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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Playing Janus: Musings of a B-School graduate

Disclaimer: This is not a cathartic piece or a hate story of ANY B-school, because of the sheer naïveté of such an act.

According to Roman mythology, Janus is the deity of beginnings and ends, the deity of transitions. Portrayed with two faces, he is believed to have one face looking towards the future and one towards the past. At this crucial milestone of having passed out of a B-School, while on one hand, I look to the future, on the other, I look to the past. Not unlike the quintessential travails of Janus, I try to reconcile the past with the future that awaits me. For the past two years, I’ve been a part of the coveted management education system in India as a student of an IIM. My experience, not just of the institution but of the system, has led me to ruminate over certain problems which plague this system. Despite the fact that this system has generated tremendous output and continues to be one of the cornerstones in Indian education system, there is an underbelly of flaws which goes unnoticed. Read more »

Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood

Historically, India’s rural economy has been based on agriculture and related activities, but with increasing population and decreasing land holding, the dependency on primary livelihood is at risk. India’s current education system places overemphasis on cognitive learning for all. Many drop out unable to cope with this by-rote education system. This system does not recognise that everyone is not suited for cognitive education. Many will excel in a system which places a premium on vocational education. Unequipped with education that enables livelihood the youth fall prey to poverty and crime.

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The Capability Conundrum (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, The Capability Conundrum: The disconnect between educational qualification and ability. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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The Capability Conundrum: The Disconnect between Educational Qualification and Ability

About 20 years back, as the recruitment head for Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd, I had the task of recruiting engineers, sales & marketing managers, finance professionals and a few more. Mr K K Nair, Executive Director was my tormentor when it came to recruiting Chemical and Mechanical engineers from the IITs and the RECs.

We would be in one of these hallowed campuses. We would have this hapless top ten percentile of the class going through the interview with Mr Nair. He would look at their marks and quip, “Looks like a bright person”. Then he would pull out a sheet of paper and a pencil and dictate a few values to the interviewee and ask him to design a distillation column. Sometimes it would be the distillation column, at other times it would be a compressor or a cooling tower or even the mundane conveyor. Read more »

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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