Another ToI editorial on the decline of science education at the university level. There is some interesting data. Here is a key quote:
The ostensible reason given is that students are migrating towards more lucrative opportunities in the fields of IT, finance, and a range of professional courses. While this may be true, the underlying cause is pure science doesn't pay. And the reason for that is the widening mismatch between the demands of Indian industry experiencing an acute shortage of skilled personnel and the crude, unfinished human resources developed by the nation's rapidly-obsolescing higher education system.
Today's Economic Times has a debate on 'An educational setup to boost knowledge economy' in which the participants are R. Govinda (National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration), Dileep Ranjekar (Azim Premji Foundation) and Dhruv Raina (Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University). It has some interesting discussion, and I would like to link to its online version. The freaking 'Indiatimes' website is so awful that it is difficult to locate the URL. Grrrr!