The Indian education system has moved from strength to strength since the times immemorial, and the knowledge has been passed on ever since the Indus Valley Civilisation. And through the course of time, many feats including the scientific and mathematical marvels were achieved. And now, the Indian education system is such that everyone is forced to study science and math. If this system can be revamped to identify the strengths of a student, then they can be given appropriate training in the chosen field. This will ensure that the child shines in that particular field. Today half the software engineers in the United States are those of Indian origin.
However, the other side of the story here is the fact that the highest number of academics-related suicides happen in this country. With every passing year, more and more students are falling prey to depression and anxiety issues. A great majority of the engineers that are produced in the country today are unemployable. All of these cumulatively hint at the fact that there is indeed something that is wrong with the Indian education system. So, how can we bring about a change by improving the education system?
First and foremost initiative is to ensure that the urban and rural development go hand in hand. It is unfortunate that the Indian education system focuses more on urban clusters. There are hardly any decent centres of learning in the rural areas. This is especially true in terms of higher education.
Another is to go for gender neutral education. The Indian education system has always favoured men over the fairer sex. The major change that must be brought about is to involve women in the same. Particularly subjects that are now considered to be the strength of men alone like carpentry, engineering, etc. should be made more accessible to women. Pioneer women in these fields should be given due encouragement and appreciation.
Then comes the teacher training. India has a very good quality of dedicated teachers. However, the sad fact here is the fact that after they join this service, they receive little or no training. In such a situation, giving them periodic training will not just ensure that they are updated with the changing times, but will also improve the entire education scene of the country by leaps and bounds. As far as infrastructure is concerned, it is poor in the Indian education sector. Most of the government schools do not even have proper chairs, tables, restrooms, let alone a playground, libraries and laboratories. The last I would mention is the expense. It is a sad reality that many meritorious students are not able to afford professional courses because of the sheer expense involved in the same. This is all the way truer in case of students from the general category who do not have access to many scholarships.
Thus, to revamp the education scene in our country should begin with making the above stated points so that the students are given an environment where they can learn to the best of their abilities. Taking these steps will take the education system of our country to the new heights and it would also be the best investment in human development.