Educational reform in
It has become an accepted fact that the students in
The impact of this saddening situation will be clearly visible in the years to come. This prevalent lack of choices has created an education system, which does not scale and is predominantly single dimensional. It is a pity to see a country of such multidimensional talent, reduce itself to so few choices. The rewards for choosing the road less travelled by are too few and far between.
This scenario has significantly narrowed down the mindset of the student right after their schooling. A person with high grades along with an interest in fine arts or a penchant towards a bachelor’s in management is really not allowed to follow his heart due to monetary as well as societal pressures. The result is a large number of people, especially undergraduate students, pursuing something that they are not passionate about. The amount of career switches happening is increasing by the day in
A recent survey by EMA Partners International shows that 50% of Indian business leaders are from IIT’s and IIM’s. On close analysis of this data, 13% of the CEO’s in
I believe that this statistics can in part be explained by the ‘The best minds get into IIT’s’ mindset that we Indians have developed and sustained for a long time now. An excellent student invariably thinks of getting into the IIT’s even without proper introspection of whether his heart lies in technology.
The avenues available for a student to pursue bachelors in Management are far less compared to those available in the technology domain. Even the IIM’s aren’t providing undergrad courses in Management. The care and efforts taken to build undergrad engineering institutes of repute is clearly missing in the other streams of education. The benefits of such an effort go much beyond what is visible. It will enable students to pursue what they really like. One can be sure that there will be a lot of takers for Bachelors courses in Management if reputed institutes like the IIM’s offer them. And it will also ease up the pressure on the technology institutions created by ‘The best minds get into IIT’s’ mindset, mentioned previously, that has already crept into our subconscious mind.
The illustrations I have used on Management education is only a tip of the iceberg, and when extrapolated will remain true to almost all spheres of education in
This alarming situation has to change and change soon, if we have to take advantage of our demographic dividend, which illustrious industry people like Nandan Nilekani have been highlighting for a while now. The demographic dividend generally occurs once in the life time of a country and the aspirations of a large number of children along with that of the country is at stake. We are in dire need of a multidimensional education system. We can’t afford to keep producing more and more engineers and rely on IT services alone for our growth anymore. It is high time for the government and NGO’s to take significant steps in this direction for the betterment of