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I remember reading a joke about a son telling his father that the current generation’s history book was far more comprehensive (and hence the son wasn’t doing too well in it) than the history book that his father read. But, it is not only history books that have become fatter; apart from other books, the syllabus and the dos and don’ts that come with the first day of college have also become longer – so long that like the software agreement on terms and conditions that nobody reads, the syllabus and the accompanying instructions are also no longer read. Here’s something on corporatization of education in American educational institutes; some of our institutes are also heading in the same direction.