January 15, 2008

दौतरीको १०० दिनमा मेरो तर्फाट

हुनत १०० दिन पुगेको उपलक्ष्यमा विषेश केही लेखौ भन्ने थियो तर के गर्ने क्यैगरी भ्याइएन । आज चाही केही समय वोनस मा पाएको मौकामा यो एउटा वनाइ हाल्न मन लाग्यो । थिमा त केही थिएन तर मन देखी दौतरीको लेखक एव पाठक लगायत सवै शुभचिन्तकलाइ शुभकामना दिन मन लाग्यो । र उत्तरोत्तर प्रगतीको कामना सहित .........

Are engineering profs really that bad?

While I was in St Cloud State University, I felt the SCSU engineering faculties were the worst in this planet.It was not only me; entire engineering students had the same view. I thought I was enrolled in a bad school.Well it was cheap. Despite of that I had teaching assistantship. I just shut my mouth and struggled myself.
In the lab, I always heard students whining. Not one, not even two, each student had complained for every teacher. In the lab at late night they used to make joke about their PhD and PE. Most of the undergraduate students had their own transportation. All the graduate students were international students, so they didn't have their own transportation. It used to be late midnight when they finished their homework. In the middle of night, they just got stuck in the lab. If the night cleaner is kind enough, they could use their jacket and sleep in the floor otherwise they have to make their way outside in the frozen night. With these tough things, if international students cannot maintain 3 GPA, they will be in probation and again if they cannot cover in the next semester,they have to leave the country.
Students have complaining behavior. We used to complain,get frustrated,make fun of professor, laugh...that's how we spend time in school.In one evening everyone was busy with their homeworks and projects. One student just broke the silence,"guys our subjects are tough, so professors are getting hard time. It is not only difficult for us to learn but it is equally difficult for our teachers to teach. So let's not hate our teachers".But his expression made us to think something about our teachers.
I was lucky to have a very helpful thesis advisor. Unfortunately after graduation, I haven't been to the school to see him. It has been almost 2 years. Today I was going through Design News and I found engineering school has poor rating. So it was not only S t Cloud State University but most of the engineering schools have same scenario.

Article of Charles J. Murray from Design News

For many of our readers, this probably won’t come as a surprise: Recently-released surveys from The Princeton Review show that engineering students aren’t always pleased with their professors.Before we tell you the results of the survey, though, let’s stop and review a few important points: Engineering curriculums are hard; student grades in engineering tend to be on the low side of the bell-shaped curve in almost every college; students with low grades are unhappy and tend to blame their professors. We know all this.Now, let’s look at the results, which were published in The Princeton Review’s Best 366 Colleges. In a category titled “Professors Get Low Marks,” seven of the worst ten schools had very high percentages of engineering students. The United States Merchant Marine Academy, Stevens Institute of Technology, Cal Tech, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology were the worst four. Others in the bottom ten included Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Tech and Illinois Institute of Technology. The results were part of a multiple-choice survey administered to more than 120,000 college students. In the “Professors Get Low Marks” category, students were asked, “Are your instructors good teachers?”Obviously, this looks bad, even when you blame some of the dissatisfaction on the complexity of engineering material. But the list of the best 20 schools made engineering look even worse. Students responding to the same question put only one school with a high percentage of engineers – Harvey Mudd College of California – in the best 20.Academic experts say that the difficulty of engineering has a lot to do with the results, but they admit it’s not the whole problem. “Even if you have fantastic teachers – which many of these colleges do – engineering will always get lower marks,” says Ray Almgren, vice president of product marketing and academic relations for National Instruments. “But difficulty doesn’t explain all of it. It doesn’t explain why so many engineering schools did so poorly.”Almgren notes that most of the schools mentioned on The Princeton Review list are known for their research, not their teaching.And here, I’ll add my own opinion: It’s worth noting that Harvey Mudd College – the one engineering school that did well in the survey -- is not known as a research institution. Another college that has done well in the past, Olin College of Engineering, is also not a research institution.Admittedly, that’s a small statistical sample, but it reveals an important point: No matter how hard engineering undergraduate material may be, it needn’t be taught in a way that leaves behind a trail of disgruntled students. It needn’t be taught by professors who prefer to describe themselves as researchers, rather than teachers. It needn’t be relegated to hordes of teaching assistants who struggle to speak understandable English.And it can be taught in a way that might even be described as exciting.It would be easy to stick our heads in the sand and attribute the results of this survey to the whining of students who don’t want to work hard. But if we’re truly concerned with the future of engineering education in America, then we might want to take a harder look at these results. There just might be broader meaning here.

