May 2006



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Last September my In-laws visited us. And like all Indians in this part of America, Niagra falls is the favorite destinations to take your parents to. I was'nt into blogging then, so am blogging this now.

This picture was taken during the light and sound show as viewed from the American side of the falls. This one does seem to do full justice to the falls.

A guide to Jaipur’s forts and palaces Sulekha Travel Journal – Travel Blogs India, Travel Diary, Indian Travelogs, Indian Travelers, Travel Blog

 

I had promised to blog about my favorite cities. For now let me start by simply linking to this article about Jaipur, in Rajasthan , India. At least one great person was born there – me! 

 

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E@zyVG’s Vichar » India and its Role in Future World Economy

An article, placing India as the third largest economy by the year 2050. To me that is not good enough! I would rather see India there and beyond in the next 15 years!

But hey, its good going in a way. So , Go Go India!

 

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E=mc^2: Reservations V: Apotheosis of IITs and myth of merit

There are so many articles and blogs floating about that support the anti-reservation stir, that I feel compelled to highlight the few that do not! And again, I avoid the articles that put the onus of historical mistakes on the present generation. This article, on the contrary, brings out a few issues that I have always had with the education system in India.  

 

Their B.Tech program is arguably one of the best, but the actual research and concrete results coming from Masters and Ph.D. programs are almost negligible. To that effect, they are only good at supplying finest raw material or fodder material to MNCs, IIMs, MS and Ph.D. programs in US, but they do not by themselves produce any thing of great value in research content. There are no major inventions or innovations in technology coming out from these unnecessarily hyped Indian Institutes of Technology; except for some applications and solutions which look good in a Science Fare and Exhibition. As such I hold similar opinion of many other top-rated institutes of India- not just IITs.

 I agree with this sentiment. I know some of you have claimed that the above is not true, and that some of these institutes do have affiliations with major manufacturing companies. 

 

Well, I can only say something about IIT bombay as I am an undergrad there. I have seen many companies come to professors of my department (mechanical engg.) for sponsored projects and infact my guide worked with Dialmer-Chrysler for two years and patented a CAM methodology which is now licensed. Ic an cite many more examples.  

Please please do cite some examples, cause I would love to know! Looking forward to someone who takes the time off to do a research on the various research projects that have come to fruitition in the premier institutes of India. 


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http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=12355512&src=rss/businessNews

India to now manufacture mobile handsets! More important than the revenue generation that this will bring about, are the reasons behind this move by giants like Nokia and LG. This move signifies the boom that India's domestic market is in. And it is heartening to see India being touted as the gateway to the rest of Asia! For years multi national companies have run their asian operations through Dubai and other Middle east countries. Finally, India is being recognized for its true value!

Go Go India! You are on the move!

http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2006/05/25/firebug-04-includes-javascript-debugger/

Hey this looks like a cool way to help debug ajax! Am going to try it out tonight, and post my comments

http://www.deeshaa.org/2006/05/20/reservations-about-reservations/

A great Article by Atanu Dey as usual. I will refrain from entering the never ending tirade that this reservation issue has become. I will rather dwell on areas of the article that he has touched upon but has failed to take further than a mere passing mention. It is possible that he intends to touch upon these issues in details in his future posts. In which case let this post serve as a check list.

A few quotes from the article followed by my take of the issues at hand

My interest in education is not merely academic. I want to transform the current system, which is outdated, outmoded, irrelevant, inefficient and ineffective.

About one hundred thousand go to coaching classes and of these about 5,000 make it to the IITs. The 95,000 who don’t make it have to lump it, and some even take the extreme route of killing themselves. Why? They realize that their parents have spent money they could not afford to send them to coaching and they failed their parents. 

 … they are often not spending time and resources to understand the subject or because they like it, but because they want to do better in the admissions test than their competitors. Instead of producing thinking, cooperating humans, the system forces too many to focus on a narrow objective and to develop a maniacal zeal to study for a test that is more of a test of narrowly defined skills rather than an overall test of fitness to pursue higher studies. This exercise, I am sure, damages many students’ personalities so that they become anti-social and un-cooperative.

What is clearly evident in the above quotes is that there is a basic flaw not in the education system, but in Indian culture itself. This mad rush towards an education in premier institutions is driven not only by shortage, but also by cultural and peer pressure.  The problem in the Indian society is the lack of opportunities outside of a couple of highly attractive fields. Peer pressure drives every young mind on a single path. A child that might be exellent in the field of the arts, is not encouraged to follow his or her desire. So if you are relatively good in your school years it is assumed that you will pursue a career in either engineering or medicine. No wonder there is a shortage!

There is an inherent computer engineering principle – ' If there is a contention for resources, then distribute the load!'  What the education system in India needs is a massive load balancing exercise. The need of the hour is to create opportunities in areas other than engineering and medicine. And this load balancing needs to be done right from early school days. I have come accross many a bright student who was a great singer, sportsman, and artist. Most of these students gave in to peer pressure to join the gold rush! Had these students been encouraged at an early stage to follow a career path that accented their talents, things would have been a lot different.  But the current educational and cultural system that India is, does not provide a career path to these individuals, or if it does, the competiition is even more cut throat, and driven not by talent alone.

So, Mr Atanu Dey, if you want to "transform the current (education)system" do something that attacks the root of the problem. The current issue with reservations is a mere symptom of the underlying problem.

Imagine if there was no need for reservations. Where people do what they love doing, and feed themselves and their family while doing it. Where one competes not with one another but with oneself. Where education makes wonderful human biengs and not merely great employees!

Maybe the reservations is actually a boon in disguise. Maybe the students that cannot get into premier institutions will sit back and reflect and follow their hearts for a change. Maybe, just maybe, this will actually help bring about a revolution that this country so badly needs!

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