Sunday, February 10, 2008

Two degrees and one clean chit

If there was an example needed of education being a political tool, it can be found in Chennai's premier Anna University. Two senior IPS officers probing graft charges against former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa obtained seats for their children in the varsity's engineering course in what protestors describe as a 'quid pro quo arrangement'. The admissions were secured through a controversial government quota (GQ) under the Jayalalithaa regime. The officers' children did not have the requisite marks for admission, but were accommodated in the GQ. The quota was scrapped last year by the Madras High Court following a public interest litigation.

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