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Surfer's article: Redefining education

Today educational institutes focus on creating individuals equiped with the power of knowledge and vision, writes Smriti Arora.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 13:42 IST

Since the time the human civilisation appeared about 4 billion years ago, man has been in a constant state of learning.

Most important discoveries made by man resulted in the transformation from an ape like creature to a highly developed and evolved species, this process of discovery and self realisation continues till today.

From the discovery of fire and weapons to steam engines, electricity, computers and the more recent ipods, man has indeed come a long way.

As a result of growing creativity of mankind, the education system has also changed, earlier there were gurus who used to teach under trees.

Now this has been replaced by classrooms and established educational institutes that primarily focus on creating individuals equipped with the power of knowledge and vision.

But with steadily growing competition we realise that most of us who claim to be academic achievers lack the guts and vision to create something most of the top schools including IIM's are creating followers rather than path breakers and the situation is worse if you fail to qualify from a reputed school.

Graduates are worthless if they do not pursue a good PG course. Good is no longer good enough, first division nowadays is considered as bad as flunking a class.

But people like Dhirubhai Ambani, LN Mittal, and Steve Jobs are born geniuses who turned their lives into success stories without a strong academic background.

But for ordinary people it is highly important to build a very strong background in the wake of stiff competition due to globalisation and higher standards of living.

As it is said that "the rain of tears is necessary to the harvest of learning" in today's case the tears continue even after learning in quest of attaining suitable careers.

Smriti Arora
Maharani College, Rajasthan