EDITORIAL OPINION OF 18-AUG-2005, BANGALORE EDITION.
The issue that is discussed across the political spectrum in different states of India is the supreme court's order abolishing the quote system in unaided private professional colleges. The editor feels the government should be more concerned with the accredition of colleges, mointering its functioning and the manner in which the education is imparted to its students. The government should play a greater role in trying to achieve social justice than worry about the quote it can retain in colleges. The editor is with the supreme court's order as it would reduce unscrupulous managements that start colleges with short term goals of mobilising huge capitation fees. At the same time the government should have a mechanism that would protect the interest of meritious students who may be in no position to pay huge fees.
Information tchnology is a major boon to India. But the same technology has its own negative points too. The government inorder to regulate the controversies and crime onthe net has decided to widen the scope of the I.T act 2000. The reason is the recent MMS sex scandal involving schoolchildren, distribution of pornography involving look alikes of Bollywood actresses and the frauds invoving B.P.O employees. The new provisions of the I.T act would cover certain sensitive areas of piracy, information protection and harming of computer systems using viruses. In all the new amendments would cover some 18 areas, with child pornography been given more importance.The government has proposed certainstringent punishments for cyber crimes. They are, if any one is involved in transmission of child pornography the punishment would be a fine of Rs 10 lakhs and a jail term between 3 to 7 years. At the same time the victims of a sting operation could claim compenstation of upto 25 lakhs, under the new act.
Manoj G.Varghese , Bangalore , India.