बिर्सन खोजेको राष्ट्रिय एकता दिवस र निरिह नेपाल

अहिलेसम्म नेपाल नामको मुलुक अस्तित्वमा छ तर भनिएको छ यो मुलुकको निर्माण गर्न लडाइँ गर्नेहरू खल पात्र थिए । अथवा अहिले यस्तो बुझ्न हामीलाई भनिएको छ कि नेपाल नामको मुलुकको जुन एकीकरण गोर्खाका राजाको नेतृत्वमा लगभग २४० वर्ष अघि शुरु भएर त्यसको केही वर्षपछि समापन भएको थियो , त्यो केवल एउटा अतिक्रमण मात्र थियो , एउटा अत्यन्त अन्याय र क्रूरताले भरिएको अतिक्रमण । अहिले जातीवादी नाराको रडाकोमा , त्यो एकीकरण अभियान र त्यसको योजना अनि त्यसपछिको प्रभावलाई भयानक दमनकारी साम्राज्यवादी दुराचार ठहर्याउने तँछाड मछाड चलिरहेको छ र भनिँदै छ अब कल्पना गरिने लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्रको नेपालले नेपालभित्र बसोवास गर्ने प्रमुख जातीहरूका लागि तत् तत् जातीका राज्यहरू थालीमा पस्किएर टक्र्याउनु पर्नेछ अन्यथा घोर अन्याय हुनेछ । जे सुकै होवस् तर ,नेवार,गुरुङ , तामांग, मगर, राई , लिम्बु र थारूका लागि नया नेपालमा छुट्टाछुट्टै राज्य त हुनै पर्छ भन्ने मजबून जारी आन्दोलन हरुको देखिन्छ । त्यसबाहेक , मधेस, चुरे भावर जस्ता क्षेत्रीय र जातीय रङ्गमा दङ्ग परेका आन्दोलनकारीहरूको जिरह पनि स्वायत्तता र आत्मनिर्णयको अधिकार समेतले सुसज्जित बनेका राज्यहरूको मागमा रोकिएको छ । अत: मान्छे भन्दा तल ओर्लेर मनुजहरूले जब आँफू अमुक जात र झुण्ड मात्र रहेको स्विकारोक्तिका साथ आँफू पूरा मनुज हुन अद्यपि नसकेको कुरा खुल्लम खुल्ला सकारेर नेपालको विघटन खोजिरहेका हुन्छन भने त्यहाँ नेपाल नामको राज्यको अवमूल्यन हुने कुरा नौलो मान्नै परेन । त्यसैले अहिले अनेक थरि कबिला राज्यको माग सहित नेपाली भाषा , झण्डा र अस्मिताको धज्जी उडाउने कुराले बहादुरीको महारथ हासिल गर्दैछन र पृथ्वि नारायण र वर्तमान नेपालको बुनियाद रोप्नेहरूका आत्माहरूले धिक्कारिएको अनि दुत्कारिएको अनुभव गरिरहेका छन् ।
भनिँदैछ मान्छेलाई जातमा टुक्राएपछि अनि मुलुकलाई जातका स-साना चोक्टामा दामासही बाँडेपछि मुलुक संघीय लोकतन्त्रको मजबूतिमा रमाउन सक्छ रे ! मान्छेलाई तँ यो जात तँ उ जातको बिभाजनमा बाँडेर मुलुकलाई चिराचिरामा टुक्राउँदा मान्छेहरू असीमित अधिकारको रजगजमा बाँच्न पाउँछन् रे ! मुलुक यसरि पो झन बलियो पो हुन्छ रे !
उदेक छ , एकातिर मान्छे विस्वव्यापीकरणको ढोल पिटेर सीमा र सरहदका पर्खाल भत्काउन अनि भूमण्डलीय एकीकरणको जोसमा रमाउन खोजेजस्तो देखिँदैछ भने अर्को तिर आफ्नो प्राक अस्तित्वतिर फर्केर , न्याय निसाफ माग्न इतिहासको पाङ्ग्रा उल्टो दिशामा फर्काएर कसैलाई खलपात्र साबित गर्ने कृत्यमा रुमल्लिएको छ ।
त्यसो हो भने अतितका गल्तिहरूलाई हामीले कतिलामो अतितको समयमा फर्केर सच्याउने ? बोक्रे युगमा पुग्दा हुने हो कि ! सायद त्यतिबेला हामी साझा मनुजको एकल परिवारमा थियौँ होला । त्यसपछि त अखण्ड भूगोलका खण्डखण्डमा हामी संसर्गित बन्न पुग्दा जात, नाक नक्सा, विचार र राज्यका सीमामा कैद भयौँ होला !
यस्तै एब्स्ट्रयाक्ट प्रश्नहरूको माखेसाङ्लोमा म नेपाल , नेपाली, एकता , राष्ट्रियता , जात, भाषा , धर्म आदि मानव निर्मित बिभाजनहरूको नराम्ररी जेलिएको महशूस गर्न वाद्य बनेको छु । मेरो नेपाल भन्ने कि नभन्ने , राष्ट्रिय एकता दिवसको सम्झना गर्दा मैले कसैको भावनामा चोट पुर्‍याएको पो हुन्छु कि म सोच्नै नसक्ने तरिकाले संपृक्त बनेको छु । म जब राष्ट्र र मुलकको सम्झना वा कुरा गर्छु अवश्य त्यसको अतित निर्माणमा जोडिएका व्यक्तित्व र तिनका कार्य र कृत्यहरू स्वयं उच्चरित बन्न पुग्छन् । त्यो गलत थियो भने मेरो वर्तमान परिचय समेत गलत हो । मेरो नेपाली परिचय, मैले लेख्न र बोल्न प्रयोग गरिरहेको भाषा र मेरो व्यक्तिगत अस्तित्वसंग जोडिएको समग्र समष्टिको ठूलो र व्यापक जीवन गलत नै भयो नि , त्यसो हो भने त !
के नेपाल गलत हो ? के क्रुरता र अन्यायमा बनेको यसको बुनियादले ‘नेपाल वा नेपाली’ भनिन पाउने सम्मको अनुमति तपाइँहरूबाट प्राप्त गर्ला , मेरो प्रश्न ।

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