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India needs a CTO and CEO

October 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Even as there is talk of someone like Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, possibly becoming Chief Technology Officer of the US in an Obama administration, I think we in India need to start thinking beyond the politicians we have to get professionals into leading positions in administration.For starters, look at the complete mess that is India’s telecom policy now with the 3G policy ‘evolving’ every few days depending on who has convinced whom in the government to suitably modify the variable rules. More broadly, we need our own Chief Technology Officer who comes from industry and applies the right thinking based on what the country needs and not what the political parties want.

Another department which can do with some cleaning is Education. Here too, we are damaging careers of millions of young students with flawed policies and mistaken controls that prevent the explosion that India needs to educate its next generation.

There are many other departments where apolitical thinking can make a big difference in setting the right foundation for the future. This government had an opportunity 4 years ago when they started the process of governance. But the accumulated “IOUs” proved to be too much for the coalition with power centred in the Left. Perhaps, the next government will do it. India is running out of years to bring about Change.

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  • 1 Atanu Dey // Oct 24, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Professionals in areas requiring expertise is a great idea.

    Unfortunately, I think one of the problem of getting very highly qualified professionals from outside the regular government channels is the Indian Administrative Services. The IAS acts as a barrier to inducting talented outsiders into decision-making roles.

    The ICS was the administrative arm of the British raj and therefore their objectives were not aligned with India’s but rather with those of the British rulers. The IAS is just a renamed ICS and has the same objectives — serve the rulers and in this case it is the brown sahibs who make the rules.

  • 2 Sowrirajan // Oct 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, Good idea, similarly when we had a natural calamity in July 26 everyone said to the media channel, we should have professionals like corporate sector. I personally feel things would change the way you think!

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