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In Search of our India – Focus Education

September 8, 2008
AUTHOR:CHIRAG

Start Early

Form early Pre-Nursery already children are fairly religiously biased. Then there is entrance exam for the Nursery to Primary (Obviously schools have reputation to maintain).

Delhi High Court Friday directed privately run schools in the capital to implement a new pattern for nursery admissions under which neither children nor their parents are subjected to interviews. Link :

If your parents and you clear the entrance exam then you have just stepped in the rabbit hole which mostly takes you through a journey of guilt, shame, humiliation and mindless decisions. And Here we go, Assume you have survived till 5th Class with out an attempted suicide. Here is when it goes out of your hand, as now you are sent to “Coaching Center” to get into either IIT or AIIMS. As we(Most of Indians ) already have come to term with the fact that, there are only two professions in the world either an engineer or a doctor.

Now for those of you not from India, you be surprise to know there are competitive examinations to get into particular “Coaching Center” which prepares to you get in to another “Bigger Coaching Center” which trains you of IITs or AIIMS …. In Class 10th you have to make an irritating decision(which shapes rest of your life) to take Science or Commerce or Arts. Mind you this is not as easy as it looks. You are expected to take “Science” by your Parents, Peers and Society as a whole and if you choose to be comfortable with yourself and choose “Commerce” or “Arts” you are actually often seen as second grade citizens.

College Life

Now you should have gotten into IIT or AIIMS else you have made the biggest mistake of your life (if you can call it that), by not getting into one of India’s elite universities. Those who are admitted go on to enjoy handsome paychecks on and to steward some of the world’s largest companies.

Anyway now for some of us who get into one of the other Million Engineering College in India its a downhill ride from here on. This is bad and I mean real bad. Since you have done your engineering form a “normal college” you get one more chance to cleanse your sins by getting in the IIM‘s where Around 1.5 lakh(As per 2007 figures) students compete for less than 1200 general seats in the IIMs which makes it even more selective than all the top US business schools put together.

Even with a top 1% score, a candidate must also successfully take the equally stringent group and individual interviews. The overall acceptance rate ranges from around 0.1% to 0.4% of the applicants (compared with the acceptance rate of around 5-10% in the top US schools) depending on the rank of the individual IIM. The remaining 23% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Tribes. The average percentile of students admitted through these reserved categories is lesser than the percentile scores of the General class students, which generally hovers around 99 percentile.

India has been a major seat of learning for thousands of years, dating back to ancient seats of learning like Nalanda. In modern times, Indian educational institutions such as the (IITs, IISc, IIMs, NITs,AIIMS, ISI, BITS and ISB) are well known worldwide. India, being a developing nation, struggles with challenges in its primary education and strives to reach 100% literacy.

Universal Compulsory Primary Education, with its challenges of keeping poor children in school and maintaining quality of education in rural areas, has been difficult to achieve (Kerala the only state to reach this goal so far and I just can’t believe that). All levels of education in India, from primary to higher education, are overseen by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Higher Education (India) and Department of School Education and Literacy), and heavily subsidized by the Indian government, though there is a move to make higher education partially self-financing. – Mind you these are the same morons who think sex education will turn our nation into bunch of nymphomania or satyriasis and Will never mind killing students to gain some “”Minority Caste Vote”.

The Indian Education System is generally marks-based. However, some experiments have been made to do away with the marks-based system which has led to cases of depression and suicides among students. In 2005, the Kerala government introduced a grades-based system in the hope that it will help students to move away from the cut-throat competition and personality development as well.

