Indian higher education is in pigeonholes; it needs to move away from traditional STEM format

By - December 30, 2019


December 30, 2019

Chandrika Tandon is a multifaceted Indian-origin success story in the US. A former partner at McKinsey & Company, she chairs Tandon Capital Associates. Tandon, whose musical skills led to a Grammy nomination, is also involved in higher education in the US. She talks to Rajesh Chandramouli about the changes India’s higher education needs:

How would you assess the Indian students coming to the US universities?
I see a lot of Indian students come into the top universities in the US. I am the vice chairman of the board in multiple schools where Indian students come in and do a Masters programme. I look at the assessment in two/three levels. When the students come in, they come in incredibly bright. They are off the charts in terms of broad intelligence. They are very confident. We must give them worldly polish, better communication skills, better soft skills, areas which the schools here (in India) don’t do a very good job. We define academic success in a fairly narrow way. We should add several courses on life skills and soft skills.

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