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Back to school

Apropos “IITs just got tougher” (Perspective, July 8), the changes in the engineering selection system will definitely be a boost for students regular with the school curriculum. A loss to the entrance coaching industry is also inevitable. Teachers dedicated at school will be rewarded with satisfaction when their students join the top institutes. A similar system needs to be encouraged for medical entrance too.

Dr Sanjay Aggarwal, Solan


After the changes in engineering entrance, the next step should be to bring more colleges under the purview of joint exams to avoid multiple tests. Grading all colleges in various streams like engineering, law, humanities, etc., and conducting a joint entrance exam at a national level for them would also be financially helpful for poor students, besides the admission stress and time.

Kshitij Gupta, Narwana

A people tricked

This has reference to excerpts from Kuldip Nayar’s new book “Beyond the Line” in Spectrum (“The Turmoil in Punjab”, July 8). He has elaborated what Mark Tully has been saying earlier. A large part of the tricks played by political leaders can be analysed in terms of four underlying factors: divide and rule, passing on the buck, reappropriation of public resources for private use, and manipulation of information. It is deplorable that they raise the aspirations of some people and use them against their own rivals. The disturbance in Punjab enabled some persons to stick to power and authority at the cost of life and misery for many, creating refugees once more after 1947. It slowed down the pace of progress. It is up to the people to take the right lessons from this sordid saga.

Dr Jaspal Singh, Amritsar

National low way

Kishwar Desai’s “On the highway to nowhere” (Oped, July 8) should serve as a reminder to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for its lack of concern for people. Supposed to build a super highway from Delhi to Jalandhar in two years, it has created a mess that is a death trap for commuters using National Highway No.1. It has been three years since the work started, which now stands stalled for the past three months, leaving mounds of earth and diversions all over. This mismanagement sends a negative message to visitors from abroad too. Yet, the authorities don’t mind charging a heavy toll on the road.

Tej Walli, Karnal


The article was indeed a reflection of the sentiments of regular commuters from Punjab to the NCR. The upgrade of the Grand Trunk Road should have been a high priority for the government since there is no seaport in the region. The concept of BOT (build, operate transfer), which has served well in the West, has not been successful in India. The fact that the toll booths are being operated efficiently is proof that if the authorities want, things can work.

Dr Mukesh Sharma, Shreveport, LA (US)

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