Is college education in India not world class?

(Collected)

Before saying whether college education in India is world class or not, I would like to tell about a few global personalities. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Software major Microsoft graduated from MIT in India. So did the new CEO of Nokia. Continuing the list Narayan Murthy(Infosys founder), Azim Premji(Wipro founder), Dr.Devishetty (leading Cardiac surgeon), Venkatraman Ramakrishnan(Chemistry Nobel Prize winner), Nithin Nohria (Harvard Dean) all had most of their college education in India. Barack Obama recently said in a speech that American students will have to work harder otherwise they would be overtaken by Indian students. Hence telling that College education in India is not world class one will be belittling ourselves in front of others.

The problem with College education in India is not only that of Quality. IISC is one among the top 20 universities in the world.4 IIT’s figure among the top 100 colleges in the world.3 IIM’s are among the top 20 management institutes in the world. Quality is present but only at very few places like the ones mentioned above and quality of intake into them are drastically low when compared to our college going youth.1 IISC,13 IIM’s, handful of IIT’s, NIT’s, AIIMS, MIT, etc produce quality students but they cater to not even 1% of students. For such a large nation like ours, these are just not enough. Creating such institutes is not easy because we lack Infrastructural capabilities and there is shortage of Teachers, Professors and lecturers.

Moreover College education system in India is oriented more towards marks and grades than on knowledge. This leads to superficial knowledge. A more industry oriented and knowledge oriented education system will produce quality youth for the country. This requires a major transformation of our Education system. Industry and Private sector will have to take a more active part in the education system to accomplish this transformation because they will ultimately be benefitted with quality students to hire from. Tie-up with global varsities for bringing their branches to India can solve part of the problem.

We should feel sorry to see scores and scores of Engineers and Doctors opting for GRE, GMAT and other competitive exams to pursue their higher education abroad. Most of them end up working and settling there leading to Brain drain.

Towards A Direction…#2

RANE Committee had suggested to give reservation to marhathas n muslims. It was only to attract the votes in front of elections. The result of total drama is now in front of us. MAHARASHTRA is the state in which marhathas are in majority. Muslims are also under category of OBC & they are getting benefit of that. Both were not require reservations. But it was foolish decision taken by that time government. How can a society in majority put up a fight for reservation in the same state? It is really blot for forwarded maharashtra. Politicians are only busy in putting a image of struggle to get some things, but the actual picture is different. It is deception of whole maharashtra. There were many leaders earlier in the history of maharashtra which had the thinking of future. But this is not a thing today. Politicians, not leaders, are deflected towards a very wrong way. CORRUPTION is main motto behind it. They are busy in fillin up their houses, making their generation rich. But what about other 12 crore maharashtrians. Aren’t they part of whole system? This is happening very badly because we are supporting them blindly, only keeping in mind the benefit of our generation or caste. Basically reservations based on religions must must be cancelled. But they are unwilling to do this. MAHARASHTRA & whole INDIA will be powerful in the world, when religion based RESERVATIONS would get cancelled…

TOWARDA A Direction..#1

‘Bhai, ek pizza’ Naina ,MBA Student, ordered her favourite menu & added to swara ‘What will you take?’
‘No I have my tiffin’
‘Are you mad to have a tiffin daily in college?’ Naina, asked scornfully to Swara.
‘No.,Naina.But this is very bad to eat Pizza, berger daily.’
‘Why are you preaching a sermon to me?’
What is the meaning of this conversation. One part, almost 65%, of India is surrender to fast food. India is becoming a new hub of fast food. Are we aheading towards wrong direction?
Fast food creates big medical issues. These things are well known to us but we are not letting these seriously. We Indian are those who used to have daily pizza, berger (65% of indians, especially college students) daily in india, but when the situation do come to visit foreign country like US, UK We everytime ask for indian dishes, even availability of such fast food there. What a contraversy!
We are forgetting our traditions. We are getting infected by THE GUST OF FOREIGN TRADITION. Mr. Atual Kulkarni, a famous marathi actor, visited a 600 year old temple in a small village for having rest. Many villagers crowded around him. He chatted with them regarding many things but at the last they asked him for donation in point of renewal of temple. Crowd expected donation of large amount because they want to collapse whole 600 year temple & want to build new temple with marble. Foreign countries try to preserve their traditions but what we are doing now? If we don’t think over these things in next some years, India will lost the image of TRADITIONAL N INCREADIBLE INDIA…

Higher Education: The Problem with Priorities

Reblogging…

ACADEME BLOG

It’s been interesting to watch over the years how priorities emerge on college and university campuses.

Some develop organically, whether in service of an academic program, to meet a perceived need, or at their best, to fulfill an institution’s strategic plan. They are part of the business of evolution, matching and balancing people, programs and facilities to available resources and aspirations. In these cases, colleges and universities differ little from other growing enterprises offering a quality product in a competitive marketplace.

The good news is tempered somewhat by the fact that these same strengths breed at best an incremental mindset that limits the potential of a college to be nimble, entrepreneurial and creative. For many internal constituencies – notably mid-level staff – creativity is a strange new world that threatens turf that many feel compelled to defend. For these administrators, it’s a “cat and mouse” game, in which the staff…

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Is Economics a Science? Dogmatic Economics Vs. Reflective Economics..

Mostly Economics

Fixing the economists Blog has this interesting post on the topic.

This is one of the most important philosophical questions regarding economics- is it a science? Econs surely believe and have tried to model  their ideas as Science like with laws and theories etc. This is met with criticism as these laws are not universally applicable and are inconsistent.

But then what is science at the first place? There is huge disagreement on the same. The blog defines science and then sees whether economics fits as a science:

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[Part 1] Lessons from Life of Indian Thinkers: Mahatma Gandhi

Aspirant Forum

The ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, not only influenced the currents in the Indian society, but also influenced the global philosophical debates. Gandhi is seen as a champion of the modern ethical philosophical thinkers. His life, itself, became an example of moral-ethical conduct. He viewed human life as an integrated whole, which grows through our actions and beliefs. Gandhi gave moral values, a predominant role in the process of reform of the human society.

Introduction

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UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)

I am reblogging here from Aspirant forum….

Aspirant Forum

Background

Development is the expansion of the human opportunities and freedom. This is an understanding inherent in the commitment by all the UN member states. It represents the shared aspirations of governments and citizen to ensure that- all person are free from want and fear, and are provided with the basic opportunities and the social arrangements to develop their unique capabilities; and, participate fully in society. In order to achieve these goals, the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994, with some 20000 delegates from various countries, UN agencies, NGOs and the Media organizations. The Conference discussed and showed a remarkable consensus on the issues of socio-political-economic equality, including a comprehensive definition of sexual and reproductive health and rights of the Women and children. Other issues discussed in the conference were- population growth, sustainable economic growth and sustainable…

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