Thursday, October 27, 2005

Babus to train at Harvard, Wharton

As reported in today's IE, the government is planning to send mid-career bureaucrats to top-notch management institutes around the globe to enable them to "re-tool". The contender list boasts names such as Harvard and Wharton. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is known to have personally approved the proposal, taking on from his initial proclamations of introducing wide-ranging reforms in the bureaucracy. We are yet to hear of his initiative to introduce changes in the IAS Entrance Exam framework, but for now, this bit of news suffices. What remains to be seen is whether the babus would actually learn something of interest or value at these institutes, or would they just consider these trips as another lap in their cosseted foreign junkets? India's toiling millions are waiting with bated breath.

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