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Build bridges through quality education

Prof BS Ghuman’s article ‘Time for a quality check’ (September 24) is an eye-opener. Education is not only for producing literate people but to generate a movement of spreading knowledge, enlightenment and understanding of mutual growth. It should not be a mechanical process of producing young graduates who look for jobs and become money-minded; it should help everyone to understand the importance of other subjects/disciplines and building bridges to share and cultivating better understanding of mechanisms of running society for common good and sustainability of life on earth.

This idea of multi-disciplinary education I had realised while pursuing master's and later doctoral degrees in Panjab University 20 years back and only by personal efforts got my projects (multi-disciplinary) accomplished. I still feel there is a need to train students in higher education in both social, basic and advance/applied sciences. Syllabi must be changed to target future needs of society and to build bridges between different disciplines. If policymakers start thinking now then at least the Indian education system and knowledge bank will have multi-fold benefits.



The article brings out succinctly the dire need to improve the quality of institutions of higher learning which are core to achieve an ambitious goal of India to become a global economic power. The institutions of higher learning are fountainheads of providing human capital and knowledge generation.

Our strategy to expand enrollment of students in the institutions of higher learning comparable to East Asian countries had given massive space to private educational institutions. However, these institutions, instead of imparting skills, are actually focused on reaping profits. The Indian government deserves to be praised for establishing an 18-member commission to examine as to why institutions of higher learning are not able to deliver quality research and skills? This is a step in the right direction.


Lalu in jail

The court has given exemplary punishment to Lalu Prasad, which is a warning to corrupt politicians. If the country has to progress in every field, corruption has to be nipped in the bud. The head of any school, institution, state or a country should not indulge in financial irregularities. Corruption is really the cause of many evils. So, corrupt politicians and officials must not be spared.



Although Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to five-year imprisonment, he will enjoy all the facilities in jail. He will now appeal in the higher court. In the meantime, he will lead his party from jail. What about the money plundered by all the accused and how this will be recovered? It means it is not a bad proposition for them as they have enjoyed with this money for the last 17 years. This shows that true justice has not been done in this case.

I P S ANAND, Gurgaon

A remarkable win

Apropos the report 'India thrash Malaysia to lift U-21 hockey title' (September 30), kudos to Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and his team mates for the remarkable victory in the six-nation tournament concluded recently in Johar Bahru in Malaysia. Our team achieved excellent results by beating England, Argentina, Pakistan and Malaysia. However, the team still needs intensive training to improve the rate of penalty corner conversion. The team coach will have to make strenuous efforts in this regard.


Missing daughters

The editorial 'Missing daughters: No biological explanation' has aptly pointed out that the female mortality rate far exceeds that of male mortality. It has been proven by researchers and statistics do reveal that women hardly get timely medical treatment even in economically developed states like Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

In well-off states, it is believed that the fruits of development will reach all sections of society but in our country this is a distant dream. In reality, women are still the worst sufferers. Besides, in poor states, the chances of women's survival and their growing up are challenged due to the lack of availability of medical facilities and nutrition. Instead of giving piecemeal packages, we need to create an enabling environment where women can develop to her fullest potential.

DR RAJESHWARI, Kurukshetra 

Loss of face?

The editorial ‘Loss of face’ (October 4) says “Dr Manmohan Singh rightly resisted the pressure for his resignation. That would have meant going down in history on a negative issue”. There was no pressure on Dr Manmohan Singh to resign but to remind him that Dr Manmohan Singh can stoop to any level to get insulted but not the PM Dr Manmohan Singh. He was being reminded to keep the grace of office of PM of this great nation called India. His resistance to pressure will be tested only when Sonia/Rahul ask him to resign.

He only followed the thought of Erich Fromm published in The Tribune recently on choice between to have or to be. He chose to have because only that gives him existence thus giving a message to the youth of India that keep your haves at the cost of your being; as being is intangible and haves are tangible in the form of chair and money. His decision will go in history as how much can a man fall as he rises to stay there.

Prof K K GARG, Chandigarh



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