“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine”- Ernesto “Che” Guevara
Though I’m not leftist, I’m a big fan of Che.What he said back then is still relevant. The current state of affairs in the education sector in Kerala demands a stronger student protest. The Students Federation of India (SFI) claims to have successfully lead the protest the lead to the removal of a certain individual from the top position at one of the colleges in Kerala. The reality is that they had a soft approach towards the issue for unknown reasons.
The colleges these days, owing to high demand has been resorting to the meanest methods ever to ensure discipline that they forgot where to stop. Colleges alone aren’t the ones to be blamed. The engineering frenzy in Kerala in the past few years had lead to lots of colleges mushrooming all over the state.While some managements are doing great and bringing value to both students and the society, others run colleges for a variety of other purposes. This has brought a question all over the state. Is Kerala God’s own country or Engineer’s own country?
The suicide of Jishnu Pranoy, which sparked widespread protest all over Kerala shed light on the unruly behaviour of managements towards students. How can one even imagine colleges where the students get beaten up by the authorities for every silly reason? This is when student organisations become relevant. The recent stir resulted in a Stop Memo being issued to Tom’s College of Engineering by the Kerala Technical University. I had a friend who dropped engineering for good from that college when it was called Visweswarayya Engineering College.
Let more good institutions come up and take the education system in Kerala to a new better level. The government should focus more on improving the existing ones which have scope for growth than giving sanctions for more substandard ones.
Another quote from Che to top it,
“Revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe.You have to make it fall.”