Chandigarh : An interactive talk on topic “Research for Resurgence” was organised by Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal at ICSSR, PU, today. It was attended by HODs, professors and research scholars from Panjab University, affiliated colleges and deemed universities. Shri Mukul kanitkar, Organising Secretary of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal divulged on the state of research and education in the country. He also provoked thought on the need to promote education in the direction of economic and human betterment.
“If more than the title we focus on the purpose, use and application of research, our economy will trot at an unprecedented speed,” said Mukul Kanitkar, the key speaker at the seminar, as he cites the speeches of Obama and the likes who feel that if the students across the world don’t gear up, the intellectual Indian will take over.
“Though the debate in India is ripe on as to why our education system is not upto the mark, in reality it is still better that most countries of the world. The only reason we feel that our education system is lacking is because it is not challenging our intellect enough. Learning is in our DNA. If we read the Education survey of India, 1823 one will realise that the education level back then also was over 93 per cent,” Kanitkar emphasized that though we don’t lack in our level of education but the purpose of education seems to be diluted. Kanitkar also spoke about how over the last years keeping this thought in view, some institutes in India are now looking at registering the purpose and applicability of the research rather than the title of the research.
“If each one of us sits down everyday , researches and writes a few lines on the change we want to see and how do we see it happening, we will be making a whale of a contribution. Research, after all, is the root of all quest.” said Prof Kanitkar, who sums it aptly — from here on, the way forward is to look at solutions to make our education and research system better and not get fixated on the problems alone.
“We are looking at working on three main aspects— policy making of education system, syllabus drafting and exchange of dialogue on research ,” said PushpinderRathi, PrantMantri, Haryana and coordinator of Punjab and Chandigarh who along with the team members of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal met over one lakh people and compiled a list of the recommended changes in the education system to be sent to the CBSE.
Prof Sanjay Kaushik, the Convenor of BhartiyaShikshanMandal ,ChandigarhMahanagar Listed the achievements and the programmes organised by Chandigarh unit in the last couple of years.