“In India our research is much more insular than most parts of the world; as a result we are either working on wrong problems or working with wrong set of people. In this connected economy one can’t afford to remain insular,” said India’s innovation evangelist Pavan Soni in an interview with leading education magazine Education Insider.
“There is no purpose of an education which doesn’t help in economic growth, directly or indirectly. The case of China is exemplary here, as they have rallied millions of people into doing globally- relevant work and lifting the people off poverty,” Pavan Soni said in the interview.
He also said a university system where students from different disciplines exchange thoughts and share time is much needed now in India. Pavan Soni’s views assume great significance as India has been witnessing serious discussions on the quality o higher education for several years.
According to him three factors are important for the success of countries like South Korea, Japan and Singapore. Funding, Focus and Exposure are the three elements that the governments in developing countries have to be focussed.