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Pearls of Wisdom: US Economist On Indian Education

October 8, 2011 27 comments

The silliest India commentary comes from Indians in the West. Usually. Exceptions apart.

Indian education system has been a matter of interest for the last 10 years at least. (Cartoon by Stuart Carlson, 2005).

Indian education system has been a matter of interest for the last 10 years at least. (Cartoon by Stuart Carlson, 2005).

The failure of the Indian education system must count as the Indian government’s greatest failure. Over 90 per cent of students drop out of school by the 12th grade; only 6 per cent go on to tertiary education, to cite just one dismal statistic. (via Swiping without reading – Indian Express).

Amusing

Cut your nose, to spite your face.

A product of Indian education system, at least partially, Atanu Dey lacks the grace to admit his debt. Even if he lacks the grace, he must be honest to admit his ignorance and /or expertise. Atanu Dey, by implication, is implying that other State education systems are better.

For instance, that of the USA.

Which is simply not a fact. At least from 1983, during the time President Reagan, the state of the US education system has been a matter of great concern. And if he not implying that, he must state how things are equally bad in the rest of the world.

Why just pick on India.

This may not quite be the State of US Education - but only an anecdote.

This may not quite be the State of US Education - but only an anecdote.

Numbers talk

Another angle.

Remember the US is dealing with around 50 million children in the US school system.

And India?

Dealing with 500 million of chidren, is the task that the Indian education system has to handle.

US is the largest economy  of the world. India is 10% of the US economy (in nominal terms). Little more actually.

So, we are talking of a 1000% bigger task with 10% of the GDP. Roughly. Exact numbers will be somewhat different.

Size matters – in case Atanu Dey forgets.

Interestingly, there are some 500 Indian teacher’s in Japan, teaching children, using methods that the Japanese want to learn.

From Indian teachers.

What Atanu Dey does not know or forgets

The issues with Indian education are really the use of English language in higher education. English language closes doors to higher education, for all native language users – which is roughly 90% of India.

The other related question is how long will the dominance of English language last? What after that. Now, these are questions that Atanu Dey should ask and answer.

Being an economist?

vUS education is 'blinkered' seems to be the popular opinion. (Cartoonist - David Horsey; 2008 cartoon). Click for larger image.

US education is 'blinkered' seems to be the popular opinion. (Cartoonist - David Horsey; 2008 cartoon). Click for larger image.

I am not forgetting

The real issue is the delivery model for education that the world must adopt.

The answer, my friend (figure of speech!) is what Shri (Sir) Philip Hartog, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University (then Dacca) learnt from Gandhiji.

Something that research by Dharampal confirmed – and of late, a British researcher discovered again.

Indian private sector education model is the best.

‘IT players failed us in financial inclusion drive’- says the RBI

August 17, 2009 1 comment

The rich target the poor ...

The rich target the poor ...

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has accused IT giants of being indifferent towards the cause of financial inclusion in India. “The scale of business in financial inclusion is so big that we need participation from big IT companies,” said KC Chakrabarty, deputy governor, RBI, speaking on the sidelines of a financial inclusion seminar organised by Skoch, a consultancy firm. He added lack of interest and involvement by big IT companies was making banks’ endeavour of financial inclusion unsuccessful.

According to Mr Chakrabarty, involvement of big IT companies was important to bring down the transaction cost. (via ‘IT players failed us in financial inclusion drive’ – The Economic Times).

How India missed out …

Due to our well-cultivated tunnel vision about English language (amongst many other things), India missed out on Japanese investments, technology and business. Indian loyalty to English language exceeds the loyalty of the British themselves to their language – and we refuse to see how this affects us.

Reforming Indian education

India urgently needs to put more languages in lingual-education basket – instead of putting all our eggs in the English language basket. We can’t do business with the French or Germans, Spanish or the Arabic speaking world. The Chinese and Japanese are out of bounds to us – as are the Swahili and the Bantu.

The Indian language basket also calls for diversification. India needs to learn more foreign languages. But with our bankruptcy of ideas on restructuring Indian education system or the vested interest banging begging bowls in front of the Indian tax payer!

The Indian software ‘success’

The great ‘software’ success story is actually two countries – US and UK who give between 70%-80% of Indian software business! This is coolie labour! We are missing out on the massive Japanese, French and the Spanish markets because we have not invested in those foreign languages. Same story in Europe also – major opportunities overlooked and ignored. And we have missed out on computing in Indian languages, because we have not invested there either. So, RBI’s peeve is right – but the solution is somewhere else.

Is it due to the apparent Indian decision to tie its future to the sinking ship of the Anglo Saxon Bloc?

Hand-over English education to the private sector

The reason we’ve driven all the way to Neemrana … is the NIIT University that is taking shape in the shadow of the Aravallis here, a 100-acre campus that though still under construction, will, insists Pawar, be ready to welcome its first students — for courses in BTech, MTech and PhDs in computer science and engineering, educational technology, and bioinformatics and biotechnology — in September this year. “We grew from a two-week course,” says Pawar — this was in 1981when NIIT was launched — “to a year-long course in 1989 as a need-based response and franchising model to grow HR practices, innovation and breaking fresh ground.” It rode the IT boom, creating opportunities for skill-sets in, besides IT, banking, finance, insurance and management. “The path to higher education was always clear,” Pawar now nods. (via Breakfast with BS: Rajendra Pawar).

Backdoor privatization

The Vedanta industrial group is setting up a University in Orissa. From a campus at the new Lavassa township, Oxford is going to start offering courses. These and other represent the quiet backdoor ‘privatization’ of Indian higher education.

Hidden subsidies

Large tracts of lands are being acquired by the Government, and handed over for a pittance to the private sector. Soon, we will have competition between State Sector subsidized English education – and private sector subsidized education.

Who will help Indian languages get back on their feet

While Indian language Universities are struggling – for funding, respect, status, support, foreign Universities, using paper money, backed by the Bretton Woods fraud, will impose their ideas, culture, etc in India.

While the English speaking economic bloc is struggling, India is not focussing on the French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Blocs which are large, excellent opportunities.

This can be a way out …

This actually is a good way out. There is a significant demand for English language education – at least currently. This demand can be met by the private sector. In the meantime, misdirected State subsidies can be gainfully used to help Indian language education get back on its feet.

In the not very long run, the state must get out of making up the minds of its citizens.

Indian lack of Japanese language skills comes in the way ? Businessworld

November 24, 2008 5 comments

We are proud of our Anglophonicity and our connection with the US. But there is a whole world out there which does not speak English. English is not the only language of scientists and enginners. It is possible to learn from any technologically advanced country, and people can do so by learning its language. China sends thousands of young people to American universities; but it does not confine itself to the

Anglophone world. The Chinese also learn Japanese to access knowledge from Japan. Similarly, the Poles and Russians learn German to access German knowledge. Japan and Germany have not missed out on Indian brains; they just do science and technology in their own language, and use the brains of nationalities that are prepared to learn their language.

Not that Japanese companies avoid English altogether. (via Businessworld – A Perception Of India).

How India missed out …

This article lays out how India missed out on Japanese investments, technology and business – due to our well-cultivated tunnel vision about English language (amongst many other things). Indian loyalty to English language exceeds the loyalty of the British themselves to their language – and we refuse to see how this affects us.

India urgently needs to put more languages in lingual basket – instead of putting all our eggs in the English language basket.

What we cannot … however, allow ourselves to become is an outpost of the Japanese business system – which is what this article pushes India to desire.

Doing less business with India however, is as much a Japanese loss as much as Indian!!

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