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From BDP India

Although you raise a valid point, it doesn't lend itself well to the 
claim of keeping all education (in universities i
English). Both China and the Czech Republic are considerably better 
off in economic terms than we are, and continue to gro
quite rapidly, notwithstanding the fewer programmers they have. 

Utkarsh: I am trying to represent practical side of the situation. 
Where are we going to get finances to hire individual
to redesign carriculums and translate all the material to other 
languages. Japan and China had to deal only from one and/o
two languages, we would have to deal with 16 at least. Beacuase we 
are so diverse in different parts of the country, w
have to come up with at least one language to communicate the 
knowledge to all citizens as they can understand each othe
in debating or implementing solutions offered by the university 
education. You and me can not communicate if we do not kno
English. If we have the luxury to offer university education in local 
languages in future, I am all for it. But I am no
sure if we should spend resources at this juncture when there is lots 
need to be done with limited resources. Why China an
Chezch Republic is doing better overall is policy making in all other 
fields. Let us provide the right policy making an
see what Indi! ans can achieve. 

My preference is to teach things in English for which there is value 
in knowing them in English (like business, science
math, computers, etc.) On the other hand, a rural development program 
or even an urban design program could gai
considerably by being taught in the local language,  which is the one 
actually needed to implement any such learnin
successfully. What is the benefit/need in/to learn everything in 

Utkarsh: I do see the distiction you are making. But I am not sure if 
we can still afford to recreate the wheel. IF we ca
at a minimal cost and the overall benefit (which only way to say in 
simple terms is: financial) is worth it should be don
in the local language. Isn't that the case today?

I also am not sure if the global marketplace will necessarily view 
English speaking nations more favorably. An economicall
strong China could easily tilt that balance, there are far more 
Chinese speakers than English speakers. Windows i
available in Chinese, and other techinical and commercial ventures 
will naturally tend to the existing nature of th
markets. If we all know Hindi, the big boys will make the stuff work 
in Hindi. Why put the horse behind the cart hopin
that in time some other cart can be hitched to its behind?

Utkarsh: Idea is not what I am going to consume. Idea is what I am 
going to create for the global market place. And I a
simply saying that if we take what if have and move forward, then we 
are better off than recreating what exists today in 1
languages and then come to compete in the global market place. We 
might be too late. Japan could do it but they just had d
to it in only one language. Seconndly neither China nor Japan 
inherited English. Their options were either translate it i
their language or teach everyone English. So our situation is 
different, and at least I think it is less expensive and 
to move forward in English than to recreate the wheel in 16 

Also, in trying to leverage our efforts on to a bigger plane so that 
growth becomes self-sustaining, we need to co-opt a
many people into the development process as possible. Why put up 
barriers in front of people by having them learn i
unfamiliar languages, why not simply teach them in languages they 
already know, at least in fields where there is not 
international interaction?


Let's keep talking, and see where the argument leads. I'm willing to 
settle for limited learning in other languages 
all else in local ones. But I remain open to hearing the other 

Me too.

I'd sure like to hear from some others who have been on the 
sidelines. It is good to see increased participation once 
narrowed down the topic. In a couple of days, I'll put up a status 
report on the debate, and highlight the 
questions, and we can use the rest of the week to narrow them down. 

I agree. 

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