Arunn on Indian scientists and science blogging.
A Dean at IIT-B is left red-faced by an ad for a JEE coaching school! [I'm not sure what the fuss is all about; the real fuss should be about IITs sole reliance on an exam that can be cracked only with the help of serious, intensive -- and in many cases, soul-sapping -- coaching.]
The ad, published in a newspaper on Sunday, carried a handwritten note from Gopalan, who had said, "Based on our experiences with our son, we very strongly recommend (this coaching class) to every parent and student in the process of choosing the best coaching class for JEE at Mumbai.''
The advertisement also mentioned that 30 professors and two deans from IIT had sent their children to the class.
In these hard times, American universities have had to resort to pretty drastic measures. Here's P.Z. Myers:
The University of Florida has reached that point. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been told to cut 10% from its budget. Since the biggest chunk of any university's budget is salaries, that means a lot of people are going on the chopping block — and the administration has decided to simply get rid of entire departments wholesale, including geology. Think about it: a college of science that simply cuts off and throws away an entire discipline. Is that really a place that is supporting science and education?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Posted by Abi. Posted at 3:09 PM