In the modern day society education is viewed as an ultimate institution of change and progress; a device to mould the society in a desirable way. Education as a fabric is composed of multiple elements that are well embedded within its functional matrix. Guidance is one of those functional elements that keeps the ability to steer the educational process in the right direction and to derive the maximum output.
Guidance is a process that enables an individual to solve his problems and to pursue a path that is relevant to ones abilities and aspirations. Guidance keeps the ability to break the barriers and to set the track smooth for an optimal growth and development of an individual.
In the field of educational history, guidance has a perennial significance. Looking from the historical point of view, the credit for introducing guidance movement goes to Samuel Hartlib, a reputed student of the Oxford University London. Hartlib served as a guide for new entrants to Oxford University. The movement of guidance soon spread to different parts of the globe and achieved a manifold progress.
The need of guidance is felt in all cultures irrespective of their cultural standard. Guidance as a professional process invites expert opinions from different angles to shape the career of youngsters on a line of confidence and progress.
Among all forms of guidance, educational guidance earned more faith and reputation in all cultures as education is the ultimate tool of progress and development. In the field of academics, guidance has a justified position. Educational guidance is a process that enables an individual to select an educational career of his choice and to make progress in it.
Education and guidance are the two faces of the same coin that work hand in hand for the betterment of the learners in their respective areas of academic quest. In the modern complex society guidance has gained momentum and is always an area of preference for experts in different areas.
Educational guidance has a pivotal role to play at all levels of learning and career selection. Learners must be given what they deserve in light of their of their interest, potential etc to enable them to aspire for better things.
Suitable educational guidance must be provided to learners at all levels of education to minimize the wastage of talent and to derive maximum output from the educational circuit. Nothing should be forced upon the learners as it keeps a strong stamina to disturb their academic career.
Educational institutions must inculcate the habit of developing educational guidance cells to enable learners to select educational streams of their choice and to make suitable progress in their respective areas of concern to make their dreams true.
Suhail Salam Bhat is Assistant Professor GDC(boys), Pulwama