The Britishers left us, with skeletons & we failed to blow life into it. The geopolitical set-up, the constitution, the judiciary and of course the Education system, all have their origin in the colonial era. However what we have failed to do is preserve the essence, keep pace with times and be tolerant to change. What I suggest is, when it comes to the basic apparatus of our education system, it is absolutely robust and produces results.
Hence, education has penetrated the imagination and life of a parent from Delhi to Dantewada.What seems lacking is the essence. The stakeholders have failed to realise that the same yardstick and method by Macaulay won't fulfil the needs of the present generation. This is why we have an army of engineers. That's what I was talking about as basic apparatus.
The essence that seems missing is employability of these engineers. They(I included) seems to have been taught, if not Sir Syed's syllabus and pedagogy then at least Abdul kalam Azad's. The advent of the world wide web coupled with mobile penetration has given great impetus to the pace at which new technology is developed.
Hence, the student's learning agility is more important than his learning ability.
Whatever they learn is obsolete or will be, by the time they start looking for jobs.
Its a crazy world, where the teacher doesn't know why is he teaching a topic, the student doesn't know why is he learning it and the university gleefully stamp its authority by judging how well a student mugs up the answer. As far as engineers are concerned, the whole system has acted like a frog in the well.
The academia, the industry and even the student are well aware that the jobs available in the market are non-tech and absolutely irrelevant to what they study. Still, like a dutiful Indian wife follows what's dictated.The system must realize that engineers do end up working in fields, that never appeared in their books. As I sit in my office, I realize my sales, marketing and of course tech team, all have engineers.
Another problem which consistently ails our system is, students are not allowed to explore. Be it a subject or the career associated with it. The trigger for learning shouldn't be the grading system but the prospect of career associated with it.To put it simply, every topic and subject should be portrayed as an industry and along with formulae, its applications or the details of the jobs must be informed.Only then the industry will have employees who love and are genuinely interested in the job. The performance goes up, attrition goes down and every university will pride itself on producing Nadella's and Pichai's.
For this, we need greater co-ordination and co-operation between the academia and the industry, I have tried to address the proverbial elephant in the room, by co-founding a startup which solves this problem.
At Arguably India's No.1 Parallel Learning Platform., we are successful in delivering subject specific industry experts live into the classrooms. The real corporate world is delivered right to the classrooms. So a Nanotechnology experts sitting in Bengaluru interacts with students from Ratnagiri, Ratlam, ranch all at the same time.We are dependent on the academia and industry leaders to 'Educate India beyond books & boundaries'