"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Kofi Anan
The above-mentioned quote stresses upon the importance of education for "growth". The growth of an individual, which will enhance the growth of his family, which, in turn, will help the society, and the nation, ultimately...
India, the seventh largest country in the world, is also the second most populous one, ready to overtake China (the most populated one), in a couple of decades or two. On the development and infrastructure font, despite being endowed with all the natural resources, we lag behind other countries because we don't have the requisite knowledge, and knowledge comes with education. This cannot be denied that we have made much progress since we gained our independence, but still, we have a long way to go. On one hand, we have top universities in India like IITs, IIMs, GITAM University Vishakhapatnam, Christ University Bangalore etc while on the other; we don't even have the elementary schools, let alone the higher institutions in those places. Hence, there is a sort of discrepancy in the uniformity of education in our country.
India is a vast country with a huge population and it is really difficult to manage everything to perfection and channel the manpower to a skilled labor force. The greatest impediment to attain this perfection is the uneven nature of development in our country, the lack of uniformity. The pattern of development is also different for different regions. While some urban cities and towns exhibit quality education system, the dearth is felt in the remote areas, the rural regions, the interior parts of the country which account for the backwardness. The need of the hour is to find a balance between the two. A number of measures have been taken by our governments, time and again, regarding educational development. Already, Right to Education is a fundamental right, through which free education is imparted to all children between 6 to 14 years. We have both, the public as well as private players, in this domain.
Now, taking a glance at our education system, the central and most state boards uniformly follow the "10+2+3" system of education. Here, the first ten years of study is done in school and two years in junior colleges; and then three years of graduation for a bachelor's degree. students also opt for technical courses and we have some prestigious institutes such as IIS, IITs, NITs, among others. Other reputed institutes include BHU, DU, JNU, University of Calcutta, GITAM University of Vishakhapatnam, Christ University Bangalore, IIMs, AIIMS, etc. Of late, efforts have been made by the government to impart quality vocational training as well.To sum up, India definitely has improved her condition, especially in the education sector, but much more is still pending. Our education system must cater to the single person living in the remotest part of our country and every citizen should have access to education sans any gender, religion, caste or community barriers, then only its true purpose could be served and we will have an educated, skillful manpower which will lead us to our goals of development and progress.