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 11 Nov '11Since it has been seen as trade-union busting, it will probably make industry-labour relations a bit more acrimonious. It remains true, however, that unions represent just a small labour aristocracy and inflexible laws lower formal employment.
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.