Indian Computer Science (CS) & Information Technology (IT) Academic Reform Activism Consolidated Blog Document

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Computer Science (CS) &

Information Technology (IT)

Academic Reform Activism

Consolidated Blog Document

Ravi S. Iyer

Software Consultant

Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India

Version: 1.0, 6th Sept. 2014


Top-Level Categorization Links At A Glance

  • Introduction

The posts on this blog (document) have been categorized as follows (you may click on the category to jump to the list of posts in that category):

  • Improving the Practice of Software Development in Indian CS & IT Academia

  • Top Leaders (Country Presidents/Prime Minister/Ministers/US Senators) Views on Education

  • Academic Reform, Higher Education Bubble, Student Loan Problem & Private Universities

  • Online Higher Education; MOOCs

  • Academic PhD Club & Bureaucratic POWER structure

  • Indian Engineering Colleges: General Info. and Graduate Employability

  • How to Teach Programming?

  • Research vs. Teaching

  • CS & IT Research

  • Science Research

  • Software Warranty

  • Miscellaneous

  • Steve Jobs

  • Dennis Ritchie

  • IT Finishing Schools

  • About This Blog, Stats. and a Small God Post

Some of the above categories are divided into my articles/viewpoints and discussion/informative posts. The month and year of the post are mentioned at the end of the post link.


This is a manually created consolidated document of my “Peaceful and amicable Indian Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) Academic Reform Activism” blog, (later referred as the eklavyasai blog). In a few cases minor editing of the blog post contents have been done to make it suitable for this document. Please note that this document has internal links (other places within this document) as well as external links (Internet addresses).

My focus in the eklavyasai blog is on improving the practice of software development in Indian CS & IT academia. But I think that it is such a vital part of the CS & IT field and that it is so poor in many parts of Indian CS & IT academia, that I feel it is appropriate to refer to my efforts as Indian CS & IT academic reform activism efforts.

The blog also covers other related topics like student loan problem, private universities, Indian engineering colleges, online higher education, academic bureaucracy and research. Besides the Indian academic system the blog also covers the USA academic (higher education) system to some extent, especially in the CS & IT fields.

The posts have been made using my name (Ravi S. Iyer) as well as a pseudonym, Eklavya Sai Maalik, that I used for earlier posts. A few friends and mail correspondents have made significant contributions to the eklavyasai blog. I would like to put on record my appreciation for their contributions. Content of other contributors have been clearly shown as their contribution (usually as anonymous contributors).

I am a Physics Graduate (and Physics Masters drop-out) from India who was industry-trained and later self-taught in software development. I worked in the international software industry (US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, India etc.) developing systems as well as applications software (CS & IT) for over 18 years after which I retired from commercial work. Later, mainly as an "honorary faculty/visiting faculty", I offered free service of teaching programming courses (lab. courses) and being a "technical consultant" for student projects in a Maths & Computer Science department of a deemed university in India for 9 years.

Improving the Practice of Software Development in Indian CS & IT Academia

Preprint "Paper" on hosted by Cornell University, USA

Improve the Practice of Software Development in India by Having a Software Development Career Track in Indian CS & IT Academia

Abstract: PDF: 

(for HTML see link below)

Posts Related to Above Paper

HTML version of above mentioned paper

Ten Computer Science (CS) & Information Technology (IT) higher education policy changes to improve practice of software development in India, August 2014
Wrote to Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on improving practice of software development in Indian CS & IT academia, May 2014

Suggestions to Improve CS & IT Education in India sent to Think India - A Public Policy Advocacy Think-Tank, December 2013

Poor software development skills Indian CS graduates - Google Search Results, January 2013 

Comments on Software Development Career Track Paper, January 2013

My Additional Viewpoints/Articles

Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality in Practice-Oriented Computer Science/Information Technology streams, June 2013

CS & IT Academia: Serious Systemic Problems?, January 2012 

CS & IT Academia: How To Relieve Suffering of Students, Parents and Employers, November 2011 

CS & IT Academia: Inform Students About Software Contribution Record of Faculty, November 2011 

Publicly Funded Higher Education Institutions should put up Detailed Course contents on the Internet, April 2014

Holistically Elite CS/IT Education vs Technically Elite CS/IT Education, January 2012 

The Software Development Professor!, October 2011 

Discussion/Informative Posts Involving Others' Articles/Views, Media reports and Some Comments from me

Is (Seoul Accord) Accreditation using Outcome Based Assessment methods the way forward to improve teaching standards in Indian CS & IT academia? June 2014

NBA India: World Summit on Accreditation - Themes include Bridging Academia & Industry and Outcome Assessment Tools, March 2014

Discussion on Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality ..., June 2013

CS & IT Academia: Profs. May Not Like Idea of Software Contribution Record, November 2011 

Prof. Stroustrup: Software development is a potentially noble profession like medicine or classical engg. disciplines but long way to go, August 2014

US CS PhD student's Comparative View of US and Indian Academia, June 2013

A Tough View of US & UK CS Academia, December 2011 

Monday, August 25, 2014

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