Showing posts from September, 2009

Guru Mantra: Prof. Jane Schukoske, University of Baltimore

Prof. Jane E. Schukoske
University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Former Executive Director, USIEF

After nine years in New Delhi, India, Jane E. Schukoske returned in summer 2009 to the University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, to direct and teach in a Masters degree program in the Law of the United States for lawyers who received their first degree in law outside the United States. From 2000-08, she directed USEFI, now named the U.S.-India Educational Foundation, the binational Fulbright Commission with offices in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.  In 2008-09, she advised the sponsoring body of the private, non-profit O.P. Jindal Global University and Jindal Global Law School established in 2009 in Sonipat, Haryana, in the National Capitol Region of Delhi.  At University of Baltimore School of Law from 1988-2000, Prof. Schukoske taught Contracts and a seminar in Law and Social Reform, among other courses, and established and directed the Community Development Clinic.  Previously, she pract…

Enabling Education Entrepreneurship in India

Education is central to the human capital development and economic development of any country. Even for India, where only 12% of the addressable population goes to college and nearly 70% of the population is in rural areas, education is considered a very important channel for socioeconomic mobility. Unfortunately, despite huge demand and need of education, policy framework in India has stifled access, quality and innovation in education.

I recently conducted a Linkedin poll and asked "What is the biggest constraint in setting up a 'high quality' academic institution in India?" The response was loud and clear--regulatory mechanism is the biggest constraint, followed by investments/funding.

In this scenario, education entrepreneurs serve as " visionary thinkers who create brand new for-profit or nonprofit organizations that seek to have a large-scale impact on the entire public school [education] system-and in so doing, redefine our sense of what is possible …

Engineering oversupply: More students headed for graduate education

I discussed in my earlier posting that India is facing a situation of oversupply of engineering graduates not only due to recession which has slowed campus recruitment but also because of the skills gap. Thus, while the demand side equation has slowed, the supply of engineering graduates has increased at a faster pace resulting in a bigger gap and unemployment among engineering graduates. I argue that this oversupply of unemployed and largely dissatisfied engineers will continue to boost the demand for master's level education in India and abroad.

Fresh graduates from engineering programs have three primary career options:
1) Employment
2) Higher Education - India - M.E./M.Tech. or MBA
3) Higher Education - Abroad - MS or MBA

Premier Indian institutions like the IITs are also facing the brunt of the recession and their placement numbers have taken a dip. For example, according to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, number of students recruited by MNCs from seven IITs reduced from 3,031 stu…