Saturday, April 11, 2009


The academia in India is blessed with brilliant undergraduate students. What happens to them afterwards? They go abroad and never return. The problem is very severe in engineering streams.
The natural question is why -- why can we as academicians cannot hold our own students here? The lure of lucre is surely there, but is it the only explanation? If it is, then that is it -- there is no point anymore in the Indian academia.
I will continue on some thoughts later.

Purely Academic

"Purely academic" -- does the phrase mean anything now? In today's world, academia is so closely linked with industries and market forces and profit motives that I am compelled to use the phrase "purely academic" as a sarcasm.