In my writings about H-1B, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to explain that the use of H-1Bs to facilitate offshoring of tech work is really no worse than using H-1Bs for projects done entirely in the U.S. Whether the job is filled by an H-1B here or done by a worker abroad, it’s still a job lost to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. But today I’ll make a rare exception and discuss a topic directly related to the offshoring issue.
This was prompted by a reader who wrote to me this morning that “Those are not my words but the words of more than one silicon valley CEO. SJSU is flooded with MS students from India graduating with MS degrees in software engineering and once they graduate are almost immediately hired by a Silicon Valley company.” This reader, who lives in Silicon Valley, tends to be well plugged in, but my focus is not so much on his comments as what they led me to find, when I followed up by looking at the Web page for that SFSU program.
It turned out to be quite interesting:
Master of Science in Computer Science:
Concentration in Software Engineering
For general information for all computer science students, see Graduate Programs in Computer Science above.
This concentration emphasizes both the principles and best practices of software engineering with the blend of individual and practical team-oriented projects in distributed and global setting. Graduates with this concentration will have skills to:
- Perform R&D in computing field or continue to Ph. D. programs.
- Be successful software engineers in global development environment.
- Manage or be tech leads in small and large software development teams including those operating in global environment.
In other words, the main goal of the program is to develop experts in offshore outsourcing! Your tax dollars at work if you live in California (and the CS Dept. probably receives some federal funding as well).
What’s especially interesting about this is that Congress (and sadly, even some critics of H-1B) has basically taken the view that those H-1Bs that come to the U.S. as foreign students at American universities are the “good” H-1Bs, as they aren’t involved in offshoring. Sweet irony, no?
This shows again, as I’ve stated so often, that (a) the distinction between “good” and “bad” uses of the H-1B program (as defined in terms of offshoring) is artificial and unwarranted, and (b) the idea in Congress that the foreign students should get automatic green cards is based on false premises, including that the idea that they won’t be involved in offshoring.
No wonder SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi has been an advocate of the H-1B program.