New Delhi: RBI governor Urjit Patel was grilled before the parliamentary standing committee on finance over demonetisation on Wednesday. During his time in front of the panel, Patel had such a tough time that it reminded him of viva exams during his college.
Ever since demonetisation was announced by PM Narendra Modi on the 8th of November, RBI and its governor Urjit Patel have taken a lot of fire. Whether it was availability of currency notes in the immediate aftermath of the announcement or the ever changing rules, RBI took plenty of criticism. However, none of that prepared Mr Patel for this grilling where he was left feeling like a college kid all over again.
“There was this whole panel in front of me like the panel of professors that greeted us in college. They asked so many questions and I had no answers. I kept sitting there with a serious look on my face, as any self-respecting student does during a Viva exam. I was nostalgic and terrified at the same time”, Mr Patel said recounting his experience.
“At some levels, it was actually worse than a college viva. At least in college, we had a fixed syllabus to prepare from so your answer could be in the same region as the question. Here, Modi ji has kept the entire syllabus to himself, I wasn’t even aware what is happening and I am the one who ended up in front of the standing committee. Since my name starts with U, my number used to come very late during college viva, I could ask other students about the questions being asked. No such thing here as I was the one and only person appearing before the committee”, Mr Patel added.
Further, he said ,”One good thing was that I had a sympathetic person in the panel, Dr Manmohan Singh who defended me in front of the standing committee. No teacher ever came to the rescue during a viva exam so that was refreshingly different.”
In the meantime, Dr. Patel is checking with Dr. Raghuram Rajan if there are some openings in teaching profession in any US university.