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Microsoft CTO gets it

Article below talks about Craig Mundie, CTO Microsoft, giving a very factual evaluation of the software engineers, India is producing and the local software eco-system that exists. India’s techie pride is very quantative in nature and not qualitative. The CEOs of companies who produce local software products and internet businesses who service the Indian market will agree with him. Indian media without any critical anaylsis is used to reporting jobs coming to India. For eg: ” Nokia to open development center with 2000 developers ” thats what sold I guess. It did not matter for a moment what these 2000 will do, no analysis on revenue per head or awarded patents per developer. This boosted the ego of many Indians who were outside the industry. Exceptions do exist but for a mere 1-2% of all employed are developing genuine Intellectual Property.

We should thank Craig Mundie for inducing a sense of reality and puncturing the techie pride balloon filled with gas.

Microsoft punctures India`s techie pride (via Business Standard)

India does not produce enough computer engineers and those it does are good at theory but not very well equipped to handle the practical aspects, according to Microsoft Corporation’s Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie, who is on a visit to the country.

“India produces a lot of engineers. But the production of computer science engineers is low, pro rata. Computer engineers are more into theory and less in managing businesses, building businesses or writing source codes, the key to software development,” Mundie told Business Standard today.

Microsoft has a large number of Indian software engineers on its rolls in India as well as abroad. Out of the 2,000 people working for Microsoft in India, a sizeable proportion comprises software engineers. India produced 401,791 engineers in 2003-04, of which 35 per cent were computer engineers. The number increased to 464,743 in 2004-05, of which 31 per cent were computer engineers.

According to Mundie, the problem with the engineers can be attributed to policy issues. Universities in India, he said, did not get proper funding for research and were not directed towards software development. “The lack of trained staff is addressed by firms through internal arrangements for proper training,” he said.

Besides, he said, India did not have enough software companies nor were enough companies developing India-specific applications.

“There are so few Indian software companies developing local software. That is a negative reinforcement, because there is no local software and no new applications,” he said.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft CTO gets it”

  1. Sometime back you had a post about how Indians were shying away from entrepreneurship because they are getting jobs that pay well. I wanted to link that post in this comment but was unable to find it. I think that by agreeing to Mundie you are contradicting that post of yours.

  2. It is true reflection our easy going culture of technical and highly qualified Engineers and MBAs.Most of them belong to upper middle class urban families.They have atleast 1-2 relatives based in US OR UK.Now how do they shape their career ambitions.Just read :My soand so uncle stays in California and has a Villa,Merc car etc.Now this techi guy of age of 20-22 ,starts dreaming .He will land himself in good paying job,& then what follows is written by Microsoft CTO.

    The day our ideals change ,our dreams,aspirations will change.We have to make heros out of good qualified Farmers who are taking agriculture as their profession and then showing better yielding crops and also better money.Similarly if we treat a diploma Engineer , who has started his worksop and does CNC machining,or Industrial Designer who sets up a design shop to design Industrial products, as our heros,we will have revolution .
    If this has to happen lot of hand holding will be required to be done by developemntal agencies ( VC have to also do the same) like SIDBI,NABARD.
    Let us hope that through efforts of all we negate comments of Microsoft CTO in next few years…

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