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Revamping Your Skills, Strengths and Abilities

Author : Manek N Daruvala, Founder & Director, Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E)

Manek N Daruvala

Manek N Daruvala, Founder & Director Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.)

In a large and ultra-competitive society like ours the need for formal education cannot be over-emphasized. As vocational education has a huge role to play in employment creation as everyone cannot (and probably should not) be aiming towards a career reliant on formal education. Unfortunately, in our country, the jobs being offered through vocational education are not seen to be as attractive/ lucrative as those that go to 'highly educated' people.

The biggest issue we have is that we are a country that prides itself on having a few islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity. Some IITs/NITs and a few IIMs along with some NLUs and NIDs along with a handful of good private institutes are all we can boast of for such a huge country. What is stopping the government/private players to seed the cities of India with high quality educational institutions? In my view, the answer to this question is not lack of funds, but lack of quality faculty. Lack of funds may seem to be the issue, but faculty availability is a much bigger issue.

The question that one needs to then ask is -why is faculty availability such an issue in so vast a country? The answer for this would be a combination of social and systemic issues.

Students graduating out of IITs/top B-schools get campus placements that pay them a lot more than what the professors who have taught them earn.


Students graduating out of IITs/top B-schools get campus placements that pay them a lot more than what the professors who have taught them earn. High-paying/high-flying careers are a very strong lure for anybody, particularly for the bright minds of the country who have the ability to get selected to. We are (not so) slowly but steadily losing the cream of our intelligence to the corporate world (MNCs and Indian) and foreign universities. This pushes down the cumulative intelligence of people who eventually get into teaching positions. Quality faculty will become tougher and tougher to find.

While it is heartening to see the newer IIMs/IITs/NITs and many more perform well, we need to keep in mind that for the next set of IIMs/IITs to do well, quality faculty is the need of the hour and that the necessary systemic changes are to be made to guide and nurture the bright minds of the country onto this track.

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