Transforming India’s Education System
India, a country with a population of 1.3 billion people, is a land of infinite possibilities and endless opportunities. Over the years India has made formidable progress in various sectors like Space, Agriculture, Governance, Technology and many more and has also grown out of tumultuous times in its History.
As we enter into an age of information and a society of knowledge, it is our responsibility as the people of this great Land to contribute to making it a Knowledge superpower.
And the foundation of creating a knowledge society lies in providing good quality Education to the youth of India, by investing genuine time and resources in transforming India’s Education System.
Before explaining about India’s Education System, Let’s see how different countries are investing deeply in their Systems of Education and Learning and creating a fine pool of talent for a prosperous Future for their people.
Starting with Vietnam- Vietnam over the years has demonstrated tremendous commitment towards education, it has professionalised its teaching workforce and has developed innovative teaching methods to leverage the student’s potential.
Finland over the years has had an education system that focuses on a Long-Term Vision of having a Vibrant Economy and is trying to harness the power of innovation in its institutes.
Singapore also has an interesting system, with a “hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on” model of learning which has helped them double their enrolment rate since 1995, creating a prosperous future. Singapore is now seeking to become a Global Scientific Hub as Well!
Thus, Countries all over the World are investing tremendous resources, time and energy in transforming their education Systems for a prosperous Future.
What is India’s education system offering?
India has an education system dating back from universities in Nalanda and Takshashila to Modern Day India having a primary and secondary system of education.
India too has made incremental progress in increasing the attainment rate of Primary Education with a gross Enrolment ratio of 24 Percent in 2013. Education today is being seen as a major contributor to economic development.
‘Itihaas’ the Research agency founded by Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan has analysed that, India now ranks third in the number of research papers published in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Indeed, India’s education system is producing competent leaders, is offering tremendous career opportunities, but I feel that in order to truly reap the benefit of having the World’s Youngest Population, We Truly need the dimension of ‘Character’ invested along with Competence and Career’s in our Education System.
As the entire purpose of education comes from its Latin root word -
‘Educare’ — which means to bring out what is within , It means to draw out the innate capabilities from an individual , & Thus along with the SKILL set that our system provides , this dimension of ‘Character’ comprising of the right attributes and Values can help us cultivate the right WILL to succeed & to produce transformed individuals !
This dimension of character which also involves making the right choices, can help bring down the alarming rates of student suicides, with 26 students committing suicide every 24 hours, making it to 9000 students a Year as per the 2018 Times of India Report.
The investment of ‘Character element’ in our Education System can truly transform the Workplaces of the Future!
With creating the finest technologies and machines, this dimension of ‘character’ would transform the man behind the machine so that we can utilise our resources for meaningful and constructive causes for a creating a Better India, a Better World.