Putting Education in Context

Dr. N. Sundararajan
Published: May 2016
Vice-Chancellor Dr. N. Sundararajan

Education is a vocation and chiselling out the fine curves takes patience and perseverance. The day we choose to teach is the day we should become ready to face the challenges it poses head on.

The number of distractions have increased and the span of student concentration has gone down. A common issue that is being faced by educationists is to engage students in a way that would help them to get the best out of their educational experience. Some students take to education like a duck does to water but there are others who need to be coaxed to learn. The latter do not always lag behind because they do not have an aptitude for education but at times it is simply because they are not ready to apply themselves. It is important to remember that academicians have a responsibility towards both groups.

Inspiring students to learn is as important as imparting quality education and latest knowledge. Methodology matters and so does context. Teaching methodologies need to be as interactive as possible to make learning effective and keep the students interested. A bright spot is that even the students who are reluctant to be actively engaged in the learning process, start developing a keener interest once they are given ample opportunity to prove themselves and begin to receive positive feedback. After all, nothing succeeds like success. And, once a student tastes success they rarely hesitate in applying themselves.

Similarly, it also helps to put education in the right context. Every person chooses a different path for their lives, everyone has different aspirations. The students need to be demonstrated the value of education in the context of their dreams and future. This can be done through live projects and real time situations. And most importantly, an academician should be able to strike a rapport with the youngsters. While inspiring respect is essential, it is also vital to be approachable and open to new ideas so that the learners do not hesitate to share their difficulties and challenges.

Education is a vocation and chiselling out the fine curves takes patience and perseverance. The day we choose to teach is the day we should become ready to face the challenges it poses head on.

Dr. N. Sundararajan
Vice Chancellor, Jain University

 - Dr. N. Sundararajan is a well known academician and is the Vice Chancellor for Jain University