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Racket Game Lobs

We need systemic checks to stop rampant profiteering by bogus institutes. If you have an experience to share about any such institute, mail us

Racket Game Lobs
Illustration by Sorit
Racket Game Lobs
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It was a bright Monday morning in Delhi. I was informed that a middle-aged gentleman wanted to meet me. He would not give many details, just that he was the parent of a student who had been cheated. It turned out that his son had joined an institute that claims to give MBA degrees, has a very good placement record, the best infrastructure, professors from foreign varsities...in short, the best thing since sliced bread. To fund this dream, the father had sold the only piece of land he had, and collected about Rs 4.5 lakh. At the end of two years, what the student got was a degree that wasn’t recognised as an MBA, and there weren’t any job offers either.

I feel this father’s tragic story has a strong resonance across the length and breadth of India. Indian parents wager everything they have for their children’s education and, in most cases, get nothing in return. While it is good to see private investments in education, there is also occasion for serious concern. Year after year, these ‘private’ institutes churn out so-called...

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