Integrity, Not Marks Key to Education


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A recent survey showed that the number of people fudging their curriculum vitae is on the increase. Police records reveal that there is a whole industry which methodically works on faking documents and certificates.

The earliest stage happens to be leaking of question papers, interfering in the invigilation and evaluation process. If the people who want to cheat have missed the bus in the first phase of deception, they can always avail the services of the underdog by faking their mark sheets and certificates.

Once a candidate is able to pass off his false papers successfully, he is emboldened to try other tricks up his sleeve. He scouts for ways and means to procure an experience certificate and a few other supporting credentials if he can afford it. It is shocking to learn that every year a series of brokers take up board and entrance examinations on behalf of pupils for a price.

Sometimes they also change their names and other identification details legally, to facilitate the recipient and user of the mark sheet, to fudge facts and indulge in fraudulent deals.

Potent trio

The slush that envelops the education scene seems to be getting murkier as each academic year passes by. However, a little introspection will show that the cancer that is eating away at the scene of education has been let loose by the potent trio of parents, teachers and students.

The formidable triumvirate who consider examination scores to be the “be all and the end all” of life need to be counselled on the true intent of education.

There is really no point in producing an army of engineers or management graduates or any other professionals if there is no use for their skills any longer in the job market.

It is sad to note that many of the students who have covetable degrees in socially approved courses possess the potential in a diametrically different area of expertise.

The fact that they have done very well or even decently well in a course that was not after their heart is proof that the graduate is a fairly good and sincere student.

Yet, it is but natural that their performance will amount to being mediocre in the big picture. Finding a dream job or working shoulder to shoulder with people who have the same qualification, acquired with a passion for the subject, will show them in bad light.
The underperformance will undermine the confidence of such workers. Eventually, it will have a bearing on the functioning of the organisation and the county at large.

Contradictory picture
The education scene in India is certainly caught in a series of contradictions. On the one hand, we as a nation lay a very high premium on education. Even the poorest among us dream about educating our children in the hope of seeing them lead a comfortable life sometime in future. Parents are willing to stake their time, energy and money entirely to be able to translate their dreams into reality.

On the other hand, when we find that the academic results of our wards are unsatisfactory or do not rise up to the expectations, we slip into a state of depression. The conundrums that connive to capture us in a web of deceit and dishonesty are the direct result of these doldrums.

Over a period of time, the education sector has been churning out a popular section of pedestrian populace who do not really seem to have delved into the depths of their chosen subject. Lack of expertise in any given field can lead to a dangerous deterioration which can prove to be detrimental to our country’s progress.

It is time to address the canker ensconcing the educational scene. We live in times when even parents of children who are in kindergarten or primary school feel the need to validate their children’s performance to their known circles.

As the child grows up, the pressure increases proportionately. The school, teachers and parents seem to forget the student who is literally at the receiving end of their expectations and egos.

Imagine a scene where everyone will be declared a topper, and where everyone will stand on a level playing field. Consequently, cut throat competition will become more savage, defeating the very purpose of learning.

It is time we accept that abilities and aptitudes vary. It is only when learners are sensitised to the values of integrity and discipline we can progress individually, and as a nation.

Do A SWOT Analysis Of Yourself


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Management principles lay a very high premium on SWOT analysis. It is believed that if every person takes cognisance of his strengths and weaknesses and is alert for the opportunities and threats that come his way, little else can stop him from achieving his aim. If we are under the impression that this is a new age understanding, we must stand corrected.

Panditha Jagannatha, a 16th century poor scholar, was well versed in the Vedas and had a terrific memory. He went to Delhi to seek his fortunes. On reaching the capital, he performed a SWOT analysis of the situation. He realised that he could not walk into the court of Emperor Jahangir at his will. That was a threat that had to be dealt with. Therefore, he waited for an opportunity that would open up his path.

He chose to repose faith in his knowledge and talent which were his strength. One day, when he was strolling in the bazaar, he chanced upon a loud altercation that was taking place between two merchants. He watched the squabble along with the other onlookers. None in the audience could follow the argument because it was in an alien language. Soon the quibblers decided to seek royal justice. They were presented before the court.

The emperor of Hindustan was reluctant to deliver his verdict. He did not want to be unjust because no one could comprehend the content of the argument. At this point of time poet Jagannatha offered his services to resolve the problem. Jagannatha overcame his weakness of being ignorant of the language with his strength. He used his memory power and recited the whole conversation verbatim, though he did not understand a word of Persian. The polyglot in the court translated the same for the emperor and pronounced his judgment.

The story does not end there. Jagannatha was invited to take position as the court poet. He was encouraged to use his talents and knowledge to build a secular state. He was conferred the title of Panditha and many rewards. This historical incident stands testimony to the power of human intelligence. If we are in touch with ourselves and the world around us, doing a SWOT analysis can always help us see a way out and help us realize our fondest dreams despite all obstacles.