India: Education And Human Resources

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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5:58 PM IST – 3 Nov 12 · Details

Mallepudi Mangapati Pallam Raju has been elevated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to cabinet minister of Human Resource Development together with Shashi Tharoor and Jitin Prasada as Mr Raju’s Ministers of State. It is a welcome development.

Kapil Sibal, Mr Pallam Raju’s predecessor, had worked closely with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to promote the agenda of India providing the human capital depth necessary for the United States. A key point to state here is the distinctly different approaches to human resource development in India and the United States, justifying US interest in Indian human resources.

Mr Raju, who earlier served as Minister of State for Defense, understands well that the elitism of a narrow sliver of India’s or any country’s population is as much a national security concern for India’s or any other country’s self-reliance as is sustainability.

India, in comparison to about 2 decades ago, has significantly expanded the number of opportunities for its people to acquire academic training in the sciences, medicine, engineering and management at the undergraduate level, subscribing to the academic standards of established local and national universities. In the United States the approach is similar. The difference with Indian academic training, however, is that in India standards are well-maintained by the University Grants Commission (UGC) ensuring mean persistence of quality by enforcing standards through centralized syllabi, examination and grading, though the mean can be significantly improved.

India can further consolidate all standards for secondary school education (Pre K to Grade 12) into three categories: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate (ISC), and other international standards (such as International Baccaleurate (IB), British A-Levels and German high school graduate certificate) requiring broad-based education in the natural and social sciences and the arts and humanities until Grade 12.

University education must be standardized by the UGC from undergraduate to PhD research programs in all colleges at the uniform quality of India’s best colleges: Indian Institute of Science (IISc), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Standards for social sciences and liberal arts programs from which the Indian Civil Services (ICS) typically recruits must be set by India’s best colleges such as Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and St. Stephen’s College, and by certificate granting programs such as Chartered Accountants and Company Secretaries.

All secondary school certificates and degrees, anywhere in India, from any institution of learning, eliminating state and local standards, must be consolidated to be conferred only by CBSE, IISc, AIIMS, IIT, IIM, CA (AICWA eliminated)/CS, and the UGC directly in the social sciences and the humanities, to make uniform and steadily strengthen rigor and standards of all Indian education. Similar to automobiles, around the country high school graduation and degree granting institutions must be licensed and numbered, instead of bearing names, to ensure uniformity of baseline quality of facilities and staff.

Consolidation of standards eliminates the need for entrance tests altogether for college and post-graduate education.

All degrees must be standardized to the following career tracks:

BA (3 years) or BA (Honors, 4 years), [optionally Indian civil services recruitment], optionally PhD (BA Honors prerequisite, 4 years), (optionally, MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws)

BA (Honors, 4 years) Accounting, [optionally Indian civil services recruitment], CA (AICWA eliminated) and/or CS, (optionally, MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws)

BS (3 years) or BS (Honors, 4 years), [optionally Indian civil services recruitment]optionally PhD (BS Honors prerequisite, 4 years), (optionally, MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws)

B. Tech (3 years) or B. Tech (Honors, 4 years), [optionally Indian civil services recruitment, professional certifications], optionally PhD (B. Tech Honors prerequisite, 4 years), (optionally, MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws)

DMDS (Doctor of Medicine, Dentistry and Surgery): 4 years + 4 years of residency culminating in DMDS Board Certification + optional residency requirements by medical specialty and sub-specialty and associated board certifications, (optionally, MBA and/or Bachelor of Laws), [optionally Indian civil services recruitment]

Recruitment for government employment: 

All government jobs or civil services recruitment for both central and state-levels and for both senior executive cadre in the central government and non-executive cadre in central and state governments, including banks, can be done through one standardized test and custom interviews based on the job requirements with the requirement of at least a college degree and with up to 6 attempts between the ages of 21 and 45 for senior executive cadre in the central government and unlimited attempts between the ages of 21 and 45 for non-executive cadre in central and state governments

Mr Pallam Raju’s team is well-qualified to make this happen.


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