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    What are the changes needed in our educational system?

    This is a much-debated topic. I find that many people pointing out that our educational system needs a radical change. The comments are very general in nature. No one specifically mentions the changes required. We have teachers, students and highly qualified members in our forum. I want all of those who are interested in this topic to specifically mention the changes they think are necessary and why? The discussions should be related to the Indian conditions.
  • #602565
    This topic has been discussed thread bare elsewhere in this forum since many years. Most of the members have expressed their dismay and anguish over the present education system. I am of the opinion that education should be in tow with Industry needs and one has to take extra qualification to have the goal achieved. For example after completing B tech, the students must get the government jobs based on their projects and marks obtained. Instead they have been insisted to appear for GATE exam and that qualification is the criteria to absorb in to government jobs. If such GATE course is already introduced in main stream education during the four years Engineering program, the candidate need not spend for extra and at the same time every candidate has the chance to grab the government and plum private company jobs.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
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  • #602611
    Indian Education system is not a skill development system. It is more a theoretical education. A chemistry students coming out after completing Intermediate says he has not seen a burette. A very sorry state of affairs. An engineering student don't know how to operate a lathe machine. Simply reading some books. Making by heart and reproducing in the exams will give a technical degree. This is to be changed. I asked an electrical engineer about a rectifier. But failed to get an answer.

    The education should focus on basics and then on more practical approach. Hands on experience is to be insisted.
    The course content should be designed in that way. Instead of only professors and educationists designing the syllabus, if some professionals involved in industry should also to be involved in making the syllabus. Project works should be made a compulsory point with the involvement of the student on the job. Then we will have good system to produce useful youth with good qualifications.

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  • #602619
    This is a subject which is discussed earliar but I think it deserves more attention as it is a serious matter as employers as well as students are now concerned about it.

    In my opinion what we are lacking is skills. The technical part is missing in the academics. Engineers and Master in sciences are depending on the fitter or foreman or technical assistant on the skill related jobs while in many developed countries it is entirely opposite.

    So one solution is to enrich academics with technical part which should be available to the student either in the lab or if not possible then in a hired premises. Until we learn the skills we will not understand the ground realities. Another change I dream which many will not like to hear is that we must understand that higher education is not for all. There should be more diploma and certificate schools then engineering college or universities.

    Higher education should be the privilege of only brilliant students whose score is above some cut off. People are doing MSc, Phd, MBA and all sort of things because they are not getting a satisfactory job. Once they are highly qualified they feel ashamed in accepting those satisfactory jobs also. It is a catch 22 situation.

    Our priority should be to produce technically qualified people who can work in factories, IT hubs, information centers, field executives for Govt schemes and like that. What we will do with an army of highly qualified people. Govt must arrest this trend somehow and introduce skilled education system. There will be opposition and resentment, teachers will say we can not teach, staff will say we can not go to field duties and things like that but it will yield results soon if adopted.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #602638
    The syllabus of all the courses is reviewed from time to time in consultation with academicians and industry. Necessary changes are incorporated in the syllabus based on these consultations. The skills specific to a particular job can only be imparted by giving necessary in-house training.In any field, we require unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled personnel. The first category is the people who do manual work and do not require any formal education. Semi-skilled personnel are those who are capable of carrying out psychomotor activities which require some formal education. Skilled workers are those in the supervisory category with diploma or degree who can understand the design and drawings of the Engineers or Scientists. They have to convey them to the semi-skilled and unskilled workers in a language understood by them and extract the work from them. The semi-skilled and skilled workers are skill oriented and they should have the necessary skills. The syllabus for them ranges from 20 to 40% theory and 80 to 60 % practical knowledge. The Engineers and Scientists are required to have the knowledge of the skills but they are not required to do the skilled work. The syllabus for these categories is generally 60% theory and 40% practical knowledge. These aspects are covered in our syllabus adequately.

    If an intermediate student does not know about burette, it is not the fault of the education system but it is the fault of the institution imparting the course of study. I studied Engineering way back in the early sixties. We had workshop practice wherein we were trained in lathe work, wood work, smithy work etc. A mechanical engineer is supposed to have the knowledge of the working principles of the lathe but not the lathe operation in his day to day activity. The present Engineering Colleges mushrooming all over India are not having proper laboratory and workshop facilities. The fault lies with the Institution and the authorities who are supposed to inspect them. It is not the syllabus that is at fault.

    The majority of the students are interested in studying only those chapters or topics that are important to fetch them good marks in the examinations. This can be easily achieved by going through three or four question papers preceding their examination. They are mostly not interested in acquiring if not complete but adequate knowledge and skills. Unfortunately these days the students are getting attendance without attending the college. They are getting good marks in practical examinations with the connivance of college authorities. I know of people who are working and at the same time students of regular college courses. This is the sad situation prevailing in our educational institutions. Whom we have to blame? Is it the syllabus, the institutions, the students or the authorities who accord permission without strict inspection.

    The All India Council for Technical Education provides funds for Modernisation and Removal of Obscelesense of the laboratory equipment. Many of the institutions do not even apply for the same.

    Mr Umesh has rightly pointed out that higher studies are not for all those who do not deserve them. The Deemed Universities are offering post graduate course for one and all graduates. The country requires more of skilled workers than the officers who supervise.

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