Better utilizing of India's Human resource. How?

Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by A.V., Apr 16, 2010.

  1. A.V.

    A.V. New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
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    Moscow, russia
    india the second largest populated country in the world has always been the mirror of excellence in academics , from ancient past till the current day its o surprise that indian students have served in many places around the world
    in the present era india has one of the best education architecture and many foreign students flock its universities as a reslt we have thousands of people graduating every year , a pool of high profile scientists, doctors, engineers and scholars are created every year

    How can india better utilize its human resource to its advantage?
    Has the trend of reverse brain drain a reality yet?
    How can this resource be utilized for a better future ?

    please share all your views on this
  3. Energon

    Energon DFI stars Stars and Ambassadors

    Jun 3, 2009
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    I think the first step would be to reevaluate this narrative, which although highly proliferated, is hardly accurate. India isn't a mirror of excellence in academics. Other than a few institutes of "technology*" or management, made famous by the Indian diaspora, there aren't too many Indian universities which produce world class graduates. Qualitatively the picture is far worse. For the few well educated graduates of top tier institutions, India produces a barrage of poorly educated and trained graduates from sub standard universities. The same is true for universities, for every one IIT there are tons of sub standard "universities"; point being that the ratio is highly skewed. Also in pure quantitative terms, *India's contribution to the fields of science or the arts through its institutions isn't very impressive either.

    The most commonly used barometer to evaluate India's "prowess" is the presence of Indians or the people of Indian origin (PIO) in global academia particularly in the fields of science, technology and medicine. There are a few things to remember here:
    1. Representation of Indians in academia is directly proportional to the size of the population. There are simply more Indians in any field which appeals to them.
    2. The skewed representation is also a result of the immigration laws of wealthier nations who selectively take skilled immigrants.
    3. The bulk of the contributions made by Indians/PIOs have been after seeking training from top class institutions abroad.
    4. IMO the biggest reason for the high presence of Indians in medicine or technology in the West is on account of the desire for a better lifestyle (totally understandable).

    India's literacy rate, pace of societal and industrial modernization and the general state of its masses actually indicates a dismal picture. There is obviously a rigorous schooling system that produces good students who attain immense discipline through the rote memorization system, which in turn gives them the tools to succeed in better foreign universities. The empirical numbers of this cohort are large, but the overall statistic is skewed, considering only about 7% of Indians are actually fortunate enough to get a shot at this.

    In terms of productivity (the ultimate currency of success for a nation/civilization): If one were to draw a ratio between the number of able-bodied men and women by comparing it to productivity, it would become evident that no other nation comes anywhere close to India. It is also no surprise that India is home to the largest number of poor and destitute people around the world.

    Now, the reason I bring this up is because I think the realization of this fact is key to possibly solving some of India's immense problems. There has to be a serious introspection among the educated Indians first to take measure of the ground realities instead of perpetuating a half truth for the sake of self appeasement.

    The unassailable fact remains that India is currently the world's largest human resource grave. In order to address this situation
    1. there first needs to be a revolution in the dissemination of decent primary school level education.
    2. Then there has to be a change in secondary education to focus more on critical thinking and language skills in addition to mathematics
    3. At a national level Bachelors and Masters level courses (BA, BSc. Bcom, MCom, MSc etc.) have to be restructured to provide a meaningful education. Currently, other than a few universities, these courses are receptacles for either people who didn't get into engineering or medicine, or non motivated individuals.This cannot be allowed, bachelors and masters level courses are the backbone of any worthwhile higher level education system.
    4. Higher education reform... which is a whole different topic.

    At the end of the day, the crippling poverty is such that no public mechanism in India can really be put into effect. This is why I firmly believe that only a full scale industrialization can invigorate education and human resource development in India.
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