Topic– Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
1) The concept of general education and specialised education proceeding together needs to be widely adopted in India. Analyze.(250 words)
Why this question
Education is a key to understand ourselves as well as our environment. It is also essential for gainful employment in today’s world. However the later role has sidelined the primary role of education. It is essential to analyze, why there is a need for a holistic education system upto a certain level.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to discuss why the concept of general education and specialised education proceeding together needs to be widely adopted in India. What are the benefits and what is the need.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few lines about increasing GER in higher education in India.
- Discuss why such an integrated education system is essential. E.g Without all-round general (including liberal) education, one could not be expected to play roles expected of a citizen outside one’s immediate professional sphere; The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge. If a person masters the fundamentals of his subject and has learned to think and work independently, he will surely find his way; the purpose of higher education is to prepare graduates for work and life, as well as active and engaged citizenship — achieved only through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies related to the profession they chose to specialise in and also written and oral communication skills, ability to work as a team, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge in real world settings etc.
- Discuss the state of Indian education system in this regard. E.g HEIs are far from integrated. Several engineering, and science education and research institutes have embedded general education programmes at the undergraduate level. Such programmes are missing in most university-affiliated science colleges. Rather, there are institutions that cater to a single stream which precludes the possibility of even an informal interaction between students and faculty with different specialisations etc.
Conclusion– Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.