Posts Tagged ‘india’
Education system in India is a mess. For the most part, it is outdated and very examination centric. Educating the student never seems to be the priority, while graduating them almost always is. That is why it is ridiculous of people like Tom Friedman to keep touting India’s educational achievements, in their criticism of US education system.
This op-ed from a couple of CMC (Vellore) professors on the state of medical education in India is a depressing read
The current approaches to undergraduate medical education do not meet the challenge of managing the basic health needs. Unless fundamental course corrections are made, undergraduate medical education in India is bound to flounder and produce doctors who lack the skill and confidence to manage common diseases and illnesses in the population. The imperative is to re-work medical education and to re-orient training to make it relevant to meet the health needs of the country. The system needs to struggle and transform itself with better and appropriate science and more humanity to make it responsive to societal needs.
What is, still, striking about India is its poverty. What is even more striking is the absolute indifference that people display to the poverty they see right in front of their eyes. Last evening, as I was walking around in T Nagar, Chennai, I saw a little boy (no more than 4 years old), holding something small in his hand and playing with it in the street. I could not see what he was holding in his hand, as the street was not that well lit. He was, basically, playing like any other kid his age – with something that he has access to, and moving it around as if it was moving a car or a bus. I have seen my own son play like this all the time, but the obvious difference was that this kid was doing so on the street, right next to a dumpster. The real shock came when I saw what was happening inside the dumpster – the kid’s parents were looking for food to eat. Worse still, I was the only passerby even remotely interested in this. Others were minding their business, most with a cell phone attached to their ear, completely oblivious of what is happening around them. Such desensitization is common here and that is something truly disturbing.
It is merely random chance that the kid I saw was born in poor household and I just don’t know how people who believe in God can square what this kid has to go through with their belief in a benevolent god. This child, needless to say, has not done anything to gain anyone’s wrath. If an all powerful god exists, shouldn’t He be making life better for this innocent child? Not that this kind of argument has not been made before – just that the striking disparity that exists here highlights the inherent contradictions in the benevolent-god model.