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Meet Prof. Hot Chips Why are we NOT IN THE RACE? Crafting the big Plan Groupon kicks in... Shift industries to the sea! A big bite Not many keen to pursue research... No deficit financing here! Why this gross under-performance? Insure your way forward Crafting the big Plan Ban gold imports Proof of identity to millions… Welcome Walmart Crafting the big Plan A good idea. It can turn sour if disruption continues to linger on... A strong diversified base to build Bali in UN nutrition panel Fighting financial frauds Dr Stefan Weckbach: FTA will help step up investments, trade... The Brit connection continues Coming up: a BRICS currency? Sustainable development need of the hour Crafting the big Plan Health for all... The two levels of reforms Software to assess risk Crafting the big Plan NIA targets premium income of Rs 12,000 crore Tasks for the new government Light at the end of the tunnel Focus on increased penetration Reviving growth... Mobility solutions will drive the auto industry
 
Crafting the big Plan
The world’s largest democracy has declared its verdict for a stable government. Hopes within the country have soared high. IE has gathered views from a few experts on their expectations. Excerpts…

Education: India’s population is 3 times that of USA. Therefore, statistically, India should have 3 times bright people that USA has. We should be producing 6000 PhDs in engineering against 700-800 produced at present.  Only then can we lead in research and innovation.

Power:  Normally, transmission and distribution losses should be 8 to 10 per cent. In India, losses that include theft, account for 30 to 40 per cent. Some geographies like Delhi have losses that were over 50 per cent.  India needs to redesign and revamp systems and get into smart relaying and metering to reduce losses.
Computerisation:Information Technology includes both software and hardware.  India’s hardware market is miniscule. Software is 90 per cent exported and only 10 per cent used in India.  Software is essentially in English. This leads to a question what happens to Indians who do not know English.  Computerisation is part of modernisation.  India needs software in Indian languages and a hardware industry comparable to China’s.
Agriculture:  Why India’s productivity is low? Are we applying agricultural sciences to address the problem of productivity? Our agriculture problems have solution through the application of science, methodology and proper storage.

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