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”.
Students looking for summer jobs in the US (and other western countries) is very common. I got a call recently from a reporter asking me how popular this topic was on our classified site click.in.
Exam time done. It is important for kids to do something useful during summer holidays. Working with an NGO, learning new skills are the types of things they need to do.
Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with my cousin from the US. We met her family after 11 years. We were talking about her son’s extra-curricular activities. One of her sons went to National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington DC.
His team was given a “situation” – emergency in Sudan. They had to come up with a solution. Each member was appointed as Secretary of Defence, National Security Advisor etc.