Flip Flop by Delhi University on FYUP!
Delhi University scrapped Four Year Undergraduate Program!
A year back, Delhi University had started B.Tech and BMS Courses as Four Year Undergraduate Program. Now after the program had run one year, if was forced to scrap it. As a compromise the existing students will go on to complete the four-year course and would get their degree. The larger question is what shall be worth of such degree? Presumably nothing.
Delhi University Four Years Under Graduate Program Brochure 2014
Dictate of UGC under the watch of Government.
Delhi University had started B.Tech and BMS Courses as Four Year Undergraduate Program last year and this year i.e. 2014, it had planned to increase the duration of all its undergraduate courses to four years. The move to scrap all the courses came under the dictate of University Grant Commission which claimed that four-year undergraduate program (FYUP) was in conflict with the National Policy of Education. This policy was first framed in 1968. It was changed and reframed in 1986 and was last amended in 1992. The link provided above is last version of the said policy published in 1998 and is official version of Government. It appears UGC is reading something in Policy which is not there. Let us read what these policies laid down.
1968 Education Policy:
1968 education policy was a small document. Clause 17 is relevant and as under: Continue reading
Row over arrest of Indian diplomat
Image courtesy: Indian Express Newspaper
Few days back USA police arrested an Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on grounds of visa fraud. The allegations, which for the purpose of this writing only I would presume to be correct, are that she manipulated visas to have several underpaid servants in her house hold and mis-stated her expenses. The allegations constitute a kind of fraud which is stated to be common in many areas of USA. Having a servant who was not legally permitted to work for gain in USA.
The row involve several aspects. These are dealt with as under:
1. Humiliating manner of arrest.
It is in the reports that the diplomat was arrested while she was dropping her child to school. Arrest of a parent by handcuffing her, that too an Indian lady, in front of child or her school staff, which will make it a matter of gossip in the school, shows something. Was it a personal vendetta? A personal urge to humiliate? Who was that officer? Another parent from same school? Continue reading
International Law is nothing but law of Jungle. Opportunism makes and breaks the law. The term diplomat is normally used in society to call a person as ‘shrewd but sweet liar.’ We all know what is the present meaning of the term ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’ or ‘WMD’. It has nothing to do with Weapons anymore, rather it means a cultivated lie. Problem is that the world has changed a lot since Vienna Convention in 1961. The term rogue state was hardly used back then. Deflation and recessions were obsolete. And PIIGS was not yet invented. It means debt ridden Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Continue reading
Indian Government never learns from Past Mistakes
Release of Italian Marines on Bail
Two Italian marines were accused of killing fishermen in Indian Coastal Waters. While they were on trial they sought to be released on bail which evidently was refused by courts below. Supreme Court of India granted bail on the assurance of Italian Government that the prisoners shall be returned after they cast their vote in Italy. They have to return on 22nd March 2013. But they have already refused. It is everywhere in news papers.
Mario Puzo is known for his famous work God Father. However he had written many more novels. His actual best was Sicilian. It is a novel about oppression of poor by rich/nobles and how an oppressed becomes a bandit or out-law. At one place he writes “This is Sicily. Here there can be treachery within treachery.” The fact is that at the climax he creates such a web of treachery. But we can not judge people of entire nation by a novelists opinion. But my season of humour is getting persistent. But the story is still being written. Let us see how many or more treacheries will play. Continue reading