" Tamil Nadu CM Stalin Wants Education Shifted from Concurrent to State List" triggered the old memory of "question out of syllabus" experience.
It is now over 20 years since the complaint of a faculty member Mr. X and students of another college that the Vice Chancellor had called a meeting and agreed with Mr. X. The VC said that we raise the marks of the students. This was done without even looking at the results.
Mr. X had a problem as raising the marks increase some students' marks to over 100%. He somehow managed. In my view, the process was unfair to students who had understood the concepts. But why does this incident still pain me like a simmering wound, a permanent damage with no hope of healing?
The real cause of pain comes down to the implicit and explicit remarks that I had told our faculty member to teach these examples in our college. The thought had never even crossed my mind that anyone could interpret it as such. Or the belief that "The correct answer must be written in the text book" ; hence, I must have cheated.
Making education a state only subject does not guarantee improvement. However, it does give me hope that may be one of the states may do better. At least there is a possibility that somewhere over the horizon, learning may become a focus point for the future generations.