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Sibal’s reforms are in right direction

Kudos to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for his bold decision. Both a common syllabus of mathematics and science subjects for classes XI and XII, and a national level single entrance test for engineering and medical colleges are appreciable steps. Indeed it is a welcome milestone in the history of education in India.

This system should be extended to other subjects and streams also. Weightage, if any to be given to marks obtained in Class XII examination, should be considered, only if there is one examination, by one board throughout the country.

The editorial “Single entrance test: It will reduce students’ stress”(Feb 18) has rightly concluded “implementing a change of such a magnitude will require both will and resources.” We are certain that the government under the guidance and stewardship of Dr Manmohan Singh, who is not only an acclaimed economist but also an educationist, will not be found wanting.


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HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s proposal for uniform maths and science curriculum for the students of classes XI and XII all over the country deserves appreciation. The move will definitely remove stress on the minds of students as well as their parents.

Moreover, it will encourage students, especially those studying in rural area and small cities of India, to compete for the single entrance examination. There will be fair and healthy competition among all students studying the same syllabi.

However, some weightage should be given to marks obtained in Class XII examination. The guidelines for the pattern of board examinations and marking criteria must be uniform all over the country.


Judges’ elevation

Kuldip Nayar in his article, “Why Justice Shah couldn’t make it to SC?”(Feb 22), is right in saying that the collegium must provide an answer. The judiciary’s independence and accountability are two sides of the same coin. The members of the collegium are judges of the Supreme Court, who interpret the law.

But when it comes to the elevation of judges to the Supreme Court bench, a single member chooses to veto the decision of the majority. The system needs to be reformed so as to ensure that the deserving are elevated to the Supreme Court.

AJIT SINGH, WIndsor, Canada

Mamata’s budget

It is a great relief that the rail fares have not been hiked in the rail budget presented by the Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee (editorial, “Mamata’s vision: Running on track is her problem”, Feb 25).

The editorial rightly observes that the railway ministers use the provision of a separate rail budget system for their personal benefits and publicity. Ms Banerjee certainly has an eye on the West Bengal Assembly elections. But the public has not been assured of any special comforts of rail journey. This is the major drawback of this budget.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


The editorial has rightly analysed the budget trends. Anyhow, Ms Mamta Banerjee deserves appreciation for taking care of ‘aam aadmi’. 

It is but natural that every minister takes care of his or constituency and the budget has been made with a political bias keeping in view West Bengal Assembly elections. At the same time, the world’s second largest railway network is suffering from obsolete technology and infrastructure.

HARISH K MONGA, Ferozepur City

Simple living

Maniki Deep’s middle “Slippers, anyone? (Feb 25) was interesting. I was surprised to learn that beggars did not accept slippers. It made me think of a famous proverb, “Time changes and we with time”. Today every individual from any community wants to choose the best.

Along with the rich, even beggars seem to have raised their standards and accept only good things. Overall, we all have become selective about what we want. Branded products and services have captivated us. It is all because we have become materialistic. We should give importance to simplicity as Gary Snyder has rightly said — “Simplicity is light, carefree, neat and loving — not a self punishing ascetic trip.”


Sachin’s record

Sachin Tendulkar is a maestro. His score of 200 runs not out at Gwalior against South Africa in the ODI is a matter of joy for sports lovers all over the world. Congratulations to him for his admirable feat. It is his hard work and dedication towards cricket that has led him to scale these heights.

His success story is inspiring and makes one feel proud to be an Indian.

Sachin says that records are made to be broken and he is continuously making and breaking records.


Better English 

The middle “Zyada better English” (Feb 22) by Aradhika Sharma was interesting. Actually we Indians try to find a parallel in Hindi while studying English which is not the right way to study grammar of this language or for that matter of any language. Every language has its unique grammar and a set of rules. These rules should be studied in their original framework and perspective. Living among the native speakers of the language and interacting with them is the best way of studying and using that language. One of my colleagues would frequently use sentences like “Meet me behind the period. Who is standing in the election?, Sitting on duty, train is walking” and so on.

While studying English we should not see the meaning of words in isolation but in the context in which they are to be used. “Electricity has gone” is a common Indian phrase. A majority of teachers ask their students—“Kindly repeat again”. That is why they say English is a funny language.

VIPIN SEHGAL, Kurukshetra



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