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Britain drifting to Humanities; no interest in Computer Science
Britain seems to have lost interest in Computer Science to such an extent that the subject is not even taught 'as standard' in schools anymore. Humanities is the new favourite of the students in the UK.

THE DISCOVERY was made by Google’s Eric Schmidt and made it public at the Edinburgh Television Festival, also called MacTaggart lecture. Schmidt, who graduated in electrical engineering and later did his Ph D in Computer Science, said that he was stunned to learn that Computer Science was no more a standard subject in schools in the UK. Most of the students opt for Humanities and look down upon those who take up the other subject.

Schmidt noted that television also plays an important role in promoting the idea that science is no good. Quoting Alan Sugar from “The Apprentice” Schmidt said that engineers do not have any business skills. The Google guy, however, stressed that this is not true because the web search giant, which has a huge engineering staff, itself posted $29.3 billion in turnover in 2010.

He also criticised the UK for not doing enough for growing global businesses. While the government gives full attention to small firms and cottage industries, little is done for big companies, Schmidt said. But, at the same time he lauded the country for its television production talent, the best in the world.

Britain has great TV production talent, but it remains unexplored because of the regulation burden on broadcasters. The government needs to do something about this, like increase investment in innovation.

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