Milind Sohoni

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

Articles By Milind Sohoni

Research in elite institutions must focus on the problems of their surrounding environment

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

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

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

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

Elite sand in the machine

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

Steel frame, more flexible

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

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

Add science to taste

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.