From today's Telegraph - JU (as in Jadavpur University - my Alma mater) administration claims -
"Most of our courses meet international academic standards. We must be more ambitious and target students from the US and Europe."
Are you kidding me?
JU would be JU -
As long as "sem" would just mean the final examination in student lingo.
If you ask anyone on campus "sem kobe?" (roughly translated as - when is the semester starting?) the invariable answer would be the end term exam dates.
As long as browsing the catalogue would be closest to the books a student can get in the library.
As long as the computers are there for display only - students wont be trusted enough to let them use those.
As long as the they believe in "every student is born equal" so should be taking the same courses.
As long as the departmental web pages use the same bland template with an alphabetic listing of faculties names.
A name is just a name unless there is other relevant information!
As long as the administrative guy you want to meet would not be "in his seat" or "busy" sipping tea and gossiping.
As long as research means recycling other people's results - at least for a majority.
As long as political affiliation would be the main criteria in recruiting.
Undergrad education in JU is good - in fact we had one of the best undergrad Physics program in the country - which placed students in top institutes/ universities all over the country and abroad - and Engineering was second only to IIT's. Its not that students in US on an average are much brighter - on the contray they are not. But until one has a fair idea about the education system in US or Europe - how flexible it is and how much respect students get - these claims are simply audacious!