Every day here in the land of pure we get a new surprise, don’t we? We try to surprise the world by presenting a car that runs on water as a fuel, We bewilder the world by claiming to cure diabetes by white sugar, we try to become self reliant in power by getting old and rotten power plants on rent, we claim to solve IT problems by distributing free laptops, we vow to radicalize the education system by inducting Matric fail Education Minister. The world looks at us in awe and we don’t even give a damn to the ways of modern world.
Have you heard of the latest? Well, it is the talk of the town and everyone seems proud of it. It is the news about a young man from Hafizabad, who while working at a ‘tandoor’ prepared for BA final and got 1st position in the Punjab University’s BA arts examination. According to him he studied at home for only six months for a two years’ undergraduate program and out smarted all the regular students who studied at various degree colleges affiliated with Punjab university .
The whole nation is celebrating the achievement of a poor genius ; the President, Prime Minister, governors, and the chief ministers all are showering praises along with cheques worth millions, but my heart aches to see this low level of educational standard.
Two questions emerge in my mind: i. What is the need of all the government colleges and the learned faculties ? ii. How credible is a degree that can be obtained after six months of casual studies? I would like to meet the examiners who marked the answer scripts. Punjab University should make his answer scripts public for the benefit of balding professors and young lecturers and of course the students aspiring for the top positions.
May someone ask Mohsin Ali and Maria Anam to sit for SAT1&2 which is the international entrance test for an undergraduate program of any university in the world. I am sure the result will be another surprise!