MSU BBA test includes ‘caged parrot’ CBI & Gir lions,draws flak

IS the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a “caged parrot”?

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: May 21, 2013 5:17 am

IS the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a “caged parrot”? Is the shifting of Gir lions to forests in Madhya Pradesh “a need or a disaster”? These are some of the topics MS University’s BBA aspirants have been asked to prepare presentations on,prompting Congress members to call it “a reflection of the bias” of the MSU authorities in favour of the BJP.

The candidates,who qualified in the written test for admissions to BBA,have been asked to prepare a five-minute presentation on at least four out of the eight topics that they are given days in advance for the second round of admission test. They will give a presentation on one of the four topics that will be picked by a presentation committee on May 26.

The SC made the ‘caged parrot’ remark to say that the CBI should be independent. Also,the SC ruled that some of the Asiatic lions in Gir jungles should be shifted to Madhya Pradesh. Asking such questions reduces the authority of both the CBI and the SC. The questions clearly reflect the university authorities’ bias in favour of the BJP,” Narendra Ravat,Congress leader and the senate member of MSU,said.

Of the 64 topics given to the candidates for 2013 admission,most touch upon broad issues such as “the future of Indian sports,” “India,a sleeping economic giant,” “heal the earth,heal mankind,” among others. There is a topic asking candidates to describe the “Gujarat model of development” and one on “Swami Vivekanand: A role model for today’s youth.”

The presentation is meant to see how well a candidate articulates his views,his confidence,language proficiency,etc.,and not his political proclivity,” faculty member and BBA examination in-charge,Pragnesh Shah,said. “The seven-member evaluation team constitutes of faculty members and industrialists,and not BJP and Congress members. The topics are not a part of our syllabus,so I don’t see anything controversial about it,” he added.

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