Something isn’t making sense; something is missing. Those who are supposed to help us understand the riddles of fiber science are not making their points clear! And this is happening in our course titled, non other than Textile-176.
According to the instructor, he has never had such horrid results ever in his teaching experience! An alarming number of students have flunked the second hourly and a huge number of C’s and D’s have been awarded. Since we’ve entered this institute we have been tortured in to believing that we are the worst thing ever happened to this place. The proverb works both ways I guess, there are times we feel that this place is the worst thing that could happen to anyon. Anyways I thought I might get a general opinion on the issue as burying our heads in sand and pretending that everythingâ€™s going to be alright won’t get us any further.
Coming to the point, how many of you guys were able to answer the weirdoes (questions 3 and 4 in the second exam) logically? For those who don’t know, question 3 required naming those end products that are only made with cotton and no other fiber can replace them whereas question 4 asked to replace them by any fiber that had been studied in the session included in the exam and give the production process till the end product keeping in mind the time to deliver the product to market.. People came up with different answers; some even wrote jute and asbestos!
The instructor claims that sometimes students are made to think about the wildest things in a logical way! What sort of fiber science are we being taught? At first you’re told that end products can’t be replaced and then asked to replace them with any fiber of your choice with the choices being sisal, jute, asbestos and wool. The teacher says that wool is the appropriate answer. Imagine wearing underpants or using towels made of wool. As far as under garments are concerned why use wool for it even in regions where cold climatic conditions prevail? Why not use acrylic instead! And forget about towels made of wool. Above all the target markets for both fibers are entirely different. Cotton is preferred for summer wear and wool for winters; I know Americans have developed summer wool for dressing purposes but for that, the production process is completely different. And we haven’t studied that therefore couldn’t use it in our answers.
This whole issue is being ignored because somehow some people managed to get some marks in both questions. But is it really about getting marks? Or is it about giving marks when answers don’t make sense at all? How is any of this going to help clarify our concepts? I leave this to be answered by you.
The following article has been contributed by a student from first year.