Opinions on Education, Goa and Open Source

I switched to teaching in a college around the time one is expected to have the mid-career blues. Sadly, I found that our education system is very rigid.

While I was teaching at PCCE associated with Goa University, I became convinced that with greater flexibility, most of our colleges and universities would improve. Some may misuse the freedom; however, it seemed awfully stupid to group all with the same brush and prevent innovative education for fear of the black sheep. Just making information about the colleges and institutions available on their web sites and making them liable for incorrect or misleading information on their web sites and advertisements would have introduced a self-corrective mechanism.

It still saddens me that we as a society seem bent on creating more institutions of "excellence" rather than taking simple steps to improve education for most if not all. Although these articles were written in 2003-4 period, nothing seems different now(2009).

Express Computer

The changing face of the software industry, 3 February, 2003

Implementing IT on a Shoestring Budget, April 7, 2003

The Third Innovation of Michael Robertson, 7th July, 2003

Never Too Old to Program, 25 August 2003

Why Indian companies should sponsor Open Source projects,19 July, 2004

Help! Education Drowning, 26 July, 2004

Chasing a product dream, 9 November, 2004

IT's impact on education, 24 January, 2005

Digital Goa

Education Beyond Computers, February 2003

Education - An Opportunity for Goa, March 2003

Using IT to Improve Education System, May 2003

Do SysAdmins Grow on Trees?, June 2003

Easy Admission to Engineering Courses Hazardous to Students, August 2003

Choice in Exam Hazardous for Students, September 2003

Quality of IT Education - Where do we begin?, September 2003

When Life Serves You Lemons, Make Lemonade, October 2003

Education Agenda - Goa Can Take the Lead, April 2004

Goan Newspapers

Learning from an Alternate Role Model, Gomantak Times, 13 December, 2002

Education Beyond Computers, Herald, 11 November, 2003 (printed in Digital Goa earlier)

A Potential Paradise for Education, Herald, 12 November, 2003

Grades versus Marks: What's the Difference?, Herald, 23 Nov, 2003

Education at Crossroads, Herald, Dec, 2003

Teacher Plus

Farewell To Education Jan 2006. Teacher Plus published a shorter/tighter version in June 2007.