"Get the basics right", is the first response of the professor, when a student is doing a fundamental mistake, on the way of any problem solving approach. When our top authoritative educationalists are making a huge mistake of manipulating with the fundamentals. How to oppose them, who had put the building blocks of our own education system? They know it all but somehow; I am trying raising a voice to reach them that it will have really a great loss to country in long run. Getting an immediate advantage is a corporate way, not an educationalist approach. Eventually that is happening due to privatization in education.
Accepting the fact, being a large population nation, it is impossible for any govt. body to serve all with the government system. We have to choose the privatization in every possible field to get along the world market. Keeping the regulation, grating and certification processes in the privatized sectors. In fact, things fail in India so eventually that failure of system is the only thing; we have to accept in the end.
How this is true? Just take a small example on syllabus of Computer Science and Information Technology in most of the universities in India. I was actually wandering from long time to understand what it is all about, how can I differentiate between these two and finally found the answer in the very basic fundamentals of three words: "SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY". Anyone can find the wiki definitions of these three words.
There is a big relation in three terms "Science, Engineering, and Technology". Here are a few simple ways to distinguish between and relate these fields.
SCIENCE: "Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe."
• a body of knowledge
• Seeks to describe and understand the natural world and its physical properties
• Scientific knowledge can be used to make predictions
• Science uses a process - the scientific method - to generate knowledge.
ENGINEERING: "Engineering is the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes."
• Design under constraint
• Seeks solutions for societal problems and needs
• Aims to produce the best solution given resources and constraints
• Engineering uses a process - engineering design process - to produce solutions and technologies.
TECHNOLOGY: "Technology is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of Organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a pre-existing solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function."
• The body of knowledge, systems, processes, and artifacts that result from engineering
• Almost everything made by humans to solve a need or fulfill a want/desire is a technology
• Examples of technology include pencils, shoes, cell phones, and processes to treat water.
There is a big reason of writing this blog, as India is losing the future researchers due to manipulating the fundamentals and it is also demotivating the core engineering that purely derived from science. In the real world, these disciplines are closely connected. Scientists often use technologies created by engineers to conduct their research. In turn, engineers often use knowledge developed by scientists to inform the design of the technologies they create.
Science, engineering, and technology are all situated in the context of a larger society that determines what science and engineering get done. Human values, needs, and problems determine in large part what questions scientists investigate and what problems engineers tackle. In turn, the technological products of science and engineering influence society and change human culture.
The world we live in has been shaped in many important ways by human action. We have created technological options to prevent, eliminate, or lessen threats to life and the environment and to fulfill social needs. We have dammed rivers and cleared forests, made new materials and machines, covered vast areas with cities and highways, and decided - sometimes willy-nilly - the fate of many other living things.
In a sense, then, many parts of our world are designed - shaped and controlled, largely through the use of technology - in light of what we take our interests to be. We have brought the earth to a point where our future well-being will depend heavily on how we develop and use and restrict technology. In turn, that will depend heavily on how well we understand the workings of technology and the social, cultural, economic, and ecological systems within which we live.
Understanding the basics definitions along with understanding to Computer Science, I can infer that Computer Science has been screwed up in India, by most of the universities. Even B.Tech from some IITs, title doesn't seem to be are not justifying me. It probably has to convert to Either B.S. or B.E. Secondly, All the institutions, which are not capable to provide the science and engineering education, they have to moved down to B.Tech. However, you will see just opposite in India. The most eligible Institutions award B.Tech and the most lagging behind in research is awarding B.E.
Sometimes, it is looking like marketing, that govt. is doing. Education is not the marketing. It has to go with the fundamentals, whatever people think, we have change their thinking on the same lines to the fundamentals. We should not change the fundamentals according to their understanding. (E.g. USA awards B.S and M.S. Well, that make sense). There is a need now to define it from the bottom of the education. Converting the eligible and most research oriented IITs into IISc and IIEs, which can award BS/MS and BE/ME respectively. Rest of the institutions has to be degraded to B.Tech/M.Tech.
Anybody is awarding anything, irrespective of their capabilities of providing the proper infrastructure to it. The Science is Supreme and then there comes the engineering, which is actually a capability to concert the ideas in sciences into realities. And then after it comes down to Technology, to make it related to business and usage according to the need of empowerments.
I hope, IISc Professors, might be able to understand the thought process behind this write-up and has to be carried forward the Govt. about this corrections. As the new generation will never understand these things, they will spend their whole life confused with the simple fundamental, what they should focus and what is supreme.
Due to all these mixture scenarios, students are not able to benchmark the work and it's quality by their own, cause they have lost the basics of the fundamentals, created by all of us. They might prefer to learn Android/Web designing over the System Programming / Operating System Development / Kernel Programming. This movement is going to cost us in production of lame human resources incapable to produce innovative methodology in Engineering and Science. It will definitely keep us dependent over the nations, who have been dominating us. It is looking like a master plan to maintain the most logical race in the world as the "cheap labor". The power of youth cannot be empowered with this fundamental loss. Spoiling the whole generation with this aptitude will cost India heavily. It will become impossible to attain the title of 'Technological Super Power'.
Alignment of these fundamentals can definitely help us to segregate the minds with their aptitude and funding can be categorized accordingly. We may expect a high caliber Researchers, Engineers and consultants coming out of B.S, B.E and B.Tech.
"And that is why, I don’t like to see B.Tech from IIT. It has to be at least IIE and award B.E. respectively"