Education is the most powerful tool for reducing poverty and inequality. Education plays a vital role in framing the future of every individual around the world. Education is a force multiplier that facilitates self-reliance (Aatmanirbharata), lifts economic growth by enhancing skills, and improves people’s lives by bringing up opportunities for better lives. Education is a weapon for progress and peace in the 21st century. It is the key to develop India’s competitiveness in the worldwide economy. Proper guidance and expert teachings can help the country flourish its economy. Education is considered equal to military support for a nation. Education brings a person closer to worldly dynamics and odds.

Consequently, ensuring access to quality education for all, in particular for the poor and rural population in the remote areas of the country, is a fundamental aspect of our economic and social development. Education is one of the most important and crucial investments a country can make for its people and their future.

Conquering the World with Ancient Ideals

Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, once quoted “Education means enabling the mind to find out that ultimate truth which emancipates us from the bondage of dust and gives us wealth, not of things but inner light, not of power but love. It is a process of enlightenment. It is divine wealth. It helps in the realization of truth.” Taking inspiration from our own Gurudev, the Indian system of Education promotes values and virtues among the hearts and souls of the students. It gives equal importance to morals and ethics as to the bookish knowledge. Its prime focus is on who the child is, not on what the child knows. The system advocates the building of character through the moral aspects of society.

The education system encourages the child with the virtues of Truthfulness to self and others, Respect for others, Devotion to work, Patience, Tolerance, Honesty, and Love for all. These values, as the system believes, is ultimately responsible for developing the personality of the student as well as helps him to overcome his future limitations and face challenges around the world; as it lets the students create a personal mission statement defining their life goals and the person they hope to become. The values they imbibe support the students in crafting a self-monitoring tool to estimate their progress toward their goals; they start keeping a record of their effort to develop in a particular skill or area.

Bringing Social Revolution in the Country

The greatest perk of the education system lies in the fact that it brought the country one step closer to reforming the caste system and augmenting women’s rights. The education system prohibits the malevolent practices of judging a person by his/her caste. It empowers the downtrodden with a quality education. The system also focuses on how women are led to brutal social norms practiced since ancient times in addition to the violence which they face even today; including rapes, death threats, and acid attacks. Introduction of the current modern education system though dates back to colonial times in the late 19th century, but the battle for removal of the caste system and empowering women is growing at a fast pace each day.

The Indian education system derives its roots from the traditional system of education (Gurukuls) and the modern education system. Studying in a mixture of both types of education system enabled the learners to expand their minds and criticize the practices that hamper the cultural authenticity and true essence of the Indians. The system helped the students to learn more about the splendid and renowned history that India has. The Indian education system has also enabled the apprentices to benefit from the latest technology available all over the world; with equipped labs, well-furnished infrastructure renovated tools, and smart-classes. One of the important outcomes that the system gives is that it makes a student “capable”. The structure of the system is such that it prepares a pupil to accept his flaws and stand out to choose his future.

Given the above benefits, the Indian system still leads a long way to improvise. But the fact that India is a diverse country with 29 states and 23+ languages spoken, the progress is sure to progress gradually. Looking at the current scenario amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the institutes and colleges have turned towards digital learning. Even the peers from remote areas of the country are trying to modernize themselves to acquire their lessons.