These are sweltering and smoldering days when we can’t even get dreamless sleep owing to the atmospheric temperature. Turning and tossing on our mattresses, we often sink without being aware of it into nightmarish thoughts anxieties and fears too.

And the invariable thought about the Universities where we had studied visits us.

The 2017 rankings of Indian universities reveal far more than they conceal.

Among the 100 top colleges we have 20 from Delhi region, 37 from Tamil Nadu, 14 from Kerala and 11 from AP.

A total of 82.

What about the other 18?

All the remaining states–a behemoth 25 of them- share these few and far between colleges–or colleges in name! Almost 70% of India has such colleges only.

Why they got opened at all is a mystery though some are out and out business enterprises and nothing better, ensuring a steady annual profit for those syndicates that run them!

You might not have given adequate attention to this “box item” news but I am and have been deeply worried over this situation.

My nightmare is that over 80% of what goes in the public psyche as “college” or “university” may be something totally different from what it ought to be.

I know that the campuses of both public and private colleges in Kerala and TN are all too susceptible to being cannibalized for party promotion, faith promotion, display of xenophobia, intergroup clash practice, ragging, molestation, heckling, recruitment of apprentices by fringe elements, conducting rehearsals for in-assembly fisticuffs, etc. if not also for terrorism training and for running late night sessions in making IEDs or bombs!

The Ministry of HRD has clarified that these 82 colleges or universities shall snatch away with the lion’s share of the annual allocations, facilities, resources and funds.

I feel that if the national government truly wishes to reap a high demographic dividend from the >60% youth population they must not discriminate as such between some colleges among so many.

Maybe college A may not be in a congenial location or it may be prone to too much interference from local residents.

Globally anyway Indian universities are rather laggards.

Harvard tops the Ivy League list.

NY ranks at 7 globally.

Among B-schools, where MBA or PGDM programs are run, IIM Ahmedabad alone finishes about 500 case studies within two years.

Most private B-schools content themselves with fewer than 200!.

And they too award MBA degrees!

Food for your thought?

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