Alarming AU Thresholds Show Indian Education Must Go Beyond Political Reforms

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A A wise man once said: “The secret of education lies in respect for the pupil. I got 98.75% in class 12 boards this year and am struggling to find a place in a university college in Delhi due to the high thresholds. I am enraged and disappointed with the system to which I have given 14 years of my life.

When did the idea of ​​imparting knowledge turn into “writing the program quickly”? When did we create the gap between toppers and chess? When did we start judging students on their choice of subjects? When did we start associating intelligence with brands? When have we lost the essence of the transmission of education?

We live in a country where the goal of education was self-actualization. Poet Rabindaranath Tagore said that an educational institution should not be “a dead cage in which living spirits are fed with artificially prepared foods.” Manual work and the arts are the spontaneous overflow of our inner nature and our spiritual meaning ”. Where has this meaning gone?

This year’s cuts at the University of Delhi are alarming. It’s a blazing mermaid that we happily ignore. Now is the time for the system to do some soul searching and make amends immediately. It is nothing more than a “massacre of brands”. How can we close our eyes to this absolutely unfair playing field where we demand flawlessness from our students? Terms are non-negotiable – it’s either a 100 or a homecoming. This is what the system has succumbed to. If only people were discussing the Indian education system as vigorously as they were discussing religion and politics, I wonder where we could end up with.


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Must go beyond political reforms

Am I disappointed with the system? Yes. Have I given up? Not yet. The new National Education Policy 2020 gives me hope, but am I satisfied with it? No. A change must come both on paper and in mentalities. Remember, the world wars were nothing but an ideological war and whoever triumphs over ideology wins. A great wave of revolution must start with you and me and then spread to others. We do not only need to deliberate on the development of educational policies, but to put decision-makers into action. We need to make changes in our pedagogy. The teaching methods are meant to be fun and practical and not to become a burden. We need our system to go beyond the notebook submissions, project assignments, and classrooms that make more sense to them than four cemented walls with tables and benches.

Education has nothing to do with the exam. It is this approach that allows you to learn everything that is important for the exam and what can be ignored. How to skip knowledge? How is it that we do not see that this is wrong on many levels and a direct slap in the face of the basic virtue of education.

Our system has failed in students too with the lack of holistic growth. Toppers at acclaimed universities fail to communicate or micromanage, fail miserably to cope with stressful situations. Is it the sweet fruit of regular tests, jury exams, aggressive responses, stuffing guides? Students are even unable to communicate their own thoughts.

Many people have dried their ink on writing about the need for reform of the system. Students are no longer students – we are victims. The Delhi University shutdown made me realize how unfair the system is to students and the country is losing its talents flying overseas for higher education. I know that an article cannot change the whole system, but if that makes you at least think about this damaged system and demand a change, its purpose will be achieved.

Ishani Garg is a student at Srijan School, New Delhi. Opinions are personal.

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