“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

45 - Technology in Colleges

If we look at the impact of technology in today's time, I wonder how our fathers and forefathers could live without it. The younger generation just cannot think of a single day without the word 'technology'.

Consider the area of education; technology has become very essential in the lives and educational skills of college students.

Within few years may be 10 or so, technology has caused a complete transformation in college campus life and college experience. Since its usage is extremely comfortable with the thought of technology and are tech savvy, college students form Generation Y.

Daily the technology changes and this causes a change in lives of students as well. Gone are the days of walkie-talkies and cassette walkmans. This is the age of apple phones and iPods. Forget about blackboard teaching, as this has been completely replaced by PowerPoint and webCT, such is the aura of digital technology.

A college student's life in the class is primarily spent on computers and other digital programs while time in between classes is either on cell phones or their iPods. Due to this large impact of technology, this Gen Y group cannot think of their lives without technology. Blackboard teaching is now the thing of past and now classroom teaching is majorly done on either PowerPoint or OHP presentation.

Technology plays a pivotal role in giving new definitions to what and how a student learns. It would not be wrong to say that it can be implicated in almost every dimension of a college education. Below are enumerated few ways by which technology has changed the meaning of education in a positive fashion:
1. Because of usage of extensive resources and media, students are equipped with strong skills in information, communication and analysis.
2. Because of the introduction of technology in college studies new, creative and research projects come into picture which helps the students with the ability to transfer knowledge from one setting to another and thus better integrative thinking.
3. Students undergo a better preparation for their work as they build collaborative problem solving skills.
4. They learn conceptual knowledge due to the hands-on experience.
Whatever the technology may be, college students are obsessed with it. More than half of college student population have laptops where they spend their maximum time on; be it thesis paper writing or checking of email or some leisure activity. Thus technology has become a part and parcel of daily life of college students. The most common technologies used by students are e mail, presentation software and spread sheets and these Gen Y students are definitely able to adapt better in their classrooms.

Students that are better learners of technology have an upper hand in post college life as even business empires are looking for computer savvy and proficient employees. Because of the wide variations available, student's attention is captured in a better way and they seem to enjoy the classroom teaching. To summarize, a college student's life and technology goes hand in hand and seems like it will go on.