Watch this space for the inside story on how a private college
in rural India works.
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Fools walk-in where angels fear to tread...
It is not without reason that most of our intelligentsia refuses to
visit and work in rural institutions. The one who breaks this widely
accepted trend is bound to repent, sooner or later. There is no
justification for wasting your one-and-only life in places which do
your support. Don't even think of going to any rural institution,
especially if it
is owned and run by some rich individual (most of them are).
Where ignorance is bliss,....
Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise : No matter
what you wish
to contribute, or no matter how useful your discourse is going to be,
you can be sure no one needs your knowledge in such colleges. If you
try to exhibit
your wisdom, you will end up making a laughing stock of yourself.
Your students do not need your pearls of wisdom, your colleagues
don't care a damn, your management will certainly not appreciate such
If you think students would be grateful to you for what you give
them, you are
in for a big nasty suprise. If you expect students to consume your
efforts, you will be disappointed. No one needs your wisdom, in such
institutions, so, don't slog
too much. Do not make the blunder of "casting pearls" before these
In a system which breeds only mediocrity, no amount of pressure by
any one individual can produce any noticeable change.
Two can lead the horse to the water...
Two can lead the horse to the water, but twenty cannot make it
drink True. But how are you sure that you are leading a horse to
the water ? It turns out often that the animal you are coaxing is
just a jackass. No matter what you do, you cannot make a jackass
sing or play the piano. So, why spend time making rural colleges learn
to achieve academic excellence ?
Breeding ground for rogues, rowdies, ruffians.... (why do all
these words start with an R ?)
You scratch my back, I scratch mine..
A private college is usually set up by
a rich and well-connected person who can gamble in high stakes
ventures. Such persons usually need
an intimate coterie, to protect them. These henchmen are handpicked,
not for their academic or scholarly achievements, but just because they belong to a
class of favourites : distant relatives, school mates, members of the same "caste", or
persons with non-gentlemanly talents. When you step into such a college, you can be
sure to be stung sooner or later by a member of this coterie. If you look up to the management
to take action or come to your rescue, you are sure to be disappointed. After all, how
do you expect to run a private enterprise without such protective elements ? Why should
anyone care for you, just because you are a scholar ? Why should anyone overlook the only
qualifications of this henchman -- his "caste", his closeness, his relationship etc. ?
If you think all this behaviour is due to innocent ignorance, wait
see some smart moves by these very same rural folks. In the case of
Partha, his colleague, who also happens to be the Head of a
made a smart move of fraud, forgery and impersonation. Like all such
criminals, this one also left foolishly, wild traces of his mischief
caught red handed. Do you think the college would have reprimanded him
? NO. He still continues to inspire his students in the same college,
do the same kind of fraud he is so good at committing. Imagine what
these students will learn from such a Head of the Dept. Imagine the
kind of college which protects, encourages and supports such
criminals ! Do you really want to belong to such a college ? Do you
want your children to be taught by such unscrupluous persons working
in such unethical colleges ? Do you want to work with such impostors
and criminals ?
All that glitters ...
All that glitters is not gold -- don't get carried away by
glossy brochures and slick language. Beautiful buildings do not make a
beautiful college (in the intelectual sense). Beautiful buildings may
be used as hiding places by ugly people. A good scholar will avoid
such company at any cost.
Do NOT cast your pearls before ....
You have been warned. Stay away from privately owned and run
colleges in rural India. You deserve better than this.
Watch this space, to know, how these colleges:
- Swindle their teachers
- Cheat their students
- Hoodwink the authorities
- Harass and humiliate their staff