Indian Education System
Petition to Education Ministers of India, Indian Educators, Indian Schools, CBSE
Teach Computer Science in our Schools
India deserves to be a leader in Computer Science education, yet today most of our schools don't teach even fundamentals of Computer Science. In the era of Robots, AI, AR and VR, we are producing workforce that only knows how to use and interact with technology based products while the situation is different in developed nations. There, the students from early age are learning and creating products and technology that is going to lead the future. The true fact about our Indian education system is that instead of focusing on STEM, we are converting the schooling education in isolated subjects teaching only instead of as an integrated curriculum. What if a student who had started taking foundation classes Grade 5 onwards, gets selected in IIT or any reputed institute with Grade 12 itself? Will IIT offer STEM education skills which were missed during schooling? There is a concern of teaching subjects in isolation instead of as an integrated curriculum and perceived lack of qualified candidates for high-tech jobs. Students who start taking foundation classes of some specialized subjects lack the basic understanding and the necessary skills required to produce workforce with deep technical and personal skills. Graduate degree will offer only more advanced curriculum to study. We are lagging in right schooling education day by day. It is not a positive sign for development of our youth. Solving real-world problem is the objective of STEM education. India needs a broader, coordinated strategy for STEM education in schools. That strategy should address the need to prepare literates addressing the grand challenges of the 21st century. We have to put efforts to produce major improvements in the education we are providing. Computer Science should be given utmost importance because of the role it plays at multiple levels of society. It is impossible to find a part of economy that does not, in some way, utilizes or interacts with computers. Computer Science is essential to our school education system and hence we are striving to build a stronger curriculum around this subject. We request CEOs, Governors, Educators and Education Leaders to join us for bringing a revolution in our Education System. We are expecting our Government and Schools to support the teaching of Computer Science in every school – for our children, and for their future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Equipping them with right kind of skills in education shall invariably lead to well-groomed students and society. We are in the digital era where it is not possible to compete without having strong STEM skills. As in STEM, all the jobs are either in the field of ‘Technology’ or moving on ‘Technology’. Therefore, we must ensure to add Technology Skills in our young generation and it not just enough to provide them only the basic knowledge of subjects. We truly require creators for the development of our nation and to compete in this technology era. Technology is transforming everything in our society at an unprecedented rate whether it is a smartphone, social network, self-driving car or anything else. Nothing embodies India so much as the opportunity to change or reinvent the world with technology. Participating in this world requires access to the Computer Science in our schools. Supporting this idea is sweeping our nation. More than 90% parents want their child to have access to Computer Science education in schools, and teachers do agree. They know the importance of it and we know that technology can open doors for them - the doors to exciting opportunities and bright career aspects. The sad truth is that one out of twenty schools is offering basic Computer Science education and rest barely offer. This is the 21st century where everything is transforming on daily basis. This is an era of technology skills. Our schools must take the responsibility to give opportunity to all students to understand how this technology is working and driving the society. They should learn how to become a creator, coder, and maker — not just a user. Instead of the basic skill that is increasingly available only to a lucky few, leaving behind most students particularly girls, it should be available to all equally. How will it be possible to have our citizens across the Globe as the leaders? If we can use computer, the Internet, e-commerce, social networking, and smartphone then why can’t we become the creators? Not only does Computer Science provide every student foundation knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs. Whether a student aspires to be a software engineer, or just wants all-rounded education in today’s changing world, access to Computer Science in schools is an economic imperative for our nation to remain competitive.
Petition to Narendra Modi, The Committee for the Evolution of the New Education Policy, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Make The Indian Education System Less Marks-Oriented
In India, students are taught for the sake of securing good marks in examinations. This defeats the purpose of education, learning. Learning is to understand the concepts. Teachers ask students to co-operate with them to complete the syllabus before the examinations so the students can score good marks in the examinations. If marks are the only thing which students need to worry about then why do universities like the Stanford University, the Harvard University etc. require students to be holistically developed and academic performance only accounts for about 25% of the application? Because marks can speak of your academic performance but not your personality or how you deal with problems. One can easily secure great marks in examinations by rote memorization, in India. But the personality of the examinee also matters. The Indian education system currently is extremely marks oriented and there is a need to change this system. I am a Joint Entrance Examination aspirant looking forward to join the Indian Institute of Technology or the IIT. Until a couple weeks ago I did not even think that there exists an institution Indian Institute of Science or even other top international universities and colleges like MIT or Stanford University. After realizing this (through google interests), I checked their admissions process and the application requirements and also the weightage of different areas of the application and was amazed that academic performance accounted for only 25% of the application! I am always pressurized by my parents to score above 95% and also be a topper. I understand that being topper is a good thing but here the emphasis is not on learning but it actually shifts to acquiring marks in examinations. These top universities not only require academic excellence but also good personality. If we talk about the joint entrance exam it is completely marks based. Yes, I am not ruling out the interview but that's not enough to understand someone's personality. Also, all JEE toppers give up on social life for preparations. The determination? Amazing! No doubts. Achievement? Admission to a top college! The cost? Childhood, personality and social life. The price seems to outweigh what one achieves. So, now, I want to take a stand for my generation and for all generations to come so that we all receive quality education where emphasis is on learning and not on acquiring marks. Sign my petition to join me in my struggle for an education policy based on holistic development and with emphasis on learning and an overall education system wherein students get quality education, get holistically developed and actually learn.
