Just dollars don’t make sense
Sepoy over at Chapati Mystery covers Pervez Hoodbhoy’s two part series on Pakistan’s higher education system.
Focusing on meeting numerical targets alone is not enough to sort out the dismal state of Pakistan’s universities. At the same time Musharraf has failed to do anything meaningful when it comes to reforming the madrassa system.
Fixing Pakistan’s education system is in the long-term interests of almost everyone concerned — not least those of India, the United States and (quite obviously) Pakistan itself. The United States has announced that it will inject a further $75 million into Fulbright scholarships for Pakistani students to study in the United States. India should consider doing the same — scholarships, perhaps, are a better way to run the people-to-people contact business than allowing those Bollywood personalities to hold forth on India-Pakistan relations.