The writer is head of department, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay
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.
Steeped in elitism, our educational institutions discourage case studies. Government programmes remain unrelated to ground realities.
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.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiated the famous Delhi-Lahore bus service to foster better relationships between India and Pakistan. Vajpayee had travelled on the same bus during its inaugural run on February 19, 1999 and was received by Nawaz Sharif, his counterpart in Pakistan.