Thursday, November 13, 2008

Innovation contd.....

I mean how else do you explain this program: http://www.ugc.ac.in/policy/refresher_course.html

Here's what the program is meant for:
"...is intended to inculcate in the young lecturers the quality of self- reliance through awareness of the social, intellectual and moral environment as well as to discover self-potential and confidence."

and add to that,

".....The participation in Orientation Course and Refresher Course is mandatory requirement for career advancement from lecturer to lecturer (Senior Scale) and......"

Therefore, we are teaching our 'Teachers'; they can't learn anything themselves!

And its not like they are eager to learn anything in the classrooms either; they need to be in there to get their "well-deserved" promotions. Infact, they will make cat-calls in the class room disrupting whatever discussion the "lecturer" is trying to initiate and then they will demand that they are allowed to cheat during the exam.

How about a list of people who have not received their promotions because they failed to learn and convert to practice anything from these courses?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Innovation

I need some statistical data on how many in a population typically can think when provided a subject and how many can choose their own subjects and 'run with the ball'. My guess is that there will be significant variation as a function of the economic and social structure of the Nation. For example, the Pew research center had published earlier this year a survey on the religious inclinations of Americans and it showed a decrease in the number of people who are compulsive followers of a religious faith. I should probably use the exact phrase used in the questionnaire but qualitatively what I took it to indicate was that in the US, we may see for the first time a decline in one of the most fundamental inhibitions of humans.

I'm now convinced that here people are rewarded for not trying to be 'original'. Do we have a Nation of Followers? The process of erasing our natural curiosity is very systematic, starting very early in our lives, both at home and in school. A Professor recently mentioned that if you are imaginative and creative, you should study Arts; Scientific research is boring, repetitive work, or something to that effect. Outrageous as it is, I soon realized that this is what is being taught to the future generations.