Quality of Indian education: Greatest hurdle in India’s progress

By : Ranjith Vadiyala

When we analyze the problem of dismal pace of India’s forward march it all boils down to the quality of education we have in India.

In states like Andhra Pradesh, there are numerous engineering collages and literally 2 Lakh engineers comes out annually. But the quality of education is so poor that, not even 15% are able to even write a leave letter properly.

The problem is English being medium of instruction, as we can see by comparing it with the Chinese Education.

The problem with the students is that they cant write in their mother tongue and cant speak in English and so are good at neither.

Without command in the language, acquiring knowledge in any subject is highly impossible.

Because of this majority of the students are not in a position to even understand simple concepts.

I experience these things first hand as I handle the Indian operations of my company.

For us the problem is NOT unemployment, but rather production of UNEMPLOYABLE youth.

Even to find some one who does very simple things, even after being instructed, is also a very difficult task. I guess things are better in metros.

Unless the medium of instruction is mother tongue, things wont change.

We will continue to remain a production house of cheap labor to US and Europe.


How true! My own education was both in India and in Britain.

But true education was only in Britain.

Education in India started by the British was for producing clerks.

Unfortunately this is still going on.

That’s why true changers in India are those persons who have studied abroad and gone back to India like Gandhi, Nehru, Bose, Aurobindo Ghose  etc


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Santanu Dey
    Oct 28, 2015 @ 15:59:08

    Absolutely true – any education that is imparted in a language that itself one has to learn along with other relevant subjects can never be result oriented; but unfortunately we got a PM in this country who was more an Englishman than an Indian and who was more interested in retaining the colonial color of India to the extent possible to show his gratefulness to his benefactors, and the first casualty of this approach was education for which the country has and is still suffering the most. That is why I sincerely feel that the second name in the list of persolatiles mentioned toward the end of the article as the true changer of India should be taken out because that man really did not change anything in this country – if anything all his (at least most of them) were injurious to this country that we are still suffering from



    • Authors of posts
      Oct 28, 2015 @ 20:04:20

      It is absolutely true that Jawahar lal Nehru was proud of his English manners and thoughts. He was neither aware of the depth of ancient Indians wisdom (normally referred to as Sanatan Dharma- word used by even Sri Aurobindo in his Uttarpara Speech after coming out of the British rulers jail) nor he was sympathetic to this Indian wisdom, though he professed to be a follower of Gandhi (who was openly in praise for this Sanatan Dharma).
      India today is still considered a mere developing country commanding no respect with the big powers and it is the result of the path chosen by Nehru. Nehru didn’t think beyond Non-Allignment to show a better path than the paths being followed at that time by the two big rivals – Soviet way by USSR and Capitalist path by US/Britain/West, though India had the potential to do so as shown in part by Gandhi.
      Nonetheless, the issue here in this article is the quality of Indian education and the point is that persons who were educated in the west only were capable to think in some originality. Nehru was sharp but a sophisticated sepoy of the British imperialist interests. He never thought that instead of imparting education in English, it could be better to impart it in local mother tongue or even many mother tounges, just like Soviets or Chinese did.



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