Practical Knowledge: Essential Aspect Missing from Current Curriculum

by November 12, 2018 0 comments

Practical Knowledge India’s education system focuses a little too much on theoretical knowledge. It is time for an educational overhaul whereim practical experience is given more importance.

The current education system in India is perhaps slightly flawed given its massive impetus on theoretical learning alone. There is a lack of practical application and the constant marathon to attain marks shatters the thirst of true learning. The aim of education must be to drive students to significantly contribute towards social and economic growth. However, the current curriculum fails to accomplish this.

Internships in  curriculum design

The current design is outdated as students remain unprepared and unaware of how the economic, social or political sectors function. They are merely given a picture at face value but hardly have any perspective on realistic problem solving. The only way this practical knowledge can be earned is via incorporating internships in the curriculum. It is the sole way to push students to gain exposure in several industries and allow their vague career choices to become clear.

The optimal goal must be to prepare a student for the organisational world as much as possible. This would significantly reduce the costs of training incurred by companies while providing enhanced growth prospects. In addition, it is the vital experience gained from various internships that elevates prospects of attaining jobs via pre-placement offers in college. This is beneficial for colleges as well since it is not possible for them to teach everything.

Prior work experience

There are certain concepts that can be learnt only via practical experiences like work ethics, work-life balance and professionalism, which can’t be taught by academia. Hence, to an extent it can be said that the amount and quality of work experience can overshadow the number of degrees an individual has in the dynamic work environment today. Companies prefer to employ or recruit candidates with quality work experience prior to joining their organisation. This substantially strengthens the initial trust laid on the candidates.  Companies opt for this method of recruitment where field work is given more emphasis because it primarily saves time and effort.

There exists a wide gap between the demand of corporates today and the supply of fresh talent where the latter are unable to satiate the former. This points to a lack in quality experience in a particular field. There are however leading institutions that have embarked on bridging this gap by inculcating credits for internships in the curriculum itself. This makes it mandatory for students to gain work experience either during vacations or after college hours.

It is thus advisable that schools and colleges urgently lay more emphasis on internships and hands-on work experience. Rather than increasing the quantity of theoretical assignments and projects, it is perhaps best to send students out into the real world to gain experience that cannot possibly be attained within the walls of the classroom. The sense of professionalism can only be acquired through experience, which in turn makes a massive difference in an individual’s performance later.

(The author is the founder of a platform for connecting with industry experts.)

Writer: Nikhil Chainani

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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