R.D. Bhardwaj “Noorpuri”
There is no denying the fact that we have enough of religious places like Temples / Mosques / Gurudwaras and Churches etc., through out length and breadth of India. As the dispute about the Ayodhya site in Uttar Pradesh claiming to be a Ram Temple or Babri Masjid which is also going on for the last many decades and no workable solution comes into sight, I feel that depending upon the size of plot of land, building an educational institution like an Engineering / Medical College with or without a multi-specialty hospital, would certainly be a better option. As the area at Ayodhya is quite big (around 80 acres), I feel that both these professional colleges can be constructed there, so that children of all people irrespective of their caste, colour, creed or religion, can go there without any sort of reservations and pursue professional qualification, which is closer to his or her heart.
Many students, after completing their schooling, are not able to pursue professional degrees of their first choice; and have to half-heartedly opt for the secondary preferences like BA / B.Sc. / B.Com / BBA / BCA and Hotel Management etc. Thus, there is an urgent need for new big professional colleges. Such colleges can be constructed within 4/5 years and on its completion; around 5,000 to 5,500 more students will get admission to the professional degrees of their choice. On successful completion their studies, students will serve the society in a much better manner and will serve much wider interests of the society, rather than serving only Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims or Christians etc. It would also be better and much workable / pragmatic option, as an old saying goes, “One good teacher is better than one thousand priests.”
The society is not going to gain much by building a temple or mosque or any other religious shrine at that disputed site. But, if we build professional colleges and produce thousands Engineers or Doctors or Architects more every year, they will be thousand times more beneficial to the society and the country as a whole. Secondly, these educational institutions generally generate employment for at least 2,500 to 3,000 more people. Thirdly, the educational institutions promote the feelings of universal brotherhood, peace & prosperity and ensure up-liftment of all sections of society, instead of producing only religious fanatics; who are neither good for the society nor for the country as whole. It is also often observed that in our country, some religious leaders, like their political counter-parts, also tend to spread hatred and trigger communal riots, which ultimately leads to killing of hundreds of innocent people resulting in extinguishing fire from innumerable hearths, with no saviour in sight to come to their rescue.
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