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It’s the transparency, stupid

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We have cracked our jokes on those who thought up this PR disaster. Now, let’s take a dekko at the substantive issues thrown up by the Jio Institute row

There are two primary issues that ought to concern any Indian citizen who thinks perchance cares about higher education in the country now that the Government in its wisdom has decided to bestow the ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag upon Reliance Industries' proposed Jio Institute in Pune.

The first is nomenclatural. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘eminence’ as “fame or acknowledged superiority within a particular sphere” — that’s the end of that argument if you have been paying attention to the word italicised in the previous paragraph. For, a non-existent educational institution cannot be said to have acquired eminence even if the moniker has been given by God herself forget the Government of India. Further, to even aspire to eminence, an institution must, at the very least, exist. Surely, that’s an unexceptionable notion? After all, as a senior and himself greying and pretty eminent colleague has pointed out, there is a reason the phrase ‘grey eminence’ is used; the grey prefixed to eminence implies white hair for which age/experience is an essential requisite.

Right, now that we have had our fun at the expense of the........

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