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The crumbling education system of India: If you think Ruby Rai was hilarious, have a look at these UP professors
Bihar's most infamous humanities topper, Ruby Rai is serving a jail term after she had pronounced her subject Political Science as `Prodical Science', during a TV interview and said that the subject dealt with cooking.

Rai had blown the lid off the toppers scam in the state of Bihar. She was arrested by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) as she emerged from a re-test held by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). A Patna court issued a non-bailable warrant against four toppers of the intermediate examination, including Ruby, in the examination racket. 

One might excuse Rai, as she is still a student, but what about these professors of the state of Uttar Pradesh? There is an associate professor who can't spell `evaluation', an economics professor who doesn't know the meaning of `audit' or what `IMF' stands for. Surprised? That's the murky picture of the crumbling education system of India.

According to a report published in the Times of India, the matter came to light during the evaluation of answer sheets of BA English, history and economics at the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITHM) on Monday. After doubting their credentials, the centre's evaluation coordinator grilled the two teachers. Ironically, both of them had valid degrees and taught at colleges affiliated with UP universities.

On contacting, Ram Naik, UP governor and chancellor of the university told ToI, "Mail me the details of the teachers. I will get it inquired into and take suitable action."

Shyam Bahadur is an associate professor of English and works at the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, while Anil Kumar Pal is an associate professor of economics at the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur. Shockingly, both have experience of more than a decade in teaching.

The man who had rounded up both the professors, ITHM director and and evaluation coordinator Luvkush Mishra told ToI, "The English teacher used wrong grammar while writing a two-line application letter seeking permission for evaluating papers. And he spelled evaluation as `evalluation'. Shyam Bahadur also failed to answer basic questions about the subject."

On the other hand, Anil Kumar Pal failed to explain the meaning of `audit' and didn't know what `IMF' stands for. Even after he was told that it stands for `International Monetary Fund', he still wrote: `International Money Found'.

Mishra said, "Both teachers have been blacklisted. It seems they have been evaluating papers for years and have extensive teaching experience."

According to sources, a huge cartel works behind hiring such teachers in the state. The sources add, "Most are employees of private colleges run by well-connected people. They are underpaid and made to do all sorts of work. There are also question marks on how they obtained their degrees in the first place. So what can be expected of them?"

Earlier in the month, Times of India had reported about Mahendra Singh, a teacher at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV), Varanasi, who had awarded 37 marks out of 33 in fifty answer sheets in economics, at the Khandari campus of the university.

All these cases point towards a rotting age old education system, which badly needs reforms. If such remains the standard of university teachers, what can we expect from the students they teach?

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