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By Gaurav Sharma
Education is a multi-faceted process that encompasses a wide array of disciplines such as transfer of knowledge, learning values, ideas and other life enhancing skills. While these life-enhancing skills involve an inextricable element of survival, viz-a-viz creation of employable assets, this is not the only purpose that they should serve.
In this regard, Albert Einstein, the Nobel-prize winning physicist known for his intelligence acumen, realized something very profound: imagination is more powerful than knowledge.
Talking about India
Yet, the current education system in India is completely anti-imaginative, thoroughly infused with knowledge prioritizing rote-learning. It rewards memorizing of hard and bulky facts with little or no emphasis on critical analysis of the information that is given to students. The inadequacy of such a short-sighted education system, however, does not take much time to reveal its ugly face.
As the student cum prospective employee steps into the professional arena, he soon realizes how amateur he is and has to undergo the tedious process of ‘job-training’.
So, what is wrong with the Indian education system and the way it is run presently?
First and foremost, the education structure is highly rigid, both in terms of the curriculum and the manner of teaching.
Those possessing an independent, questioning and free-thinking mind are castigated as ‘out-of-touch-with-reality’ lunatics. Such presumptions inhibit the sprouting up of the natural artistic talent that might be embedded deep inside the heart of a sparkling child.
Critical inquiry, which is a crucial fulcrum of education in any field, is also looked down upon. This essentially means that logical and analytical thinking, which are essential aspects in the formation of a well-rounded personality, are entirely missing from the purview of our school set-up.
The consequence of such a warped system of educational ideals is reflected in the high dropout rates at the school level and low attendance record at the undergraduate plank.
Higher education in India
While institutes of higher education, such as IITs, IIMs, JNU etc routinely figure among the top places to study in the world, only a few manage to earn their place in such prestigious universities.
Six decades after gaining independence, barely 6-7 per cent of the Indian citizenry goes to centers for higher education or universities at the right age. The United States, on the other hand, boasts more than 60 per cent participation in the tertiary education segment.
To add to the educational woes, the abysmal shortage of higher education institutes is hardly given its due importance by the government. The lax attitude of our ministers is quite apparent when a miserly 3 per cent of the total budget is allocated towards education by the department under their wing.
School system in India
At the primary and secondary level, the government is the major provider of education with more than 70 per cent of the schools being run under its direction.
The facilities in the state run schools are in a dismal condition; lack of safe drinking water and unhygienic lavatory systems being the defining features of their infrastructural structure.
The shoddy state of affairs in the public schools is not just limited to infrastructure facilities. The teacher-pupil ratio stands at an awful ratio of 1:37. The general practice of citing health concerns to mark their leave of absence further amplifies the apathy with which the school children in public schools are treated.
Of Modi government and education
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an eye towards capturing a higher growth rate, is working on taking forward the UPA government’s plan of establishing 8 IITs, 7 IIMs and 30 Central Universities.
While such an ambitious target is certainly awe-inspiring, one wonders if such a strategy is an appropriate anodyne for lifting more than a billion poor people from the vicious circle of illiteracy and unemployment.
At a deeper level, the growth measure by Prime Minister Modi involves a basic yet serious flaw.
Advocating more Central Universities and making dramatic changes in the higher echelons of education by overlooking the quality of education at the school level is like building a grand castle on shifting sand. It is only a matter of time before the castle collapses.
First precipitate, now solution
A serious revamp of any system, including educational setup, should start with the foundation. If Modi honestly intends to overhaul the education system in India, he should first and foremost lay down a firm footing for the child, to smoothly and gradually traverse the rungs of higher education.
Equally important is the need to allocate a higher budget for establishing more schools, training teachers, introducing better facilities such as libraries and laboratories, along with the propagation of the benefits of education.
Another problem that needs to be nipped in the bud is the seething number of private unaccredited institutions offering dubious degrees that have arisen due to the slack regulatory environment prevailing within the country. This can be arrested by ensuring transparency through the introduction of strict data disclosure policies for the institutions to adhere to.
It is high time that the HRD ministry under the aegis of the Modi government takes a long, hard look at the pathetic state of affairs in the education sector and initiates concrete and long-lasting steps to reverse the awry trend.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
Bright And Beautiful
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema