Fair call for exam at home centre
| Festival vignettes: (Clockwise from above) The security bandobast, the inauguration and the protest
lThe trouble at the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) over implementation of the decision to not allow 80 per cent students to write tests at their “home centres” could pave the way for a fairer exam system (In a fix over home centre, November 3). There are solid reasons behind the students’ call for abolition of home centres even in colleges in remote areas. All examinees must be treated equally. If the exam system is not made transparent, companies will continue to stay away from WBUT.
The proposal of sending invigilation teams to colleges instead of making students sit for exams at away centres needs to be considered. The head of an institution can act as centre in-charge but the invigilators must be from outside. They should be sent to different colleges every year and made to submit written reports to the university authorities.
The students should join hands with the authorities to work out a better system instead of jeopardising their careers by boycotting exams.
See no evil, only films
Apropos the report “Feel-good back at film fest”, November 14, it is heartening that personalities from the cultural world boycotted the Calcutta film festival to protest the Nandigram killings. It is surprising that the youngsters have kept themselves aloof from the matter and wanted to watch films in peace.
Kudos for the photograph titled “Both took it lying down. One flew, the other slept” and the report “Anger fuels peaceful bandh”, November 13. There is a saying that the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. The suffering of patients, office-goers, and air and train passengers is beyond the comprehension of those who call bandhs. A bandh never yields results. It only means suffering for thousands of peace-loving citizens. In West Bengal, especially, bandhs are called on flimsy grounds by political parties. A day of bandh means a loss of crores. The Union government should pass a bill in Parliament to curb bandhs.
Dum Dum Park.
That there was no load-shedding during Durga and Kali pujas has proved once again that the state electricity board generates more electricity than is needed (Pandals queue up for power, October 17). During both festivals, power was available round the clock although there were pandals every few yards and all of them were brilliantly lit.
Strange are the ways of Calcutta police. After one commissioner involved the force in the personal affairs of a couple, his successor is trying to become popular by setting up camps at police stations to hear the grievances of the people (Top cops go to the people, November 14). The scheme will flop in due course as the citizens do not have faith in men in uniform.
If more than 70 deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, officers-in-charge and additional officers-in-charge entrusted with the responsibilities of administrating the police stations failed to take cognisance of public grievances round the year, it would be a miracle if a handful of top officers record genuine grievances by visiting the police stations intermittently. If they can, then the officers who are meant to do that regularly are either inefficient or lazy.
Public faith in police cannot be restored by such cosmetic measures. The lack of self respect, sensitivity, honesty and will to work needs to be dealt with.
It is heartening that officers of the rank of deputy commissioner and above will start visiting police stations to hear the grievances of residents. The step should have been taken much earlier to win the trust and confidence of the common people and address grievances. Given the rate at which the city is expanding and people are moving into the new localities, there’s an urgent need for a direct communication link between the people and senior police officers.
Apropos the report “Stand clogs traffic”, November 24, a vast majority of private buses plying in Calcutta do not display fare charts and in most cases, conductors do not carry it either. Citizens expect traffic police personnel and sergeants at busy intersections to be more careful about conveniences of pedestrians — who face at least three problems while crossing the roads:
• Autorickshaws and two-wheelers frequently trespass onto the zebra crossing, in full view of traffic policemen.
• Even when the signal for pedestrians is green, vehicles often continue to ply posing dangers to absent-minded walkers.
• In many cases, law-abiding and cautious pedestrians find it difficult to cross a road, because the signal for pedestrians turns green after long intervals.
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