A classroom, of one of the top five National Law Universities in India. It is afternoon time and the last class for the day. A teacher whose name one can find in ‘visiting/guest faculty list’ on the University website is taking the lecture.
The quality of teaching faculty as the students correctly say “sucks”. As soon as the lecture begins, you can hear a ringing phone of one the students. This keeps on repeating itself from different corners of the classroom.
Then soon all sorts of colourful songs are being played by the students. The teacher begs the class “Please, stop playing the music.” When it doesn’t, he taps the table. In response, he hears more table-taps from different corners, just like our Parliament.
Followed by this are whistles, giggles and claps. The teacher just somehow manages to end the lecture and leaves. He just leaves but he knows he still has examination answer sheets in his hands.
All of this, forces me to ask two questions to myself.
Being a student in one of nation’s most prestigious law universities, is this quality of faculty the students deserve, which makes them repellent to attend the class and is now touching the border of a sort-of-rebellion (although a childish one)?
Is this the way to tackle the problem of poor faculty, especially the ones, who take in the insult from the students in the name of “healthy classroom fun”?
Well, all of this points out to:
1. The authoritative and poor University administration, how it employs inefficient teaching staff, the cost of which is paid by the ‘students’. But the University still manages to be one of the top Law Universities in India because of its ‘students’.
2. The students, after coming to college have wiped off the line between ‘fun’ and ‘insult’. When healthy fun becomes unsophisticated and is targeted towards the vulnerable ones who take it, it does not remain fun anymore.
3. The helplessness of the students and how students after being unable to organise themselves and voice their concerns in front of the powerful college authorities, take their frustration out by targeting the vulnerable ones.
During my previous internship, I met one of the students (now a very good friend) from one of another top five Law Universities in India.
When I asked him about lectures and normal college routine, he said “You don’t fell like attending the lectures. The faculty just sucks. But you have to. Compulsory attendance system, you know.”