College for Professional Studies
MS Information Technology Management
School of Computer & Information Science
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
"How could a country with more than 300 million illiterate people also have the kind of scientific human resources that bring some of the world's largest corporations to base their R&D labs in India?" (Tripathi, 2007, p.68). This question acknowledges the coexistence of two vastly different worlds within one country. On one hand, India is making significant progress on the path to becoming a developed country;one that can provide the basic fundamentals of living for its citizens while sustaining progressive economic growth; on the other hand, it must overcome challenges to this goal that relate to a crumbling infrastructure, poverty, urban sprawl, decline of rural industries, and a failed public education system. Yet, India is perhaps unique in that it maintains a steady focus of leveraging science and technology to solve its problems. This study seeks to address whether or not India's rise represents a new model for growth. It does not compare and contrast the best methods of development, rather, it highlights the unique path India chose to take and the continual emphasis placed on the use of science and technology;not only as a mechanism for growth, but as a way to solve all of the country's challenges. It points to India's culture, education, government, and rural urbanization as the primary factors which, while influencing India's success, also represent potential barriers for sustainable economic growth. As other countries seek to follow in India's footsteps in hopes of the same rapid success, there are many lessons these countries must consider;the most evident being that science and technology only represent part of the economic development equation, not the complete solution.
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Newsom, Angel M., "Breaking From Tradition: India and the Path to Development" (2009). All Regis University Theses. 43.