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?Country poised to become education superpower?

KNOWLEDGE HAS led Indians to be recognised the world over and the country was poised to become a superpower on that basis, opined Career Launcher chairman Satya Narayanan.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 14:53 IST

KNOWLEDGE HAS led Indians to be recognised the world over and the country was poised to become a superpower on that basis, opined Career Launcher chairman Satya Narayanan. He was speaking to media persons at an interactive session between teachers from Indus World School, one of their sister concern, and villagers held as part of a teachers training programme at Sonkutch in Dewas district today.

Narayanan said that the basic precept of a school was to contribute to development of the community by not only educating children but also sensitising them towards their environment. Taking up community welfare projects and contributing towards this end formed an important part of education, as it prepared the students to become better human beings and civilised men of the society.

In order to better understand the needs of the people and learn from their experience and expertise in various crafts the school director, principal and 20 teachers were spending three days in a village.

The teachers, after gaining first hand experience of rustic life, agriculture, change of seasons, local flora and fauna, age-old tips traditionally passed down the generations for treatment of common ailments and the likes would be better able to acquaint their students with village life. Local expertise in various crafts would be encouraged and incorporated as part of SUPW curriculum.

Local artisans would also be invited to take classes and their wares would be sold in fairs organised from time to time at the school and the proceeds would go towards a fund meant for promoting education of girl child in villages. Student interaction with villages would be increased and the school would adopt two or more villages to be developed through cooperation and conviction into model villages.

The school envisages the future by providing a high-tech environment and on the other it connects the students to the basic roots of humanity thereby, providing scholastic education through a holistic approach and prepare them into becoming citizens of the world.

The teachers have, therefore, been trained to handle scientific gadgetry with élan and answer queries of students regarding technology and the social aspects of life with equal gusto.

The school would focus on mentoring the parents by appraising them with what was being taught to their ward in the class and also on behavioural aspects by giving them tips on parenting. Workshops would be held from time to time and a team of teachers would visit the student’s home at the time of admission and create a personal dossier of the student on the basis of his family background and situation at his house so that counselling to him or parents could be provided if any change in behavioural pattern or decrease in marks/grades was noticed.

The parent organisation Career Launcher, which was completely into education, had launched Indus World School one year back and has two schools at present with one being in the City and the other in Hyderabad. The organisation plans to open 25 more schools across the country.

Narayanan said that in the next 10 years the country would require three lakh schools and there would be a dearth of one-lakh quality schools, which showed that the best people and best brains had yet to enter this field and when that happened India would truly become a knowledge based power.

The thing that differentiated India from other developing countries and was responsible for its resounding success in most fields was because of the difference in mental outlook. In India people perceived education as a means to secure the future, a trait that was missing in the outlook of most people globally.

Speaking about Career Launcher, Narayanan said that it began in 1995 with a ‘personality development programme (PGP)’ with 35 students. At present it has over 50,000 students and is located in over 100 cities across the globe. Recent attractions have been e-Teaching courses launched in USA and some Middle Eastern countries.

The basic focus would be on technology enabled world-class schools and colleges and universities would be opened in the future. School director Krishna Mowar and others were present on the occasion.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 14:53 IST