Jun 3, 2009

Calling for a national mourning -- Five IIM-A students have not got jobs !

Oh ! my God !! What a tragedy !!! Five students from Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIMA) have not got jobs.

Shouldn't the nation be alarmed? Isn't it breaking news? Shouldn't the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh call an emergency session of Parliament? After all, as PSN writes from Bhubaneshwar: "A chance for honey and milk to flow across this land is lost."

The Hindu reports today from Ahmedabad under the headline 5 IIM-A Students Yet to Get Jobs: Five of the 77 students of the one-year post-graduate programme in management for executives at the IIM-A are yet to find jobs even after completing the course in March. I don't remember when was the last time The Hindu carried a news report on the growing unemployment among doctoral and post-graduate students passing out from agricultural universities every year. When was the last time you saw a report in any of the newspapers about the worsening unempoyment scenario in this country. I am sure you need to think deeply, and you must be scratching your head again and again.

What is it that makes the IIM-A so special? Well, you guessed it right. They are the new movers and shakers. They are new holy cows of modern India. The entire national economy, many believe, is being run by them or their collective wisdom. No wonder, the Moily committee had recomended in 2006 setting up of three more IIMs to ensure "more balanced access to management education in the country'. Each IIM needs an investment of Rs 200-300 crore.

On the other hand, agricultural universities, which directly impact 600 million farmers, and more importantly the country's food security, are starved of funds. Most of the universities are running on artificial respiration being provided by the World Bank through the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). Such is the worsening financial condition that many universities are now selling-off their crop research lands to raise funds for paying staff salaries. 

Hundreds of Ph.Ds in agricultural are unemployed.  

These universities are therefore looking at private funding, thereby allowing the agribusiness giants -- both national and international -- to take control. Research is getting privatised, and so are the research faculties. But who cares? As long as the IIMs are in a healthy state, the country seems to be on a growth path. The rest of the education is simply junk. It has no productive value. At least that's what our planners, policy makers and the media leaders think, and strangely enough they have begun to think alike.


Anonymous said...

Very true Devinder. I was also wondering y'day after reading this report. It looks like some calamity has happened to this country . What a tragic downfall !


Dr. Ernest Albert said...

What we may be alluding to here is this insiduous 'minority' which is being 'manufactured, primed and groomed' to take over the reins of our great nation wrestling with silly,unnecessary paradoxes.
I am reminded of a poignant story told to me by Dalai Lama : Three kings were visiting Confucius.One asked,"what is needed to run a nation"? 'Army,Anaaj,Aastha',replied Confucius(my translation).Another King asked,"but if one has to make do with just two,which needs to be left out"? 'Army', said the great philosopher.The last king asked, "But if one were to run a nation on only one of these then...". 'Throw anaaj away' was Confucius' prompt reply.
In the present IIM-A context,somewhere down the line we in India have been in some kind of self-denial and doubt.We have accepted that our anciant wisdom,repetoire of age old knowledge bank is redundant and we need to look and move towards the western paradigm to 'exist'.Is'nt it Devinder?
Allow me to end it with a question : is it more sensible to have more agricultural land and farmers than IIM-A passouts?
(I just hope that my question is not taken in a narrow perspective).
Keep posting, for the simple reason that someone has to clear the dust for the shades of truth to be visible.