By Dr Kallol Guha
A country’s human resource (a set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector or economy) is shaped and conditioned through its education system. How a given nation will fair can be predicted by evaluating the state of its primary, secondary and higher education with special reference to its research orientation of the education system.
Hitler’s armament minister Albert Speer wrote in his memoir “Inside the Third Reich” that he once visited German occupied territory in Ukraine during the last war. There he inspected a university complex under construction. He mentioned- the facilities he saw, far exceeded anything available in Germany. So, by seeing the structure of the University, he remarked- he had no doubt that Russia was determined to become a world power.
If India has to become an important geopolitical player in the region and an economy to reckon with, it has to take up major educational reforms in the country. There isn’t any doubt that the education system in India, at all levels, is down in the dumps. The situation can be assessed by the fact that not even one Indian university features in the QS World University top 200 list.
Moreover, the importance of education in shaping the human resource is not just restricted to economic development. Defence and international relations too are dependent on the nation’s human resources.
There are lots of opinions on matters related to India’s defence. How neighboring countries are to be treated is a subject being debated passionately, and in some channel it is a shouting match with the bellowing anchor. A basic principle of a country’s defense is not ammunitions, but quality, conviction, and training of the human resource that determines the defense capability of a given nation. Contemporary history bears numerous testimonies to this basic principle. A case in point is the Vietnam War, Korean War, Bay of Pigs in Cuba and Israel’s role in Middle East.
In India, there are lots of discussions on procurement of arms from merchants of Death. But not a word on how to condition and shape the human resource to defend the country at the right time! In case of a war with a formidable opponent (not Pakistan), only a fool should believe that such a war can be won by arms supplied by a third country and leadership of Anglophonic Politicians whose primary objective is to transfer wealth to Anglophonic West.
Has anyone ever heard any Indian politician or any Indian political party emphasize the significance of building and conditioning human resource to strengthen nation’s all out development with special reference to Defense?
It’s time India did some major rethinking.
(The writer is the President & CEO of Saint James School of Medicine headquartered in Illinois.)