India’s College Campus: Politics, Protests and Classrooms

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India’s College Campus: Politics, Protests and Classrooms

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 23, 2019 14:55 hrs


Two of India’s largest educational institutions have grabbed the headlines, as their campuses have become a hotbed for protests that stem from controversies of mismanagement and corruption.


The hike of fees at JNU and a professor’s allegations of corruption at IIT Guwahati have just reinforced the coffee table discussions, that ‘education is now a business’.


While subsidized education is crucial for the development of a country, for the longest time, education has had ‘leakages’. Subsidized education can be an effective tool to uplift the weaker sections of the society, but instead of being plugged, it has been plagued with loopholes.


Subsidized education is only effective if it reaches the intended target audience. But because of the failure to do better background checks and correct data, a lot of people who do not need these subsidies continue to avail them, at a cost, borne by taxpayers. But with taxpayers tapped to the max, the hike at JNU affects the economically backward students. Students who come from good financial backgrounds do not need subsidies, but several of my acquaintances are beneficiaries at JNU, and therein lay the problem.


As far illegal appointments are concerned, most private and government institutions violate norms at various levels because transparency in the education system is still lacking. The lack of good teachers and security of jobs are equally responsible. As professors fail to complete the syllabus, teach from outdated texts, fix attendance problems with a “fee”, India’s education system is begging for a sincere overhaul.


While colleges could try and steer away from politics in campus, bring focus on fellowships and grants, research and foreign exchange programs, everyone thinks that that would silence the voice of the ‘young minds.’


Well, young minds are easily corruptible and aren’t we all trying to tackle that very problem? 

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