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Mulayam,  Mayawati on the same side?

It would be interesting to see the result of  PM Manmohan Singh’s tightrope walk to keep  mutually antagonistic Mayawati and Mulayam Singh on the UPA’s side  for ensuring  his government’s smooth sailing in Parliament (editorial Will Maya, Mulayam help?”, November 13).

 Mayawati and Mulayam Singh have political compulsions to stick to the UPA government, albeit temporarily. They will support it as long as their partisan interests are served.

However, what will be worrisome for the UPA Government is that Mayawati and Mulayam Singh will compete with each other to get their pound of flesh, diverting its attention now and then from other important national issues.

HEMA, Langeri (Hoshiarpur)

Aakash-2 bridging gaps

The central government should be commended for bringing out the Aakash-2 tablet, an affordable yet updated device, into common use. It is through its dedicated efforts towards bringing technology within the reach of every student of the country that this has become possible. There have been some laudable measures which show the government’s resolve in making conditions better in our country like, amendment to the Child Labour Act, more budgetary support for education sector as envisaged in the 12th five year plan, strengthening of the Right To Education Act, eradication of polio, etc. The launching of such an electronic gadget would surely go a long way in reducing the wide deficit between technology and education in India.


Irresponsible minister  

The Punjab Health Minister is siding with unethical government doctors, who are running their private hospital and attending patients during their duty hours when they should be present at government hospitals ( news item Mittal, Navjot at loggerheads over string operations’, November 13). Dr Navjot Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary, Health, who is conducting surprise raids to catch these doctors red-handed, deserves appreciation, rather than  be questioned.

The Health Minister must know better that it is his job to weed out corrupt doctors from the Health Department.

These sting operations being conducted by Sidhu are not ‘lottery draws’; these are based on public complaints against irresponsible doctors.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Put house in order

Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister took a trip to Pakistan in order to promote trade with the country which itself is in a shambles. How will it help us?

Back home, the industrial belt across Dera Bassi and  Lalru has shifted due to power deficit. The sports industry in Jalandhar is running into huge losses due to the unfriendly policies of the state government and stiff competition from Chinese products. The same is true for the iron industry in Mandi Gobindgarh and foundry and casting units in Batala.

Sukhbir Badal is quick in showering crores to his alma mater, kabaddi and in organising foreign trips for family and friends but hesitates in adding the same money to the MSP decided by the central government.


Vocational training

Harender Raj Gautam in ‘Introduce job-oriented vocational courses’ (November 13) has rightly pleaded the case of turning the youth to vocational courses to fulfill the HR needs of industries.

It is necessary to highlight prospects of professional courses at the school level. This will facilitate the child and the parents to plan accordingly. The government is trying to introduce vocational courses from IXth class onwards.

The main question regarding employability has to be adequately addressed. Vocational schools were introduced a few years back, which did not do too well. Now, renewed efforts at the central level might yield some result. The Haryana government has rightly shown keen interest in this field.

Once employability is ensured and the needs of the industries are taken into consideration, the success of these courses is sure. Behavioural science should also be made a part of vocational courses.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula

Expose fake universities

Enrolment of students in bulk for PhD courses without a well-qualified faculty is a serious fraud committed on ill-informed students and the culprits should be dealt with firmly (news report PhD courses in private universities under lens, Nov 13). Young aspirants for higher studies living in rural areas still have no access to internet and to latest information concerning admissions. Hence, they are easily lured by advertisements of fake universities appearing in leading newspapers guaranteeing degrees to new entrants.

The UGC website has put up a list of fake universities operating in all the states in India. The government is well aware of the existence of such fake universities.




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