Preparing India’s Workforce for the Knowledge Economy
In this chapter, we assess the role of higher education in preparing India for new product and service development, focusing on software engineering education for tractability. We find that the institutional structure has the capacity to produce a quality of engineer suited to the current needs of the marketplace. This is a remarkable achievement considering the rapid change in both job requirements and the role of private provision in higher education. While it is too early to assess whether the currently emergent needs, particularly in research, project management and entrepreneurship, will be met by the current structure, we argue that the state’s role as regulator will be critical. While the state has so far demonstrated its capabilities of being an effective regulator, we argue that new regulatory capabilities will be needed of the state to address the evolving demands.
Dossani thanks the Sloan Foundation for financial support. The authors also thank Martin Carnoy, Frank Mayadas, Maham Mela, Rohan Tandon, Sudip Nandy and Vibhu Mittal for comments and assistance.
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