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Time to take clear stand on NEET

It is still unclear whether NEET (National Eligible-cum-Entrance Test) for the PG courses should be abolished. Today, it is essential to have a uniform pattern of syllabus and an appropriate level of study to make a competent doctor but NEET does not seem to be the only option left to secure this. Most of the students who appeared in the examination last year faced a number of problems.

The fact that they are having only one exam per year is depressing to many as one has to wait for another year just to improve on his previous performance. Also, there are complaints regarding the zigzag pattern of the syllabus and the twisted method of evaluating scores. It would have been better if the government and medical boards had conducted a survey and got to know the aspiring candidates' preferences. Students are now demanding the improved standard of questions set for the paper and conduct a biannual examination just like AIIMS and PGIMER.


Onion shortage

The inflated prices of vegetables, pulses and other household items have made the aam admi's life miserable. Nowadays onion prices have increased to Rs 80 per kg, making it difficult for poor people to eat chapatti with onion. And the reason behind this sharp rise in the prices of onion and other essential commodities being stated is the implausible one: low production. But the fact is that wholesalers reduce the supply to gain maximum profits by turning hoarders. The government, as usual, has failed to crack down on hoarders and black marketers.


Rahul on poverty

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi says that poverty is a state of mind. He seems to forget that there are only two classes in the world, the haves and haves-not. To be poor is no vice, but an inconvenience, a disadvantage and a downside that freezes “the genial current of the soul”. Aristotle maintains that “poverty is the parent of revolution and crime”. “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich,” said John F Kennedy in 1961.


Udham Singh

Every year government machinery gathers at Shaheed Udham Singh's native house at Sunam in Sangrur district to observe his martyrdom day. But hardly any initiative is taken towards the development and maintenance of his house adorned with pictures, manuscripts and other articles of value.

The archeological department needs to upgrade the historical museum of the martyr. It's a matter of concern that the monuments of national value, that too of great freedom fighters like Shaheed Udham Singh, and several other historical documents have been totally neglected by the archaeological authorities (in Sunam). This shows our lack of respect for our freedom fighters and national heroes.


Omar's statement

The incidents of violence that occurred at Kishtwar were not a protest but a pre-planned act against one community. It was shocking to read Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement that “it's not a big thing to protest against India. It has occurred many times before”. If such incidents had taken place many times before, it is very shameful for which he must be castigated by the Congress. The Centre should intervene and take strong action against the perpetrators.


Jalandhar traffic

With the condition of roads deteriorating due to rain, there is an urgent need to fill potholes and ensure the commuters’ safety. It is unfortunate that the repeated requests of the Jalandhar traffic police to the Municipal Corporation authorities to this effect have drawn a blank, making them to arrange the filling of potholes on their own. It shows the traffic police's concern for the safety of commuters. On the other hand, it appears that commuters’ safety does not figure on the MC's priority list. This initiative of the Jalandhar traffic police deserves to be appreciated.


Pak doublespeak

Pakistan's anti-India resolution passed by its national assembly is a stupid effort to outsmart India. On the one hand, it shows a desire to continue the peace process with India; on the other, it supports Kashmiri militants. It keeps its terror training camps flourishing on its soil despite assurances to the contrary. India on its part has been following a lukewarm approach to this belligerent country even after fully understanding its audacity. It is time India came out explicitly and firmly that no more talks unless all terror camps were wound up and Hafiz Saeed was booked.

S C LUTHRA, Chandigarh

Peacetime casualties

The INS Sindhurakshak tragedy has shocked ex-servicemen. When soldiers/sailors/airmen die during a war, the parents feel proud of their wards' martyrdom. But such peacetime causalities are very painful for one and all. During my 39 years of service in the Indian Navy, I never saw such a  big tragedy.


Substandard engg education

The quality of education in engineering institutions is deteriorating day by day. This is leading to an increase in unemployment among well-educated youth. The main reason for this is the rapid opening of private engineering colleges and their main aim is to earn money. The management quota system is a leading example of this.

Sixty per cent of seats in PTU did not find students after all the counselling sessions. This is due to the lack of quality education. The government and Central technical universities should give approvals to new colleges only after making sure that they have qualified staff and good infrastructure.




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