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Education sector cries for regulator

Good governance is the key to maintaining order in every sector. Be it an organised or unorganised sector, we need to have a regulatory body to oversee the functioning of a particular sector. Recently, the government has given a go-ahead to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, which is a good step.

However, there is still one sector, which also needs a regulatory body to keep a vigilant eye on it. This is the education sector. Today, one witnesses unchecked growth of coaching institutes all over the country. But these have no accountability. Some institutes are just generating money in the name of education. They fleece aspirants by charging a hefty amount of Rs 1.5 lakh as fee for the preparation of the civil services exams and over Rs 50,000 for AIEEE.

Parents have to take loans and mortgage their land or household items to pay exorbitant fees. Most students joining them feel duped, as there are no set norms or basic conditions set by the government for these institutes to follow. So, it is time to monitor this sector by bringing it under a regulator, which must keep a check on their mushrooming growth and set basic infrastructural requirements to open coaching institutes.


Book lovers

Apropos of Rajan Kashyap’s middle Books to shoes (June 11), it is sad to note that the number of book shops and readers are dwindling. Today, a large number of book shop owners are turning to some other lucrative businesses as book-selling is hardly a profitable business these days.

Moreover, people lavish money on eating out in a restaurant and some other useless pursuits, but they do not buy a book. Gone are the days of book readers and book lovers. Even public libraries witness fewer visitors.


Cleanliness ignored

This is refers to the news item ‘Mayor pulls up staff; was upset over lack of cleanliness on city roads’ (June 3).

Sadly, no one bothers about the filth and mounds of trash strewn around in India. This is the reason why is India seen as one of the dirtiest countries in the world. A few months ago, an international travel group declared Mumbai as the dirtiest city in the world. 

Every time I visit India, I find it filthier as compared to my earlier visits. Rubbish starts appearing right from the airport. If India is getting fewer foreign visitors, it is because of lack of cleanliness. Ludhiana's mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria deserves applause for paying attention to this factor and striving to make the city free from mounds of garbage.  


Unjustified vacations

There are the summer and winter vacations in the courts every year. This practice was started by the Britishers. Before Independence, most of the judges were Britishers and to facilitate them to visit England the vacations were started. Now there is an acute shortage of judges in all the courts. Some cases have been pending over the past decade. Given a huge backlog of cases, this practice should be discontinued.


Cowardly act

It makes one sad to see our youth committing suicide these days. The recent suicide by Bollywood actor Jiah Khan, all of 25 years, is nothing but a cowardly act. In most of the suicide cases, depression, family problems, poverty and career problems are some of the prominent causes.

Depression can be treated through a psychiatrist’s counselling. Moreover, those bent on suicides due to being in trouble must be persuaded to face the problem boldly. They must not stay alone at home. Suicide cannot solve a problem.


Work collectively

Most of the BJP top leaders like LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha and others skipped the party’s national executive meeting in Goa. It seems that BJP leaders stand divided over the Modi’s elevation – some are in his favour, others dislike him. The party’s rank-and-file are surprised at the way some of the senior leaders are behaving.

With elections to five state Assemblies due this year, this lack of solidarity among them will harm its future election prospects. It is time they worked collectively and responsibly to making a government at the Centre.


Monsoon havoc

The early monsoon rain has led to a colossal damage of property and deaths of many people in Uttarakhand. The inclement weather is also obstructing the rescue operations launched by the Army and the local civil authorities. The PM should call an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and to instruct the authorities concerned to carry out relief work expeditiously as well as on a war footing as the weatherman has predicted more rains in the coming days. No shortage of food and water should occur at these places.


Leader of the masses

Comrade Satyapal Dang, a senior leader of the Communist Party of India from Punjab, was a simple, down-to-earth and a natural leader of the masses with rare qualities of mind and heart. He was a well-read Marxist. I always enjoyed reading his informative articles published in The Tribune. Comrade Dang belonged to that rare breed of communist leaders of the country who entered politics to ameliorate the lot of the poor and weak.

He was a symbol of communal harmony in Punjab during the heyday of terrorism and a reliable companion of brave communist leaders of the state some of whom were killed fighting the divisive forces in the state. I salute Comrade Dang who stood firmly all his life in support of national integration, communal harmony and peace in Punjab.




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