The rapidly growing education sector in our country has received stimulus from the active interests of the government as well as by the efforts of leading education players like Everonn and Educomp. With only days having passed since the historic movement by Anna Hazare, the focus on corruption in all aspects of Indian life remains strong. While you may be given to think that education sector is free from these webs, think again!
Everonn, a leading player in the education market, has come under the scanner as a result of its CEO being arrested on charges of purported bribery of about 50 lakhs. This incident closely follows the tax raid in the Educomp offices sometime back. Such issues automatically lead to a lot of uncomfortable questions being raised as how something as vital as education too remains under the shadow of such interests. It seems, no part of life, no matter how integral,is ridden from the greed from money and the resultant practices.
The industry pundits are divided in their opinion about the consequent effects in our educational sector. One group vehemently believes that revelations of corrupt practices make potential customers wary of trusting such companies with sincerity in a field, as vital as education. However, others are firm in their opinion that the arrest only highlights the lack of ethics of individuals but has not implications on the company.
However, for a layperson like you and I, there can only arise deep questions as to how such things can keep happening with those whom we consider as propagators of education! No doubt corruption has crept into the very roots that our society is modeled on!!