Why getting through Harvard is easier than IITs: Shashi Tharoor

Tuesday, October 31 2017

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The Harvard takes 10-11 percent of all the applicants while the IITs take only 0.01 percent of the total number of applicants with a rigorous screening procedure, says Shashi Tharoor, loksabha member of parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
We are the youngest country in the world. If you count the number of children of school and high school ageing between 10 to 19 then we have 225 million of them. Looking at the demographic trends and these number it means that in the next 30-40 years India could, rather should have a youthful, productive, dynamic working age population at the time when rest of the world including China is ageing, said Tharoor.
Shashi Tharoor also added that with this India is poised to become the powerhouse of the world but all of this will only happen if we get one key thing right that is education and skill development training. If we don't get it right we face disaster because if 26 percent of 1.2 billion people don't know how to read and write then we have the largest population of illiterates people in world.'
''In the old days if a kid is not in school then it was the parents fault today it is the state's fault. When I went to a graduate school in 1975 I discovered that every single graduate of an IIT was guaranteed a scholarship somewhere in the US and just getting into IIT reflected that your quality was higher than that of the average applicant to an American graduate school. There are a few institutions which offer this kind of quality and if you move beyond them then you will find Indian employers telling you that they are finding that the graduates they are hiring are essentially unfit to be hired,'' added Tharoor.
The MP also states that we must have an education system that can employ people and that shouldn't be restricted to IITs and engineering institutions it means that those who are not capable of entering such colleges should have a worthwhile available alternative and that alternative must lie in vocational training.
''Too much of our education has concentrated on filling the children heads with facts in order to able to prepare for and pass an examination. That examination culture is deeply entrenched in India. The ultimate objective, the measure of a child's worth has been seen for too long as the marks he or she gets,'' said Tharoor.
Click on the video to listen to his full speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LAf1gU5308