Nilanjana Rai Reward Points : 27800 Member Since : Saturday, March 14, 2009
Education is supposed to make a man think. It helps in developing the ability for reasoning. But do you think the existing educational system in India is really helpful? Students are mugging up their lessons and reproducing them on their exam papers parents and teachers are exerting pressure on the children for performances and with each passing day the pressure keeps on mounting. How many of us have actually taken up subjects that we liked? Sports, music, performing arts were always seen as hobbies. Why cant these be career options? And today the sky is the limit. With so many avenues lying infront of us, do we require to stick to the traditional mode of learning? Though this has been argued time and again but I think education should be more practical than theoretical it must be engaging rather than enforced. Don t you think the educational system in India needs revamping?
Posted On : 4/4/2009 5:00:22 AM
Riya Sen [Guru] Reward Points : 93800 Member Since : Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Yes, I agree with you. Education system in India has turned very boring for the new generation. I think with a little change in the education system, we can bring a huge change in the development of the country too. Along with the basic education, I think students must be involved with some other practical knowledge depending on their interest level and it should start from the primary level so that a child can grow with his or her dream career. Now, one can say that a child cannot decide his career at such a tender age but at least he or she knows what he or she can do best. Like a kid may be interested in art or music, but the school system does not provide the scope to develop that skill within the academic system. They are forced to consume science and maths and then at the end of the year vomit in them in the exam papers. It is necessary for every individual to have a basic knowledge of every subject but everyone cannot be expected to become a doctor or an engineer. In other developed countries, the education system allows the kid to grow with his dream career. There should be alternative subjects like fine arts, music, dance, pottery, agriculture or other subjects that can lead to the dream career of an individual. Apart from this, another fault of education system is the process of recruitment of teachers. In most of the government schools, teachers are recruited by taking bribes and that is an open secret now. In such a case, a person with low credibility and knowledge gets the responsibility to teach the students. As a result, a deserving qualified and merited person do not get the chance and children are left with a less knowledgeable person with minimum sense of responsibility. The base of the students thus become weak and they become less competent.
i strongly feel that Indian education system needs a serious revamping. the concept of education is changing worldwide with the development of technology and India needs to make use of the advanced telecommunication infrastructure for revolutionising the countrys higher education. India should focus more on employing technological advancement to change the age old educational system prevailing since the ancient, buried long ago.
Posted On : 4/7/2009 4:10:56 AM
Vikas Chaturvedi Reward Points : 14100 Member Since : Thursday, December 20, 2007
Only two per cent of Indian colleges have the potential for excellence, according to the University Grants Commission. It s no wonder that every admission season, cut-off marks at our few reputed colleges creep higher into the 90s. And, immigration queues at embassies grow longer. Our Indian Institutes of Technology are known world-wide for their alumni who have made it to the top, not just in tech firms, but across the Fortune 500. Yet, in terms of teaching quality, no IIT is among the world s top 50 technical colleges. The quality of IIT graduates is already determined by the time they enter the institution. To get chosen, they write a test to prepare for this test, they spend two years in coaching classes. To get into these they clear another test. An entrance exam for coaching to prepare you for another entrance exam Only in India. Primary education? Drop-out rates in government schools are horrific - 8 per cent per annum in Delhi, and probably worse in rural areas. Only 50 per cent of Delhi government school students clear their Class 10 Boards. In my Uttaranchal village, it is barely 20 per cent. Parents who send their kids to government schools see education as being of little value. A recent survey conducted in Delhi slums asked parents how much they would pay to send their kids to a government school. The average answer - Rs 66 per month. How much did they think it cost the government? Rs 100 per month. How much do these schools cost you and me, the tax payer? A conservative estimate is Rs 800 per month. Clearly, our education system is not delivering in terms of quality, quantity, or value for money. Economics tells us such a situation cannot last. Entrepreneurs will rush in to fill all the gaps - in quantity, quality and price-points - unless they are blocked by legislation. Which is precisely the situation in India. The abysmal situation of education in India is a direct result of low levels of investment and the consequent absence of choice and competition. Our talented politicians sell it as a socialist virtue in the name of equality, while sending their own kids to well-run schools and overseas universities. The laws they continue to back guarantee slow progress. For example, only non-profit organisations are allowed to run schools. Such organisations have little access to bank funds and none to stockmarkets, the two primary institutions for raising capital. The situation is even more complex in higher education. When Stanford University looked at higher education in India, it was told that it would have to follow UGC norms in both teachers salaries and fees - clearly not a formula for quality. As a result, there are only a few listed companies, which are functioning in the education space. All of them offer services either outside, or alongside, the formal education sector. The most recent entrant is Educomp, which had a sensational listing, and sells at about Rs 640, 60 times its earnings per share. NIIT, once the only IT company in the top 100 by market cap, sells at Rs 340, roughly 15 times its EPS. Jetking, which teaches computer hardware, sells at Rs 262, a modest 12 times earnings. For India to take its rightful place in the sun, we need scores of companies involved in formal, mainstream education. A huge mobilisation of entrepreneurial talent and management will be required if India has to become a real knowledge economy, and the only way to do this is through transparent capital market offerings. The prime minister has begun to acknowledge the need for greater private sector participation in education. But he will require enormous political will to legislate this. Then if it happens, education will occupy pride of place on our exchanges. If not, start saving to send your kids to the US, Singapore - or China.
