Sunday, 19 May 2013

Empowering today’s India for a Better Tomorrow

India is considered to be one of the largest democratic country in the world. The education system in India is having a huge demand because of its quality and systematic education procedures that are being followed.

The emergence of the liberalization policy of India in the year 1991 was the catalyst for a wave of investment that took place in the IT and infrastructure projects. The rapid economic growth which followed thereafter sparked a surge in the demand for skilled and educated workers. This in turn, combined with the failure of the public system to provide high quality education and the increasing willingness of the burgeoning middle class to spend money on schooling of their children, has transformed education system of India into an attractive and fast-emerging opportunity for foreign investment.

India has its educational system being governed and funded at three levels; Central, State and Local level. The prime educational systems include the Central and the State boards though, as local boards are not given much of priority. There was another vital point which was included in the educational system of India, which included the importance of developing critical thinking, societal values and experiential learning was recognized by RTE Act which came into effect on 1 April 2010. This act did not only make the schools education free and compulsory but emphasized on the importance of activity based learning. 

The higher education system in India has grown in a remarkable way, particularly in the post-independence period, to become one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. However, the system has many issues of concern at present, like financing and management including access, equity and relevance, reorientation of program by laying emphasis on health consciousness, values and ethics and quality of higher education together with the assessment of institutions and their accreditation. These issues are important for the country, as it is now engaged in the use of higher education as a powerful tool to build a knowledge-based information society of the 21st Century.

Activity based learning was an aspect that is based on the principles of constructivism and which focuses upon the need to give the children enough scope to manipulate and realize one’s own experiences in the class rooms. Thus the schools in India are to restructure themselves, according to a new era which would be child centered. In each of these processes the vital aspect is to remain child friendly and centered.

What we really need at present is a structural framework that would help the schools in India to focus emphatically on student centered teaching approach, which would be free of the over-powering authoritative environment, allowing independent personalities to grow simultaneously both academically and in personality.

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