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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Milind Sohoni


The writer is with Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay. He is currently on deputation to IIT Goa.

Why lakhs of Indians go abroad to study
Mon, Feb 28, 2022

Milind Sohoni writes: India’s educational institutions are disconnected from real world problems.

Covid numbers game: Why reliable data matters
Wed, Jun 30, 2021

Milind Sohoni writes: Besides labour and capital, knowledge, including about mortality rates, is a key determinant of a country’s growth and well-being.

What has really tripped up India’s Covid efforts?
Mon, May 03, 2021

An outdated administrative system and a knowledge elite who have soaked up prestige but not delivered the facts are the biggest hurdle between us and a material society with a modern accountable state.

The government wants to build highways for growth. It might not work
Mon, Mar 22, 2021

The ministry of roads, transport and highways has seen a 30 per cent rise in its budget. But states like UP and Maharashtra have a poor record in converting state funding to welfare and mobility for citizens.

Curricula model at national-level doesn’t do justice to state or local-level problems
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

Most developmental innovations such as the anganwadi, mid-day meals, water management, consumer and producer cooperatives, have come from the states.

Students should understand their future is bogged down by structurally flawed bureaucracy
Fri, Aug 28, 2020

It is time for the states to create a system which opens up professional opportunities, standards and training for our youth to serve their community, of achieving excellence through relevance.

Results of sero survey offer hope. Next phase needs less fear, better governance
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The next phase requires a widespread understanding of the disease, of less fear and better governance. And a schedule of relaxations and tightening of rules which aim to meet infrastructure constraints and not merely to promote virtue.

Measuring the epidemic: Publicness, decentralisation of science and governance is needed
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

The epidemic has underlined that publicness and decentralisation of science and governance is the only way to atma-nirbharta, of creating knowledge and the professional ability to solve our own problems. Without this, the post-corona Indian society would be an unhappy attempt at making the old arrangement work in a degraded reality of fearful and angry people.

In Phase II of epidemic, states must build empirical and analytic foundations of systems of delivery
Wed, May 13, 2020

Our scientific agencies need to uncover the regional parameters of the disease, its prevalence in the community, and typical trajectories. This will help in both clinical and logistical matters.

Higher education has become a waste of money
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

The gap between jobs, needs and knowledge, and the absence of role models, could be turning India’s demographic dividend into a nightmare.

Research in elite institutions must focus on the problems of their surrounding environment
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

As a developing country, India faces many challenges. The systematic study of such problems and their solutions will lead not only to better development outcomes, but also new science, enterprises and jobs.

New Education Policy will ensure our higher education system remains a client of global science
Thu, Jul 18, 2019

The absence of data is noted and the concerned national institute, NIEPA, is pulled up. However, the question of how we have produced millions of unemployable graduates is not addressed.

The IITs, IISERs have lost the plot on what science really means and how it connects with society
Fri, Apr 19, 2019

Educational institutes and higher learning centres should devote a substantial chunk of their resources to solve local problems for vikas to be meaningful.

Mind the knowledge gap
Tue, Dec 25, 2018

True development calls for a redistribution of knowledge between India and Bharat.

Elite sand in the machine
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

The reasons behind the failure of job creation and what the politicians can do about it

Steel frame, more flexible
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Recently announced lateral entry of 10 joint secretaries at the Centre is a remarkable opportunity to rethink the structure of the state and what we want from it.

An artificial shortage of facts
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Steeped in elitism, our educational institutions discourage case studies. Government programmes remain unrelated to ground realities.

Add science to taste
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Today, various top universities are redefining engineering education, for instance, ‘Engineering+X’ at University of Southern California, or Development Engineering at UC Berkeley, and other innovative UG programmes at several universities.