India has been making progress in the field of science and technology for the last few decades. Thanks to the early investments in forming institutes like the IITs and ISRO that shape up various students who have the zeal towards learning science and technology and contribute to the field. Infosys recently gave awards to 6 people who have contributed to various fields of education.
The way “Education” must be reformed
It is high time our schools and universities bring changes in the way education is provided to the students. While the primary focus should be on academics, it should not be the only mode of learning and gaining knowledge for the students. An overall training of problem-solving, critical thinking, knowledge outside books, creative learning, personality building, and co-curricular activities must also be emphasized upon by the universities so that the students get prepared for the coming life in all aspects. It is only when a student is trained to be actively participating in a multi-dimensional learning process, will he/she be able to reach greater heights, not only in the field of science and technology but also in various other fields.
The Infosys award to the educational reformers
The six awards given by Infosys were based on significant contributions to the field of education. The ones who won are
- Prof Arindam Ghosh from the Indian Institute of Science won for his contribution to physical sciences
- Prof Sourav Chatterjee from Stanford University won in the category of Mathematical Sciences
- Rajan Sankaranarayanan from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology won for his contribution to Life sciences
- Prachi Deshpande from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences won in the category of Humanities
- Prof Raj Chetty from Harvard University won for his brilliance in Social Sciences
- Prof Hari Balakrishnan from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won for his contribution to the field of Engineering and Computer Science
What the founder envisions for India’s educational growth
On bringing reform in the educational policies, Mr. Narayan Murthy, Infosys founder said, “In the last 70 years, we have taken initiatives in higher education, research infrastructure. As we start seeing the benefits and solve some problems, policymakers will be encouraged to allocate a higher percentage of GDP to it”. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys co-founder envisions growth in the sector of research and innovation. He says, “Right now is probably the best period for science research in India and there is movement from the government on increasing focus on basic research, applied research, and startups… the whole value chain.”
The Policy Times suggestion
- If we want to bring reform in our educational system then the political leaders must make amendments to the way the entities are functioning. From diverting the focus from ONLY the academics to bringing other important measures to improve students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, change must occur soon.
- The parents and guardians of the students must also be well informed of the fact that the opportunities to learn and gain knowledge don’t depend upon just a few subjects taught in schools and colleges. There are many areas in which one can excel. Thus, they must not put pressure on kids to choose a path that is followed by millions of others.