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Bihar Cheating: Macaulay type of schooling responsible for degrading Indian education

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By Dr Kallol Guha

Cheating in the examination in various cities of Bihar is being projected as a breaking news during the last couple of days. This subject was debated in one of the main stream media and debaters were the usual “leaders” of political parties. What is interesting to watch is the politicians claiming that the problem appeared during their opponents administration and that efficient policing is what they think is the solution. Cheating in exam is nothing new. It always existed both during pre and post-independence period.

During the middle ages when India’s contribution to the world GDP was above 23%, India reportedly had as many as fifteen thousand institutes of higher technical education that attracted overseas students. Then from 1800 AD- Macaulay type education system was introduced to “Delink Indian from India” that fits the need of colonial masters which is continuing to this day.

News item being reported today is just a byproduct of that education system. Any civilized society with sense of culture would admit that contents and system of education in a given nation shapes and conditions human resource which in turn determines the role of a nation in the world.  Cheating in the test is just a symptom. The disease is the low grade, uncultured, semi-illiterate leadership to whom the country and the nation is a means of amassing personal fortune.

(The writer is the  President & CEO of Saint James School of Medicine in Illinois)

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This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market

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Xiaomi cuts prices of 5 smartphones in India.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Friday announced that it was permanently cutting the prices of five of its handsets in India, a day after the International Data Corporation (IDC) declared that the company was the market leader in the third quarter of 2018 in the country.

“We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter, as per IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

“As a celebration of that, Xiaomi is announcing price cut for five smartphones,” the company said in a statement.

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Friday announced that it was permanently cutting the prices of five of its handsets in India.

The 4GB+64GB variants of Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 are now available for Rs 13,999, Rs 15,999 and Rs 11, 999, respectively while the prices of 6GB+128GB variants of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A2 have dropped to Rs 15,999 and Rs 18,999, respectively.

According to the IDC report, the Chinese handset maker shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 per cent share in the third quarter this year.

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This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market. (IANS)