Apathy hurts education, studio
l Sir — The Orissa government boasts of nearly 49 MoUs signed in the last few years, many of which are in collaboration with foreign companies. Who else could have sniffed the spoil other than the merchants of knowledge? International schools (with international curriculum like IGCSE, IB, etc.) have mushroomed all across the state, especially in the industrial belt of Jajpur Road, Dhenkanal and Jharsuguda.
Many of these merchants might not be knowing what IGCSE or IB is, what the criteria for registration is and what the benefits of their exams are. They only know that international schools would cast a magic spell on parents. Along with the pledge of international curriculum, came a plethora of promises and projects — swimming pool, horse riding, indoor courts and what not!
The irony is that almost all schools run on rented apartments. Then boast about e-classes and smart education for the first time in Orissa! The faculty is handpicked by the whimsical management and teachers are untrained, unqualified, underpaid or unpaid. Collect the kids in cattle carts (which the schools claim to be air-conditioned buses) and make them sit in makeshift classrooms without a light or fan. Lack of facilities, funds, commitment, vision, social conscience and common sense characterise these schools.
‘Truly International’ students would come out of these schools after a few years and they would be worth nothing. Does the government care? Is the public aware?
Uma Maheswari,Padmapur, Jajpur Road
Sir — At the time of an IPL fever, Orissa is heading for a cricket boom following the Orissa Premier League (OPL). The story published in The Telegraph on April 25 highlighted the fact that the Orissa Cricket Association has taken the lead to boost cricket in the state. The 15-day tournament involving eight teams would definitely go a long way in spotting talents. It would be interesting to watch out for the biggies who would line up for buying players of different categories.
The Oriya cricket stars, who had made it to the national team but failed to stick around for more time, would surely woo the crowds.
However, in my view, with many corporate houses setting up their business in the state, the prize money, which has been kept at Rs 3 lakh, seems way too less and should be increased.
Sneha Das, Rourkela
Sir — This is with regard to your news articles, ‘Reels of apathy deal death blow to state’s only film studio’ and ‘Film-makers in Kalinga act’ on the languishing Kalinga studio in Bhubaneswar.
As a film lover, it was very disturbing to note that the studio is in a shambles and equipment of film production worth crores of rupees have been left to rot. Probably this is why film-makers are being forced to incur huge expenses to shoot at locations out of the state.
The negligence of the state government towards maintenance of the studio seems to have worsened the scene. Even the several theatre halls in the state need urgent attention. Oriya cinema is celebrating its platinum jubilee this year but unless the authorities concerned take necessary and immediate action, the future seems bleak.
Pratap Chandra Nayak, Palashpalli, Bhubaneswar
Sir — The article ‘Race Way Ahead with Shift 2: Unleashed’ published in the Netgames column on April 20 was very informative.
Quoting from the article, “The Need for Speed franchise has now been divided into two separate branches. While games like Hot Pursuit focuses on cop chases and high speed takedowns, the team at Slightly Mad Studios has worked to build shift 2 Unleashed as a more true to life experience that capture the thrill and terror of the real world racing.”
This type of racing caters to all the gamers worldwide. Even old school gamers like me who considered gaming as part of the fantasy kingdom have not been disheartened either. ‘The Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’ provided the kind of fantasy gaming that we need. The cop chasing around with weapons installed in the car provides the ultimate gaming experience.
Thanks to this column, readers in Orissa have been introduced to game reviews. It provides an in-depth analysis of latest PC games.
This section also provides the system requirements of running a game. This helps the user to first crosscheck the specifications before proceeding to buy a game. The screenshots provide a visual outlook to the games.
It would be of great help if you could allow space for queries from the readers’ section in the column.
Satya Swaroop Dash, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar
OPL hype unjustified
Sir — This is with reference to the report on the upcoming Orissa Premier League cricket tournament that received much attention of your esteemed newspaper and, I’m sure, of the cricket fanatics in the state.
Sir, I fail to understand why such hype for cricket in the state when not even a single player from Orissa was included in the World Cup squad and hardly a couple of players have made it to the IPL.
What makes matters worse is that sports lovers in the state do not seem to appreciate the efforts of Oriya hockey players who have represented the country in major international events and some who have also captained the team. Even impressive performances in other forms of sports do not get any attention of people in the state since we are too occupied with cricket.
It’s high time other sports bodies and the state government look into the development of different forms of sports rather than just copying the national obsession for cricket.
Prafulla Kumar Samantaray, CDA, Cuttack