The Importance of Education

The Importance of Education
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The importance of education for a given society cannot be underscored enough. It is in the nature of an intrinsic good that everyone must have access to and nobody should be deprived from. From a general perspective, education for all has been recognized by the United Nations and efforts are on to make this laudable goal real. But, these are generic perspectives, noble and much laudable as they are. Issues arise when the process of education , its supply and value chain, delivery, pedagogy, soft and hard infrastructure are attempted to be translated into action. This holds a searing resonance for Kashmir where, on account of structural reasons, the process of education is not seamless. Obiter dictum, one important aspect of education is momentum. But, in Kashmir, for obvious reasons, momentum in and to education is not always maintained. This is a both potentially and in real terms, a deleterious condition that can(and probably has) negatively impacted the educational process for students here. It not only has implications beyond the obvious but also in terms of career pathways of students. Given that conditions in Kashmir will be defined by uncertainty, the key challenge is to operate under this constant and devise ways and means for somewhat seamless delivery and process of education for students in Kashmir. Till now, only humdrum and prosaic measures have been instituted to deal with this issue that only skims the surface. More needs to be done. The question is what? One measure and potential answer to the issue that presents itself is the incorporation of technology and embedding it in both the processes of education and its delivery. This is not to state that solely technology is to be employed for education but its integration with conventional pedagogic, delivery and examination methods. Both should and must complement each other. Obviously, it would call for more budgetary outlays and support by , to and of parents and students. Delivery of aspects of the educational value chain, to which the reference is made to here, online can obviate , to a large extent, the challenges posed by deep uncertainty that prevails in Kashmir. Moreover, it also create various loops that can tie our students to the latest developments, research and knowledge across the world. Education, in the final analysis, is too important to be left to its own devices, so to speak. It is in the nature of an imperative that interventions of a nature that redound positively to the students of Kashmir be made on an urgent basis.