New Delhi. 1 July 2009.
After proposing to scrap UGC and AICTE, HRD ministry has gone one step further and proposed to scrap itself, in its “honest bid to reinvent and rejuvenate education in India”. Speaking at a Press Conference originally convened to showcase HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s new six-pack, Education Secretary Jaideep Mishra abruptly announced the radical step.
“The system is redundant, obsolete, old, dead, and redundant. We need fresh ideas. That’s why UGC must go, AICTE must go, and why not, HRD Ministry must go”, Mishra thundered. Kapil Sibal seconded his secretary with an emphatic nod and added – “Here is a poem I have written on the issue:
Ba Ba Black Sheep,
Did U a Gee(!) See?
Yes sir yes sir,
It’s As I See Tea, Eeeeee!!
One is for slurping,
One should go to hell,
and whatever is left there of,
leaves a very bad smell!
So you see – UGC, AICTE, and our ministry, we all are abstract. Let’s unburden the system!”
Though Sibal refused to comment on what or who will replace the ministry, Right Wing MPs saw a “Bangladeshi or Pakistani hand” while Left-wingers saw an “American or WW2 allied forces hand” in the way things have turned out.
Meanwhile, bringing more relief to traumatized Class X board students, Sibal later announced that “Class Tenth will be called LKG (Lower Kindergarten) from the coming academic session to lower the burden of expectations the students face from teachers, parents, peers and communal parties.”