Indian Education System
Formulas wins over concepts, Marks wins over knowledge and theory wins over practice.
This is what the present Indian education system is all about. India used to be a land filled with knowledge and great remarkable teachers which inspired many not just domestic but also foreign people to learn and gain knowledge and wisdom from India.
But when the British arrived in the 18th century and ruled India, they created an education system which only motive was to create educated workers and clerks to serve British better. After independence government made some changes and continued the same system or made even worse.
We call it modern day education but most of the textbooks is dominated by outdated or century old syllabus. What our parents were taught in their time the same thing is taught to the present generation too. World is getting modernized rapidly in all the ways, why doesn’t our education system modernized yet.
The present Indian education system is fully memory based. Students go through the entire textbook without understanding the core subject matter and reproduce the same on the exam paper in less than three hours, and by doing this the student will be recognized as a topper or rank holder by our education system. This has made the students more like bookworms.
Our education system has very little scope for creativity, innovation and Self-learning, this system restricts the students thinking and limits their educational options.
From last few decades the Indian education system has created a image among the society that engineering, medicine, law, management are the better streams and mainly focuses on these streams. 90% of Indian colleges are mainly focused in these streams. This image influences the parents and makes their children to choose in these streams rather than giving them options to explore their individual talented streams.
Skills that are required are not taught in school and colleges almost what they learn is age-old bookish theories which are nearly useless in the present day work environment.
Our education system is marks centric and evaluates through various exams. These exams are conducted to evaluate the student’s knowledge and understanding, but the exam papers of Indian education system are not application based, it contains direct questions which are expected every time. So basically sit a day before exam solves previous year question papers 90+ is a sure shot.
Due to the unexpected pandemic the whole education system collapsed. But as a silver lining this situation lead to a much-anticipated decision the Government has made in a while which is Introducing new National Education Policy (NEP) which includes many remarkable educational changes like vocational courses from 6th, 5+3+3+4 school structure, various subject options, change in syllabus etc…Indian government has decided to dedicate 6% of its annual GDP to education sector which was 1.7% previously.
Even though it sounds easy the implementation of this top to bottom change policy may not work. But the country has taken its first step towards education system “makeover” which is a long felt need since decades. Major world nations are growing and adopting new methods to develop their country, India has the largest youth population (10-24) in the world and it’s time the country takes necessary measures to educate and guide this youth for the country’s better future.
K.S Sanjay (BBA)