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What outsourcing will do to India?

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Oft repeated, often discussed, still worth publishing.

1)How will we have bridges, dams and roads if all Mechanical,Electrical and Civil engineers dream of raking in moolah going onsite and start coding?
2)How will basic sciences grow if the IT Industry starts giving them low end coding and testing jobs?
3)Who will teach the next generation if IT and BPO takes in almost everybody? (Ya, teaching will be the last resort!)
4)Money matters,still…isn’t there better work to be given than the low end outsourced work?
5)Economy will grow,more money to spend…which in turn means Auto rickshaw drivers will become richer, vegetable sellers will hike rates, malls will thrive,movie halls will give way for multiplexes,traffic will stop moving…
6)Bangalore will choke .Mini Bengalurus will sprout.
7)Complacence will grow.A Software job will remain the eternal dream of every other engineer.
(Overheard-Post campus placements engineering students leave CAT prep for pursuing the software dream!)

High time we realize brain drain of a different kind…

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10 comments

1 Parul { 11.19.07 at 3:11 pm }

and FMCGs will get Slot 4. in campus placements:(

2 Parul { 11.19.07 at 3:15 pm }

nice post da. lets start investing in the stock market and make some dough. We will soon need a pvt jet as the roads in your city will soon compete with parking lots..as it is the traffic doesnt move there:P

3 Nikhil NarayananNo Gravatar { 11.20.07 at 11:22 am }

@rul
Thanks da
Doned!!! saving money these days!

4 vinniNo Gravatar { 11.20.07 at 3:03 pm }

:-) totally true. but with the boom in other sectors like reality i think the trend will stop. for companies to grow they would need engineers and not just software engineers.
maybe some DLF would recruit software engineers! LOL!

5 Macadamia { 11.20.07 at 3:22 pm }

You are so right! Only, you speak in the future-perfect tense, whereas this is a present-progressive reality.

You know what the best part about all this is? The blinkers people wear when they go abroad. I hate hearing the “Oh in India this won’t be possible” littany. Behaving like a elite resource in the US, and then returning home only to spit paan on the road will help no one. Least of all the person in question.

Its we who make India. Instead of running away we need to stand in solidarity and fight. It is a serious issue.

6 Nikhil NarayananNo Gravatar { 11.21.07 at 5:56 am }

@Vinnie
Well said.

@Maca
I see patriotism rising in you :-)
India is thinking short term :(

7 tenalirama { 11.23.07 at 6:13 am }

Are these ramblings coming out of the kind of work u do?

“How will we have bridges, dams and roads if all Mechanical,Electrical and Civil engineers dream of raking in moolah”

This is just taking an extreme view..Just like Nay sayers saying test matches will die coz of 20-20 matches..
There always will be enough place for everybody..Mkt has an uncanny knack to come to an equilibrium..
well ramblings from my side now ..:)

8 kp { 11.23.07 at 4:31 pm }

excellant points…..

9 | Balu |No Gravatar { 12.03.07 at 2:18 pm }

BRAIN DRAIN – i fully agree with u…
i knw a lotta smart guys who are doin low end coding! They seriously need to think beyond money

10 GWBENo Gravatar { 12.07.07 at 1:01 pm }

Well said.

I remember an industry practitioner who had visited K for a seminar highlighting the same issues. He is a senior executive at a chemical company and he is saying nowadays it’s difficult to recruit chemical engineers from IITs or RECs or from any good colleges as they all prefer a comfy IT job. He has to employ graduates from payment colleges and lower rung colleges who will go on to design products for the entire country.

There was a joke going on when a major bridge in Kerala collapsed. The joke was that the bridge was built by a Civil Engg who paid to get admission to his college.

There’s no other remedy to this than making the jobs attractive by offering good remuneration for core industry jobs as well. I am sure this will happen soon.

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