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Apropos the opening piece in your special issue on India’s best professional colleges (The Pyramid’s Base is Rising, Jun 25), it is a good sign that the number of college aspirants is increasing. But we are short of colleges. I think the government should open more colleges and, since it does not have the means to run them, allow private persons or trusts to run these colleges. Such colleges should also be exempt from the numerous laws and rules that stand as hurdles in providing education. In the public interest, these institutions should be tax-exempt or must be taxed nominally.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Why was one of India’s most prestigious media education programmes—at the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media, Mumbai—left out of your ranking of educational institutions? I’ve posted a note on Facebook about this and would like to know the methodology your survey used.
Kulsum Merchant, on e-mail
I have a problem with the sample size of your perceptual survey of India’s educational institutions—with only 300 faculty members and 337 students surveyed, it is bound to be biased.
Manoj K. Yadav, New Delhi
It’s strange that only nine NITS made it to your list. Many of the private engineering colleges you’ve included in your list just don’t compare with the NITS.
Priyank Mishra, Tikamgarh
There are good engineering colleges that aren’t government-aided. Just being state-funded is no guarantor of quality.
Jaikanti, Mumbai, India