Engineers Lacking As India's Infrastructure Crumbles

Aging infrastructure is limiting India's developmental ability. With few trained civic engineers in the country, crucial upgrades aren't happening.
August 27, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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The government is hoping to invest $500 billion in infrastructure by 2012, but the lack of civic engineers is holding some of that proposed progress back.

"The problem is a dearth of engineers - or at least the civil engineers with the skill and expertise to make sure those ambitious projects are done on time and up to specifications.

Civil engineering was once an elite occupation in India, not only during the British colonial era of carving roads and laying train tracks, but also long after independence as part of the civil service. These days, though, India's best and brightest know there is more money and prestige in writing software for foreign customers than in building roadways for their nation."

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Published on Thursday, August 26, 2010 in The New York Times
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