Sunday, April 15, 2012

25% Reservation in Private Schools

The Good and the Bad

In an initiative to provide free and compulsory education to everyone, under the Right to Education Act, the government passed a bill making it compulsory for private schools reserve 25 % of the total seats for underprivileged sections of the society. As supposed, this decision was challenged by the private schools in the Supreme Court of India, whose decision came on the 13th April, 2012.  Considering the arguments of both the pro and con parties the Supreme Court decided that the decision was in favor of the nation and hence making it a mandate for private schools all round the nation to give 25% of its seats to the underprivileged. 
India being a multi-lingual, multi- colored and multi-layered society, naturally, had mixed responses over the decision. The debate had more or less the same arguments that the debate two decades back, when the Mandal Commission was passed had.  It all came to equality and opportunity. 
Here in this post we look at what is good and what is bad in this decision with an objective frame of mind.

The Good Part
This move of reserving seats will finally, to some extent, accomplish the objective of the Right to Education Act. When the well-off people of the society have shed- off the Government run schools, creating a gap between govt. school and private school students this move bridges the gap. There a feeling of superiority and inferiority among the students due to this culture of schooling. Now when the children of different classes, right from the beginning, would sit together, play together and eat together they would understand that there is no gap between rich and poor. Here the underprivileged students would get to compete with the resourceful students to get ready for the competitive life ahead. Moreover, getting the same facilities they all would grow building better Indians.

The Bad Part

This is completely true that the govt. run schools have failed badly in providing the kind of education they needed to. And in this circumstance instead of mending their mistakes they are putting it on the private schools. In the first look it seems that this decision would bridge the gap between rich and poor but in the reality it would actually widen it. Under this scheme the State Govt. would provide the money required to teach students of the reserved quota. This money would be equivalent to the fee of each child in a school or the per student expenditure of the state government, whichever is less. Now the schools which charge heavily will certainly get lesser subsidy from the Govt. and this loss of the school would have to be borne by the well-off students. This would mean that one would study for many and one for a penny. This would act as the basis of discrimination and humiliation.
Another aspect is that the reserved category students would not be able to bear cost of overhead expenses such as uniforms or books and copies.

What’s the cut

While this decision seems good for the instant, the govt. should rely on building good standard government run schools to teach the students. The government should think that the 25% seats in private schools are rented and not bought. We have seen that the top class government run schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya are better in bridging the gap than the private schools. The step, for now, is appreciable and the best possible solution for the recent future.   

Friday, March 23, 2012

Your Private

Anyone using the World Wide Web knows Google and Google is happy to help them all. The nearest competitor if this internet giant is no one and only its search engines but its other services have also made the people their fans. These days Google has become synonymous to internet, is the website that people enter as soon as the reach their browsers. For any video you need there is to help you, if you wanna check what's going on the lives of your best buddies then all you have to do is to reach Google+. Then there is Google Books for your reading time, Calender to organize your schedule, blogs to broadcast your views and many more. In the whole Google has changed what Web would generally mean. Even after reaching the heights one could ever imagine to reach Google is moving forward leaps and bounds.

All of us using Google would have received a mail from the Google team informing us about their new policy. It was also on their home page and as many of you would have thought is just another link then you are wrong. For all those to know this stuff matters...

What's in the new policy?
The new policy announces a new personalized experience for everybody, which means that for everybody using Google the experience would be his and unique. With this policy Google would link and sink all your accounts and give you a personalized and ne'er before experience. With this every search you do would present you more relative data for you based on your location, previous searches, your mails etc. The ads you see would be the ones you are really interested in. In YouTube the your search result will show the video results yo actually want to see. In a way everything would be personalized.

What's the bad side?
Questions have been raised about the privacy of your data on different social networking sites and sites that track your location. This policy would raise the same question again. With Google giving you so much space to you and giving you the best possible web experience its just taking a slice of your likes and preferences. To provide you the best results Google accesses you previous search results and mails which in some ways can affect your private life.

What to do?
The problem of hindrance of privacy has some solutions as well. When browsing something you don't want to share always log out of your Google account and do a guest search. And if you do not, you can always delete your search data at