I do agree when people say that there are millions of jobs in India but many of the people are employable. But the reason is not due to a lack of talent. India has some of the best talents that the world has ever seen and can ever see. The real culprit for unemployment is the talent not getting its proper recognition and nurture. In India even today, if you want to have a successful career you need to opt for engineering, medicine, information technology or business management. Every college graduate has to show his mental proficiencies largely in these fields alone if he has to keep his pockets full of cash.
I would like to ask, what about ornithology, archeology or let us say some of the fine arts? The saddest thing is that a person who is truly talented in these fields does not find any opportunity to earn his bread and butter (I mean rice and grain) in his country and he has to mould his interests to suit the profile of an engineer, a doctor or a business manager. Other than this at the 12th standard level when a student makes specific career choices its rather peer influence, parental pressure or the current employment scenario that decides the career that he opts for, rather than his own personal liking.
Did somebody say that the Indian education is obsolete? Is it that the laws of physics hold good for today and not tomorrow? Why blame the syllabus when we don’t know how to use it? New economy is something that has come today. To appreciate its worth you need to have a sound knowledge of the old. You need to learn to crawl before you learn to walk. It is only very recently that a noted Indian management guru has shown the world how a management mantra of Chanakya (advisor to the great Mauryan emperor Chandra Gupta ) can provide the best solution to many of the current day and futuristic global management problems. Rote learning could never have produced a C.V. Raman or an Amartya Sen.
How do you define basic skills- knowledge of good communicative English? Why aren’t our people mature enough to understand that English is a foreign language for Indians and cent per cent proficiency should not be expected? When Japanese and Russian employers have looked beyond English for making progress, why shouldn’t an Indian employer give such an opportunity to his prospective employee? Yes, before talking about technical knowledge, I think we should think about the laboratory facilities given to the mass students. How can a person be creative when he has a limited choice of career options? We cannot think beyond the IT sector and its related areas.
Another very very grave issue that needs to be addressed is the brain drain. So is it lack of talent or our excessive desire for money, power, fame and social status that is eroding India of the employees that her business establishments truly deserve?
Of course academic policies and measures should be updated from time to time and our youth trained for employment as they have the capabilities to become the best global citizens to tread this earth.