How to improve the personality skills of students in India?

Today’s Mint carried an article “Blame it on the system” which was a review of New York Times article “An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes“. Both articles are an interesting read and a must for parents+students. While India “produces” a huge number of graduates a very small percentage of these are employable. Many get rejected for academic reasons but majority get rejected for not having the “other essential skills”.

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Karnataka Education: Is the quality sinking outside Bangalore?

Karnataka lately has been in the news for all wrong reasons (mining, corruption). We residents are tired of non-governance in the state. Every year parents across India eagerly look for the college rankings published by various magazines.

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Board exams in India are done, how to engage the kids?

Central board exams (ICSE, CBSE) have recently concluded. Kids have a good 3-4 months before their XIth grade starts. The question most parents have is “How do we keep our kid(s) gainfully occupied during this long gap?”
Kids tired after exams
Many years ago I had written about how students in US were exposed to government’s day to day operations. Not sure how many politicians in India are open to have students workings in their offices. It would be wrong to say every politician is corrupt but I guess most of them are. We would not want our kids to be exposed to the workings of 2G spectrum & other scams.

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Column: Get educated from World Class Universities, for FREE!

My ninth column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about maintaining your online education from premier educational institutions across the world. Main points were, Read more on Column: Get educated from World Class Universities, for FREE!…

Should kids in Indian Schools learn Computers or Programming?

Nearly all school boards in India today teach computers & programming. I am more familiar with the central boards – ICSE & CBSE. In ICSE syllabus you learn about computers (Microsoft Office, internet browsers etc) in primary school (may be 4th, 5th grades) and in 9th grade you can opt to take computers (which is Java programming) or economics or other things like singing. In CBSE it appears students “must” take computers in 9th and 10th which is programming (Visual Basic).

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