Malcolm X has rightly put, ‘Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
Following the same tread the government of India has taken enormous steps to improve the education system prevailing in our country. The Budget has pegged an outlay of Rs 79,685.95 crore (US$ 11.952 billion) for the education sector for financial year 2017-18, up from Rs 72,394 crore (US$ 10.859 billion) in 2016-17—a 9.9 per cent rise. We can find many critics with arguments against the education system but we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that it has come a long way from what it was a decade ago.
The earlier education system focused only on rote learning. In-depth knowledge of a subject was not a part of the curriculum. It provided no room for any kind of flexibility on part of the teachers giving no autonomy to them. It based itself on textbooks giving more importance to books than teachers. Creativity and individuality were strangled by the malpractices of education system. Students were not provided with any kind of liberty to choose their careers. For a successful career the only options at the disposal of the students were to either become an engineer or a doctor. The engineers were destined to the race of securing a top rank in JEE MAIN while our future doctors had to secure a rank in NEET.
However, as it is rightly said “change is the law of nature”. The face of Indian education system began to experience a change in its working. NEET 2018 is predicted to be a pioneer in this case through its neo methods of testing. The different technologies introduced in learning such as use of internet connections, interaction with teachers- students across globe has become easy. The world has shrunken with the help of internet connection, which lacked in early years. Students now sitting in IIM-Banglore attend lectures by professors from international universities such as Yale, LSE etc.; credits: technology. The earlier available two career options have been diluted into a multitude of options from various disciplines that were earlier looked down upon.
Another significant contributor to this improvement is the introduction of international schools in private sector. It has worked as the doorway to the outer world and preparing students to compete with international students on an international platform. They are now at par with international students, even proving to be better than them in certain areas.
The best thing about education system in India is that it prepares the foundation of a child’s education very neatly by giving equal importance to the basics of all subjects in the early stages of education. In the current scenario, the sea of opportunities has opened the arms to embrace the ones, who are able to identify their talents. Such diversity of career choices coupled with a new outlook of the society to see the cost of education as investment and not expense is surely going to prove to be beneficial for our country. With such modification in education a bright tomorrow awaits us.