Monday, April 6, 2009

S. Vaidhyasubramaniam - Videos










By 2015 we want to be identified as a Research University, rather than a Teaching University

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How to promote research

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Quality of MBA graduates coming out of our B-Schools - topic of my thesis

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Benchmarks for accreditation are minimalist in approach, rather than aiming at world-class

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Has education been commercialised

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There are many spurious foreign universities operating in the country

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We are considering the possibility of setting up a US campus to teach Ayurveda, Astrology, and Values


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Should there be engineering courses focusing on rural relevance

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Gradually students are paying more attention to campus infrastructure and academic quality than just the fringe benefits

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Real value of education is to do a discounted cash flow of future benefits that would arise after passing out of the campus

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Popular misconception is that alumni network is a fund-raising activity, and not for constructive purpose

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Alumni chapters started both in India and abroad

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By 2010 we want to have 2000 Sastra graduates, of 10 years experience, as alumni network

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Most valuable work lesson - Nothing is too late, and Nothing is impossible

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Giving-up-easily culture has been built into us right from schools


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India is rich in social capital, and value-based education is key to sustain this capital

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Should we be putting numbers for the social capital, considering the importance of sociology and culture in economic decision-making

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Slowdown is a matter of concern to graduating students, but a bigger damage is to shun computer science in panic

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Industry bodies such as CII and Nasscom should take the responsibility of informing the public at large about job requirements

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Over time companies will be contributing more to campuses, with numerous engineers occupying decision-making positions

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Companies are doing real-time recruitment

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IT industry has started looking at domestic business

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A thought from a book I'm currently reading - 'The Age of Turbulence' by Alan Greenspan

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Is the Government handling the economic crisis right, or are the policies too short-term in nature

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There is a huge cultural regeneration happening among the young, though this is not captured by the media

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Is the society stuck with wrong stereotypes about the young generation

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How should the ranking of institutions be done

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Tolerance towards a diverse set of views is essential

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We have a host of information in our ancient texts and this has to be related to the current context

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People with substance should come out and engage in public debate and discourse

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Spiritual revival that is now happening is pan religious, and across countries


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Despite being part of large social networks, the young are too individualistic, without factoring in the societal considerations

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Today's children are intellectually cut off from social and cultural moorings of the neighbourhood

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Family functions are good ways to resolve conflicts

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Four areas identified for research focus - Nanotechnology, Ayurveda, Advanced Computing, and Integrated Research Park

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Faculty can engage in consultancy but not at the cost of teaching and research

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Researchers should teach undergraduate students because they are the catchment area for ideas

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Senior-most faculty engaging with the junior-most students

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Does teaching attract talent of right quality

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Can the passion and commitment of a teacher be measured

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Do students make the best use of peer-level interaction


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Gender equality vs knowledge equality

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