of making news exciting and to be ahead in the race by some of the media persons. Then pornography dominated the scene. Thereafter, fabricated stories of bhoot preta became the tools to attract the people. The current trend of manufacturing news is a blot on the noble profession. Stringent punishment is a must for those indulging in this.

ANUP K. GAKKHAR Jalandhar city


Cut interest rates for growth

During the last two-three years, banks have increased the lending rates up to 3-4 per cent. This increases the cost of funds for the companies, reduces their liquidity and affects their profitability and viability. High interest in housing sector affects the growth of real estate.

Moreover, with high interest, new investment is less which affects the economic growth. In the US, the interest rate is hardly 5.5 per cent. There is a further cut recently to give boost to their sluggish economy. Consequently, for more growth, interest rates should come down in India too.

DEEPAK SHARAF, Rampura Phul 

Bridge for growth

The Ram Sethu bridge has become very controversial. The sentiments of the people should not be hurt, but the government should ferret out the truth and enlighten people. Some organisations are of view that the bridge should be used for the country’s economic growth. Though it is difficult to tackle this problem, the authorities should adopt a balanced, rational and logical approach.


Waiting for results

The Punjab Civil Service (Judicial) examination was held on July 20-22, 2007. According to the notification, the results of the written test were to be declared on Aug 30, followed by Viva-Voce during Oct 1-15. As the results of the written test are not yet out, the candidates are in a fix. The authorities should announce the results immediately.




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