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Shekhar Gupta’s column ‘His next class act’ (IE,May 30) has rightly underlined the urgent need for a total revolution in our....

June 2, 2009 2:58:36 am

•Shekhar Gupta’s column ‘His next class act’ (IE,May 30) has rightly underlined the urgent need for a total revolution in our “moribund system of higher,technical and vocational education”. If the new regime fails to introduce quality education reforms by letting in the private sector,both Indian and foreign,the “demographic dividend” will become a curse. We need to address this crisis urgently. In this context,the appointment of a new HRD minister seems to send the right message.

— M. Ratan

New Delhi

•Though a sound education architecture is a sine qua non for building a civilised and industrialised nation,higher education has become a victim of constricted thinking at the hands of hardcore politician-ministers. The higher education system needs to be dynamic to meet the changing demands of society. Kapil Sibal,together with Sam Pitroda,the head of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC),can work to enhance the quality and quantity of our human capital.

—Y.G. Chouksey


Cabinet symbols

•This refers to your front-page photograph,showing Farooq Abdullah congratulating Agatha Sangma at Rashtrapati Bhavan (IE,May 29). Both Kashmir and Meghalaya are important and sensitive states of the Indian Union. Having ministers from these states is bound to improve our effectiveness and legitimacy there. This is especially so of a woman representative from Meghalaya,a state well-known for its gender equality.

— Parimal Y. Mehta


•The Union Cabinet must not become hostage to regional,caste and religious arithmetic. That is for the legislature to represent. The executive must be chosen on one ground alone — competence.Though many of the new cabinet have being chosen for their symbolism,some are undoubtedly hard-working. It is these ministers who will carry the nation’s agenda forward.

— Y. Karunesh


All ministries matter

•One needs to understand that ministry portfolios are all about public service. No portfolio is more “significant” than any other. Farooq Abdullah can make his ministry important by working hard. There is a whole lot of related things that the renewable energy ministry can focus on,other than electricity generation from non-conventional sources. For instance,in the US,policymakers are toying with the idea of painting all buildings white so that heat is reflected back,installing windmills/solar modules on top of sky-scrapers,and such other activities to mitigate climate change factors and use available energy productively. Such innovative activities can also be overseen by the ministry of Farooq Abdullah. This is his chance.

— Raghu Seshadri


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