Manpower in plenty, but talent is nowhere to find
The great Indian educated manpower factory has been churning out the numbers fast to meet the global service demand. It is however very sad that talents are not even a small fraction of the output.
My visits in various colleges including IIT and IIM gave a sorry picture where students who stood amongst the best were those who could mug up things faster than the rest and were in general overworked. Almost all of them were driven by the desire to get rewarded by landing in plum jobs which had little to do with the education they had received. The education system in India has almost stopped bringing out innovators and students with probing mind-set. The system is still almost the same because the teachers and the syllabus still remain disconnected with the market realities. Students are discouraged to ask questions and forced to complete courses which are endlessly huge with almost no relevance to the market demands.
Few students I interacted in India during interview process had either gone to private courses to hone their skills which makes them market themselves better or are picked up by large companies who spend six months making them partially useful. It is only after these students who are given free hand and space to think and apply their mind end up becoming talents. It is therefore necessary for academics to join hands with industry and design courses which do not waste time and talents of students and churn out talents and real skills who are easily employable in industry.