Shaping young minds is one of the most challenging as well as interesting tasks in the present times. Just a glimpse of the bright, sparkling eyes is enough to bring a smile to our faces. We wonder how we can help these young flowers bloom in this world, without ever robbing them of their smiles, and we constantly seek newer ways to ensure it.
Our nation has witnessed so many systems of education during the past few centuries. In ancient times, education hubs were mainly administered by independent scholars though funded by their kingdom. Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramshila, etc are a few examples of the world-famous institutions of ancient India. Due to the autonomous nature of educational institutions at that time, six schools of philosophy (Shad Darshan), quite different from each other, could be developed in the Indian subcontinent.
If we see before independence, the need for education was just to fulfill the operational and administrative requirements of the foreign rulers.
They were not at all interested to develop technical, scientific, economic or political awareness through education, which could suit the geographical, environmental, social and cultural traditions of this ancient and glorious civilization. And after independence, what is the condition of our basic education system? Does education mean only clearing competitive exams such as JEE, IIM and AIIMS and ultimately getting heavy salaried jobs? That too is necessary of course, but should the aim of education only be financial stability? The practical aspect of education should not only ‘job-seeking’. Education should also mean to create opportunities for others, to gift something useful to society, something new to mankind.