There have been interesting --- and passionately argued --- responses to my story, carried first in Business Standard and then on NDTV, about the navy pulling out its officers from NDA one year early, so that they can be equipped with a B.Tech degree.
Let the discussion continue. I'm posting my view below. Comments are invited.
DON'T DISTURB THE CURRENT TRAINING PATTERN, because:
Fighting men have to be technically savvy; but they don't have to be engineers. They have to know how to stem the flow of blood from a wound; but they don't have to be doctors. They have to know how to get into the minds of the men they command; but they don't have to be psychologists. They have to know the strategic, operational and tactical contexts in which they function; but they don't have to have a degree in international relations.
Overqualifying a fighting soldier, sailor or airman in one dimension --- especially when it's made a mandatory requirement --- risks disturbing the fine mix of abilities that today's fighting man/woman must have.