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‘Outlook’ is India’s most vibrant weekly news magazine with critically and globally acclaimed print and digital editions. Now in its 20th year, Outlook's award-winning journalism has made the important interesting with groundbreaking public-interest and investigative reportage which has fetched it the International Press Institute Award for Excellence in 2007 and the World Media Summit Award in 2014. Published from New Delhi, and printed at multiple locations, with editorial bureaux and contributors across India and the world, the general-interest magazine combines the quirky with the cutting edge in its coverage of Indian politics, business, international relations---and arts, culture, books and trends. The pages of Outlook have played host to the biggest names of Indian intellectualism. Its founder Editor-in-Chief was the redoubtable Vinod Mehta; the current Editor-in-Chief is Krishna Prasad. The Outlook Group now comprises a Hindi edition, a travel magazine, a business magazine, and a personal finance magazine.
MIDDLE CLASS INDIA’S FAVOURITE PROFESSION AT A CROSSROADS 30 The long-standing trend changes. Not everyone wants to be an engineer anymore. Many engineering colleges face the prospect of empty classrooms. THE METHODOLOGY 44 A peek into how the Outlook-Drshti survey of India’s top colleges materialised ASPIRATIONS TO SHATTER WALLS 46 Stories of the urban poor and those in the hinterland who are battling the odds to give their children quality higher education WHAT’S COOKING? 58 A look at what the culinary schools of India have to offer to aspiring young chefs COLUMN 64 B. Nary Narayanaswamy on a more integrated education for the more traditionally isolated liberal arts QUALITY NOT QUANTITY 66 With so many engineering aspirants and colleges around, quality control has become absolutely necessary INTERVIEW 78 Dr Vinay Viswanathan, the co-inventor of the Simputer, talks about the state of engineers in the country NO LONGER A MAN’S WORLD 82 The once exclusive male domain of corporate law is not so anymore. Meet some successful women lawyers. MORE NEET TROUBLE 90 Is the new format for the national medical exam proving to be a disaster? SCHOOLS FOR CINEMA 94 Private film institutes in Chennai are the latest buzz ONCE UPON A LETTER 102 The story of one of India’s first women translators ENTREPRENEURIAL EDGE 110 Top of the line institutes make space for incubators to give a headstart to start-up ideas CHARITABLE STROKES 120 Top Indian cricketers are becoming facilitators of social change by establishing organisations under their name 22 Medal For Dishonour The major who tied a Kashmiri civilian to an army jeep as a ‘shield’ gets awarded with a commendation card. A clear message is sent out to the stone-pelters of Kashmir. 26 A Loud Neel Salaam A new face of Dalit politics emerges out of the ongoing caste clash in Saharanpur—the Bheem Army. But unlike other political ‘senas’, the UP police seems hell-bent on crushing it.