A Passionate entrepreneur, Mahesh is a qualified CA, CMA and ACS. He started his career as an investment banker with SBI capital markets. He worked at the Outlook group for 17 years and headed it for more than 10 years in the capacity of President & Publisher of India's influential news magazine group. Mahesh believes that demographic dividend India seeks can turn into a nightmare if youth are not shown the right direction to best utilise their capabilities. CAREERS 360 is the result of his deep understanding of student issues, and the information gaps that need to be filled to help students Make informed career choices.
After leaving his employment and becoming an entrepreneur, Mahesh feels unshackled. He expresses himself freely on current day happenings on political, business and education policies of the government. He believes in creating a more tolerant and transparent society where rule of law is applied in equal measure.
I have been repeatedly asked if I am against demonetisation. Like many of you, I supported demonetisation on Day 1. It was a bold step by a Prime Minister whose financial integrity is not in question....
In the past fortnight, I've read newspapers, watched TV and looked for informed debates based on data and facts. Frustratingly enough, the debates were uniformed and the more pertinent questions were...
When many lawyers advised me to file a case of malicious litigation against Arindam Chaudhuri and the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), I wasn't convinced. Having achieved my primary...
The New Education Policy (NEP) sets itself a grandiose objective of increasing public spending on education, from the current 3.5% of GDP to 6% of GDP. While this would be the best possible move, it may not be practical for a country like India. As a country, we can either wait for the 6% to happen or start giving out fiscal incentives so as to reduce the cost of education.
How do you ensure that a student is not given a fake degree? How do you get any control on the number of students studying in any college or university? How do you make it possible for easy bank financing of education and educational institutes? How do you make it easy for educators and teachers to find good opportunities? How can we ensure that students’ degrees aren't held back by a college, which is against regulations?
The possible answer to all these questions and more is to have a demat depository and registry of all institutions, educators, students and their credentials right from the 10th standard onwards.
Teachers' Day (September 5) is the right time to think about making teaching a respectable and aspirational profession. Here is my cheat sheet of all that we can do for our teachers. It needs will, conviction, empathy and, most importantly, concern for India's future to achieve these goals.
The best year for engineers was the pass-out batch of 2006-07 (82% placed) exactly 10 years ago. This was the batch that got into colleges in 2003-2004. At that point, the number of seats offered for engineering was almost on par with aspirants looking for jobs. It was the year when the tech/software companies were flying high. As the engineering institutions tasted success, they started expanding.
The only way to push quality education is to allow greater supply where the bad ones perish and the good ones prosper. Rule of Law would also ensure that every one gets an equal opportunity in setting up a quality educational initiative.
All of us want good teachers. We want intelligent, smart people to choose teaching as a profession. We want great education. We shout, "Demographic dividend!" Yet, we also refuse to pay for good teachers, great institutes and quality education.
When the Civil Aviation Minister announced that Air India (AI) has had a turnaround, many went gaga. An ill-informed nation with an army of fan clubs supported by a compliant media is good recipe for an economic disaster. Fact is, this claim hides more and reveals nothing new.
Sedition is when a government turns a blind eye to violence against humanity, with an ulterior motive to break people resistance, forcing them to rise in rebellion. Sedition is forcing people to take the law into their own hands because government has failed. Sedition is testing the patience of a nation's people.
The big one everyone is talking about is the tax holiday for 3 years. Unless I am very wrong, it is a meaningless concession. In a country where not more than 2% startups survive, not even 1% make profit in the first 3 years. And as far as inspector raj goes, no inspector comes for inspection till they know you are earning a lot.
Facebook's endeavour in India is about control. This is about being the gatekeeper. To dress it up as charity is a lie. To mislead us is a fraud. FB is a company and they will not be allowed to do anything for "charity" that doesn't have benefits for the company. If indeed it is charity, let them declare it in an SEC filing on NASDAQ, allocate funds for it and face Wall Street.
The Guardian correspondent lost a chance to leave a lasting impact. He chose self over duty, personal biases over professional standards, bile over thoughtfulness and frittered away the chance to leave a lasting impact. His basic instinct won and The Guardian readers lost. If I were the editor, I would sack him for the lost opportunity!
There are many myths propagated about digital marketing and Google is the biggest beneficiary. Every marketeer must evaluate Google against niche portals, using parameters such as periodicity, tenure, keywords etc. Here are just three illustrations that dismantle the myth of better ROI on Google Adwords.