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STEM Education for Better Quality of Life

Paul Borwaski has an amazing talent to pop the right question at the right time. Being CEO of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) does help, I guess. This month, on his blog, View from the Q, Paul has posed a very timely question around education in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This is timely because across the world young students appear to be moving away from STEM to counting money. Not realizing, it is more fun making things that make the money than counting them!
There is no greater thrill than building that bridge across the river that will help 1000s reach their villages faster, building that spaceship that will explore our galaxy, develop that medicine which will cure cancer and AIDS, solving age-old mathematics problems that may pave the way for lightning fast communications, building the technology that will make the next Avatar movie, building the next ride at Disneyworld. And the list is endless.
Why are students moving away from STEM? Or wh…

Qimpro Platinum and Gold Standards – Each winner is a story of selfless service and commitment to quality

How would you react if you saw the following awarded for their commitment and leadership towards improving the quality of life:
A committed soul who quit his job to start a university for tribal and has built it into the world’s largest such institution for tribalsA doctor who could not see the pain of the hundreds of terminal cancer patients whom he had to send back home and will set up a hospice to help such patients die with no pain and more peaceA business leader of an Indian business group which has deep roots in business that change lives of customers and employees, a business that invests in education and is a pillar of trust
The leaders mentioned above are Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS (Kalinga Institute), Dr L J de Souza, Managing Trustee, The Shanti Avedna Sadan, and Mr Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, winners respectively of the Qimpro Platinum Standard 2011 for Education, Healthcare, and Business.

Qimpro Gold Standard for 2011 was awarded to Prof M S Pillai,…