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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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Most Positive Buzz In India Created By Google in 2018: Report

YouGov "BrandIndex" also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018. 

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google created the most positive buzz in India last year, follewed by Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Google-owned YouTube, international research firm YouGov said on Wednesday.

Google had a Buzz score of 57.2 points, WhatsApp 55.7 and YouTube 52.9 points in the “2018 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings” in India.

“In the age of digital natives, it is no surprise that the top 10 list has a dominance of technology brands. Noticeably, financial brands have recorded good improvement to their buzz score in the past year,” YouGov India General Manager Deepa Bhatia said in a statement.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

YouGov “BrandIndex” measures the public’s perception of brands on a daily basis across a range of metrics.

The rankings are compiled using Buzz scores from the entire year’s worth of data. Buzz scores measure whether people have heard anything positive or negative about a brand during the previous two weeks.

“According to the rankings, we see a surge in the popularity of digital brands and social networks. While the top 3 is dominated by technology giants, social networks like Facebook and Instagram park themselves at nine and 10, respectively,” said the report.

MakeMyTrip was at fourth place, followed by Amazon at fifth spot.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Philipp Justus, Google Vice President for Central Europe and German-speaking Countries, chat behind a Google logo during the opening of a new Google office in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2019. VOA

Cab hailing services like Ola and Uber managed to stay in the limelight for a large part of the year and grabbed seventh and eighth position, respectively.

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Food-delivery platform Swiggy landed at the sixth spot in the top 10 list.

YouGov “BrandIndex” also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018.

In India, Zomato is the “most improved” brand of the past year, followed by Instagram and Kotak Mahindra Bank. (IANS)