I would like to bring to your notice some of the major problems faced by students irrespective of discipline. Stress, constantly rising competition and fear of failure are some of the common problems. Efforts are being made to address these and other problems like these, but they have proved to be inadequate.
As a child growing up in Indian society, I remember being told constantly that grades are important. Marks are important. Are grades and marks so important that the underlying knowledge has no place in our society? Have we finally become so blind as to not realise that in this rat race we have forgotten the true purpose of human existence?
That was a broader view of problems which are imperative and need to be addressed first in the long run. In the short run, the problems attack the root of youth’s existence. Students are unorganised as a community. Therefore no individual problem is ever addressed to the true depth of its significance. The recent example is the sordid and pathetic state of administration of Mumbai University. 25, 000 students were wrongly declared failed with their fates hanging in the balance. The MU (Mumbai University) did not even have the decency to look into the matter and blamed it directly on the students themselves.
Apart from this, the ridiculous system of scaling down of marks. This clearly is the epitome of irrationality and decadence of human thought! How does reducing the hard-earned marks of students based on an arbitrary and non-transparent method motivate students to work harder in any way?
There are many such problems that need to be addressed. We, the students, as a community should come together and give a deep thought to the issues that affect us all, and together find a way forward on our quest for knowledge.