Newsletter of North East India Research Forum
N. E. Quest; Volume 4, Issue 1, April 2010.
Education and Development
Can we imagine an India whereevery child will get best education and best facilities where they can narrate their skills to performance; there will be noschool drop-outs, no child labor; no pressure from the parents to their child to become doctors, engineers and MNC professionals! And more importantly therewill be no wastage of human resource! Now look at the reality. Despite thesuccess of a few world-class schools suchas the IITs, MITs, India's education systemis in a dismal state overall. The elementaryeducation is deliberately destroyed. Of its1 million schools, most are state-run andsubstandard. Therefore many parents wantto transfer their child to a private school,whatever the cost. The situation of middleand high school is also very pathetic. Theeducation system is calculatinglycommercialized and present educationsystem has purposefully detached mother-tongue, history, and geography from the present generation. By 2050, the Indian population will hit 1.57 billion. Accordingto India's census bureau, 40% of the populace is below the age of 18, and by2015, 55% will be under 20. UnfortunatelyIndia will easily squander its demographicedge. While 96% of India's children enrolin primary school, by the age of 10 about40% have dropped out. Many of themwere unable to cross the barrier of HSLCexamination. After HS most of the so-called brilliant students join professionalcourses. Over the years the social mindsethas been developed in such a way that parents encourage and force their child to become doctor and engineer. Nobodyencourage the students to pursue career in basic science. Without a much deeper poolof educated youth in basic science, Indiamay definitely see its gains in softwareand manufacturing are evaporating
Thesedays government is investing a lot in basicsciences. These are very good stepsindeed. But without good qualityelementary and high school situation willnot change.The picture of Northeast India ismore serious. Most of educated youths of this region remain unemployed. There isno any proper planning for the utilizationof huge natural resources and farmingfield. The menace of corruption bringsimmense hurdle in development. These arethe root cause of youth unrest andinsurgency. Only a proper scientific and prudent education policy will help toovercome these problems. At this juncture, members of Northeast IndiaResearch Forum have to play an effectiverole at their level for the uplift of thisregion, particularly in education andresearch.
Dr. Utpal Bora