The decade old landmark Right to Information legislation is changing the governance from micro to macro level. It has empowered each and every citizen of India by providing a tool to keep check on Government as well as governance. It has already proved its credence in unearthing big ticket scams and ensuring proper delivery of govt. services. Its use and awareness is abysmal at micro-level governance. Having said that, It utility remains across the sectors.

Our higher education system, which is back bone for producing highly qualified professionals and promoting research and development, is still grappled with so many inconsistencies. Its performance affects the nation’s performance on many fronts. The university students have to adjust with labyrinth of opaque regulations, inefficiencies and malpractices at every stage. It deters students to remain centered around their prime focus and wastes a whole lot of energy in unproductive area which leads to frustration, demotivation and inefficiency.

Students must have to find out discrepancies before resolution of problem begins. Current Students probably can’t fight with the administration to correct the situation because such effort sometimes is likely to backfire on his/her career. Such possibility dissuades many to stand up and forces to adjust with the skewed system. Even though, s/he knows actual problem, s/he can’t express it publically without documentary backings. Here comes the role of RTI.

Further, may be the solution lies with alumni of institute. Also, it is their moral duty to look after their own institute which has nurtured them be worthy of respected positions. They can use RTI to unearth discrepancies in the system on behalf of current students who couldn’t do that themselves to avoid wrath of administration on their career. Current students can inform about possible domain of inefficiency in the system. Dual utilities are end of fear while reassuring the light. At further level, Alumni network, connect with current student can be assimilated to bring many piecemeal changes by mean of alumni influence, pressure and organized processes. Must remember, these pieces accumulates to change the whole system in the end and budges the rigid administration smoothly and gradually.

If this model is adopted by a handful of alumni in every institute, efficiency can easily be enrooted. Top-to-bottom framework reforms from Central and state govt. can’t address the ground issue due to this implementation intricacies and reluctance of administration. University administration is micro version of rigid bureaucracy at macro level.

I believe that above mentioned approach can help improving our alma mater to considerable extent and if coordinated synergized actions are taken, within years the outcomes would say a new story to tell…
-Ravi Bohra
ISM Alumnus

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