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Improving the Practice of Software Development in Indian CS & IT Academia

Preprint "Paper" on arxiv.org hosted by Cornell University, USA

Improve the Practice of Software Development in India by Having a Software Development Career Track in Indian CS & IT Academia    Abstract    PDF  (for HTML see link below)

Posts Related to Above Paper

HTML version of above mentioned paper


Suggestions to Improve CS & IT Education in India sent to Think India - A Public Policy Advocacy Think-Tank, December 2013

Poor software development skills Indian CS graduates - Google Search Results, January 2013

Comments on Software Development Career Track Paper, January 2013

My Additional Viewpoints/Articles

Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality in Practice-Oriented Computer Science/Information Technology streams, June 2013

CS & IT Academia: Serious Systemic Problems?, January 2012

CS & IT Academia: How To Relieve Suffering of Students, Parents and Employers, November 2011

CS & IT Academia: Inform Students About Software Contribution Record of Faculty, November 2011

Publicly Funded Higher Education Institutions should put up Detailed Course contents on the Internet, April 2014

Holistically Elite CS/IT Education vs Technically Elite CS/IT Education, January 2012

The Software Development Professor!, October 2011

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Is (Seoul Accord) Accreditation using Outcome Based Assessment methods the way forward to improve teaching standards in Indian CS & IT academia? June 2014

NBA India: World Summit on Accreditation - Themes include Bridging Academia & Industry and Outcome Assessment Tools, March 2014

Discussion on Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality ..., June 2013

CS & IT Academia: Profs. May Not Like Idea of Software Contribution Record, November 2011

Prof. Stroustrup: Software development is a potentially noble profession like medicine or classical engg. disciplines but long way to go, August 2014

US CS PhD student's Comparative View of US and Indian Academia, June 2013

A Tough View of US & UK CS Academia, December 2011

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Top Leaders (Country Presidents/Prime Minister/Ministers/US Senators) Views on Education

Education and IT related parts of President Mukherjee's address to Parliament, June 2014

Education and IT related excerpts from PM Narendra Modi speech in Lok Sabha on June 11th 2014


Indian HRD Minister of State, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Writes Newspaper Article on Indian Academic Controversy, June 2013


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Academic Reform, Higher Education Bubble, Student Loan Problem & Private Universities

My Viewpoints/Articles

Transparency is the way to differentiate between good and bad deemed universities, March 2014

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

For-profit Corinthian Colleges goes for orderly dissolution of company; One of the largest USA higher education closures; Lessons for India, July 2014

Prof. Yashpal Committee: Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education Report (2009) - Extracts related to private higher ed. providers and capitation fee, July 2014

Private study (informal data): (Illegal) Donation/Capitation fees in India from KG to PG of Rs. 48,400 crores (US $ 8 Billion) per year, July 2014

Is Brazil blazing a new path for low-cost and high-capacity higher education that countries like India can follow? June 2014

Tough talking articles about USA Higher Education's 1200+ percent tuition fees increase over past 30 years and Student Debt Trap, June 2014

Two Hindu articles on Radically reforming higher education, Student loan procedures and concerns; Aspiring Minds employment linkage to edX MOOC courses, June 2014

Recent articles in The Hindu arguing for and against privatisation of (professional) higher education (in India), May 2014

Flip-Flop Trauma for 44 Deemed Universities and Lakhs of students, parents, faculty and others associated with them, March 2014

Private Deemed Universities - A model for excellence in Indian technical education? But what about its high costs to students, and so, social impact?, May 2014

USA Higher Education Bubble? What about Indian Higher Education Bubble? December 2013

2013 Milken Institute Panel Discussion - The Future of Higher Education in America, December 2013

Decline in USA Higher Education - PBS Documentary dated 2005; What about Indian Higher Education?, December 2013

Think India Education Debate on Indian National English TV Channel, January 2014

For-profit college in California, USA, faces lawsuit from Attorney General for Systematic Deception of Students, January 2014

