The video of an online class of civil engineering in MVJ College of Engineering (MVJCE) in Bengaluru shows the professor saying: “Education needs money. Don’t you need money for food? Does government always give you free food? To lead everyday life you need money. Why are you asking money separately for laptop? This is part of expenditure you have to incur for education. Don’t you have money to go to movies? Don’t ask irresponsible questions.”
Students said the college is insisting on laptops since the software used for exams is not compatible with smartphones. The video has drawn much ire from students and caused a commotion. It is a pointer to what parents are facing, with classes going online.
Access to laptops even among middle class families has become an issue. Many families have more than one child and both need laptops. “We are both working. How many gadgets can we buy?” said a parent.