- It is a common phenomenon in India to “complete the paperwork” – where the paperwork is less the documentation of reality and more about manufacturing whatever documents procedure needs – whether true or not to avoid disqualification – when deserving of disqualification. This, of course is corruption, but few are willing to see the demon within and pay the price of being honest.
Kunal Majumder is a person I admire for his integrity. For the time I know him on Twitter, he has consistently and uncompromisingly held values over all – including himself. I value this, and I think his following tweets are an example for us to have witnessed as a counterpoint to the thousands we see of “gaming” regulations.
- I remembered reading something vaguely, but I wanted to read again knowing this new context, so I asked for the link.
- “@Vidyut Here is the piece I wrote last year against protesting Jamia students who produced false medical certificate tehelka.com/story_main49.a…
- Noting some replies because they are quite typical of our thinking too – where education is made s
o important that ethics being sacrificed is seen as a necessary evil. I have heard these responses when I refused to fake for the “greater good” too.
- Others make sarcastic comments on the same attitude being widely justified.
- Some support.
- Excerpts from that article outlining the basic scene. Read the article for sure, because we all need to think more such thoughts and see this perspective on accepted malpractices of the system, where we vilify the system when we fail to meet its requirements.
- “On May 8, around 1,500 young men and women appeared for the entrance exam of the reputed MA Mass Communication degree at the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. Outside the university gates pamphlets titled ‘AJK MCRC– Opening the Pandora’s Box’ were distributed. Signed by ‘grieved ex-students’, the note ‘warned’ aspiring students against joining the centre. It claimed faculty members do not take more than 10-15 lectures in a year and refuse to teach or review students’ work. It went on to say that classes held are erratic, irregular and many times don’t even take place in the middle of the course.
- I have made this compilation, because I think this is an example that needs more people to understand what it means. Not just in terms of honesty or refusing to lie, but in terms of living up to values of respecting institutions and safeguarding their integrity.The other thing, on a macro scale is that if enough people don’t lie to make a system work, then real problems become visible and they can be addressed through improvement of systems so that no one is required to lie… but for that to happen, it needs enough of us to make the trust fall and live our reality.
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Good decision that you left the course, anyways you were not interested in studying for it. Good luck for career. I do not intend to make sarcastic comments, as a graduate student I would say that people who actually want to study do attend classes and at least would never go below even min required attendance even if they dont like the prof. Know a guy who had fracture in 6th sem in arm but his attendance never went below 90 with 100% in one of course.