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Just Degree
By D-Sector Team


Parents who would want their wards to do anything but engineering are indeed rare. One such parent didn't mince words when he argued that an engineering degree actually improves 'unemployability'. If there are no jobs on offer that piece of paper (degree) is indeed worthless, he argued! With entrepreneurial aptitude being a rarity, an average engineer can hardly create avenue for self-employment. Barring exceptions, an engineering degree enhances vulnerability in a fluctuating job market. It could only be a bad news for the budding engineers from the point of fast-shrinking job market.   

A recent study points out that of more than five lakh engineering graduates produced during a year only 2.68 per cent have skills to match requirements of the IT sector, leave aside any other sector. Shockingly, a very small percentage of engineers show competence in applying engineering mathematics to solve problems as only 24 per cent engineers can apply probability and permutation-combination to solve complex problems. The study further found that 56 per cent engineering graduates show lack of soft skills and cognitive skills. Cloning engineers with such degrees can only amount to killing the young talent. The signs are ominous!



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The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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