Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Arjun Singh Zindabad!

Being sufficiently drunk and hydrated after drinking copious amounts of water, I have now decided to write my second general gyan post (The first one is a rant called ‘A Good First Impression’ written some time ago) on this blog.

Why? There’s an answer but I will slime and say, "Because I am dazed and confused, that’s why".

So what’s it going to be about? These are the candidate posts:

1. More than fifty people burnt alive in Meerut. There’s a huge potential for a rant there. But there’s a real danger of me ending up sounding insensitive. You know that’s why I hate crowds…oh..there you see…

2. Salman Khan sent to Jodhpur jail for five years for killing a black buck. Am sure I can think of some humorous ideas on this topic. Like if I were a desperate autograph hunter, you know where I would be likely to break a law now, don’t you?

3. Bangladesh seem to have Australia on the mat in a cricket test match! Is nothing sacred in the world nowadays?! I haven’t done a cricket post as yet, maybe its time for one?

4. Draft proposal on reservations for OBC at 27.5% taking the total reservation at all centrally funded educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs to 49.5%. It is reported that the general populace (forward/upper/general caste, what are we called??) will not suffer since the total number of seats at these prestigious institutions will also be increased proportionately.

Ok, so you are smart and have figured out that I have already decided what I am going to write about and all this nonsense above was just to buy time as I circle around the topic looking for an appropriate sneak in.

Before I launch into the thick of it, I will make the following assumptions against my better judgement:

1. The Honorable Minister Shri Arjun Singh is a very wise man.
2. He has a diligent and intelligent team of bureaucrats who have the interest of the nation at heart.
3. They have the data and reports with them prepared by eminent advisors, which recommend conclusively that this reservation policy will go a long way to alleviate the situation of the downtrodden.

Ok, so why have I made these nonsensical assumptions? Though I would like to say that this would help me to argue the true merits of the case, you know that the real reason is because by doing this I reduce the scope of discussion and make my own job (post) easier (smaller).

But for whatever it is worth I have the following to suggest to the Honorable Minister.

1. Sir, please check your OBC list again. The other day, a gentleman on TV said that there are more than 3500 castes in the list. Even affluent communities like the Lingayats of Karnataka and the Nairs of Kerala are included in it. I am sure you want to avoid the embarrassing situation where an investigation from Aaj Tak/Indian Express/Outlook finds one day that while 75% of the Open Category students have to finance their studies at IIMs via loans, only 25% of the reserved quota find it necessary to do so. And those too for tax exemption purposes. Request you plug in an income criterion which is credible enough to fulfil your noble intentions.

2. Sir, I hope the reservation policy doesn’t mean that people from such backgrounds would get a free entry into the hallowed educational institutions. I hope the cut-off percentages are relaxed and not done away with. For eg. How about a 90th percentile cut off for the IIMs? (I know something smells bad, that’s because I just pulled this number from my ass) I am sure you and your team with the help of the IIM boards and faculty could come up with a reasonable number as well, which will ensure that these guys won’t flunk the course.

3. Sir, it is said that seats will be increased so that the open category students are not affected. I must congratulate you on your wisdom here sir. Only a far thinking person could have come up with this idea. But as you must be aware, more students mean more requirements on infrastructure. More hostels, more classrooms and more quality faculty. I hope you will give the IIM and IIT boards sufficient time (two to five years) to ramp up. Lots of clearances required from your own ministry, you see.

4. Sir, and finally, it is my humble request to give a waiver of two years to the IIMs and four years to the IITs from this policy while they are ramping up their infrastructure. This will also give your ministry enough time to track the success of the policy in other centrally funded educational institutions and document the stellar performance of disadvantaged students when they are provided the right opportunity. This will help you to counter all those contorted allegations from the elite educated IIT/IIM minority (really, twits they are) and the partisan English media.

At you service sir, always.


singlewheatfemale said...

u should have written at your service and shoes, saar!!!
no seriously quite good views and counetrs, i like it!!!
now there, throw something at me!!!

dazedandconfused said...

What throw? anyways, my shoulder's aching...

camelpost said...

I challenge the concerned jokers to go ahead with 50% Reservation for not only students but also for teaching staff. Its better that Government builds one more IIT and IIM and call them RIIT and RIIM (R stands for you know what) and let others live in peace and maintain their standards. RIIT and RIIM may be put under AICTE for added glory. It will be wiser for the government to offer the best of education from primary education and make them face the world rather than give them feel of artificial security by reservation.