Posted On : 4/11/2009 2:52:21 AM
Indravadan Modi Reward Points : 23300 Member Since : Saturday, January 10, 2009
Indian institutions prefer students to be obedient listeners. Our educational system, barring a few exceptions, encourages a hierarchical relationship between teacher and student. The former controls knowledge and the latter is expected to submissively accept what is handed down. The argumentative Indian thrives despite the system. This may look like an anomaly because a competitive political democracy like India s should have facilitated an educational system that is cool about arguments and dissent. We have modernised our system of learning along the lines of public education in western democracies. But its internal structure has not changed much. The caste system pervaded all Indian institutions of the past. Its influence has been more pronounced in our understanding of knowledge and the learning process. The result has not been pleasing. We have institutionalised rote learning with the focus on gathering information. The spirit of inquiry is missing in the present system. Education that fails to encourage students to raise questions can t be expected to produce original minds. thats how i feel
Posted On : 4/11/2009 5:48:34 AM
Maya Chowdhury Reward Points : 13600 Member Since : Monday, January 05, 2009
New ideas are born in a climate of dialogue and debate. India has long ceased to be a crucible for great ideas and minds. We produce successful doctors, software professionals and businessmen, but not original thinkers. Mahatma Gandhi was an original social and political thinker. His genius was shaped in the school of life rather than in any educational institution and he, like Rabindranath Tagore, was acutely conscious of the limits of our educational system. They knew that great nations were built by original minds... Indian education therefore needs serious revamp
I think the points put up are quite valid, and to add to that, I must say that this questioning of the environment, our peers, and indeed as saibal puts it, of ourselves are not endeavors that only so called creative individuals pursue but need to happen across the board Irrespective of your profession or vocation. A famous Latin phrase Temet Nosce meaning Know Thyself points to introspection, So how do you get to know yourself? By asking yourself difficult questions, and the important question is not What? Where? When? How? but WHY? I think it is time for the educated masses to indulge in some introspection not just of themselves but also the system from which they have received their education .
One study found out that 25% of public sector teachers and 40% of public sector medical workers were absent during the survey. Among teachers who were paid to teach, absence rates ranged from 15% in Maharashtra to 71% in Bihar. Only 1 in nearly 3000 public school head teachers had ever dismissed a teacher for repeated absence A study on teachers by Kremer etc. found that only about half were teaching, during unannounced visits to a nationally representative sample of government primary schools in India. . Modern education in India is often criticized for being based on rote learning rather than problem solving. BusinessWeek denigrates the Indian curriculum saying it revolves around rote learning. A study of 188 government-run primary schools found that 59% of the schools had no drinking water and 89% had no toilets.2003-04 data by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration revealed that only 3.5% of primary schools in Bihar and Chhattisgarh had toilets for girls. In Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, rates were 12-16%. Fake degrees are a problem. One raid in Bihar found 0.1 million fake certificates. In February 2009, the University Grant Commission found 19 fake institutions operating in India. Only 16% of manufacturers in India offer in-service training to their employees, compared with over 90% in China.