Ravi has been teaching at IIT Bombay since early 1993. Through these years, the one group that has filled his life with joyful memories is his students. Certification, evaluation, surveillance, invigilation and unhealthy competition are words he is allergic to, though he finds that these are increasingly the topics of discussion amongst his colleagues, and society at large. Being an incurable romantic, he longs for an academic world infused with the romance of learning. For more insipid and mundane information on him, please go to: https://sites.google.com/view/ravibanavar/.
Our daughter spent her entire schooling years at Kendriya Vidyalaya ( KV), IITB. My only regret with the KV system was the relatively little emphasis on the humanities and a rather undue emphasis on rote science and math. There are two factors that explain this. First, the qualifications of the teachers. For many years, the insistence of a B. Ed. after the first degree eliminates the more subject-oriented, more passionate individuals such as MA, MSc, History or Science or Language (Hindi, Marathi) from applying for permanent positions. Second, the school caters to a wide socioeconomic spectrum of kids, from the children of janitors to the faculty members. This, at times, dampens the enthusiasm of many teachers, who spend a lot of time trying to get the class in order.