Author : EnrolmentDesk
India, June 2015. There is a lot happening in the field of education and especially in India. While the United Nations sets targets to ensure that there is uniformity in education, the affluent witness education taking a turn towards technology. What’s really going on in the education sector and how is it going to influence the future generations is a pertinent question.
The United Nations has set a target to ensure a course of primary education for all the children including those below the poverty line by 2015. It is real that we are far from achieving this target. On the other hand, there is an outburst of preschools in India. If one goes about the list of preschools in India, we see affiliations to major organizations that are private based, and operate in chains.
There is again a huge difference in the way education is imparted in the public and private spheres though education in general is governed by the public sector with the central, state, and local levels.
Moreover, there is still a reminiscent of the past lingering. There are separate schools for boys and girls! This is ongoing despite initiatives like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which seeks the universalization of elementary education.
While there is slip between the cup and the lip with government initiatives, there are trends that are bound to change the way Indians would be educated.
- Education with technology: With the advent of iPads, ePads, Touch pads and many other applications on smartphones, education is moving the “E” way. This is opted more by younger generations and also has captured the imagination of a rural education with no need for infrastructure. Hence digital learning, E learning. It is far from competing with the regular methods, but is fast growing as a viable aid and alternative.
- Shift in teaching methodologies: More and more schools and colleges prefer to use interactive learning aids to enhance the learning experience of students. This trend has caught up in the metros with digital screens, computer labs, and the usage of internet, while the idea is still nascent in terms of rural education. There were a few instances of state governments providing tablets to students, but the results are not encouraging.
- Skewed seats to admissions ratios. There is a duality in this ratio that tends to be a pointer towards the performance of higher education in India. While there is high competition and low number of seats in top institutes of engineering and medical colleges, 35% of seats go vacant in managerial and engineering colleges (private). This is seen especially in admissions in B Tech. The reasons vary from lesser enrolments in higher education to the standard of the college.
- Gap in education when compared to global universities. This is something that has to be worked out immediately. Not a single Indian university features in global top tens taking into consideration the edifice of the entity called Indian education. The sole reason for this is the lack of research based approach in our universities and the lack of intellectual environment as quoted by Prof Ramamurthy Natarajan ex-chairman of AICTE.
- Examination and evaluation system. There have been some changes in this aspect, but by and large a lot has to be done to address the maladies of this system. For example, we see top intermediate colleges vying with each other for ranks than the overall standard of education.
- Admission process. This is the most influential trend that seems to churn the system of education in India right now. The advent of internet has changed the way we look at admissions in schools and colleges. As against the traditional approach where a handful of administrative staff handle the entire process, there is a clear movement towards the digital sources. Many online educational portals have emerged and have done some good work being bridges between the institutions and the students. They have acted as the third party players who with their vast resources have made it possible to connect the students to the right institutes from preschools to postgraduate colleges in India.