The missing part of Indian higher education

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When education is discussed, the words of A.P.J Abdul Kalam resonates in our minds. The virtuous leader and a teacher himself said that ‘The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise. Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers’. The Indian Higher education system is the third largest in the world after the USA and China. However, the quantity is not a parameter to decide the quality of education.
India has top learning institutes such as IITs- Indian Institute of Technology -IITs, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and others in different states which have an intake of few thousands of students per institute. Compared to the humongous number of students on the brink of entering college, most of them are not able to even enter these institutes. Only the select few can grab a seat in these premium institutes of learning — kudos, to the students who crack the exams and secure a place in these institutes. But what about the rest of millions of students who have to make peace with the fact they will study in colleges and universities that are ranked as average and where training they secure is not at par with the global standards. However, institutes of technology in India still lack behind the top global universities such as Oxford, Harvard but their training is the best in India. After completing education from average colleges and universities, what they expect to do? Get a brilliant pay package? No, they have first to acquire additional skills before they can land up the dream job.
Business organizations are hunting for human resources that are equipped with the requisite skills and updated knowledge so that they can start contributing to the company’s growth from day one of joining. A couple of days of training doesn’t hurt much either. But if a company hires a person that needs to be trained for a long time and is likely to start from scratch, then indeed, the employee is a liability for the organization until he/she starts delivering. A person prepared for the job market is likely to be hired by a business organization who is foreseen as an invaluable asset to the company. But sadly in India, the higher education system provides education that needs a revamp so that it can equip students with the latest and updated knowledge that is in sync with the technologies used in the current scenario. The candidates need to be aware of the current trends so that they are ahead in the competition. New age skills and updated curriculum enables the candidates to compensate for the gap that’s quite evident in the Indian Higher education system.
The curriculum needs to be updated at the university level with new age courses such as Data Security & Cyber Essentials, Cloud computing & Virtualization Technology, Blockchain with the Internet of Things, etc. These courses will bridge the gap between the education of the students and the skills they need to brace up with o find suitable employment that will do justice to their school, knowledge, and abilities.
There’s an urgent requirement for technology partners who are expert in fields. The idea of outsourcing works well with institutes of higher learning as they complement the existing knowledge and skills of their students with an additional experience that gives them a competitive edge over other candidates. The potential of the students are expanded, and they are equipped with skills that can lead to immediate employment with leading companies. Moreover, outsourcing acts an image booster for the institute as it invokes confidence in employers who are assured of the fact that the candidates’ they are hiring are the best ones for their organization.
Technology and ICT supported learning allow students to gain new skills and knowledge that will make them job ready. E-learning has ushered a revolution in the Indian higher education system and the missing part in the system – the missing updated skills and knowledge are provided by new age courses. Experts meticulously curate these courses in the field who are aware of what is lacking at the university level and fill that gap with updated curriculum, lesson plans, and assessments that make the students competent.
Adam Grant rightly said that the ‘The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It’s the skills you gain about how to learn’ and we wholeheartedly agree with his views.

A management professional with over 16+ years of experience. Worked with over 80+ strategic partners such as Microsoft, KPMG, ITpreneurs and Accenture on creating learning systems.

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