Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Pratap Bhanu Mehta asks IIM directors to grow a spine

His Indian Express column is pretty hard-hitting:

... Of course all institutions, even autonomous ones, have to negotiate with government. But to see the premier institutions put aside all logic, morality and reasonableness to comply with a unnecessary and illegitimate government order, to see them become party to the government’s disrespect for institutional proprieties, was shocking indeed. The public would have sided with you; neither pro- ,nor anti-reservationists would have had reason to disagree with the solution you proposed. Yet you chose to cave in. Is it because you don’t trust your own judgment? Is it because you are no longer capable of providing leadership? Is it because institutional propriety has ceased to matter?


  1. obc voice said...

    so much hate.

  2. Anonymous said...

    This gentleman never opposed Private Colleges which admitted students based on Merit.

    He did not have the spine to comment about Question Leaks which has caused delay in admissions

    And he is telling about Spine.

  3. Anonymous said...

    It is good that there are some
    intellectuals who refuse to accept the theory that anything in the name of reservations for OBCs is
    fine. The 'secular' intellectuals are apparently happy with Arjun Singh. Their 'secularism' begins with and ends at being anti-Hindutva.
    It is shameful that Prakash Karats and T.R.Baalus and Ramadosses with Lalus and Paswans are to decide about admissions schedlue to be followed by IIMs, IITs etc.

  4. Anonymous said...

    I think all good universities should be in the hands of professionals and not controlled by the govt. This step is the beginning of the end of the credibility of IIMs. I am sure there are a lot of people out there who say that "it is all the better so! they were too elite anyway; Why should there be any selection at all at any institute? It is the fundamental right of every citizen to get into any institution of his/her choice etc etc". Cultural revolution à l'indian perhaps? Every action has its pros and cons. Tomorow we will have twice the number of IIM graduates but will they have the same value? Only time can tell.