We might attribute accolades to the Indian schools and colleges for producing one of the most promising leaders of the corporate/healthcare world. However, in my opinion, the Indian education system has failed us in so many ways.
I firmly believe that every one of us is really good at something and if we are able to identify that “something” early on in our lives, the chances of us succeeding become 2-fold. With the backing of talent, the job at hand not only comes naturally,resulting in far better results, but also brings more joy. However, the Indian education system not only undermines the importance of talent by promoting/favoring some professions over others, but also glorifies hard work at the expense of happiness. The focus needs to move away from what the country needs from us to what we can do best for our country. Consider this for an analogy, if you had 2 choices – buy one amazing gift for your loved one or multiple average gifts for the same amount of money, what would you choose? Our education system seems to have chosen the latter. The professional bias has created a country of millions of average engineers and doctors rather than a country of pioneers and achievers in different fields.
A generation coping with a faulty education system is now taking shade in the promising avenues provided by the concept known as the “side-hustle”. Side-hustle has provided support to individuals who take out time to pursue their passion, their calling while still managing a steady income from the job they land out of their education. Imagine if they were fortunate enough to have identified their calling at the right time and had the opportunity to make a career out of it. This is what the job of an education system should be. Rather than assuming a role of a factory producing products of the same profession, education needs to be about recognizing one’s predisposition and then pointing them towards the right path to achieve success in the same field.
Our country has so much more to offer. If only we had means to tap into the talent of the individuals that reside in it. As millennials the baton is in our hands to recognize and promote our future generation’s talents and not letting them go to waste.