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Losing a patriot

Raj Chengappa's article "Gujral, Kalam and the Bharat Ratna" (Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune, Dec 2) was approachable. With the demise of former Prime Minister IK Gujral, India has lost a patriot and scholar-statesman. He played a vital role during India's independence through his writings and provided new direction to the country. Though he remained Prime Minister for less than a year, he left an impact with "Gujral Doctrine". He was a great admirer of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and his contribution to India's space and missile building capability is well known. India has lost an able leader.

Anju Sikri Anand, Chambaghat

Standing tall

Apropos Jupinderjit Singh's "Rapid action NGO for those in distress" (Sunday Tribune, Dec 2), it is admirable that volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa operate from the roadside and have consecrated their lives to the welfare of humans. The founder of the NGO is worthy of a salute from every section of society. It is sad that India, which boasts of being the most powerful and emerging economy in the world, is not doing enough for its poor and the welfare of its people. It is inhuman to pass by an injured person and not extend any help. We need more such NGOs.

Shweta Dogra, Jalandhar Cantt

Who is responsible?

We cannot put the entire blame on teachers and the quality of education being provided to students for the dismal academic scene in India ("Not all's well in the classroom" by Aditi Tandon). The government is doing its bit. It trains teachers and then there is Sarv Sikhsha Abhyaan and the midday meal scheme to attract students. In spite of all this, students are not performing well. This doesn't mean teachers are not doing there job. Students coming from weaker economic background are not always interested in studies and would rather work to help their parents.

Prabhjot Kaur Heran, Jagraon


Teachers and parents see the abolition of examinations as the major cause for this decline. Teachers don't find it necessary to teach and students don't feel the need to study. Continuous and comprehensive evaluation is a sound concept, but it is not taken seriously. Also, there is poor communication between teachers and students these days. Recruitment, pre-service training and in-service training programmes need rejuvenation. If politicians, bureaucrats and teachers in government schools admit their children to these schools, there will be a perceptible change in the quality of education.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula


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