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Interview with Balkrishna Dubey about power failure in Silicon Valley, reverse colonialism and Bollywood
von Gudrun Töpfer (Kommentare: 0)
Welcome to Wechselblog - with whom do I have the pleasure and the honor today?
My name is Balkrishna Dubey, I am a sales director in a global IT company, a majority of whose employees are in India. I have been living in Germany for twelve years. Occasionally I would hear someone in my family drop keywords for which Germany is appreciated, e.g. technology, great cars, good quality. That gave the impetus to study the German language and then it was only logical that I come to Germany to work.
Coming back to Indian youth: Only young and many is not enough. What progress has been made in the Indian education system in recent years?
With its more than 1.4 million state-approved schools, some 33,000 colleges and 659 universities, the Indian education system is now one of the largest in the world. The educational system is chronically underfunded due to the large number of students. Girls still have poorer prognoses with regard to school success and far too many children are dropping out after the first years of school without any sort of diploma.
The government is trying to tackle these problems: I find there has been a significant increase in literacy from approx. 18% (in 1951) to 73% in 2011. However, much still remains to be done. It is though not due to a lack of importance placed on education. Indian parents encourage their children to embrace academic professions, because education is seen as the only way to get ahead in life. This is true at least in those areas where children are not forced to work.
Many people are also involved in projects promoting children's education and there are many local initiatives and projects. For example, I support a project in my home town and finance the school material for 15 children. My mother - who unfortunately died - was a teacher and I have the feeling that I can do something good in her spirit.
While we're doing something concrete: I teach "International Educational Systems" at the University of Freiburg for secondary school teaching degrees. Would you come to my classroom and tell us all something about India?
Yes, of course. Would you also come to my school? I'm quite sure the children would be happy!
The trip is a little further and I don't like to fly…
Then you don't like to fly – fly anyway! But book a round-trip ticket - there have been cases in our history where the visitors have stayed longer than they planned :-)
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