Asked by : Nitin M Aras, Head/VP/GM-Tech. Support, ODTIN Food Solutions Pvt Ltd
Keywords : education system
Activity: Question posted: 12 07 2009 12:42:50 +0000, 9 answers, 1448 views, last activity 07 06 2010 20:18:08 +0000
No engineer in India good enough for Infy prize?
The company has decided not to give the prize in that category to anyone this year. Infosys' Chief Operating Officer (COO), SD Shibulal, told that there were 34 nominees for the engineering and computer science prize but even after relaxing the age limit to 55 years, the jury could not find anyone who met all the criteria of the Infosys Prize. So, the jury took the unanimous decision to not award the prize for the engineering sciences discipline this year.
Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit trust set up by Infosys Technologies. The company has named three scientists and two academic experts as winners of Infosys Prize 2009 for outstanding contributions to scientific research.
The reasons like lack of facilities, problems with knowledge sharing, apathy of government etc., may contribute to the sad situation. But the main reason is the absence of value system with our students. We have miserably failed to inculcate proper value system in the minds of our youngsters. We have allowed our educational system to be corrupted with caste considerations; we have allowed commercial approach to the organization and management of educational institutions. We have allowed cheap politics to enter the colleges.
We should inspire our youngsters to cultivate a positive attitude. They should be helped to develop faith in themselves and cultivate inclination to learn and master the subject of their choice. They should think of their profession, whatever it is, with dignity and respect. If they think that they can gain admission in an educational institution because of money power or political influence or caste considerations, irrespective of their performance in lower classes, how can they value greatness of the opportunity that has come their way?
On the other hand if the admission itself is the result of their own performance and aptitude; if they could be happy that they had achieved it by their skill and hard work, they would respect the profession. They would respect their teachers and seniors who have practiced the profession for many years and would try to learn from them.
These are common principles applicable to any profession. Unfortunately we have politicians in our country who do not care to preserve and maintain value systems in any walk of life. They corrupt the minds of students and make it impossible for them to understand the dignity of a profession. The professional attitude should be strengthened in the minds of our youngsters from the beginning, very much earlier they join the professional colleges or institutes.
Our systems have not incorporated professional values; our culture has changed for the worse, allowing indiscipline and irresponsibility with the youth. (Example Madras Law College incidents). Our life style has changed, making us forget to respect experience and knowledge. The Government that should correct all these, is just a machinery wielded by our substandard politicians for selfish ends.
As such while all the four factors contribute to the lowering of standard of our professionals, the Government led by corrupt politicians is mainly responsible for this.
all listed in the statement from govt to life style are responsible, the government is the main which did not had any value addition or responsibility in updating and motivating any technology and competence, talent is not identified and the talents are recognised! it is truly unfortunate!
thanx for referral
Mr. Nitin Good question ,
As it comes to my mind people's attitude to give passing remarks and keep quite about the problem. Give few appreciative words to those who are exelling in some feild and who are showing intrest in public prolems encourage them by giving necessry feed back. They will excel. If I have to choosefrom ur question I say it is life style. Why are we blaming Govt for each and everything. As a citizen we can appreciate good thing whch fetch good results. It propells the enthusiam in a person and delivers results. .
Respected Kumbakonam sir,
You have given the right thought, match mine...appreciated. we need such thinkers to improve our social values.
I specifically asked for culture and life style how these are impacting our cultural values. Only you have mentioned these things. You know it is simple to blame on system and governing authority, but I feel somewhere the change in life style and culture play a major role.
Thanks for your detail views on subject. Again thanks.
for excelling in a field like engineering ,there is no subsititute to dedication and involvment in research activities .going by the trend in our country ,most of the fresh engineering grads wants to land in job with private sector (be it financial inst,consulting or marketing) instead of contributing in innovations .it is evident with the rate at which alumnies from premier eng. inst. run for b-schools after there graduation .it's greed above all other factors that contribute to the collective failure of syatem of technical education .the number is miniscule ,of those ,who would prefer to be research scholar .moreover ,the curicula should be largely practice based so as to create exposure and might be the excitement for the continuing with and growing their tecnical skills.
Its sad really!! No dearth of talent, but we do not have the right programs and prospectus for these talents to really be recognised and celebrated! It is naturally the government first. I would go a stpe further by asking these global MNC's as to why they cannot actively propose some sponsored prospectus in private educational institutions??
I mean I understand the govt has to be responsibly taking care of these things, but when its not, I am sure a joint corporate initiative could be floated in various selected universities or private institutions... Life Style and Culture do not play any part here at all...
Its purely lack of vision from the govt ... Thanks you for the referral Sir :)
There is no adequate social security provided by Indian law, therefore Engineers in India are averse to take risk by involving into research, innovation and new product development. Scientists and Technologists are generally much lesser paid in comparison to Managers. Research and development infrastructure is lacking in India, whereas service oriented Industry is booming and much in demand globally.
Well, we can blame our present educational system for that but the main culprit is Government who never takes any responsibility of updating the latest technologies in the market because of which our students cannot compete with the western world. Thats why we lack behind and can't get recognised for any big awards...
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