Competition at College
Over 75% of the population in India is considered to be a part of the “youth” that is, under the age of thirty five years. Astonishingly, 50% of the Indian population is under the age of twenty five. While the expansion in the field of elementary education has been tremendous on the government’s part, progress in higher level education is dismal.
In spite of this, competition at the college is burdening and pulls down the students. It is quite true that it is important to not only provide the youth with education, but it is vital to be able to incorporate quality in that education. Sadly, the students nowadays see education only as a ticket to a guaranteed job, and nothing more.
At the present stage, we don’t need an entire generation of textbook swallowers. What we need is a cohort of creative thinkers – a group of people who ask “WHY NOT?” instead “WHY?”
Competition at higher education levels definitely sets a high bar of expectations in terms of quality, but at the same time, it restricts students. They now have to focus more on the theory rather than thinking outside the box. I strongly believe that we need to give students a free rein when it comes to education. They have to be allowed to have hands on, practical experiences and draw conclusions on their own, instead of having to just sit in front of their notes and trying to memorize hundreds of pages of facts. After all, in world where we have the internet at our finger tips, who needs to memorize textbooks when they can just Google it up?
What we do need is a band of youth geared with imagination and creativity – people who will stride forward to produce new things and discover new ideas. There is no doubt that this will ultimately lead our world to the gateway of development and prosperity.