Criticality of Education

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DR B B DAS

By Dr. B B Das

Dr. B B DasThe deeper analysis of our education system for bringing in desired changes invariably draws our attention towards the higher education system. It may not be possible to bring in the expected changes in our higher education,without considering improvements in primary and secondary education.Moreover these three levels of education are interlinked.The primary and secondary education builds the foundation for students to pursue higher education.Thereafter,higher education opens multiple opportunities for a student to choose suitable option which can fulfil life aspirations. When gateway is open for wide ranging prospects, why to restrict career option for a job only?

The human aspirations in the absence of values may not be of much help for better career building.The values get imbedded during all three phases of education. These values are Sanskar based,infused by parents, teachers and the society. The basic purpose of the education system is to develop values,character,and overall personality of students,which can empower them to emerge as responsible citizens. Knowledge acquisition is possible at any stage of the life, but rejuvenation of values and character demands determined persuasion. Without values and good character,knowledge only,may not lead to success in life.

Today’s world is propelled by the dynamism of science and technology. The rapid advancements in these fields have resulted faster redundancy. What is recent today will be replaced by new and more advanced concepts and technology tomorrow. This dynamic environment demands more flexibility in our approach for acquiring new knowledge as a continuous process of learning.At the same time, the educational institutions have to provide advanced infrastructural facilities and highly experienced faculty members to accelerate the process of learning.

The recent trend in obtaining high marks and higher grading in examinations may not fulfil success in life,unless students are able to handle impending problems and challenges effectively.For problem solving, the application of innovative mind is more important.The development of innovative mind has to be groomed from the childhood and gradually built upat every stage of education.  In due course of time, the experience will further upsurge their creative mind and also become the guiding factor for success in life.

The path to success is always full of risks. Individual capacity to work in risk prone environment is to be developed as part of their overall strength. Resource management is another area that merits attention;as resource availability is the main constraint in achieving objectives.

Life is full of activities, interlinked and interdependent. These activities are to be completed successfully for achieving the goal. Many critical paths have to be crossed on the way to reach the end result. The success in life mostly depends on planning ability and decision making capability.

Individual limitations can be overcome by working together with people for accomplishment of tasks.Therefore, understanding of people’s behaviour, their capability and utilisation of their capacity through the art of motivation and effective communication are must for successful career building.

These qualities are to be honed from the beginning so that by the time a student passes higher education phase, he or she is prepared to continue in the career path with confidence and determination.

Are we preparing our students to manage challenges and resolve problems with decision making capability? Are they competent for handling risks in life? They attain communication skills, to read, write and speak without much emphasis on developing listening ability. Do they know how to communicate to resolve conflicts? Till such time the inner conflicts are not overcome,the external conflicts cannot be resolved.They also have to develop the skills to exercise courage and patient for overcoming hurdles on the path to success.

Our present education system needs attention for developing students’inner strength.Therefore, when we look for improving our education system, the focus should be for building students’ comprehensive strength rather than considering changes in syllabi  only.

The present frustration among students is the cause of their lack of inclusive strength and confidence which are required for their survival in the competitive world. They are unable to perceive a panoramic view of opportunities that are available around,but look for a pre-determined option without evaluating other alternative choices.

They lack exposer to visualize the available prospects in their own country and therefore look for greener pastures elsewhere. Once they land in other countries, they prefer to settle down there permanently. Has our education system failed to inspire their love for the motherland, and dedication for bringing in the desired transformation?

“Janani Janmabhoomischa Swargadpi Gariyasi.” No country can be more attractive than the mother land. Then where have we gone wrong in cultivating this patriotic feeling in the minds of our students.And where have we failed in providing befitting opportunities for them to prosper in their own country.

This national concern calls for widespread participation and in depth deliberation to revamp the entire education system which can evolve changes encompassing all three levels, i.e., primary, secondary and higher.The emphasis should be on building a strong nation where people have self-confidence to handle personal and national problems in a cohesive and determined manner.

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