Some Serious Dangers of For-Profit Education Schools (Colleges) For Poor and Naive Students, January 2014

How Online Education challenge is shaking up US academia, November 2012

Napster, mp3 music industry disruption and MOOC, November 2012

Tough Times for US Academia; Lessons for India?, September 2012

Nature News, April 2011, Articles on PhD System Challenges, May 2013

USA: The Student Loan Debt Disaster! Update: Income Based Repayment Plan Seems to be a Superb Solution, February 2014

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Online Higher Education; MOOCs

My Viewpoints/Articles

Affordable Subject-Wise Certification from Govt. Recognized Academia, December 2011

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

NPTEL - IIT Madras - offers online course and certification in Programming, Data Structures & Algorithms, June 2014

Georgia Tech, Udacity and AT&T offer Online MS degree in CS under $7000, May 2013

CS & IT: Internet Based Learning, October 2011

Wall Street Journal article on "Higher Education's Online Revolution", July 2012

NYT article on Massively Open Online Courses, July 2012

Prof. Sebastain Thrun's experience of teaching 160,000 students AI for free!, July 2012

A Princeton Sociology Professor's Online Teaching Experience, November 2012

CS & IT Academia: Use Stanford Engineering Everywhere to Teach Programming, October 2011

Online Programming Courses: Use MIT's OCW or IIT's NPTEL or Stanford's SEE, October 2011

The Brains Behind Aakash, the Rs. 3000 (aka $35) Tablet, February 2012

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Academic PhD Club & Bureaucratic POWER structure

My Viewpoints/Articles

CS & IT Academia: The PhD Glass Ceiling, October 2011

CS & IT Academia: A Bureaucratic POWER structure, October 2011

The very strange case of 20th century era Department(s) of Mathematics and Computer Science in Indian academia in today's early 21st century world, April 2014

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me
Delhi University Four Year Degree Program Mess! Do Indian university administration mechanisms promote dictatorial tendencies? June 2014

Dictatorial Powers of VC in Indian Central Universities, December 2012

UGC scraps Research-linked appraisal for appointments!, April 2013

Supreme Court rules that AICTE can only advise but not impose sanctions on universities/colleges, May 2013

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Indian Engineering Colleges: General Info. and Graduate Employability

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Private study claims: Less than 9% of Indian engineering students have required programming and algorithm skills for IT product company jobs, July 2014

GATE and UGC NET CS & IT exams can be employability measures if they include practical knowledge assessment, June 2014

The Hindu's higher education student guidebook - thenxt.step 2013 - CS & IT picture, April 2014

2014 National (India) Employability report - Poor Employability of Andhra Pradesh Engineering Graduates, February 2014

Andhra Pradesh (India) Engineering Colleges - Half Empty!, December 2012

An "educated guess" analysis of Large no. of Seats in Andhra Pradesh (India) Engg. Colleges Going Empty, December 2012

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How to Teach Programming?

My Viewpoints/Articles (includes detailed comments on mine on a paper by Prof. Stroustrup)

Programming: Practical Solution Mindset vs. Scientific Mindset, January 2013

Does a Teacher of Programming Need to Know Turing Machine?, October 2011

Comments on Stroustrup's paper, "Software Development for Infrastructure" in IEEE Computer, Jan. 2012; post last updated in April 2012 

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Texas A&M University's Approach to Teaching Programming in (US) CS Academia, January 2012

CS & IT Academia: How to Teach Programming?, September 2011

CS & IT Academia: Some Comments on Teaching Programming, October 2011

US CS & IT Academia: Usually TAs/RAs Teach Programming, November 2011

CS & IT Academia: Should 'Customize' Instead of 'Build' be Taught?, December 2011

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Research vs. Teaching

My Viewpoints/Articles

Improving Indian Academic Research and Teaching: Have Separate Research-Intensive Universities and Teaching-Intensive Universities, February 2014

Is Academic Research Grant Money Corrupting Academic Teaching Ideals?, April 2013

