New Delhi, July 8 : Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal is a voluntary organization working in the field of education for last 46 years. With 268 branches in 24 states, Mandal is engaged in research, awareness, orientation and publication activities with an aim to evolve indigenous Model of Bharatiya Education System. After contacting more than 4000 educationists all over the country Mandal has developed a “Holistic and integrated Education Outline”.
A press conference was addressed by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal National Vice President Dr B L Natiya and Joint Organizing Secretary Shri Mukul Kanitkar on 8th July 2015 on the education policy draft prepared by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal.
The present educational system is being faced by numerous problems. Our youth in spite of acquiring the most expensive education is afflicted with several problems like disappointment due to unemployment; moreover the contemporary education has drifted far away from the values of life. Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal strives to develop an educational system which is based on our Bharatiya values enshrined in the manifestation of the ancient Bharatiya ethos and bring about the resurgence of our motherland. Mandal prepared a questionnaire and made efforts to reach 4000 educationists and teachers all over the nation. The model of the indigenous model of Bharatiya education, ‘Bharatiya Shikshan Rooprekha’ was prepared by compiling the suggestions in received in response to those questionnaires. This model has been presented in the last 6 months to all the people associated with education, in the entire nation. A campaign consisting of workshops, seminars for bringing about an exchange of ideas, is going on. A feedback form has been attached this draft outline of education for obtaining opinions from the people who read it. A special campaign has been started from 6th July 2015 to 19th July 2015 so as to obtain the feedback from lakhs of people all over the country so that we can formulate a people friendly and practical educational policy.
This draft lays emphasis on the moral and integral development of the students which is facilitated by the preference to practical training in the 8 year duration of elementary or general school education. The syllabus should be related to life and methodology enjoyable. The draft proposes a flexible pattern of higher school education. A part of student be allowed to go for skill and vocational education by way of it is and specially designed Rural skill institutes. These students may further their studies in polytechnics and then some may join professional colleges. Even for the drop outs who join some work after class 8 and want to go for higher school education after a year or two, the draft provides for a bridge course followed by regular school without any loss of years. The need to make the 4 year school education more pragmatic, has been stressed upon. One vocational subject and one classical language should be made compulsory in Higher school – class 9 to 12. Choice of other three subjects be kept fully optional from a large list of more than 100 subjects. Cross disciplinary selection may be allowed. The proposed structure is fully flexible.
The university education should be made completely autonomous, the number of libraries and laboratories be increased, work experience be emphasised so as to enhance the work culture. Arrangements should be made for improving the performance in all the exams and preference should be given to research and writing thesis right from the graduation level. There should be multiple entry and exit options in the Higher Education. Certificate can be given to those students who discontinue studies after first year in the same way diploma after 2 years and pass degree after three years of University Education and honors degree after 4 years.
Emphasis has been placed on acquiring efficiency in vocational skills in professional education and hence every student should compulsorily work for 2 hours every day. The major part of the training should be based on practical experience and substantial improvements need to be effected in the evaluation procedures and system of examinations. There should not be any exams in classes 1 and 2, only oral exams in classes 3 and 4, written exams in classes 5 and 6, practical exams in classes 7 and 8, exams based on internal monthly tests and annual exams in classes 9 and 10. The weightage of the internal and the external exams should be in the ratio of 40:60. The evaluation in the internal exam should be on the basis of the class work, homework, practical knowledge and work experience. The system of pass/fail should be abrogated and anyone scoring at least 50 % marks should be eligible for being promoted to the higher class. The facility for improving the performance should be implemented.
The draft proposes that an independent, autonomous education commission should be created for supervising and controlling all the aspects of the educational system and its units should be established in all the districts. 65 to 75 % of its members should be from the field of education and 25 to 40 % should be from other fields like industry, social workers, representatives of teacher’s associations, directors of educational institutions, representatives of government bureaucracy etc. This commission should control the different facets of the educational system like syllabi, examinations, welfare of teachers, appointment of teachers etc.
It has been provided that after every 4-5 years, this model of education should be reviewed by seeking feedback from the public through a national survey and implementing the suggestions and modifications obtained through those surveys. This process should go on continuously and care be taken to ensure that it does not have any detrimental effect on the welfare of the teachers. The system should be transparent.
All these matters are explained in detail in the ‘Bharatiya Shiksha Rooprekha’. An expansive campaign will be conducted from 6th July to 19th July 2015 to obtain feedback about this draft from all over the nation. All of you can become a part of this campaign and contribute to this noble mission.