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It's not tailored

Sir, — As a student of the National Law School, Bangalore, from 1997 to 2002, I differ with some views expressed in the article, "Tailored for the corporates?" (Nov. 2). The suggestion that education in a national law school lacks social orientation is wrong. Very few institutions in India would have integrated social issues and contemporary thinking in their curriculum like the NLS has.

The intellectual life on the campus is vibrant and is full of hotly contested debates and discussions on socio-political issues of contemporary relevance. Progressive thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Derrida and Paulo Frieri are familiar names. The college provides free legal aid.

A fair number of the students have opted against high salaries and have chosen to work with NGOs or are pursuing higher studies in gender studies, human rights, etc.

Arun Roy,
Tuticorin, T.N.

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Sir, — The larger issues discussed in the article are equally or more relevant to IITs, IIMs and other professional colleges.

The smart corporates snatching away smarter youngsters half way through the course duration in the name of campus recruitment is harming the academic pursuit of students.

R. Narayana Iyer,
Thiruvananthapuram

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