President shows the way

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President Pratibha Patil's people-friendly initiative in launching a helpline at the website of the President's Secretariat should be compulsorily followed by all government functionaries and public authorities on their websites.

Each of these websites should have provision for allotment of a registration number for all submissions made thereon and there should be time-bound action on all submissions. In fact, provision of such helplines should be made mandatory under the Right to Information Act. This in turn would bring down sharply the colossal number of petitions filed now under the Act.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal,

1775, Kucha Lattushah,

Dariba, Chandni Chowk,

Delhi – 110 006.

Professorial pangs

Most of our universities do not attach due importance to evaluation of Ph.D. theses. Quite often candidates are made to wait for long for the evaluation and result.

The remuneration paid to examiners for their labours is inadequate and unattractive considering the time and expertise involved. That is why many professors decline the offer of examinership. Many others do not submit the thesis reports on time.

The examiners who do take pains to come up with candid and critical reports and reject a thesis are not only barred from any future assignment by the university, their remuneration bills are held up too.

One university in Uttar Pradesh has not paid me for evaluation of at least eight theses. Other universities in this category include Jiwaji University of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University of Faizabad in UP. Hopefully good sense will prevail over their authorities now?

Professor D. P. S. Verma,

(Formerly of Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University),

QU-285 B, Chitrakoot, Pitampura,

New Delhi - 110 034.

Justice, please

The Binayak Sen affair raises some uneasy questions. Here is an aging doctor who has spent all his life selflessly serving the most deprived sections of society. He only spoke out against the State when he felt that some of its machinery was not functioning in a desirable way. And what does the State do? It has him rotting behind bars in his poor health. Endless rounds of police stations and courts aggravate his condition.

This man deserves better. I have a lot of respect for the law of the land; all I ask for is a humane, commonsensical and intelligent approach on the part of the State to do justice to Dr. Sen.

Guntasha Tulsi,

C-20, Shakti Nagar Extension,

Delhi – 110 052.

Danger ahead

The condition of the road running from the crossing of Sector 1 and Sector 2 in Dwarka to Dabri near Pankha Road is pathetic. Authorities in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Delhi Assembly and Parliament who have sizeable funds at their command, and the engineers of the Delhi Development Authority whose primary responsibility it is to maintain such roads, couldn't care less.

The other day there was a near fatal accident on this road. An office-goer on a scooter, unaware of a pot-hole of the size of a truck wheel bang in the middle of the road opposite Mahalaxmi Apartments in Sector 2, was thrown off the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. It was sheer providence that no large vehicle was following him or else it would have been a fatal accident.

Similar is the state of affairs opposite the Power House in Sector 2, and the Dabri crossing seems to be no man's land. The road has completely disappeared. There is a dire need for urgent action by the authorities.

G. R. Patwardhan,

Flat 19, DDA Flats,

Pocket 1, Sector 2, Dwarka,

New Delhi.

Hello, MTNL……

Disgusted by MTNL's poor service, with the phone going dead all too often and virtually no relief, I applied in July last year for surrender of my phone (26094216). January is here but the phone has still not been disconnected by MTNL.

I request the authorities all over again now to act on my request for disconnection at once and put an end to my unhappy association with MTNL.

Anil Mathur,

82 a/a,14 Himgiri Apartments,

Kalkaji Extension,

New Delhi – 110 019.



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