The College of Business Management has been my Alma matter for over 4 years now. In this period I have experienced a lot of aspects, of learning, academic and practical life lessons. Most of these have been down to either good or bad teachers or purely the registration or the administration associated work.
But most of these “practical learning’s” were of patience, handling ourselves in unorganized registration lines, coping with lack of semester planning, bad INCOMPETENT teachers, and the general misery poured upon us by Administration. However, today, November 24th, the first day of registration for the Spring Semester of 2008, has marked itself as a Black Day like none.
The registration ‘drama’ started as early as 7 in the morning today with students lining up outside the Administration Block, to give in their forms and get their desired courses before they got full. Can’t really blame them if CBM takes 800 students in year, graduates less than 25% of those, and the whole place feels like it will explode at any moment. They were well aware that the doors would open at 8. That’s when the entire ‘ages’ old sacrificial tradition of Registration at CBM took a turn for the worse.
As soon as the doors were in the ‘process’ of being opened, the students went ballistic. There was pushing, shoving and a general all round display of barbarism. This resulted in broken glasses of doors, with one door having to be removed, injured students with one or 2 getting badly deep cuts, and blood lying on the stairs, the floor and shattered glass everywhere. (For a better idea, people should visit the CBM group on Facebook)
The mere thought, of our college, which is touted to be ‘One of the better colleges of Pakistan’ , was to experience, Blood and anarchy over registration, something that should be the most basic of things at any University, is distressing, shameful and tragic.
I have never liked CBM’s administration, their attitude, or the way they go about their things. But their lack of planning, and greed and one mind track has led to this event. They have created the situation for such an incident to take place, and they can’t shy away from their responsibility of this. (Even thou they were very quick to clean the mess from the morning, much faster than anything else they have done in their day to day activities. I am sure this was out of “concern” of the students to get on with their activities rather than avoid having it recorded or snapped up to appear anywhere and bring attention towards them at an unholy hour. No, they can’t be that SHALLOW, can they?) The truth is that the mere fact that this incident did take place is proof of exactly how shallow the think tanks of CBM are.
I have spoken to senior and junior students, senior and visiting faculty members, and I was responded with a heavy feeling of bemused disconnect. As if they were wishing it was 10 years ahead in time, and CBM was a past they had already escaped. You want to build a University? … Well sadly you have failed. You have built a Business Minded “Sethia” organization rather than an Institute of Learning.
Keep taking more students every year, after the lot has been rejected by your competition, keep taking them in at an insane number, keep graduating less than 25% of them every year, and in 2 years time you will be richer than you already filthy are. And in 2 years time the lot coming in at CBM will be more ill-disciplined, take being in CBM as a joke, and start carrying the slogans and banners of the party they support, and bring bats to HELP them break the windows next time rather than going about the pushing and shoving.
That’s the CBM’s management for you. I will not even venture on some of the other dark qualities possessed by some of the members of this management, for reasons of keeping some sort of semblance here.
But having ranted all of that, I am afraid the Students aren’t going away from this rant without a scratch.
The great students of CBM have time and again proved that they are after all Pakistani, so being a ‘Parha Likha Jahil’ is more or less a prerequisite. After all, today’s chaos was started by the Students only, no matter whatever the fault of the management, they can’t deny that. It started because of the failure to THINK before acting by the students and doing things in haste. It was much like a bad accident at a traffic signal, where one car breaks the signal beyond the red light; one breaks it before the red light. Our nation, as displayed by the ‘youth’ of the nation, refuses to accept that there needs to be discipline, very strict discipline at that in certain things. They want the short cut. They want what is good for them first. They want that, WITHOUT even considering that there are other people around them. The raunchy, rowdy mental state that these students instigated today was pathetic to say the least.
They will do everything possible to do exactly opposite of that, which would be the wiser choice in a GOOD MORAL SENSE.
I have ranted enough, and I am now tired. Not of writing, but tired of 4 and a half years of the same story being dished up, more and more brutally every time. It’s more and more disappointing every time.
CBM “The place of learning”; indeed. Anybody know a medic