Petition to Prakash Javadekar, Narendra Modi, Manish Sisodia, DEVENDRA FADNAVIS, Digvijay Singh, email@example.com
Restoration of the BHARAT EDUCATION SYSTEM
Namaskar, For thousands of years INDIA has been the world leader in Technology, Medical Science, GDP, Textiles and what not. And the root of all this prosperity has been the way we EDUCATED the upcomming generations. This is the land which had the First universities on the Planet. The great BHARATIYA SHIKSHA PADDHATI (INDIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM) was the root of all this. But today we are blindly following the Modern Education System which is still struggling to succeed since its origin because the modern INDIAN Education System which was started by britishers was built to make qualified servants out of us. This system belives in Same tests for people with different potential. The concept of PASS/FAIL. Extremely high weightage is given to delivering information rather than developing their minds. And many more... Today when INDIA is a free country, we made some but not enough efforts to re-organise our Education system. And our very own great education system is something that we have forgotten. Countries like Finland and Japan are doing beautiful modifications in their education systems. Whereas in India we had the best education system which is now forgotten. The time has still not gone. 100 years is very small compared to thousands of years. I request you to kindly sign this petition so that all of us can restore the Great INDIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM. With new technologies and let the whole world take on to it. -Hrishikesh Ambulkar
Petition to Schools
Focus on quality education
Indian education system - The system which lacks in the proper grooming of the child and focuses only on studies thus not considering the fact that extra curricular activities are also a major part of shaping a child's future. Also, practical knowledge in studies is not given to students. A lot of students commit suicide only because of the reason that they didn't get enough marks. Because , they know that marks is the only criteria on which their whole life is based. But the sad reality is that Marks are not the only criteria for judging someone's persona. Apparently the focus, is given more on one's marks rather than actual learning. Just tell me one thing what's the point in studying when the focus is only on marks , and not on the actual learning. It's obviously of no use. Its high time that we must realise this and do something about it. If we start focusing more on the extra curricular activities as well like music, sports and other activities then the day is not far when we start getting more people out in various industries and make a lot of change in the system.
Petition to Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Prakash Javadekar, Dr. Avichal Kapoor, Dr. Uma Tuli, Narendra Modi
IGNOU must rise up to student's problems.
What is IGNOU IGNOU was instituted by an Act of Parliament in 1985. The Government was being run by the Congress, and the Education Minister was Late K C Pant. IGNOU’s Mission and Vision statement ask for taking education to the grassroots people, to their doorsteps. As many remote areas in our country did not, and still do not, have infrastructure, colleges, and, connectivity to the main towns and cities, higher education to young boys and girls have always been a formidable challenge for any government. Under such a circumstance, IGNOU’s approach to take higher education to the doorsteps of the people has been a Silent Revolution in our country. The system is Open and Distance Learning (ODL), by which students are to be taught. Admission pattern has been made Inclusive, and unlike the Exclusive one in the regular face-to-face colleges and universities. The pattern outlays about 500 regions of India to monitor, guide and administer over Study Centres at areas to include every household in the ambit of Inclusive education delivery. Contribution to Higher Education Naturally, the move became popular, and IGNOU started posting huge enrolment figures every year. They are the Disadvantaged Students, who would otherwise never get opportunity for higher education in the predominant system of Exclusive face-to-face education in colleges and universities. The Disadvantaged Students are those who had to leave out after schooling for non-availability of colleges nearby, housewives with desire to learn and advance their education, drop-out boys and girls from poverty stricken families who are working to sustain families, and those cherubic young boys and girls who could not attain required percentage to get admitted to face-to-face colleges and universities. Technically, these Disadvantaged Students deserve to be given more intensive care, more attention, quality guidance and full support to help them come up to the standard of the face-to-face college / university students. That alone would create Quality Gross Success Ratio (QGSR) in the higher education of India. With ODL, IGNOU’s enrolment figures whopped up every year, and during 2008-2010, under Prof. V N Raja Sekharan Pillai’s tenure it hit 4.5 million mark. Evidently IGNOU contributes huge to building up of the India’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education. Sadly the authorities did not institute a QGSR which would have made monitoring of the Study Centres meaningful. Education Dissemination Though IGNOU insists that teaching-learning process at Study Centres should be Academic Counselling because the Study Materials are exhaustive and written in a user-friendly language, easy for students to understand, the fact is, the students are uninitiated and need to be