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Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Anna University Dogma

I heard about these recent rules at Anna university, imposed on the students. As an alumni of that institution I am all pity for the students who study there. So what are those rules:
1. Students shouldn't use Cell phones and if they do so, it would be confiscated.
When I was a student there, the Economics didn't work out well for me nor for many, to actually carry a cell phone around. But things have changed, Cell phones have become an important form of communication. Its no longer just a priviledge, it is a comfort that technology has brought to mankind. Being a premier technology institution in India and well reputed, they should understand the fact that Times have changed. Here is the deal, in our times, the only way that any information reached us from outside was traditional snail-mail or a phone call to our hostel, which we can only receive if the warden/watchman (or any responsible hostel in-mate) picks it up. Then, they are left with an infuriating task of shouting in the hostel hall, "Room no 61 .. Senthil ...". You can imagine who easy things would be if you have a cell phone. If there are so many advantages with cell phones then what is the problem: General nuisance during the class when it goes off. So if that is the actual problem, then why don't they change this rule as
"Switch off your cell phones, before the class!"
The idea of devoiding the students of an important communication link all the time is complete madness.
2. Dress code - Big deal, I don't care what you dress as, Its what you think and what you are capable of. I have 2 examples - Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Did they emphasize themselves with a dress code when they started their company ? Didn't they turn out really well, to a position as to where they are now? Let me ask this question other way round, by making your students wear the dress that you specify, are they going to understand and apply the nuances of a technology, or perhaps invent the next generation computers based on Quantum Mechanics, just because you are wearing a neat Louis Phillippe formals? What you wear, really doesn't matter, it's what inside you, what you can! So cut the crap and just abolish this rule.

There are probably many other rules that students are facing right now, but I could only get to know about these. I read this post by Alaphia, who interviewed the VC at Anna university and felt the need to write something on my blog as an Anna Univ Alumni. I sincerely hope the plea gets to the president and normalcy gets restored back at Anna University.


  • The VC apparently wants the perverts among the males in the University (including himself) to be not "disturbed" by women clad in jeans!!!

    By Anonymous Another alumnus, at 10:57 PM  

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    By Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman, at 2:13 AM  

  • Yeah,He is really over doing about these issues. But one way he is right...

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    By Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman, at 2:16 AM  

  • Yeah, they are trying to be toooo conservative!

    By Blogger NaiKutti, at 4:14 AM  

  • Ideas come with passion and freedom..hearing these unnecessary rules already makes me feel caged/constrained.

    By Anonymous VJ, at 9:28 AM  

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