It all began with some of our intellectual friends visiting our place recently. Since we were meeting after a long time there was a great deal to catch up and update ourselves. Our range of topics included the mundane and the serious: the foremost of them being the burning garbage problem which is turning Chennai into a ‘GarbageCity’ and the lackadaisical attitude of the Powers that be to its consequences. One of them jokingly said we have to search for his house in a mound of garbage. Then the conversation moved on to the Academic scenario which is increasingly becoming controversial: the generally deteriorating standards among today’s students as well as the Academic Heads of some of the institutions. The reason for this we realized was the criteria of their selection which normally and literally adhered to the saying ‘ a known Devil ( includes person and the institution)……’ . It is no wonder that these Heads fail to equip themselves for the positions they occupy because of the ‘inherent’(read ‘yes men’ of the Heads of institutions ) advantages they enjoy which naturally has a cascading effect, we concluded.
Do we have any answers or will the buck stop here?
n.meera raghavendra rao