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Don’t deprive the deserving of higher education

Keeping in view the highly competitive spirit of students, it is not surprising to note that various colleges in Delhi have announced 100% cut-offs for students seeking admission to undergraduate courses this year (editorial Cut-offs are zooming: Admission seekers face big challenge, June 17).

Good educational institutions in Delhi want only exceptionally intelligent students who can bring fame to the institution with their academic performance. In these days of competitive education, there is no dearth of students getting high percentage marks. That is why the colleges go in for high cut-offs.

To accommodate all students in degree colleges, even those with 80% marks, it is necessary to increase the number of colleges, and also improve the quality of education so that no deserving student is deprived of higher education. Moreover, with the Right to Education in force, such a system has become an essential one. The HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, who has brought many reforms in the education system, should make all efforts to see that there are more degree colleges in the country imparting quality education. This is the only way to ensure that every deserving student gets admission in colleges.

R K Kapoor, Chandigarh

Women empowerment

I felt ashamed to read the front-page story, India is fourth most dangerous place for women (June 16).  It is unfortunate that man, who is the product of woman, is not taking care of her. Her role as mother, wife and sister is being ignored.  The statistical figures gathered by the survey of Thomson Reuters’ Trustlaw Women are alarming and a cause for great concern to the world community.

The words of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, who brought Independence to India — If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate an entire family — have to be given a practical shape.  In fact, the real change will come when women begin to influence the political deliberation of the nation.  It must be kept in mind by the men folk that the nation that does not respect women will never become great.

In case we are tempted to argue that a lot has been done for women empowerment, we must think twice in view of the rising cases of female infanticide, post-marriage and workplace harassment, less than 10% strength of women in legislature, and the prevalence of gender disparity.

The strict implementation of the existing laws is the need of the hour to pave the way for women empowerment. I don’t think India can become a developed nation when there is so much discrimination against women in society.

Harish K Monga, Ferozepur

The elderly

The editorial Venerable, also Vulnerable (June 16), raised a pertinent issue of prevention of abuse of the elderly. It is very shocking and disgusting to note that in India a large number of elderly persons silently suffer abuse at the hands of their daughters-in-law. The main causes of the abuse are growing materialism, interference by the parents of the daughters-in-law, change in cultural values, lack of economic resources. The elderly also feel neglected due to a lack of interaction with the family members owing to their busy schedules. Moreover, they require social, economic, moral and physical support. The government must provide them social security. 

Harjeev Kumar Khanna, Ferozepur City

Lokpal Bill

The editorial Lokpal Bill must be salvaged: Time to end discord and move forward (June 18) has rightly captured the undercurrent of the public opinion in the country for combating the monster of corruption, when it emphasises that both the government and civil society activists should exhibit a greater sense of accommodation in settling the contentious issues. Both parties, the government and civil society, should understand that this is not the end of the road, rather it is the first milestone in the process of making, and ultimately enforcing an effective Lokpal Bill. The parties involved should not kill it before it is born.

Jagdish Mitter Gandhi, Gurgaon

Away from sweet home

The middle Heart-breaking shipbreak (June 13) by Trilochan Singh Trewn has touched the chords of human emotions through “Mr Joseph Sabatini”, the owner of an Italian passenger ship, who travelled all the way to Alang waterway jetty (Gujarat) to watch his beloved ship vanishing part by part. He looked back with moist eyes while driving away from there. Well, the ship had reached its zenith. But, what about the plight of all those Kashmiris, who were forced to abandon their homes due to militancy? The longing to return to their homes, which they had built with their hard-earned money, and the emotional bond with their native land where they were born and brought up, can’t be compensated with anything. Only a migrant can feel the agony of another. What could be more heart breaking than to be a stranger to one’s own sweet home.

Harbans Singh, Ambala Cantt



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