institutionalisation of higher education failed us

question is simple, ‘why do we need a multi-year program for engineering, management or like streams?’. most of the lessons imparted to students in these programs comprise of already established formulas and techniques. consider this – a school pass-out would give most crucial years of her learning and development phase to a program that in the end will certify her knowledge of methods that were invented long ago.

the same stint could have been utilized in furthering the child’s ability to formulate novel techniques that can replace the obsolete ones, for we have near-fully exploited them to their usefulness. even when you need someone to possess this knowledge and employ it in the same manner as done over decades and centuries, a few months on-the-job training is enough.

the global economy is awaiting innovations that can drive growth for coming centuries. the setback is that people from whom these inventions are awaited are pursuing rather irrelevant goals – learning mathematical, scientific and managerial principles for sake of a certificate that will augment their chances to grab a job, the entire structure is so built that only college pass-outs are viewed as capable, on the contrary they are the most inept.

institutionalization of education was nothing but glamorization of studies with its proponents claiming that lessons learned while at an institute of higher education will make the child knowledgeable enough to play a part in economic growth. the result is that we have a stubborn number of jobseekers while job creators have remained confined to a few risk-takers or scientists who invent new models, for say electric vehicles.

only solution to the persistent problem of ever-rising number of jobseekers is to drastically, although rationally, reduce the number of years a school pass-out devotes to higher education institutions.

we need a new system based on rationality. a paradigm shift is needed in the way we have planned and developed our education systems where around 22 years of one’s life are consumed in an environment that produces a meagre number of job creators and a gigantic, unbearable number of seekers.

the slowing economy, recurring recessionary cycles, slowing gdp growth rates and even low inflation are all the fallouts of the archaic education system that needs overhaul in not one but all countries. accessibility to information and lessons has much revolutionized in this digital era in a manner that seeking compulsory admissions in institutions is nothing but a failed, regressive idea.