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New Delhi, May 07, 2013
First Published: 22:59 IST(7/5/2013)
Last Updated: 23:03 IST(7/5/2013)

It's time to let the winds of change blow through Delhi University
I disagree with the views Ramachandra Guha has expressed in his article Degrees of desperation (May 6). Delhi University's plan to introduce a four-year bachelor's degree programme is a step in the right direction. It will align the varsity with international practice and will encourage a research culture at the undergraduate level. Not only will the move promote in-depth learning, the proposed programme will also offer students an exit option midway, thereby helping them make an informed choice when choosing a specialisation. Other universities should now start emulating Delhi University.
Devraj, via email

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Guha's article is one-sided and unconvincing. Some individuals expressed similar fears when the university dropped the semester system, but under the revised calendar, teachers and students now seem to be more focused on being able to get a comprehensive grasp of their subjects. Rather than prophesising possible doom, the writer must realise that change is the need of the day. 
JM Manchanda, via email

Peace is always a two-way street
The editorial Revenge is not the answer now (Our Take, May 6) is right in stating that concerted engagement must follow Sarabjit Singh's death, not dangerous jingoism. The editorial, however, fails to take into account the fact that peace is always a two-way street. It is unfortunate that Pakistan has not made any recent positive gesture that merits reciprocation. The beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control was followed by the death of Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail. This has certainly been a setback to our efforts at reconciliation. Unless Pakistan honours its commitment and stops terror against India, engaging in dialogue will remain an exercise in futility.
SD Sahay, Delhi

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