Our current education system needs revamp, says Pune author Parag Kulkarni
Parag Kulkarni, India’s first higher doctorate (DSc) in Knowledge Innovation, talks to Jui Dharwadkar about his new book, YD (Year Down) which highlights the flaws in the current education system and encourages the need to boost the psychological creativity in studentspune Updated: Sep 25, 2017 17:06 IST
Engineering is one of the most sought after streams of education in India. Even as lakhs of engineers pass out each year there have hardly been any major innovative breakthroughs by engineers in the past few decades. Parag Kulkarni, India’s first higher doctorate (DSc) in Knowledge Innovation, talks to Jui Dharwadkar about his new book, YD (Year Down) which highlights the flaws in the current education system and encourages the need to boost the psychological creativity in students. The book will be released at 4.30pm on September 26 at the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) mini auditorium.
What is your new book, YD (Year Down) about?
It is a story of a student who fails to complete his engineering as he cannot clear the subject M3 (Maths 3). The book describes the struggle of this student who goes through immense peer pressure, fights depression but comes back strongly as a successful entrepreneur. We can say it is a true story of an engineering student who fights M3 for love.
What made you write this story?
I met this student about whom I have written and found him to be extremely bright. He had failed in his engineering but today his company recruits top engineers. I felt this unique story could encourage many engineers who have not been very successful and could even help others in similar situations like those who are appearing for competitive exams each year but fail to make it pass through. There are many students who are under constant stress. This book can help motivate them.
What are your views about our current education system?
Our current system of education focuses more on teaching and not on learning. Today qualification is considered more important and the not the results. I feel the psychological creativity of students in getting killed in this process and there is too much emphasis on mugging up things.
Is this system of education actually helping the students?
As we can see even as lakhs of engineers pass out from colleges each year not all are employable. There are hardly any innovative products coming from India. In a country like Israel there are research labs at every corner which is unfortunately not seen in India. Also Israel has done tremendous progress in agriculture sector which we are lacking. This shows that the current system of education needs some change and the emphasis should be on learning and understanding rather then teaching and mugging up.