Topics for discussion: Higher Education, HRD, HRD Minister for India, Smriti Irani
Two wrongs, or multiple wrongs, do not make one right. If Ms. Indira Gandhi or Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi or Mr. Rahul Gandhi have had perfunctory tokenish academic qualifications, it does not mean that BJP leaders can continue the same defective customs and practices.
About degrees and skills
For due excellent performance of any job or responsibility, in reality, persons need no degrees.
A degree is just only a formal certification of the knowledgeability (knowledgeableness), performing skills, suitability of a person. This formal certification is made by Universities after due diligent testing.
When Private Universities, including great (reputed? notorious?) seats of learning like Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, sell degrees with tokenish tuition, testing and counselling, after collecting fees, even from secret numbered accounts, what we get are pieces of papers useful only for packing pakodas and nothing else.
When Public Universities run by Government, neglect their duties of testing under pressure from Affiliated Private Colleges, what type of degrees they distribute in exchange for Affiliation fees, examination fees, revaluation fees, this fees, that fees?
Persons with skills (knowledgeableness + performing abilities) should be welcome whether they hold degrees or not. This principle will hold good, if the person entrusting the tasks has the necessary knowledgeableness and the performing abilities, required for IDENTIFICATION OF THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE RIGHT JOB.
Does Mr. Narendra Modi, the new Prime Minister has the required HRD awareness or skills? Mr. Modi was neither an MP in the past, nor a Union Minister. Qualificationwise, the perfunctory manner in which our Private and Govt. Universities conduct exams and confer degrees, we can't attach much value to the B.A. and M.A. Politics degree of Mr. Narendra Modi. The Universities have to place on their websites, the required details for Mr. Narendra Modi. Neither there were any published writings of Mr. Narendra Modi about the problems of HRD in India, nor there were any great speeches made by him in this regard as BJP leader, or CM of Gujarat.
Ms. Sumitra Mahajan (Lok Sabha Speaker elect) worked in the Vajpayee Cabinet as Minister of State in HRD. She might have developed some insights into the functioning of the HRD Ministry. Probably, she might have been a better person to be entrusted with the HRD port-folio.
WHO WILL DEVELOP WHOM
The voters who have been electing Governments for the last 64 years (Congress or not, Nehru family or not) do not have the required knowledgeableness or skills for selecting the Right Person for the Right Job.
Votes in the hands of our voters, are like stones in the hands of mad persons or blind persons. Our MPs who elect their leaders are no better.