Tuesday 14 Feb '12One of the biggest tragedies in Indian higher education is the partition in the cerebral cortex of Indian parents when they think of their kids’ educational activity; they send their kids to vocational institutes for jobs/skills and send them to colleges for the social signalling value of a degree.
Friday 21 Oct '11Over the last few years, a few economists and policymakers have begun to say that labour laws don’t matter for job creation because entrepreneurs have figured out how to deal with them.
Wednesday 17 Nov '10Demands for the 100-day job under NREGS to pay minimum wages have revived with the National Advisory Council’s letter to the Prime Minister supporting earlier letters from the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Saturday 16 Oct '10The most important decision a child in India makes is to choose his/her parents wisely. Having parents who speak English, live in a city, work in the organised sector, went to college, and kept you healthy gives you an opening balance that pretty much ensures a good life.
Thursday 23 Sep '10Despite his recent bail, Ramalinga Raju of Satyam has learnt the hard way that those who ride tigers end up inside them. But the hole he created—about Rs 10,000 crore—is small relative to the Rs 50,000 crore deficit in the Employee Pension Scheme created by the trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation.
Thursday 26 Aug '10I wish all government teachers came to school every day. I wish district collectors would stop requisitioning government teachers for other work. I wish we could create a fear of falling and hope of rising among government teachers. I wish state governments would release money to schools in tune with the academic calendar.
Monday 12 Jul '10It is the season of rights in Indian public policy. The Right to Education—a piece of legislation that essentially nationalises 25% of private school capacity—will soon be joined by the Right to Food.
Wednesday 23 Sep '09The last student that got into Delhi University’s Shriram College of Commerce this year got 94% in Class 12. So the 81% that got me into this college in 1987 would not be good enough for admission today.
Tuesday 18 Aug '09Historian Will Durant once said that the only thing he could say with certainty after a lifetime of studying history was “this too shall pass”. In these days of public sector deification and glorification of state ownership, Air India and BSNL may be Exhibit A of how dogma around state ownership may be misplaced.
Thursday 09 Jul '09The Rs 39,000 crore allocation to NREG in the Budget may be the largest allocation to a poverty reduction programme since independence. If taxes are the price to pay for civilisation and NREG-type programmes are the cost of getting reformist governments elected then so be it.