By Muzafar Jan
The education of youth is so descriptive and comprehensive for society that it reminds me of the quote: “Neither piety, nobility nor freedom can flourish long in a society where the education of youth is neglected”. Kashmir has become a bone of contention in political corruption resembling a theatre of astonishing dispensations of barbarism. India-Pakistan issues have already paralysed Kashmir, and to add insult to injury political instability, corruption and wrong policies are at a limit.
Rather than analysing the quality, standards and output of education, the government itself is entangled in bitter discussions about the validity of ReTs and their re-evaluation, and banning tuitions. The clunky scenario created by these pretentious, generic propositions reflects the complete failure of the government system. Their priorities in the education sector are also invisible to the common man; for example, after more than 3-4 years of the notification for assistant professors, the proposal is still ‘wandering around’ given political manifestoes. Kashmir being a highly disturbed, unstable place, a microanalyses of the details of the education system is more relevant to the current socio-political scenario of the state, so as to equip the younger generations with relevant education. We need to develop an educational system different from other states.
I am of the opinion that the future of our young generations has suffered a lot since militancy. But besides that, it is the political setup which has catalysed it to high levels of deterioration. Rather than going into an open dialogue about development and technology they foster their primitive ideas. Political instability has triggered a state of capriciousness among the young which can suck away the relevance of education and development, already on the path to atrophy. So it is important to empower the new generation to look beyond the present state of insecurity to envisage a future for the nation and exert themselves for realising the same.
The aim, from an early level, should be the overall development of the students instead of concentrating just on the academic level; which means imparting wisdom along with knowledge through a value based system of education. Education should present diversity and freedom to the youth to choose between all the realms of knowledge including arts and sciences rather than confining them to conventional trends. An ideal education system must have the potential to make students aware of the current socio-political scenario, equip them to face it and empower them to make a change instead of getting disheartened by hardships. A noble structural model for education is useless without proper authority and means to implement it.
It is teachers or faculties who have the responsibility to enforce such a system and if corruption creeps into the process at this stage, it goes without saying that the output won’t be the anticipated one. So it’s imperative to have a more centralised system devoid of nepotism and bribery at the top level to make the selection process transparent. Learning is an empirical process and involves the requirement of proper learning facilities that forms an influential and integral factor in ensuring unhindered imparting of education. To achieve this it is essential to properly address the problem of the current resource deficit that highlights the necessity of more budget allocation for education and research. In addition, the availability of opportunities to pursue one’s own perceptions and proper recognition of potential research is of paramount importance.
These things are not achievable overnight but can serve as longtime goals for attaining a sound system of education, and once it is accomplished social stability and sustainable development will be natural repercussions.
—The writer is a PhD candidate at the New York School of Medicine