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Indian Computer Science (CS) & Information Technology (IT) Academic Reform (Past) Activism Blog Book: (main work years: 2011 to 2014)

By Iyer, Ravi, S.

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Title: Indian Computer Science (CS) & Information Technology (IT) Academic Reform (Past) Activism Blog Book: (main work years: 2011 to 2014)  
Author: Iyer, Ravi, S.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Education, Computer Science & Information Technology Academia
Collections: Education, Authors Community
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Publisher: Ravi S. Iyer (Self-Publisher)
Member Page: Ravi Iyer S.


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Main author Ravi S. Iyer created the blog and used it from September 2011 to play a part-time, peaceful and amicable, Indian Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) academic reform, Internet-based activist role. His focus was on improving the practice of software development in Indian CS & IT academia. But he thought 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 he referred to his efforts as Indian CS & IT academic reform activism. Other contributors to the blog have given their views on certain topics. Main work period has been from 2011 to 2014 with a little work later, off & on. The main author is no longer active in this area. This book is aimed at helping other activists involved in improving the practice of software development in Indian CS and IT academia to get the views of the blog in a convenient form. The book may also be of interest to similar activists in other countries. Main author Ravi S. Iyer is a Physics graduate from Ruia college, University of Bombay (Mumbai) who was industry trained and later self-taught in software development. He 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 he retired from commercial work. Later, mainly as a "visiting faculty", he 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. ISBN: 978-93-5406-358-9

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Conditional Permission to freely reuse MY CONTENT of this book Preface Truth Telling - A Tough Job Improving the Teaching and Practice of Software Development in Indian CS & IT Academia =================== My preprint "Paper", Improve the Practice of Software Development in India by …: Ranked highly by Internet search engines and Google Scholar; Paper text Ten Computer Science (CS) & Information Technology (IT) higher education policy changes to improve practice of software development in India Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality in Practice-Oriented Computer Science/Information Technology streams Discussion on Concrete Suggestions for Measuring Teaching Quality Wrote to Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on improving practice of software development in Indian CS & IT academia Poor software development skills Indian CS graduates - Google Search Results Comments (of former CS academic from UK) on Software Development Career Track Paper CS & IT Academia: Serious Systemic Problems? CS & IT Academia: How To Relieve Suffering of Students, Parents and Employers CS & IT Academia: Inform Students About Software Contribution Record of Faculty CS & IT Academia: Profs. May Not Like Idea of Software Contribution Record Publicly Funded Higher Education Institutions should put up Detailed Course contents on the Internet My suggestions related to skill development in Indian higher education on discussions on New Education Policy How MHRD (& DIRECTOR IIT) disposed of my "Serious Systemic Problems in Indian CS IT Academia" grievance dated Nov. 2011, DOING NOTHING REALLY About me not being Ph.D. or qualified in Computer Science but yet teaching lab. courses and being tech. consultant in an Indian deemed university in the past Views of Top Leaders (Country Presidents/Prime Minister/Ministers/US Senators) on Education =============== Education and IT related parts of President Mukherjee's address to Parliament; My comments Education and IT related excerpts from PM Narendra Modi speech in Lok Sabha on June 11th 2014 Education Related Parts of US President Obama's State of the Union 2014 Speech USA - Student Right to Know Before You Go Act First Question in 2nd US Presidential debate: Student asks about employment after graduation! Research vs. Teaching ================ Nature and Science (Top International Research Magazines) 2011 Articles on Lack of Importance Given to Teaching Nowadays Suggestion of Separate Tracks for Teaching and Research by US Academics India (and Other Emerging/Developing Countries) Should Not Obsess about Higher Education Rankings Improving Indian Academic Research and Teaching: Have Separate Research-Intensive Universities and Teaching-Intensive Universities Is Academic Research Grant Money Corrupting Academic Teaching Ideals? CS & IT Academia: Is Teaching Excellence Important? Is a PhD in CS/IT Necessarily a Good Teacher? A Defense of The CS/IT PhD Teacher Suggestion of Separate University Rankings for Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence CS & IT Academia: Research vs. Teaching Should M.Tech.(CS) Project be CS Research Oriented Or Software Engineering Project Oriented? HRD Minister Javadekar says research not necessary for promotion for college teachers; university dept. faculty however need to do research HRD minister Javadekar tells truth about UGC AICTE academia problems; removes mandatory research for college faculty (but not university faculty); assures UGC AICTE reform Dr. Pushkar's articles on research req. for Indian college teachers producing fake research and reducing teaching quality; historical background of Indian academic research system IT Finishing Schools ==================== IT Finishing Schools More on IT Finishing Schools Academic PhD Club & Bureaucratic POWER structure =================== CS & IT Academia: The PhD Glass Ceiling CS & IT Academia: A Bureaucratic POWER structure The very strange case of 20th century era Department(s) of Mathematics and Computer Science in Indian academia in today's early 21st century world Indian Engineering Colleges: Graduate Employability Problems ============================= Private study claims: Less than 9% of Indian engineering students have required programming and algorithm skills for IT product company jobs GATE and UGC NET CS & IT exams can be employability measures if they include practical knowledge assessment The Hindu's higher education student guidebook - thenxt.step 2013 - CS & IT picture 2014 National (India) Employability report - Poor Employability of Andhra Pradesh Engineering Graduates Miscellaneous ============== A Tough View of UK CS Academia The Software Development Professor! Is (Seoul Accord) Accreditation using Outcome Based Assessment methods the way forward to improve teaching standards in Indian CS & IT academia? US CS PhD student's Comparative View of US and Indian Academia Prof. Stroustrup: Software development is a potentially noble profession like medicine or classical engg. disciplines but long way to go   Appendices ========== Appendix A: My software field biodata, software industry work experience and lab. courses I taught Appendix B: Holistically Elite CS/IT Education vs. Technically Elite CS/IT Education Appendix C: Discussion and Debate on lack of Proper Warranty for Software, and need thereof Appendix D: List of some other eklavyasai blog posts including on “How to Teach Programming?”


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