Kudos to The Hindu! The letter titled “No, UGC….” in these columns on November 5 made a sensational impact on the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. It took an emergency decision to revisit the new version of the National Eligibility Test (NET), held on June 24 in 78 subjects across the country, after realising from The Hindu that the version, introduced by the UGC this year, was flawed.
A task force has now been formed to scrutinise the matter and plug loopholes. It appears from the developments that a thorough overhauling of the version was done even to the extent of compromising with the eligibility criterion of 65 per cent.
On November 12, the UGC put up on its website a supplementary list of 13,000 more candidates selected through NET for lecturership and junior research fellowships, who were disheartened after being victimised under the flawed version. These highly-educated and prospective examinees whose careers were at stake so far got a new lease of life thanks to The Hindu.
Prasanta Basu Ray,
Chandannagar, District Hooghly.
A ghastly crime
There can’t be anything more shocking and disgusting than the arrest of a temple priest in Delhi in connection with the rape of a five-year-old girl ( The Hindu , December 3). If the accused is found guilty as charged, he should be handed the most severe punishment.
This case also points to the need for constant police presence at public places.
Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.
I applied for renewal of passports for my children on July 2 this year at the newly opened Passport Seva Kendra in Ghaziabad. Statutory police verification was done the same month. But since then there has been no progress at all. For the past four months the status of our file on their portal remains unchanged: “Passport application has been submitted along with application fees and supporting documents.” Didn’t I know that?
For a website claiming to have won some e-governance award, such performance is appalling.
All this after all the fuss and fanfare with which the External Affairs Ministry outsourced passport services to private operation in the name of public interest and efficiency!
K. V. Prasad,
Though freedom of the Press is an integral part of democracy, there is a strong need for an independent regulatory body to keep news over petty sensationalism.
Paid news being the norm, much of the media nowadays is commercially driven. Many television channels and newspapers are communally and politically inclined. The practice of making news out of daily soaps, reality shows and TV programmes should be curbed. Instead, resources should be utilised to focus on social issues like child labour, poverty, education and well-being of women.
Harman Singh Gill,
Sector 36 C,Chandigarh.
I have been subscribing to Yojana and Kurukshetra journals. I pay Rs.250 for each subscription. I started receiving the journals in August. However, the delivery became irregular within two months. A friend of mine also faced the same problem.
We called up the journal offices many a time and were directed to different departments. I must have talked to more than ten departments! At last I spoke to the Manager and wrote to him. Only then did I get my lost issues.
After all this, the delivery has become irregular again. Once more, I have not got the latest issue of Yojana . What do I do now?