Education System: Need to Include an Innovative Approach
By Ashutosh Vasistha
Indian Educational System is regarded as one of the oldest learning mechanism in the world. It was highly regarded for its richness and efficiency throughout the world until the 17th century when the foreign colonizers came and introduced a modern education system which we are still following today. The school system and the book pattern were introduced through this system and the prevailing pattern to learn has not been amended since its inception.
The Vedic Period was having a Guru Kula system in which students used to accompany their teacher for lessons, and the master used to relate the learning with its practical applicability and the prevailing circumstances in the society during that which provides an insight to the learners about the relevancy of that particular lesson. Some basic methods were also taught to students for running the house by themselves and remain independent in every sphere of life. There was a connection between teachers and students in the Guru Kula system and the master knows the tricks or methods which will help in easy leaning for all the students.
The modern education system, on the other hand, is deprived of all these applications of learning in real situations. It just concentrates on the books and notes prepared or published by the learned personalities of the particular profession and through reading these works one is believed to have full knowledge about that particular field. Certain tests and exams were included in this method and by scoring in these tests one is assumed to have true knowledge about that particular subject. Teachers and students don’t have that strong bond or understanding and their relationship is just limited to lectures which make is very oppressive for students and they have to go to counselors for knowing their career prospects.
It is not like this that our Vedic System of education was too good and the modern system is inadequate, but it is really important for our country to adopt a unique blend of the two systems of education for the learning. We all know that India is a developing nation and is on its path to becoming fully developed, so in order to keep the spirit of insight alive, there must be such methods for practical learning. It will not only help in bringing much-required innovation to our country but will also help in ensuring the full growth and development of the student in all spheres of life.
We all know the problems and circumstances our country is facing today whether it be in the implementation of laws so made as the crime rate is not decreasing or in the field of science as other countries are much ahead of our tools and techniques. The point where we are lacking behind is in the practical applicability of our knowledge so gathered into the real-life circumstances or situations. The present system totally restricts us in the established fields and limits us to take risks and exploring something unique as learners nowadays concentrate only on the study material available to them for clearing just for clearing the tests as their scores are the point which matters today.
In the long run, this approach can be very lethal for our country as it can make our country stagnant in terms of growth and development and would deviate our country from its right path. As a developing nation, there must some useful insight present in every individual of our country, so that it could help in bringing prosperity to our nation, but the current system can adversely affect the track of our nation as a whole. For the short term gains, this method is absolutely alright, but if taken a broad view over this issue we will understand the importance of practical learning and relevancy of the risk-taking in the present era.
Innovation, the courage to adopt a new field, and complete growth are adversely affected by this method. Students find it difficult to explore new things as their curriculum is too long and rigid which makes it impossible for them to think out of the box and apply their intellectual in solving the problems faced by the society. Independent decision making is very important and one can only possess it if he/she has an opinion or outlook towards the prevailing conditions, but students are so much occupied in this rat race that they forget about such meaningful issues and thus helping the problems to grow or remain unaffected.
Certain changes are must in order to solve or fix this issue and amendments be there starting from the ground level so that the knowledge is able to solve its real purpose. Union and State Government must look into the problem and new education policy must be laid down which has a unique blend of both the systems so that the education is able to solve its real purpose and the society as a whole receives benefits of the knowledge so acquired. On the other hand, the system is encouraging mushrooming of sub-standard schools, college, and universities who are playing with the future of learners by neither providing adequate education nor helping the learners to explore new ideas. So, certain much-required steps must be taken by either organ of our government in order to provide a strong foundation or base to the future of our country.
As the God has set an only lower limit for us and has left the upper limits in the hands of individuals we must utilize our existence and our knowledge to horn our skills and then apply them to serve the cause of society and thus humanity. The system must not hit hard the ambitions, development and decision making ability of the students because such unrealistic goals can create a huge problem for individuals and collectively for our nation. However, the elected ones have closed their eyes towards such genuine issues and are concentrating on unrealistic problems in order to keep the attention of the public away from.