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Even this challenging situation would ease
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.
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.
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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