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Private vs govt

Apropos Growing crisis in school education by Ashok Agarwal (Perspective, March 18), most parents prefer private schools for their wards, while most teachers prefer government schools for a job. The rise of a teacher depends on her performance in the school. While their punctuality, knowledge, teaching skill, interaction with children, etc., are assessed in private schools, government schools practically have no such parameters.

Anup Kumar Gakkhar, Hardwar

Central Schools

Thanks for rating Kendriya Vidyalayas as best schools in the country, but the name in Pushpa M Bhargava's article was mentioned as “Central Schools”, which it is not.

Vijay Raghav, Rohtak

Right education

Pushpa M. Bhargava’s Sibal’s RTE Act is just not working (March 18) has raised issues of quality and infrastructure. While in many parts of the country there may still be problems, the quality and infrastructure of government schools in Chandigarh has improved significantly since the implementation of the RTE Act. Yet, governments, school managements, parents, and other stakeholders need to do more to implement the provisions effectively.

Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, SAS Nagar (Mohali)

Time to go

Apropos Sunil Narula’s Wall that stood tall (Spectrum, March18), the dismal Australia experience brought the realisation to Rahul Dravid that he was past his prime. And instead of trying to hang around by exploiting his past achievements, the self-respecting Dravid promptly quit the scene. It is time the “God” in the Indian team took a cue.

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

Hydro power

Apropos "Country's first hydro-engineering college in Bilaspur" (The Tribune, March 18), I congratulate the Himachal Government as well as the Centre for the initiative in favour of the economical and renewable source of power. India has a vast potential in hydro power, but we have very few hydro specialists owing to lack of awareness, and the dominance of thermal power. However, the credit for being the "first hydro-engineering college" should go to National Power Training Institute, Hydro Power Training Center (NPTI-HPTC) in Nangal, which was inaugurated in 2009.

Varnit Sharma, Yamunanagar

Godless men

This refers to Aruti Nayar's review of "Agnostic Khushwant: There is No God" (Spectrum, March 18). It is strange that every human being considers himself worthy of audience with God. We must first make ourselves worthy of God's audience. Saints, Sufis and prophets are worthy witnesses, and testify to His existence. Nobody ever said indulging in wine and women or visiting clubs made you worthy of His audience. God has no need to prove himself to each one of us.

Narindar Singh, Faridabad

Man of God

Aruti Nayar did full justice to the review, without passing any subjective observations. Khushwant Singh may claim he is agnostic, and declare there is no God, but the depth of his study of religious scriptures only point towards his proximity to God. Yet, unlike hundreds of godmen who keep claiming communion with God, Khushwant has stood steadfast in his belief that God does not exist (for He can neither be reached, nor found!).

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon



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