Foreword

Professor Paul Sparrow

This book begins with a paradox: how, in a country with the number of graduates that India has, can people talk about talent shortages? The problem, this book argues, lies in the nature of the education system and, excepting the output from a small number of elite institutions, a low emphasis on critical thinking as a personal competency. Drawing upon work by McKinsey, it is argued that the proportion of the workforce equipped for the demands being placed on Indian industry is relatively small. These sorts of questions resonate beyond India – they are being asked in most of the world’s major marketplaces – and they will be asked by major multinationals of other people’s labour markets. The book raises many ...

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