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Careers in Computers - Transcript - Part 5/8

Interview of Mr. Mahesh Khatri (MK) by All India Radio - AIR Correspondent - Ms. Hema Waghmere on AIR - FM 2 - 100.7 Mhz - Yuva Manch (Hindi Meaning as 'Youth Forum') Program. (The original Interview in Hindi has been edited & translated into English.)

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Down Arrow 8.0 - Strong Technical Skills of Indian IT engineers.

Hema : Maheshji, it is largely seen that engineers, civil or mechanical move towards the field of computers. You, yourself are a mechanical engineer.

What are the reasons for this ?

MK : The educational system of India - schools, colleges is such that a lot of stress is given to mathematics all along.

Our listeners and you must be aware that the Zero concept was given by India to the world.

There is a belief in the IT industry - if you have studied engineering in India, then you can get into any line related to the IT industry.


Your logical skills and systematic analysis which are required in the field of computers get strengthened because of the excellent mathematical foundation in our educational system.

There is a widely published story linked to this.

I do not know whether it is true or not, but it definitely is interesting and offers useful insights.

You must be knowing that the Sheikhs in the Middle East are wealthy because of their precious oil resources.

There was a Sheikh who had 17 camels. He had 3 sons, but did not know how to divide the camels amongst his 3 sons.

He did not know what to do.

So, he wrote down in his will that the camels should be divided amongst his 3 sons.

He died in the desert, making people wonder as to how to divide the camels amongst the 3 sons.

Just then they saw an Indian software engineer coming on his own camel.

They hailed out to him and said - "We have heard a lot about your country - India and your software engineers.

We know that you are very brainy and are good at mathematics.

Please tell us how to divide the 17 camels."

The engineer said that this was very elementary, "I will give you my 1 camel.

Together now there are 18 camels.

Now give the eldest son, half of the 18 camels, i.e. 9 camels.

Give the second son, one third of 18 camels that is 6 camels.

Lastly, give the youngest son, one-ninth of 18 i.e. 2 camels".


Each of the 3 sons was thus given his share of 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 Camels.

Then the Indian software engineer said - "Give me my one camel back".

He took his camel and went his way, leaving everyone happy behind.

This story tells us that many intelligent Indian engineers who have gone through very tough challenging years of studies and were determined to achieve something have not forgotten their strong foundation.

They are able to enhance any situation however tough it may look by their own inputs and value addition.

This is the reason why one can shift from one field to another, i.e. mechanical or civil engineering to computer engineering, so easily.


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