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Why India’s education system is failing?

Every year, we see that several students score 100% in their recent school-leaving exams — but the system they belong to is failing miserably. Their perfect scores denote the perfect failure of the education system in India.


It is often loudly expressed that there is a serious lack of quality education institutions in the country. The people who argue about the IITs, IIMs etc are blind to the gravity of this shortage of quality academia.

In school, students get pushed into one end of a disciplinary triangle — ‘Science-Commerce-Humanities’ — right after class 10. It seems that a caste-like system has been wholeheartedly adopted & enforced with students—a system in which science has been anointed top, commerce middle, humanities lowest—killing the whole education in the process.

Absolute routine of unimaginative pedagogy does all to discourage students to visualize:

How history and economics may interlink? Or
How physics and cinema may go hand-in-hand?

Instead, our students are lectured, hectored and coached, but they are not taught—

How to challenge assumptions, make presentations or do group work?

Nothing improves radically in college either. India is at least 50 years behind other countries in educational reforms. We are severely lagging in encouraging among our students:

  1. Interdisciplinary learning
  2. Individual thought
  3. The luxury to learn from mistakes.

Our universities are faring equally badly, as they continue to tunneling our students into highly constricted streams. In the end, we are left with very few quality institutions, which are sought by many thousands of anxious students.

It’s vital we re-examine such narrow education. Just observe the number of students who score 100 each year even in subjects like ‘English’ literature which is highly, essentially very subjective in its own nature. You would need nothing more to illustrate—how mechanical our education actually is.

The system of education is believed to be a good education system, only if it opens the minds of students—to think creatively and logically; if it makes them able to process diverse kinds of knowledge, conflicting thoughts & ideas at the same time.

But here in India, we do the exact opposite, by stitching our students into tight-subjects early on, and then buttoning these subjects with monologue-teaching and objective-type exams. None of this can be justified by adopting the old fixation, namely education must equal jobs. Indeed, the education may pave the route to jobs for students, but is it enough? Or is it the objective? Of course, NOT.

The holistic reason for a sound education system to exist is only one, i.e., to create a society capable of creating jobs, finding solutions and innovating.

Suffocating education suffocates growth simply & amply. Lazy teaching and rote-based themes (contents) severely cuts off the birth of new ideas, new possibilities — and new universities.

It’s essential our pedagogy enters a freer world of what good education is really about.

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Prof. Brijesh Kumar
+2 # HOD - IT/Dean - Academic Affairs at Lingya's University, FaridabadProf. Brijesh Kumar 2014-01-29 03:39
Any system is good, if it is followed whole-heartedly . Indians have/are been appreciated through out the world because of their knowledge, capabilities, culture, intellect and ability to quick learn and unlearn. These are great values in themselves to take you any where in education or job.

In the current scenario, where media has taken a great place to push something in every body's mind every now and then, it has a greater role to play in spreading the good things about the prevalent education system as well; rather than criticizing only weaknesses. The cross-disciplin e options may be added to the existing courses. In fact India require this thing.

But the more emphasis is required in the pedagogy and the teaching-learni ng environment.
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Dr. Prateek Mishra
+1 # Asso. Professor - CSE at Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, PanipatDr. Prateek Mishra 2014-01-29 12:47
Our Education System has no contribution to develop willpower, confidence level, logical thinking that it is just a Garbage...

The Education System is in the hands of highly incapable people who even are not aware about the 'Aim and Objectives' of the Study as well as 'Vision and Mission' about the future of India.

No 10+2 school teaches to enable the students to become self crackers..
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Dr. Jyotsna Pal
+1 # HOD/Dean -Academics at Noble Institutue of Management and Technology, LucknowDr. Jyotsna Pal 2014-02-18 14:07
In the present senario the Education System in school as well as in colleges in India, is following the system of 'spoon-feeding' and (it is) suffocating the education system.

As a result, it blocks the mind of the students which severely cuts off the birth of new ideas, new possibilities to think creatively and logically; but our education system has no contribution in developing the confidence level, willpower and logical thinking.

That it is just a waste of time, as a result the system of education is failing miserably.
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Dr. Narendra Kohli
0 # Associate Professor - CSE at HARCOURT BUTLER TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE - HBTI, KanpurDr. Narendra Kohli 2014-02-20 11:41
There is a serious lack in the quality of Higher Education system in India. Government of India as well as State Governments and their educational departments are responsible for the same.

There is an acute shortage of faculty members in the institutions. So recruitment of good faculty members is one of the major issue in the govt. institutions in India.

Governments should give the recognition to only Good Private Institution & Universities. Implementation of 'Feedback System' of teachers & students can also improve the quality of education system. Time to time, revision of syllabus would also be helpful to improve the quality.
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Zia Zehra Zaidi
+1 # Asst. Professor - CSE at MGM College of Engineering and Technology, NoidaZia Zehra Zaidi 2014-04-16 11:08
"Education is a leveller, a game changer."

Today, we live in a country where the people see education as the mean of climbing the social and economic ladder... (but) Our education system rarely rewards what deserves highest academic accolade.

There is an urgent need for 'effective de-regulation' of Indian education sector so that there is infusion of sufficient capital and those who provide or create extraordinary educational products or services are adequately rewarded.
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