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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.
It's not just money we are thinking here, but rather, these are careers and, in the Indian context especially, these are lives we are concerned with.
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The only way India can tackle brain drain is by providing quality education, better facilities, better infrastructure and a qualification that has global acceptance - all of this in India.
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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.
Since 90% of higher education is already private, the more useful exercise would be to empower these institutions and force them to be transparent and accountable.