You realize the fact of how media un-proportionally blows up on a certain issue only when you are directly connected to it. What makes me get to this is that recently my college Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (JIIT), Noida was unfortunately black listed in the universities to be de-recognized by the Union Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India.
Speaking about the current status of my college, it has got the ‘Status Quo’ by the Honbl’ Supreme Court of India. That’s a different part of the story though. The more important point is how the information presented to the people by the media has not only dented the reputation of the black listed colleges but also of the students studying there. Most of the news channels and the newspapers quoted comments from the Government representatives or education experts but there was no feedback from the university authorities. Shouldn’t the news we read in the newspapers give us a more complete picture.
What this has led to is that most people know JIIT Noida or any of the listed college for that matter is being de-recognized. They have no idea of the previous reputations of the colleges or their education facilities. Simply because they didn’t read about that in the newspaper or heard about that in the news!
The more direct impact on the students has been that whenever there is a discussion about the college they are studying in there is always that unsaid negative image that is formed about the institute. So travelling in the metro or going to college fests I have heard people saying “See these guys are from JIIT. The college that has been recently de-recognized”.
I am not getting into the defense for my college, but trying to bring forward to you a more broader outlook of what actually the situation is. What most newspaper reports read was that the colleges lacked infrastructure. I can’t be commenting about the other colleges, but anybody who has visited JIIT Noida Sec-62 campus could tell you if at all the campus lacks infrastructure. As for the misconception that the university lacks courses in Mechanical or Civil Engineering etc. , the university has been declared as an IT University. An institute that can be called a university even if it doesn’t have these courses. And all the courses are accredited by the apex authority All India Council for Technical Council (AICTE). The education quality is also at par with the most private institutions of the country.
What’s has happened is that despite proper education environment (according to the previous reports by the same authority about 6 months back) the institute has been black listed. There has been no elaborate report in the limelight on what it is actually wrong. Is it fair enough, to eliminate deemed universities just because their number abruptly grown in the country?
Again, not questioning the credibility of the decision made by the Government Authorities but just putting forward a simple logic point, shouldn’t the decision that involves the future of over 2 Lac students be dealt more delicately?
If there is any truth to the reports against the colleges, it is yet to be brought out.
I don’t intend to advertise or speak highly about my institute, but to put the message that let’s stop making judgments and form opinions be it on any issue with just bits and pieces of information we have.