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The IIM fallacy

In Education, Management & Leadership on July 2, 2010 at 09:02

Yes, the IIMs are a route into the riches for people coming from the Indian lower middle or lower classes. They are an easy shot into the upper middle classes, and if you’re lucky, hardworking or a genius, even into the ‘rich’ classes.

They are, however, nowhere close to or on the way to developing their students into become leaders in a global economy.

Can the IIMs really claim to be the ‘best in class’ if all they are producing are mediocre managers forming the bulging global middle class?

I won’t, actually can’t, answer that question. If you can, please use the comment space.

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Our politicians’ professions

In Education, Management & Leadership, Nation, Observations, Deductions and Feelings, Politics on May 28, 2009 at 02:39

Read this article in Economist a few weeks back about the professions of politicians around the world. India, a graph showed, had around 25% lawyers in the ministerial pool (cabinet ministers and ministers-of-state) in the last government.

Now, from last Saturday’s TO, here’s the breakup of qualifications for the first 19 Cabinet ministers sworn in:

Politicians ProfessionMore than half of them with qualifications in Law! I’m sure this would be diluted a bit after we incude the additional 59 inductees being sworn in tomorrow. However, even then it seems too skewed a ratio.

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True Education

In Education, Nation, Photos, Quotes on December 5, 2008 at 21:21

Intelligence plus Character: Thats is the goal of true education
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

If this were the metric to be used, I’m not sure how would my beloved alma maters rank. In my life, their ranking in providing true education would be just the reverse of their rankings in popular imagination. But then my opinion counts for little in a world full of rats and cheese. .. and that education is fast defining the soul of our republic.

Taken outside my home on one of the sutta breaks

(learning / education / training / content / infra)

In Education, Entreprenuership on October 4, 2008 at 21:53

Lotsa stuff happening around the learning and education space … more so since educomp made its money.

Here are a few people I know who’re somewhere in it or trying to get in…

– Manish Gupta / Kapil Gupta – G-Cube Solutions (http://GC-Solutions.net/) x-roomie and amongst closest friends
– Santosh Rao – Vrixx Education Solutions (http://www.vrixx.com/) batchmate and friend
– Arpit Badjatya -Serosoft (http://www.serosoft.in/) batchmate, x-colleague and friend
– Ritesh Tripathi – Transbit Technologies (http://www.transbittech.com/) junior and middle school classmate, never a friend 🙂
– PV Rama Sasank – _____ (a training setup) batchmate, fellow AoE addict, budding mar god and friend

My put crack and moral/emotional/ support to all. Thats all I can give – I ain’t got no money folks! But yeah, knowing these guys, had I got some money, I’d spread it across them and wait for it to pour in. They’re all too good and I’d find it hard to bet against so many good horses in a multiple winner race.