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Vinamrata Borwankar| TNN
A head of the country’s 70th independence day, a survey has shown that the youth is unaware of many basic facts about India.
According to a survey conducted by the Podar Institute of Education among the 18-23 age group in Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai, only about 8%, 12% and 10%, respectively, knew what the colours of the national flag stand for. The number improved to 20%, 35% and 22% after the respondents were given two options to chose from. Similarly, the survey re sults revealed that less than 40% of the youth in all three cities could correctly sing the national anthem. Only about 28% of the respondents in Chennai, 34% in Bengaluru and 42% in Mumbai could say who wrote the national anthem. After being given two options, about 38% in Chennai, 49% in Bengaluru and 53% in Mumbai selected Rabindranath Tagore. The numbers for several other questions relat ed to the freedom struggle too threw up a similar trend. For instance, according to the survey , only about 34% respondents in Mumbai could tell who Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were. The survey was conducted at college campuses, metro stations and coffee shops between May and August.
Swati Popat Vats, director, Podar Institute of Education, said that the numbers were a reflection of a worrying trend among the youth. “It is shocking that none of the questions had a success rate of more than 50%. These are important facts that make up our country’s historical and cultural fabric. A lot of them (respondents) could pick the right answer once the options were given to them. However, it shows that that youngsters today are dependent on the web for answers.”
Mental health experts too said that such trends were worrisome. “The dependency on smart phones and web means that we are not using our memory at all.Young people should not try to use the web for instant gratification but otherwise they must turn to traditional methods like books and papers. Using one’s own memory also helps keep the brain healthy longer,” said clinical psychologist Seema Hingorrany .
Goa B-School site defaced by Pak hackers
A group of hackers who identified themselves as `Pak Cyber Attackers’ hacked the website of Goa Institute of Management (GIM), a top B-school in the state, on Sunday. “Pakistan Zindabad Happy August 14, 2016 Team Pak Cyber Attackers Stop Killing of Muslims in Kashmir and in India,” read the homepage of the http:www.gim.ac.in. The compromised website also displayed the Pakistani national flag. The lead hacker from the group identified himself as Zain Haxor. The hacked website was later restored.