The young blood
Youth script the destiny of a nation
PROF. MUHAMMAD ISMAIL
History stands witness that future of nations is decided by the youth. Nations that failed to care for their youth perished as failed nations. For us this is high time to think and care for our youth. Youth of our state have grown up in an era of deceit, turbulence and violence. Having lived the prime time of their lives in a state of oppression, they have missed every beauty and happiness whose memories make the oldies to look ever young. But on the positive side the rough weather, the youth of this nation have grown up in, has made them much stronger and more practical. This promises us of a more caring, more prosperous and more harmonious future for our nation. Transforming this promise into reality demands a thorough analysis of the state of mind of our youth and an immediate attention to their concerns.
Twenty first century is known as the era of knowledge economy where knowledge with skill has become essential eligibility for the competitors. Education is the most important asset that we should ensure our youth should acquire. A careful analysis of the present system of education indicates that it needs an immediate overhaul. We need to accept that success of our every effort aimed at providing quality facilities for better life demands imparting of value based education to our youth. Praiseworthy are the policies that have been aimed at imparting free education to our children. Right to education, mid day meals, SSA, RMSA and PMRP are some of the examples that indicate the concern of the policy makers for educating the youth. Failure of such schemes is a matter of concern; we as politicians, administrators, teachers, parents and the society of our youth need to introspect as to how we all knowingly or unknowingly contribute to the failure of these schemes. How long should we allow the failure of these schemes to ruin our youth, why should we fail to ensure that every youth is benefited from the every good of these schemes? Let us ensure that political interventions, religious/racial/ caste system based nepotism are not a part of the administrative, curricular and day to day affairs of our institutes. Let the Guru-Shishya culture of our past be restored in the schools of our present. Letís ensure that the philosophy behind the concept of school returns to Gurukuls of our present. Of course we need to rethink whether or not the modern day educational selling institutes are a safe alternative to the concept of school. Are these institutes suitable places where in every aspect of the philosophy behind the concept of school reaches the body and soul of our youth?
Looking into the present scenario prevailing the world over, one feels that our education curriculum needs to be revamped and the education set up revitalized. Moral education needs to be incorporated in the school curriculum. Professional and Vocational Courses need be strengthened. Residential professional institutions need be established on geo-population basis. And importantly the youth need be given the freedom to choose the curriculum of their choice that suits their strengths. In the whole process, parents need to act as councilors and facilitators rather than dictators.
We need to create a job market wherein our youth can work to earn for their honorable livelihood. For this Public-private partnership in education and industries sectors has to be encouraged. Work culture needs to be revitalized. We need to exploit our natural resources. The state should develop its own hydroelectric power projects. Our universities and research institutes should guide, train and motivate youth to setup industrial, agricultural, horticulture, sericulture and animal farm based units under self and society employment schemes for which the government and banks should provide necessary financial support. We know that geographical location of our state makes it a best place for animal farming and cultivation of many medicinal and aromatic plants. We need to market our geographical diversity for infusing new life to our tourism industry. For harmonious development of the state we need to build housing colonies with education, sports and civic facilities for economically weaker sections of the society.
Let's not forget where there is a will there is a way; so let us work for the youth and let youth work for the society.
(Professor Muhammad Ismail is Former College Principal. Feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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