The state of academics in India is far more demure than we Indians may think it to be. Global surveys and research on education and research across various nations oft place India among the most underachieving nations in contrast to its vast population and potential resources. Rankings reflect the state of neglect in which the entire system lies in spite of the entire hullabaloo surrounding the system’s upgradation into a global status of credibility and dominance in the educational arena.
What do statistics reflect?
The statistics prove that whatever the real picture may be, education in India is in no way comparable to the current global league of leaders in education. The lacklustre performance of the nation in fields like science and research has a matter of deep anguish over the past many decades. Though a lot progress has been made, number of institutions and graduates has improved and lots of funds are being pumped into the sector, still much is wanted to be achieved from a country with a population of over a billion.
Why does Indian education lag?
Indian education lags behind in the global league due to many factors that have proved to be fatally destructive to the entire system. The religious pursuance of the centuries old British system of education that better befitted the British colonial era still predominates in India’s education scenario. The aforesaid system was best suited for generating good quality government officials at the best which was exactly the need of the British while being at the helm of the rule. The system promoted rote learning and shunned practises that ensured radical growth of knowledge and original thinking as it was unnecessary at that instance of time. The ultimate price of following such an astigmatic ideology was paid by the future generations as promotion of knowledge and innovation took a body blow and growth of the nation suffered subsequently.
Adopting into modern times
The modern world runs on aspiration, innovation and application. The better one can understand and implement these aspects through the path of proper education; more progress can be achieved spontaneously. The path to success is the same path that leads to education. The path to education is accomplished by knowledge. The globalization and rise of technology has meant that education needs adapting especially for the age-old Indian education system. It needs to reinvent itself and apply the thoughts for a nation with better prospects in the future.
The path to success
The adaptation to global scenario must come through a facelift of the academic syllabus besides the education system. The syllabus needs to be set according to the global requirements. Forcing students to pursue subjects are vague and useless in the current scenario is a catastrophic crime that will cripple the youth on grounds of skill and knowledge. It has always been said that Indians lack the currently required global skills and hence lag in every field. We must ensure that allegations as such must never surface again and help India attain the crown that she once proudly wore and sat at the throne as the global queen of education.