Forcing shit down your throats
AICTE, the mastermind behind several scandals in higher education, is once again at its dirty game. In a scandalous and blatant display of favouritism to a particular vendor, AICTE orders all engineering institutions to switch over to Microsoft products (vide http://www.aicte-india.org/downloads/AICTE_notice.pdf). And, we call ourselves a free and democratic country !!
THE HINDU, a highly respected newspaper of India, takes up this disugusting display of short-sighted favouritism. (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/engineering-students-locked-into-microsoft-office-use/article4641746.ece). It is time for all the society, especially the academic community of India, to raise up and revolt against this misuse of authority by AICTE. Sadly, THE HINDU misses the main point of argument against this decision of AICTE. It is not just the wastage of scarce monetary resources, that we should avoid, it is also time to lament the loss of opportunity for exploring and learning, which propreitary, closed-source products deny to students. Locking-in whole generations of students would mean the very antidote for unfettered education and learning. It is not very difficult to guess or guage the real motivating force behind this decsision, considering the record of Microsoft and AICTE
Let wisdom prevail, Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya