---- Editorial ----
Difficult days ahead for Congress
The result of assembly election in 5 states have come as big bonus for the ruling
BJP. Party won massive mandate in UP and Uttarakhand. It is on the verge of forming
government in Goa with support of smaller parties and independent MLAs. Party is
also hoping to form government in Manipur. The stunning election victory is being
credited to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. The duo has
manage to surpass all expectation and got such massive mandate for the BJP. The UP
victory is expected to lay foundation for BJP in 2019 general election.
The result also pose serious question mark over the future of Congress party. Though
party scored impressive victory in Punjab, it lost miserably in Uttarakhand and UP.
Questions are being raised about leadership of party vice president Rahul Gandhi.
However, problem for Congress is not only about leadership but it’s much deeper.
Party is facing factional problem in almost every state. Congress leaders are more
worried about their personal growth than that of the party. This is the root cause
of Congress downfall. The party is also failing to shed image of being pro-Muslim
and that of a corrupt party. Unless these issues are tackled Congress will never
win heart of the people of India. There is vast disconnect between Congress and the
people. With Narendra Modi continuing to dominate Indian politics, the road ahead
looks extremely difficult for the Congress.
---- Readers Forum ----
Letter to Education dept
Through your Esteemed daily, I would like to convey my grievances regarding the cancellation
of Post matric Scholarship.
We have applied for the PMS scheme 2016-17 for availing scholarship from the Central
Govt as they provide us with an amount of more than 30,000/-per annum as our scholarship
through Govt.of AP.
Though I haven't availed PMS scholarship last year, yet I have applied for same
this year for the scholarship, and regarding cancellation notice (NOC) issued by
the DHTE we opt to cancel the State Scholarship which is merely 9000/-per annum and
avail the Post Matric Scholarship.
Concerned department Directorate of higher and technical education should not
have an issue regarding the release of stipend. We have already given our Linked
Aadhar card during filling of form on the Scholarship application.
They are creating mere excuses, tension and chaos among thousands of students studying
outside the state and overall it is not possible to run and complete NOC within a
short span of time.
Questionable exams in private schools
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to aware the concerned authorities and
the individuals associated with, regarding some real corrupt activities that takes
place during the board exams of Classes X and XII, especially when the exam centres
are private schools in the state.
I have been through one. I appeared for my 12th board in 2016, where I gave the exam
at a private school (undisclosed) in the capital complex. what was very shocking
to me was not the fact that students cheated in the exam but the teachers and the
school authorities themselves were involved too. Halfway through the exam, the teachers
provide the students with compactly stapled cheat papers which are distributed. The
students are allowed to bring mobile phones, even after 'thorough checking' at the
entrance. The students are allowed to talk to each other and then there's so much
voice, it's more like a fish market than an exam taking place. Back when I was appearing
for my 12th and came across what really happens behind the scene, I was taken aback.
I did my best to complain to the head authorities but nothing happened. I tried telling
my friends to complain collectively but all they said was," What can you do? Everybody
cheats even in board exams, students and teachers alike and everybody knows that".
The thing that concerns me the most is the fact that students attend schools, especially
'private schools' for better education or 'so they say' but after what I've seen
and been through, it's more like a pathetic business to acquire more students scoring
high (even if it's by cheating) to put up in the posters and advertisements and add
to their laurel than providing them with true and quality education.
I don't know if the parents or guardians are aware of the fact because once I even
saw a parent demanding at the time of admission that his son should pass, no matter
what; who I later came to know of, failed twice appearing from a Government School.
I couldn't give my board exam with the full potential that I had. What was discerning
to me was normal for others and for some 'an opportunity to score more' and maybe
that's why this kind of reality is silently swept under the rug.
I know that some private school authorities and parents are aware of the fact, which
I would like to sincerely request not to indulge in such malicious activities. And
the students should score by their own capability. A student should gain and acquire
and be taught more than enough regarding the syllabus in an academic year provided
and even the students should abide by that and score by their own true potential
rather than give in to corrupt ways of scoring more.
Now that 2017 board exam is just around the corner, many students might be unaware
of the situation. Educational qualification should not be just about being able to
pass or score high (by cheating), it should become one's asset and the knowledge
should be 'gained'.
This is real serious issue and the youth of our society being introduced to the route
of corruption from such a young age is concerning. Therefore, I would like to conclude
my letter with a request to the Government and the concerned head authorities to
control the cheating rackets that takes place during the upcoming and future board
exams. And also the students not to get involved in such miserable activities.
Why authorities are in such a hurry that they can't wait for NSP merit list generation?
We have waited this long for scholarship. Nevertheless you are giving us an additional
stress with your infamous cancellation notice.
Are we enrolled to scholarship so we can cancel it at the final stage?
Are you trying to tell us not to go for central scheme?
Give us more time
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring to notice a simple
issue which caused a great deal of loss.
March 9, 2017, CBSE English exam for +2 students. I too appeared the same in centre
Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ziro.
The 15 minutes is allotted, as per CBSE rule to the students. I asked the invigilator
for it, he/she completely rejected it, and ordered us to close the question paper.
Due to the lack of time, I had to leave precious mark. Even loosing 1 mark in +2
exam means a lot to us.
I am not condemning the reputed institution, whereas, I want the principal of the
same said institution to look into the matter urgently as we have more exams coming
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