Education: Factories of Futility

As the monsoon rains swept across India, dousing the furnace heat of early summer, 35 million young Indians jammed back into the nation's schools for another year, nearly a million of them under the academic umbrellas of India's-38 huge, state-supported universities. And louder than ever rose the cries of frustration from thousands of rejected university applicants and their anxious parents.

Without a college degree, educated Indians face a life of unemployment or menial work. Even those who make it through college face a bleak and restricted future in the new India; the number of...

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