What I have observed over the years and specially in the subject of English is the students' pursuit of Narain series (all Patna University Dept. of English students are familiar with this) over the actual text and critical books. I do acknowledge the unavailability of texts in the book stores of Patna but we know 'where there is a will, there is a way!' Secondly, students keep running to the so-called 'popular' teachers for tuitions. These teachers may appear in the class once in a blue moon but conduct their tuition classes regularly and punctually. The predominant feature of these classes is the dictation of answers of important questions. One may think that over the years the answers to such questions (as the syllabus remains unchanged over long periods of time) may be passed on to the next batch of students but in reality no one passes things over. The other person who might be the best friend of the tuition going person will have to join the tuition classes; he can not take the notes from his friend for free!
Thirdly, the kind of questions that one is asked in the exams does not go beyond the theme, structure, characterization and style of a text. Students being students study what is needed for the final exams. who thinks of the NET?
The entire system is such that even the most hard working and intelligent student may be left deflated. In spite of writing good answers and working hard, a student may not get high marks because he was not patronized by some teacher.
As a result, we are left with postgraduates who (if unable to find alternative career options) wish to join the same league as their teachers - that of lectureship but lack the ability to tackle the UGC NET! It is high time that people in positions of responsibility pulled their socks up to make a sound future.