US mission for 2020. Will India make its way out there?

The mission of US is to have 1.4 million computing related jobs by the year 2020. But unfortunately, it will have the capacity to fill only one third of them.


While the computing related jobs are mainly based on subjects like Science and Mathematics, India is found to have placed a strong foundation in having maths and science as a must study subjects from the young age.

On the other hand India's thirst is to earn the best place as one of the 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT's) and shoot through high flying jobs.

Though IIT's could not make their way into the international rankings, they have been recognised by the US Congress and Microsoft founder Bill Gates for their contribution to US innovation.

Moreover, those graduates who have been known as the leading high-tech innovators are graduated from IIT's. For instance, Krishna Bharath- creator of Google News and the co-founders of online poker site PartyGaming studies at the IIT's.

Indian students have deeper competitions with one another. Every year millions of students take up entrance exams, hoping for the best chance to study abroad in top institutes like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more. They eye on the highest rankings universities across the world.

US mission for 2020. Will India make its way out?

Students in India have high pressure when it comes to their higher education, and remains forever. In Indian education, it is Mathematics that mould them with more analytical skills.

Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising and commerce at Google thinks the US could learn from the way India approaches Science and Mathematics.

"Nine out of 10 schools right now are not teaching computer science. If you think about the future and you think about how important computer science is going to be it's a problem - we're going to need a lot more kids to be able to have those skills," she says.

"I would really like it to be like reading and math and science and spelling - they are requirements - everybody takes it, everybody learns it, and that's the way I think we need to think about computer science and coding in the future," she added.

According to reservations made by Steve Stepanian, head of Indian operations for the management consultancy Bain & Company, he says, "At the more junior levels they are very quantitatively sound, they are very responsible, no problem. The issue becomes [when] they're given an open-ended question - that is where there seems to be more of a struggle."

"For example, they would get the basic figures spot on, but when he asks what advice they would give to a chief executive - that is where you draw a real blank. American schools are really good when it comes to thinking about the creative component but we also need kids to learn the basics," he says.

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