taught like face-to-face college classes. It is because the study materials seldom meet the latest knowledge evolved. These are generally outdated, unrevised, and average gap between their publication and enrolled students in every cycle is at least 15 years. Except in some new programmes, this gap in knowledge bank yawns every six-month (a cycle). Academic Counsellors are the most important education disseminators in IGNOU ODL system who fill the knowledge gap between the latest publication of study material and the latest enrolled in a cycle. Indeed they are the backbone in the ODL system. IGNOU’s highly paid faculty members ensconced in air-conditioned cushy ambience at Maidan Garhi Head Quarters are responsible for updating these study materials, in which they miserably fail years after years. It is the Academic Counsellors who come to the rescue of the students to update their knowledge, which would help them compete in the job market. They form the backbone of the ODL today, and not the study materials any longer. But in IGNOU system, the Academic Counsellors are pariahs, relegated to be exploited by the Host Centres like Amar Jyoti. In organisation of the classes, they are never consulted. The classes which are conducted are restricted. Even students’ entry is restricted. Current problems This Silent Constructive Educational Revolution of IGNOU is now being diluted by callous management in the Regional Centres and certain greedy Host Centres of IGNOU Study Centres. Host Centres are institutions which get financial support from IGNOU to run its Study Centres. Some Host Centres are not happy with what they get from IGNOU for hosting its Study Centres, they also squeeze Academic Counsellors to part with their meagre income to them. If they do not agree to do that, their classes are cut, and false bills are sent to IGNOU Regional Centres for classes which never were conducted. Not only that, the Academic Counsellors, who are technically appointed by IGNOU, are seldom informed of their emoluments by the Host Centres. There is no fixed day of payments of the emoluments of the Academic Counsellors too. It is arbitrary and deceitful, months after months. Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust When these practices continue at Amar Jyoti also, there is a new development in this Host Institution. All students are not intimated about the conduction of classes. Instead they are made to believe that there are no teaching-learning processes available for them, and they can prepare for their exams from the inaccurate, ill-written, sub-standard guidebooks from Neeraj, Gullibaba etc. Evidently, these guidebook mafia have made inroads into the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, which is enriched by grants, donations from Government agencies in India, and abroad. Such move has also encouraged mushroom spawning of computer centres in Delhi market to write IGNOU assignments, and cater IGNOU study material diluted by different brisk publishing business doers, who indeed damage these hapless students’ career. Till recently, at Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust premises, the IGNOU Study Centre had been prospering very fast, making it the first under the Regional Centre-2 (RC-2) in the Capital. With induction of Prof H A Singh, this Study Centre prospered to a standard mostly unseen in any other Study Centre of India, surpassing a student population trebling the population of a face-to-face college in India. Classes are not conducted earlier than two months after examination in a cycle. The pretext is, the lists of students not received from the RC-2. Now this Study Centre has been shifted under the supervision of the RC-Noida. The reality is, with two cycles there are always First, Second and Third year students for IGNOU degree programmes, both graduate and post-graduate. Classes can ideally be conducted. Lists are not required. Another reality is, such classes are charged to IGNOU, though not conducted, through false billing. This is atrocious. Amar Jyoti is a Charitable Trust. It is not supposed to go for profit. It must deliver services to IGNOU students too. Doing profit for Amar Jyoti should be considered a Financial Offence. We demand: For Students 1. The Study Materials must be sent within 15 days of enrolment. 2. Timely updation of study material. Most current material are outdated. 3. Classes should be held both on Saturdays and Sundays. 4. Classes must be started right from the next Saturday and Sunday after the examination months (June & December). They should be non-stop on every Saturday and Sunday. 5. Each and every student of all programmes must be intimated about conduction of classes. 6. Entry of students to the Amar Jyoti must not be constrained. They are given IDs by IGNOU. 7. Students must be given back the evaluated assignments before their Term End Examinations. 8. There has to be a Library for students accessible in the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust IGNOU Study Centre. For Academic Counsellors 9. Academic Counsellors must be given list of students of the paper s/he is teaching, so that s/he can check and invite students to the classes. 10. The emoluments of the Academic Counsellors must be paid on a fixed date of every month. 11. Special classes should be conducted for weak students. 12. Bring the Study Centres under direct supervision of IGNOU Headquarters for quality monitoring and impart of knowledge. For General Administration 13. Stop entry of the Guidebook Mafia’s people into the Amar Jyoti IGNOU Study Centre. 14. Treat IGNOU study centres impartially, without partisan attitude, to make the Silent Revolution a grand success creating QGSR. --------------------------