Naam Arjun Raknewala sab Yudh nahi jeeet saktein
aur IIT IIM koi Kurushetra bi nahi hein
Na is Arjun ke paas koi Krishn bhi hai
Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya Sathuskratham
Dharma samsdha banarthaya sambavami yuge yuge
Tora Tora Tora

dazedandconfused said...

I get all kinds...:I

The One said...

You can clear CAT, but can you clear Quants?

dazedandconfused said... can always scrape one's way out...

camelpost said...

AICTE Punched by Court Orders

The Madras High Court, in an interim direction relating to the regulatory jurisdiction of the AICTE and the UGC over deemed universities, has instructed the former to issue a public notice advising students to attend classes.

Reserving its final order, a bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Prabha Sridevan said the AICTE in its advertisement should mention that students must return to their colleges, since failure to attend classes would result in their losing an academic year.

It must be published in English and Indian language newspapers, the judges said.

The bench indicated that orders would be pronounced in the third week of May and observed that all deemed universities must take prior permission from the UGC before starting new courses.

The AICTE could be part of the inspection team mandated to visit deemed universities, the judges added.

narayan said...

What "merit" are we talking of anyway ? Scores in entrance exams at age of 17?

The issue is not of reservation . It is of deservation !! For too long people from certain castes have been claiming certin priviledges as a divine right .So what has been reserved for so long now needs to be dereserved !!

Take the claim of "merit based" entrance to all IIMs, Mudra Insitute of Communication, Manipal
IMT, Ghaziabad
MDI, Gurgaon
Goa Institute of Management
Institute of Technology and Management (multiple locations all over India).
Institute of Management Development & Research, Pune

The CAT exam is based on the SAT exam in the USA . It has been proved beyond doubt that the SAT test is culturally biased . Blacks and hispanics do poorly at it year after year .

If a student who is eligible for admission to IIM on the basis of his CAT score, were to take the same CAT exam in which he/she cleared in a language that he/she did not understand then he/she would be at a disadvantage compared to someone who was schooled in that language . Not knowing that language does not mean you lack the capacity to clear that exam.

Approximately 25 % of CAT test is about English! Another 25 % is about English Comprehension!!!! There you are !!!! About 50 % so called aptitude test is a hoax for someone who is from a non-english speaking background .

This is how the CAT like the SAT is discriminatory .

See the full form of SAT …Scholastic Aptitude Test . The problem is aptitude testing is not so simple . There is no test on earth which can reliably tests aptitude .

Aptitude tests such as the SAT have a historical tie to the concept of innate mental abilities and the belief that such abilities can be defined and meaningfully measured. Neither notion has been supported by modern research. Few scientists who have considered these matters seriously would argue that aptitude tests such as the SAT provide a true measure of intellectual abilities.

It was found that people could be coached to better their scores at SAT . The name SAT …Scholastic Aptitude Test could not be correct . So under such valid criticism the name was changed to Scholastic Assessment Test, since a test that can be coached clearly did not measure inherent "scholastic aptitude", but was influenced largely by what the test subject had learned in school. Even the College Board which conducts the SAT has beaten a hasty retreat.This was a major theoretical retreat by the College Board conducting SAT, which had previously maintained that the test measured inherent aptitude and was free of bias.

About ten years back , however, even the redundancy of the term assessment test was recognized and the name was changed to the neutral, and non-descriptive, SAT. At the time, the College Board announced, "Please note that SAT is not an initialism. It does not stand for anything."

The framers of these SAT tests assumed that intelligence was a unitary inherited attribute, that it was not subject to change over a lifetime, and that it could be measured and individuals could be ranked and assigned their place in society accordingly. The SAT evolved from these questionable assumptions about human talent and potential.

More and more people are questioning the validity of SAT . In the past MENSA used to accept high SAT score individuals . For the past decade it has stopped accepting SAT scores .

The whole exercise of deciding merit based on CAT scores discriminates against those from lower socio-economic status.

Though many non-IIM institutes have started accepting CAT scores, the application fee of these institutes is still inexplicably high.

The CAT is primarily an exam of Math and English. Logical and Analytical Reasoning is nearly absent (except for some verbal reasoning which again depends on knowing English well!!!!).

CAT is a clever way to keep those from lower socio-economic strata away Institutes funded with tax payers money .

So claims of “Merit” based on CAT scores is hollow and discriminatory against those of lower socio-economic strata.

Dhirubhai Ambani had a poor command over English . He would not have made it through CAT. So what "merit" are we talking of?