I just became (by the virtue of some luck) a Graduate. But somehow deep inside i don’t feel like one. There are a number of reasons for that. One of the primary reasons is the apathetic behavior of Mumbai University towards its students. I can compare it to one of the many Black Holes in space that keep sucking whatever comes in its way and then throwing it out when nothing is left. MU is like that. It sucks in students. So many students that it cant even handle. And then spits them out after dumbing them down and declares them graduates. I am happy for all who became graduates or are in the process of being one, but just ask yourself one question after becoming one: how much did you ‘learn’ in the process of becoming a graduate?
We all slogged for marks in the internals and the external examinations. We made projects after getting all material online and adding our two cents in it to earn the extra marks. Some even paid for the projects. We made presentations on the basis of what is given in our textbooks. The textbooks are hardly updated. You cant call it a textbook if it is updated every 5-7 years. Even if it is updated, it contains so much useless information that the University has to either omit certain parts and chapters. All this after it is printed and the students have bought the textbooks. The textbooks don’t even get printed on time. And when they do get printed, there are so many authors, that i could buy each authors book and build myself a castle.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry suddenly is an author of a graduation course and tries to sell his textbook to his students because it is ‘better than other authors’ and because ’ you will get a group discount if many of you buy’. Its all about the money for these ‘professors’.
Then there is the examination itself. In the age of computers where even a 5 year old can handle a computer, only the people at MU cant seem to handle computers. Why does a legitimate student from a legitimate college who has paid proper fees, has given all proof of his existence in this world and all his past education have to sit and fill stupid endless circles with numbers and a black pen just before the exam for which he is not even given 15 minutes of extra time? Is it such a problem to provide an extra 15 minutes? Let me tell you one thing, there is no clarity by the MU on when the students should get the answer sheets before the exams. Some teachers who are kind enough and know it takes time give the sheets as soon as the student enters the classroom, other mindfucks from mars give the paper 5 minutes before the exam is supposed to start because ‘thats the rule’.
After slogging for weeks on end, the wait for the results starts. There is no clarity on the day and date. The rule book says within 45 days of the examination, the results should be declared. But the illiterate people running MU dont seem to know the rules. They dont care about the students. They dont care if we have to keep everything on hold till they declare the results. They care about finishing their hours of work and go back home. They like to postpone till the very end and as soon as the media starts to report on the delay of the results, they blame the computers. Dear MU, only you seem to have a problem with computers. Either you are living in 1990 or that you have extreme bad luck that whenever you buy a computer, it is always faulty. Grow up MU. Americans landed on the moon in the 60s with less computer power than what you have in your offices right now.
Finally when we get our results, we are just happy we got it. I asked myself was it really worth it? For me, No. It was not worth it. I put in more efforts to rote what was in the textbook than learning something from it. I feel dumb. I feel outdated. I feel like a MU Graduate.
Pink Floyd put it right:
“When we grew up and went to school,
There were certain teachers who would hurt the children any way they could.
We dont need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the class room
Teachers leave those kids alone
Hey, teachers! Leave those kids alone!
All in all, it’s just a
Another brick in the wall
All in all, you’re just a
Nother brick in the wall”
Thank You Mumbai University. Dr. John Wilson must be glad that he is dead right now. The great man founded MU and MU destroyed his legacy.