Friday, February 6, 2009

Reforms in Indian education system- A necessity

We are living in 21st century, Indian education originally implanted by British administration, while they were reigning over India, in 19th century, to serve colonial economy, political and administrative interest and in particular to consolidate and maintain their dominance in country. We have all total214 universities among which 198 are state and 16 as central universities. 38 deemed to be university, 887 polytechnics, 11 institutes of national importance. 9,703 colleges; and nearly 3,21,00 teachers are there and caters to 6,755,000students. Critical appraisals are undertaken. And same old courses are still running in renowned institutes, leaving the students unaware of world’s latest economy, literature, reforms, and many such things.
Hence, over production of unaware educated candidates is increasing educational unemployment ratio. Consequences like weakening of student motivation and unresisting indiscipline, stagnation of innovative and deserving students. Thus it would not be wrong to say that radical reconstruction of system achieves moderate reforms only.
Vertex of change-complex turn of events, foremost among such events was adoption by government in 1990. Influence by World Bank international monetary fund combine, structural adjustment has meant the gradual withdrawal of state patronage for higher education and conterminous privatization of that sphere. However with government dithering about long term policy to be adopted in this regard higher education in India is passing through stunted growth and uncertain future. Which results to not any kind of educational innovation, also is mounting pressure for increasing accessibility and over-democratization, as well as, it made the education as rigid and pronouncedly resistant to change. That is the reason why private colleges are seeking more attention, because they are innovative and creative and have updated curriculum with them, which a student demands and which is his right as well.
What we can do in this regard is getting influenced by programmes run in other parts of world, for an example: Educational Goals-2000 of California which is a distinct vision where preparing pre-school children with a motto of “ready to learn” and increasing national graduation rates by 90%.
Also by taking such measures like faculty improvisation, semesterization of course, vocationalization of course, curriculum development, annual self-appraisal report etc. We can stop our educational reforms from being archaic. What is more inevitable is to seek the attention of the reform-makers of education.

What should be the secret for India to win more medals in olympics

As renowned intellectual Albert Camus said-“Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless life stifles and dies.” What lacks in team from India in Olympics is willingness to win, reasons are may like poor rate of recognition, even if they are winner(leaving exceptional case of Abhinav Bindra and Vijendra singh in 2008 Olympics, and that too seem to be co-incidental)they are treated like no other than a normal sportsperson. Why in our nation Cricket is a national sport and others are considered detrimental? But that is not the issue we are discussing upon, we are looking forward to a strategy which in forth-coming Olympics should be implemented. If we look at the tally of Beijing Olympics-2008, china had won 100 in which 52 are gold medals, as comparative to its previous 2004 Olympics scores that was 63 medals and in which 32 gold medals were there. Similarly, USA won previously in 2004, 102 medals with 36 gold and this time it raised to 110 and 36 gold. The myth is that only they can, we can’t. Fact is that in China and Cuba like nation every sport is given equal amount of funds. Along with that Chinese strategy is that they participate in not truly global competition categories they prefer those where they can use their traditional skills. But the best example to influence us is of United Kingdom where similar to our cricket obsession they have Rugby and soccer; yet they are excelling in both Olympics and their favourite sports. As Facts show that in 1996 UK hardly win 14 medals and in 2000 it became 114, in 2004 it is 94, but in 2008 it again scored 194. So in crux we can say that without compromising with the popularity of any other sport we too can promote and provoke our youth to get involve in Olympics. I’ll suggest lets be hypothetical about the tally and will promote it like 12 medals by 2012.Sounds jingoistic? So it is, after all its all about being enthusiastic.
Ergo, Our 3 primary targets to improve should be- 1) Archery, 2) Boxing and 3) Shooting. Only detail planning is required. As an instance, problem occurred with female archery team, Mangal singh unable to handle pressure while shooting during the elimination round in Olympics-2008. One prime aspect should be that advance selection should be done and for that India can take Asian Games-2010 as its basic ground for final selection. The winners in this competition can be finally shortlisted but before that this competition should be taken as final stage for selection and for that too India should take its best trump cards to play. Since India is traditionally dexterities in Boxing, therefore it should be taken gravely, As we know along with power houses like Cuba, turkey and East Europe will be the tough competitors, and we can’t ignore the upcoming talents from Thai and Tajikistan. For boxing there is always one thing considered important that is fresh flesh. Hence our two young boxers vijender and jitender can also able to create romance in field of boxing.
Things which should be taken care are that our strategy should be flexible and new. Extra baggage should be avoided like athletes, who are not doing well at all, they can only be selected when they are able to prove themselves as deserving. Problems like lack of physio in sushil kumar’s case, when he needed a physio, his coach was playing the dual role of physio and mentor both, where as there were 4 physios with the athlete group. May be if sushil kumar had been able to get a physio at that point of time, maybe we are able to get few more medals in our hands. Well even the experiments could be donein tennis and badminton too as we already have a grand slam winner pair of sania mirza & leander paes. But apart from that many a things could also emerge as an amalgamation.Finally let us expect that apart from all politics, our sportsmen can emerge as the true people and can show some integrity.