Sunday, January 1, 2012

Scholarship and assessing potential

Napoleon started taking a large number of artistes, scientists and engineer to his expeditions. The technical staff in his army would assess the agricultural and economic potential of the recently conquered territory. Napoleon also started acquiring art from the people of such territories as a war bounty in addition to cash and gold.
The English had a different procedure. They would send geologist and such experts in advance in the garb of tourists to their would-be colonies. English did the mapping of the subcontinent years before the arrival of the East India company in the Subcontinent.
Things have changed. Now the rich countries give scholarships to experts of the country of their interest. These experts write their thesis on various issues concerning their countries, increasing the assessment of their host countries manifold. I am not against such scholarships, instead I appreciate their quest for knowledge.

No comments:

Post a Comment