Make education relevant to today’s digital age

Written by IWP

To be conscious of social structure, national outlook, culture, heritage and respect of parents and teachers, and that education without character is worthless.

You must have character, caliber, capacity, conduct and compassion. These five “C”s are very important. Instead, what we often see are three “C”s: caste, community and cash.

As many as 6000 diploma, under graduate, post graduate and doctoral students in various disciplines from the faculties of Engineering and Technology, Science and Humanities, Medical and Health Sciences and Management and other disciplines are imparted in various universities across the nation.

Higher education in India is passing through a phase of unprecedented expansion, marked by an explosion in the volume of students, a substantial expansion in the number of institutions and a quantum jump in the level of public funding. The enormity of the challenge of providing equal opportunities for quality higher education to ever-growing number of students is also a historic opportunity for correcting sectoral and social imbalances, reinvigorating institutions, creating new benchmarks of excellence and extending the frontiers of knowledge.

By education, we mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit said the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Education which does not mould character is absolutely worthless. As the Mahatma had rightly emphasized character is the most important quality for an individual to chart out the right path. Otherwise, despite having the privilege of getting educated in one of the best educational institutions, there is a danger of the individual going astray. An uneducated person is like a barren land. His life is empty and useless.

The education is more important for enlightenment and empowerment but the vision of education is to realise a greater access to people especially the vulnerable sections. And at a time when multi-tasking has become very important to meet then global competition, it has become imperative for teachers to update their knowledge and quickly learn Information and Communication Technology. The new ideas and curricula must be relevant to the digital age. Everything must be on line; or you will be standing in the line.

All the States are in a frontline in higher education with an array of specializations and if people are making a beeline to this state it is because of the quality of education, and that studies should reflect flexibility, not rigidity and diversity promoted unity. A university is not only for knowledge but also for research. Extra efforts must be made to improve the quality of knowledge. There has to be a periodical self evaluation and a road map towards global ranking.

The focus on higher education for quality and inclusiveness gave a high standing nationally; and the good work in higher education is the need of the hour. The gross enrollment ratio in India was 24.5 with female GER pegged at 23.6 nationally.

Oout of 784 Universities in India only 150 were multi-disciplinary. The institution should have have many national and international achievements such as successfully placing in orbit a satellite in 2011 to study water vapour and carbon dioxide and still tracked through a ground station established at the University campus. Getting awards in “star” by national or international rating agencies need to be upheld and competitated in right direction.

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