Major Issues with current system

  1. We have uneducated and Unaware Politicians making all the decisions with an exception of few really well read politicians(e.g :P Chidambaram) most of them are goons, criminals, rapists , old hags are pretty much the people running the show here.
  2. Suicides looks life a natural selection phenomena here, people start this from 10th class till they are successful
  3. Reservations: I understand this help a certain section of society but this is mostly misused and I know many people who have misused it. Boy, these reservations should have some kind of rational behind them.
  4. Intellectual deprivation: Knowledge is very scare, but degrees are huge. This one is very disturbing point but most of us only have a BE, B.Tech, M.Tech Degrees, but no “Knowledge” or Interest. Most of the time every goddamn engineering stream person bloody works for TCS’s or Infosys’s of the worlds. There is less or almost no scope for the people who want pursue other interests in life.
  5. Specializations vs Generalization, Lets face it Indians are looked at as Cheap Labor across the world till they really prove themselves and run the Microsoft of the world, hence most of the Indians are expected to know every possible skill in the world. I am glad to say though that people I know are really trying to break this pattern & pursuing a particular skill and mastering it. We should really look at this seriously from the childhood we are suppose to know everything in the world and we rarely don’t have “World Class Experts” on topics.
  6. Women education is seeing improvement in the very clustered growth in India, This really needs to grow as “Educated Women” are real enablers of any developed society.
  7. Business of Education: Well all the politicians and goons who we talked about in point 1 also own atleast a college or an university , any moron in India with a lot of Money, Single Room can start a college, well that’s business for you. Please check this List of fake universities in India and this is a partial list.
  8. Brain Drain, Ya Ya I know its a global economy and shit but we must understand that most of our so called “Elite Students” actually don’t work for India but Mostly US or EU. Their government funded education is really helping other countries who do not need it. In effect my tax money is helping US and EU economies to grow.
  9. Functional handicap and Social disadvantage
  10. I know that though “Indians Have Funny Accent !!!” but “Half of all Indian college students are taught in languages other than English, effectively barring them from the high-end labor market”, said Mohandas Pai, director of human resources at Infosys one of the leading Indian outsourcing firms. And even where English is taught, it is not necessarily of the kind that employers demand.

Positives

The Good News is we are keen learners , Intelligent, street smart, good negotiators and very hardworking. So given proper channel we can make a dent in the world where are are already there in bits and piece.

Our higher education system is widespread, and while the quality of it is very mixed, there are still a lot of people getting reasonable higher education.

In some fields, especially in technical education, the quality of what is offered is indeed fairly high. Against these “positives” stand the huge neglect of primary education and also secondary education, and of course – as already mentioned – the highly variable quality of university education (some of it not worthy of that name).

Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality. Education is equally key to enhance India’s competitiveness in the global economy. Therefore, ensuring access to quality education for all, in particular for the poor and rural population, is central to the economic and social development of India.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. indiaonedge permalink
    September 8, 2008 9:49 pm

    There is a saying ‘If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure’; may not be exactly those words, but in spirit it points to the goal of an education, and that is empowering an individual. As long as we do not see this as educations ultimate goal, we will continue to be proud of our cyber-coolies, and sorry excuses for national heroes and remain eternally in wait for our fabled national deliverance – and it shall never arrive.

  2. chirax permalink*
    September 8, 2008 9:59 pm

    What scares me is “We” the people are looked down upon by many nationalities. “Cheap Labor” as i like to call us.

  3. September 10, 2008 4:32 pm

    a very good post 🙂 we need to change a lot in our system,for example remove reservation..

  4. September 12, 2008 9:43 pm

    nice post!!
    And ya, reservation was supposed to have stopped in 1967….

  5. September 13, 2008 5:42 pm

    “Cheap labour” is very much true. When we look at this in comparison to what was there/not there ten years back, it is indeed a boon. As it is bringing in a lot of foreign exchange. But relying only on this mechanism for foreign exchange might do more harm than good in the long run. I sincerely wish at least some people start looking at other options than “software jobs” for a career.

    Destination Infinity

  6. September 18, 2008 12:33 pm

    This is really nice post, I think it’s high time that we do some changes in our education system or rather introduce new metods in our learning system. Ex- online learning, that what we require , and i think it’s a fantastic way of increase your knowledge base. Visit sites like http://www.extramarks.com

  7. Jayalakshmi permalink
    September 28, 2008 6:45 pm

    Well written post. Please also see the points discussed in http://www.deeshaa.org/category/education/the-dismal-failure-of-our-education-system/

    Thought provoking.

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