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Do Bogota's Buses Run On Time? Don't Check The Clocks

Transmilenio buses were hailed as state of the art
Transmilenio buses were hailed as state of the art
Alidad Vassigh

BOGOTA – Even if the buses in the Colombian capital ran on time, you'd never know. A Bogotá city councilman recently confirmed that hundreds of clocks on its metro-bus network platforms were no longer working.

Turns out, most stopped working at least five years ago – and counting!

Councilman Hosman Martínez complained that 406 electronic clocks found on platforms of the pioneering Transmilenio bus service — which were apparently scheduled for change in 2009 — were "in a state of utter deterioration," according to El Espectador.

"Some don't count the minutes, some do not show the right hour and others are simply covered in dust," he said. It will cost the equivalent of more than $1,000 to repair each clock. The faulty clocks were part of the first two phases of the Transmilenio network, billed as an innovation transportation system whose bus lines carry just under two million passengers a day.

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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

Image of a group of five people sitting on the grass inside of the Indian Institute of Technology campus.

The IIT - Indian Institute of Technology - Campus

M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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