Let’s read through the transformation of the Indian education industry over the years and the present scenario.
Education, as Gandhiji defines it “is the all-round drawing out of the best in child and man – body, mind and spirit.” The education system in India has evolved considerably down the decades in an attempt to be more purposeful and meaningful. With a focus to be inclusive, it has incorporated progressive ideologies and tools propounded by great educators and adopted by various international curricula all over the world.The transformation is evident in the constant revamping of the curriculum, introduction of new methodologies and implementation of technology by the traditional boards namely CBSE, ICSE etc. Let’s take a closer look to understand the changes in our education system in recent times:
The curriculum is crafted with care and utmost meticulousness so as to facilitate the teaching-learning process. It emphasises on a learner-centric approach whereby the student occupies the centre stage. The shift towards student friendly curriculum enables holistic development of learners by tapping into each learner’s individual potential. The CCE (Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation) model implemented by the CBSE aims at tracking the progress of individual learners in all fields of learning, academic as well as extra-curricular. Some of the features embraced by various Indian boards to reinvent their curricula are: a) introduction of research based learning, b) writing extended essays, c) including hands on approach with more stress on lab work/innovations etc. d) mandatory field trips, excursions, camps etc.
As someone once said, “If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal”. From Rabindranath Tagore to Gandhiji, our country has given the whole world some of the greatest educators of all times. Interestingly, all of them have emphasised on ‘how’ rather than ‘what’ of knowledge dissemination. Whatever is the content that you as a teacher want to impart to your students, you can only be successful if you choose the perfect method to do so. However, be it the teacher-student ratio, or a pre-conditioned mind set of the teaching professionals, a lack of student-centric methodology led to the culture of rote learning. The good news is, things are changing with the teaching fraternity embracing new concepts and techniques that truly cater to individual learning styles. Hence, our children are now enjoying peer to peer teaching, collaborative activities, dramatizations, flip classrooms etc.
Maslow’s hierarchy states our various basic needs like hunger, safety, motivation etc that must be met before our mind gets instigated for learning. When we consider infrastructural development for enhancing educational experience, we must first aim to create a conducive learning atmosphere to propel the desire to learn. This is where infrastructure plays the key role in our education system. With the advent of sophisticated technological devices and applications, many infrastructural issues can now be tackled, and educational institutions are leveraging these alternatives to generate better learning environment for students.Check out the changes in this field undertaken by schools and colleges across public and private sectors:
Ever since technology has forayed into the education space, learning has taken a new dimension and promises to be more engaging, fun and outcome driven. What is edtech? It is a successful implementation of technology to optimise learning and satisfy individual educational needs. It is also a brand-new concept that practically disrupts traditional education system by constructing an alternative space for comprehensive learning experience. The impact of educational technology has germinated new platforms of learning that defy the constrains of time, space or any tangible roadblocks. Here’s what edtech offers in the education domain:
There is a lot happening on the education front to make this necessity of life ubiquitous and all inclusive. Be it an overhauling of the traditional system or the revolutionary edtech enterprises, our education machinery is in for some great changes. All we need to do is to embrace the old and the new and get the best of both the worlds.
This article has been authored by Grishma Nanavaty, Partner and Lead Counsellor, Reachivy.com