Educational Entrepreneurs And Their Social Exploits
Teaching was once considered a Nobel profession. If you see historical archives of faculty members of any educational institution that is probably more than 50 years old then you’ll find that the ‘crème de la crème’ taught there on the contrary the faculty today in most of the institutions (barring a few institutes) are under performers.
The reason for such degradation is commercialization of education. Today several politician, bureaucrats, businessmen, others run educational institutions with sole aim of minting money. During the faculty recruitment the attention is not paid to qualification of the candidate, rather the focus is on the salary sought by the candidates.
A trend that started in 90’s when agents or touts would advertise in newspapers for engineering, medical and management admissions at South India based colleges and parents would pay hefty fees with mandatory ‘donations’ to secure admission for their wards. Seeing businesses opportunity in this model many ‘social’ entrepreneur established such academic institutions with aim of garnering money. The late 90’s through 2000 saw a number of such college’s being opened. The survival of fittest law ensured many institutes requesting authorities to allow them close the institute.
Today many institutions employ people whose job is to visit places and trap uneducated, misinformed parents for getting their wards admitted into the institutes. The institutions have also downgraded the faculties level to cut on cost, removed attendants and are violating each rule of book to exploit the faculty members to earn more money. I’m told of an institution that deducts 2 days salary for a day of absenteeism – read unplanned leave. This institute also fires female staff without notice if it suspects then to be gestating only to avoid mandatory payment of ‘maternity leave’.
What is appalling is that government’s blindness to such practice has led to its very own institutes charging exorbitant fees. The favourites are employed at such institutes setting merit at bay.
Gone are the days when teachers truly commanded respect, they are now reduced to laughing stock. Students today mock teachers, call them by names and don’t respect them.
I don’t know if we would ever be able able say below lines in true sense in our lifetime.
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