Schoolboys wave from their bus in Delhi as they head home at the end of the day. To prepare waves of youths who by 2020 will swell the country's labor pool by 100 million workers, India aims to build 1,000 universities and 50,000 colleges in the next decade. At this point, there are not enough places for secondary school graduates. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Students hang out on campus at the Indian Institute of Technology, India's MIT, one of the best public schools in the country, in Delhi. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A student chats during a break between classes at the Indian Institute of Technology. Entrance to the 15-campus IIT system is more selective than Ivy League schools in the US. Graduates have their pick of jobs. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Two students work on their computers outside on campus at IIT. There are 7,500 students attending its 15 campuses. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Students hang out in front of the Indian School of Business and Finance, a private college that is affiliated with the London School of Economics, in Delhi. Partnerships like these help bridge a learning gap. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Students attend an economics class at the Indian School of Business and Finance. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
White-collar workers in Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi and home to many multi-national companies, walk down one of the main thoroughfares during lunch break. Gurgaon is a hub for coveted jobs, so the country's best graduates beat a path here. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Students take notes at Oceanic Eduversity, a small school in Ghaziabad, India, that offers computer science and business courses. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Sakshi Sheelvant, her hands and arms decorated with henna tattoos, teaches a graduate-level computer course on weekends at Oceanic Eduversity. She also works for the parent company as a programmer. India has a severe shortage of teachers, so schools draw from the workforce. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Vinod Visht attends a graduate-level computer science course at Oceanic Eduversity on a Saturday. He works full time so he can send money home to his family in his village. He wants to be a software engineer and says his company will promote him when he finishes his master's degree. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Oceanic Eduversity is located on the second floor of a mall. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Bhuwan Mittal is a computer programmer who teaches a Java course on the side. 'When my kids grow up, they will need more of my time, and a teaching job may give me more time,' he says. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Schoolboys walk home after class in Delhi. Will there be enough college seats for them tomorrow? Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
After moving to big cities, some preserve their culture through Wikipedia entries written in regional languages.
ByCharukesi Ramadurai, Contributor
• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent. When Subhashish Panigrahi moved to Bangalore, far from his hometown in Odisha in eastern India, it was Wikipedia that helped him keep in touch with his roots. He started writing articles on the arts, literature, food, and even tourist attractions in his home region on Odia Wikipedia, “odia” being the local language. Ditto for Bala Sundara Raman, from a southern Indian town, and his contribution to Tamil Wikipedia.