he reforms of the education system during the last two decades have reshaped the landscape of education all across the world. However, in Kashmir, the institutes of higher education are deteriorating in quality of research and creativity. We know research fraud is not a new phenomenon, it has a long history and arguably it has existed since the dawn of science. However, in Kashmir, with the passage of time things deteriorated much more here than other counterparts, and a strange culture intruded our institutes of higher education and bogus scholars ubiquitously walked the chinar-shaded roads of our universities. There was a time when our institutions produced talent in the fields of Science, arts, and commerce. There was a time that if one studied from a university one was guaranteed a respectable job in the field of his/her expertise. There is a lot of things which have gone awry with our institutes of higher learning. There is no lack of funding from the University Grants Commission (UGC). Only God knows where all that money goes.
The other big problem plaguing our institutes of higher education is sheer absence of any placement policy. Even though there is a namesake placement cell in all of our universities, they are not even able to place the top ranking students from the management studies and mass communication department. The result is the piling of sycophant scholars over more sycophant scholars and in between talent goes down the drain. What led to this downfall? It is amazing how the rotten administrative system inside our universities actually lets the talent go to waste and is not able to spawn an environment of quality research. The other unfortunate thing is that, the students continue to suffer in an atmosphere where the sadistic professors decide who among the students is being taken for a research and who not? It has come to such a pass that there is literally no place for men of integrity in our universities. There are stories of research scholars ferrying children of their guides from school, cooking food for the family of their guides and sometimes within campuses washing cars of their guides.