Education defines the fate of an individual as much as of a community; for ages, humankind lead not by the rule of thumb but brains, rich concepts, realistic approach, and many other gifted traits most of which either directly emerge out of ideal education or values deeply inculcated caused by self-realization or any external source. It is undeniable that well-educated people and nations are highly prosperous whereas the lack of education is marked as a sign of backwardness. The parameter that brings sharp contrast between the Eastern Nations and those of the West is no other than education and its infrastructure. Western countries are mostly well reformed, accomplished, and elevated over the Eastern ones due to the education systems.
Since time immemorial, India has been well acclaimed for its treasure/asset. But the treasure hidden in human heads can speak of the prestigious rise for a Nation. To speak the truth, India keeps a highly agreeable contribution in producing the people who shape the world. Once, not more than two decades back or so, India seemed to assume the position as the capital of world media as well as software. But certain factors have undermined the constructive growth and standard of education here making a steady collapse of image once upheld to some extent. As a result, we can see a sharp fall of the Employability Index of Indian engineering and management graduates from 25/ in 2004 to a meagre percentage of 7 in 2016. Why is this? Evidently, this is not due to the lack of potentiality but the lack of the utilization or implementation of the same.
Indian scientists, engineers, doctors, diplomats, journalists, statesmen, and various leading professionals are looked upon as the figures of international repute. On the contrary, the ranks of Indian universities in a global context and Asia can be a real botheration for any Indian who knows the actual scenario of education and its standard. This issue relates a certain comment about a particular Religion as the worst but its followers as the best.
In fact, weak education infrastructure in India causes a reported problem known as Brain Drain in which an enormous number of talents are out to study and work abroad every year. For the same ground of infrastructure, many of the seats in engineering remain vacant and many who pass out become the victims of unemployability discouraging the youths for not taking up engineering which is the most aspired discipline of world education. The situation is more or less the same for other fields of learning and specializations. Different schemes have been launched and there are widespread government undertakings for the up-gradation of education in India. Education is prioritized in the National Budget. There is also a rapid trend of privatization to challenge and question the standard of education under govt sector. But it is a regret that in spite of all these, India ranks 59 in education among 64 countries as recently revealed in the survey on an international basis.
Nonetheless, it is conspicuous that the quality of secondary, higher secondary, and higher education is far superior to that of the primary one which calls for an immediate and urgent up-gradation for the greater sake of national well-being. Broadly speaking, the infrastructural defect, as well as the quality of education in India in the primary sector, is as though a national stigma. Once an academician namely Prof Poonam Batra in her interview to a national tv channel remarked:” The primary education of India has almost been paralyzed.” If we look into the primary schools of West Bengal, we can easily justify her remark. The situation is too identical for other states as well. These schools are as though formally approved to offer some ration products to the children but of no use functionally to serve the purpose of education.
Education in India these days is based on the external fascination of scoring marks, keeping good grades, making competition, showing status, getting chances in better institutions, qualifying with mere academic degrees, and ultimately availing jobs, etc. to a great extent. Securing a job is mostly marked as the standpoint of someone’s eligibility.
We see a cumulative rate of literacy, a good percentage of students passing the exams and scoring high. At the same time, a tremendous outburst of people devoid of knowledge can be marked with the magic figure. A much common trend of Indian education lies in the deprivation of girls who are mostly given second class priority only after the boys. For higher and quality education, they are represented with a negligible percentage. The education system here, too, stresses information rather than creativity. What’s more, the level of education in rural areas and interior backgrounds is badly disrupted for the inaccessibility of the resources of digital pedagogical tools and virtual exchanges. Innovative policies are sometimes introduced but the resources and trainers are not necessarily available to execute and follow up the same.
The size of the Indian population indicates the development of this Nation by turning these people into indispensable manpower and deserving workforce definingly through world-class, the time needed, and value-based modern education. In view to gain this object, the primary education system should be radically developed bringing about adequate infrastructure, needful schemes. The strict measure should be taken to remove the stigma why most of the primary students are unable to read even their texts properly. Inspection and observation should be transparently carried out. Besides, female education should be encouraged with more facilities. Creativity should be rewarded. The national, as well as state-level budget, should underline education, training, and skill development affairs. Good principles of democracy should be absorbed in education. Textbooks and curricula should be scientific. Teachers should be skilled, well trained, and dedicated. State Education Policy should be well attached with the central policymakers. Visionary educationists and academic leaders should be welcome and entrusted with making educational policies and reforms so that the quantity of education in this country can be enhanced hopefully.
Founder General Secretary
Bes-An Noor Model School, Dakshin Dinajpur