Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Education is in the air ...

Quite a few education related columns have appeared in recent times. I don't have the time to offer any detailed comments, but let me just put them all together here. Perhaps I will revisit them later.

Swaminathan Aiyar has a set of back-to-back columns in the Sunday Times about functional literacy and why we should worry about it.

Sebastian Mallaby has a Washington Post column extolling the virtue of private colleges in tech education in the country. He visited the Vellore Institute of Technology (a deemed university) and is very impressed. [via]

Bloomberg's Andy Mukherjee has a column about the recent McKinsey-Nasscom report which projects a year-on-year growth rate of over 28% in our IT and BPO industries for the next five years, but also warns that it may come unstuck because only 25% of our engineering graduates (and 10-15% of our other graduates) are employable.

Subhash Kak sounds very depressed in this gloom-and-doom column about the 104th amendment that allows states to mandate caste-based reservations even in private, un-aided colleges.