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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Madhya Pradesh Board Of Secondary Education a.k.a People who know all

Class 10th & 12 th results are to in MP with significantly improved pass percentage as well as general increase in marks scored by students. Obviously there is a policy shift to mark more leniently but Still some questions remain unanswered :

1. Merit list is dominated by students from small towns. This is expected because in big cities people prefer CBSE schools but one never know what happens to this merit holders after 10th /12th . Are they able to compete with their city counterparts? There should be a study on this and t least top 100 in state should be given career counsellings.
2. Just by increasing marks is not going to benefit students while competing on all India level. Quality is must.
One very dangerous trend which I see now is possibility of doctored merit lists. Otherwise 4 students from Saraswati Shishu VIhar? I am a die hard BJP supporter but my guess is someone in education department is giving similar ideas as to what they do in West Bengal i.e. insert more rural students in merit list to show government's good work
3. There is no recognition for merit list. I am yet to get a certificate for same and I know 10-12 persons who had merit ranks in different classes at different points of time but they have no documentary proof of it. The scholarship given by government to those in merit is also nothing worth speaking.
Msot interestingly Department of education officials never reply to emails in this regard . i wonder if they actually use emails
4. There is no logic for running 5th-8th boards. It is just more paper work and more opportunity to swindle money. There is no correlation of number of board exams to education level in states. Moreover there is no normalization in merit lists at that level. I remember one year in class 8th two schools whose scripts came for checking to our school had half the positions in merit list divide between them as our teachers were lenient in marking.
5. Board should concentrate more on improving syllabus, books ( rather than just copying NCERT books) and giving students flexibility in subjects they choose rather than just plain vanilla option of Hindi English and three subjects.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Water Tank Burst

We used to have a course on reliability engineering at IIT and I always used to wonder of what use these courses are.When I was meeting professors for my B Tech Project one of them was working in two fields VLSI & reliability engineering - a strange combination .At least this is what I used to think but now after what has happened in Indore in last two days I think along with disciplines related to development one needs to know about disciplines which deal with how to maintain resources.

In a city with chronic water shortage and where number of tankers decide many councilors' and MLAs' electoral fortune bursting of tank and then valve in a quick succession of two days can mean only two thing

1. Corruption : Deliberate use of weak or cheap pipes and instruments
2.Negligence : No regular inspection , no testing for strength and lack of regular maintenance.

More horrifying situation would be if this was case of clear incompetence i.e. neither corruption nor negligence but simply put people at ground are not trained to handle these kind of situations.

If this is the case then it puts a question mark on the extent of decentralization which can be achieved in administration.