CS & IT Academia: Is Teaching Excellence Important?, January 2012

Is a PhD in CS/IT Necessarily a Good Teacher?, October 2011

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Suggestion of Separate University Rankings for Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence, December 2013

CS & IT Academia: Research vs. Teaching, September 2011

A Defense of The CS/IT PhD Teacher, October 2011

Nature and Science 2011 Articles on Lack of Importance Given to Teaching Nowadays, April 2013

Suggestion of Separate Tracks for Teaching and Research by US Academics, October 2012

India (and Other Emerging/Developing Countries) Should Not Obsess about Higher Education Rankings, April 2013

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CS & IT Research

My Viewpoints/Articles

Should M.Tech.(CS) Project be CS Research Oriented Or Software Engineering Project Oriented?, April 2013

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Pursuing CS/IT Research Individually - Ph.D. Possibility?, September 2011

CS & IT: Pure vs. Applied Research, September 2011

Google's Hybrid Research + Development Model, July 2012

Prof. David Parnas' views on Corruption of (Academic) Computer Science Researchers/Scientists by Publication Counts, April 2013

Oct. 2013 Economist article on Problems with scientific research - How science goes wrong, January 2014

Ground Rules for Sending Scientific Papers for Publication, December 2012

Grad-Student. What does it really mean?, September 2012

Open Access Journal Scams, September 2012

Off-Campus PhD Degrees - Assam State Government to reduce pay of teachers with such degrees!, April 2013

UGC seeks details on Ph.D. candidates in state universities, May 2013

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Science Research

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Great article about Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava and his blend of Maths, music & poetry (incl. Sanskrit poems) interests, August 2014

Nature April 2014 article - Policy: Free Indian science by Dr. Mathai Joseph et al., April 2014

Jayant Narlikar, famous Indian astrophysicist, on Dr. Joseph's Nature article about Indian science policy problems, May 2014

A Hard Look at the Indian Scientific Establishment, December 2013

Whistle-blowing on the Internet - Solution for problem of Science Fraud?, April 2014

Suspended jail sentence for scientific fraud for South Korean scientist, March 2014

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Software Warranty

My Viewpoints/Articles

The Without Warranty Wild West Software Industry, March 2013

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

A Debate on Warranty for Software, March 2013

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Miscellaneous

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Illegal wealth case registered by CBI against former Vice-Chancellor of an Indian university, July 2014

Mumbai college principal arrested over charge of demanding donation for admission to XIth standard Science class, May 2014

Information Technology - Products vs. Services, May 2014

Srinvasan Ramani - First Indian perhaps in Internet Hall of Fame; Not Agriculture vs. IT but both Agriculture and IT, April 2014

Dr. Ramani's blogpost about students not formally complaining about illegal fees and Dr. Joseph's Hindu article (mainly) on R&D in Indian software service companies, May 2014

Content of Programming Courses shared on Blog For Free Access To Anybody, March 2014

Will HealthCare.gov wake up the world to the urgent need for professionalism and accountability in software development?, February 2014

Book Summary: Digital Republic, India’s Rise to IT Power by Mathai Joseph, June 2013

Ethics Policy for Sharing Content of Mail Exchanges on This Blog, March 2012

Truth Telling - A Tough Job, October 2012

Free Coaching for CSIR-UGC-NET Exam in AP University, September 2012

Safe Path for Budding Academics in India, September 2012

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Steve Jobs

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Steve Jobs: One of The Greatest Tech. Revolutionaries of Our Times, October 2011

Steve Jobs: The iPhone Introduction (2007), post last updated in October 2011

Steve Jobs: Some Criticism and Some Defense, October 2011

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Dennis Ritchie

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Dennis Ritchie, a Truly Great Software Guy, December 2011 

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IT Finishing Schools

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

IT Finishing Schools, October 2011

More on IT Finishing Schools, October 2011



About This Blog, Stats. and a Small God Post

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