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Learner’s Park; Rajiv R Thakur of Jaipuria School of Business on changing phase of India’s education system

Rajiv R Thakur, Director General, Jaipuria School of Business, shares his view on opportunities and challenges of the Indian education system with FE Education Online.

What is the best thing about the current education system?

There are many good things about the current education system. The emergence of digital platforms has enabled greater reach and penetration of education. There has been a diversification in disciplines and the NEP 2020 opens up new perspectives on flexibility in the curriculum and choice of subjects. The policy allows students to enter college in stages and earn college credits in the academic credit bank. New pedagogy is being introduced in all institutions and there are new global opportunities for students from socio-economically disadvantaged sections of society.

– What is the one thing you would like to change in the system?

A half-hearted implementation of policies, plans and ideas is something I would like to see changed in the system. I also want to see more inclusiveness in today’s education system, where students from different backgrounds come together for a shared learning experience. There is also a nagging fear that the grand plan for national education policy may not materialize due to poor implementation. There are several challenges to overcome: poor infrastructure, lack of awareness, resistance to change, insufficient capacity building and insufficient financial resources. The implementation of NEP should be on the scale and scope of the Green Revolution and the White Revolution seen before in India.

– What is the role that digital has played in the evolution of the education system?

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Digital technology has played an important role in bringing education to the length and breadth of the country. Digital, because it is web-based, enables global reach of education. Using the digital tools, students and educators in different countries and continents can connect for a teaching and learning experience. The digital is also environmentally friendly because it leads to paper savings and less felling of trees.

– What is the disadvantage of digital in education?

Despite all the advantages, digital technology also has a downside. There are questions about student engagement in online learning. Students’ attention spans are already low, and now their writing skills suffer due to the over-reliance on digital. Lack of equal access to ICT has now led to a digital divide between the digital haves and have-nots. In digital mode, students’ socio-emotional development is also affected by a lack of peer bonding, face-to-face interaction, and physical activities.

What is the career advice you would like to give students?

Students should make an informed choice after considering their interest, flow and suitability. They should develop competencies according to the emerging opportunities areas in the business world. CTC should not be the criterion of a career in the first place. Rather try to make a good job profile yourself. Learn and develop competencies on the job. Get industry certifications. Build a good resume and grow. Develop T-shaped skills by choosing at least one specialization and develop expertise in collaboration in a variety of fields.

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