Education: more than books


By Sahil Balotra

The world of 21st century is an era of knowledge and these millennia has been shaped by the education of our country. It gives great pleasure in telling that the last up gradation in our national educational policy was done in 1992. It has only been 26 years. There has not been much of change in this period of time. The books are replaced by digital gadgets. The idealistic thought of our students are now patronized towards materialistic. Infants know much about Mark Zuckerburg than Mahatma Gandhi. In these years only 40 of our languages have won the crown of extinction.  And I will still argue for waiting another set of decades in bringing new educational policy of India so that the remaining adversities can also happen.

On the eve of Republic Day, The President of India in his address to the nation conveyed a very popular message when he pushed for spreading the frontiers of Knowledge and Education and not the only target of Literacy. For the past 70 years we have worked day in day out in achieving the said literacy rate. And rarely anyone talked about knowledge.

Going into 2018, I congratulate the infants who are going to step into the NCERT curriculum. They are going to have an erect body posture unlike their alumnus, who had a bunch of load of books which was more than half of their weight.  Parents too are cherishing about these facts.

But there is another section which must not be looked away from. The higher education policies are in need of take hard turns and twists to improve the quality of scholars as well as Graduates. The evaluation systems are age old systems, where the art of Ratafication is practiced. The academics focus more on theory than the practical. Many will argue for the importance of theory but the higher education is all about implementing these theories in real life situations and not just copying it down on the examination sheets. It will reap no benefit, neither for the field and nor for the candidate. The implementation of evaluation through case studies will force the students to think in new dimensions, therefore bringing out new results which will cater to the needs of everyone involved.

Education is the key to growth whether it is economical, physical or moral. Let our students not be confined in the space of exams and results. Rather enjoying the education and experience an overall growth of their body, mind and soul, which has been the agenda as well as the context of the Indian society and education system from thousands of years.


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