February 31 In A Year Of 446 School Days!
When the Indusind Bank (reportedly) came out a few years ago with a calendar that had 31 days in February, instead of the normal 28 days, it made news. My efforts to get a copy failed as the calender had become a collector’s item with copies hoarded by whoever could get it.
Someone wanted to do better than that. Where else could that be except in the scandal-ridden field of education?
No wonder that in this country of thousands of uneducated graduates and fake marks sheets, someone outclassed the Indusind Bank by giving a marks card to a boy born on February 31, who attended classeson 376 days in a school that was open on 446 days in a year!
No holidays. A photo of the marksheet went virat on social media. It may have been a joke inspired by Indusind Bank’s calendar, but the prevalence of so many irregularities in the field of education makes people believe it could be real.
It is significant that it was circulated on a day when the University Grants Commission released a list of 24 fake universities in the country, eight of them in the national capital itself.The UGC said they were not only unrecognised but also started in violation of the Universities Act. And yet no FIR was filed.
The list included United Nations University, Adhyatmik Vishvavidyalaya and Raja Arabic University. Big cities in the country have autonomous colleges which are “deemed universities”, besides private universities, some of which, like Amity, are considered better than the state-run ones. They are all legal.
We live in a country where education attracts racketeers because degrees, more than learning, has always been valued. Question-paper leakages are common, parents join large crowds to help unfair means in exams, dummies write examinations while the actual candidates enjoy elsewhere, class rooms are empty with all the students busy in tuitions or coaching institutes, while they all (perhaps for some bribe) get the mandatory 75 per cent attendance. In some States mass copying is arranged by the school administration itself.