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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A "Scientific" Discussion

Two of my Puneri pals, Ashutosh and Hirak, both now in the US, are having a great discussion about non-professional higher education in India. They are talking about why the US is still head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to scientific research. And of course why India is lagging behind. Ashutosh thinks that it is because in India, non-professional courses are generally looked down upon.

Read about it here, here and here.

Let me just add one small personal note here. Ashutosh's views are not one of those sour-grapes types. He is not someone who had to go in for a BSc because he didn't manage an admission to a professional course. Having grown up with him, I can tell you that he was one of the two truly outstanding well-rounded intellects in our batch at Abhinava Vidyalaya (the second being Satyen) and would have done well at any professional course, or indeed any profession. He chose to enter pure Sciences. In fact he had gotten admitted to a good Engineering College, but opted out to do a BSc.