WES 2012 - Higher Education Track: Vocationalising Education and Skill Development... - Prof Sandeep Sancheti

Prof Sandeep Sancheti, Director NITK Surathkal
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: Vocational Education focuses on imparting some specific job related skills to the students. Vocational training is not part of higher education, it stands somewhere between schools and higher education depending upon the case and the need of the job.
In school education, we do not nurture and help the children, instead we kill the creativity of the child by setting rules for everything.  Right from Kindergarten, teachers take complete control of the child’s mind. Instead of allowing the child to develop his own brand of creativity, the teachers fill him up with their own ideas.
It should come as no surprise that after some amount of this kind of training, the child starts following a prescribed way of doing  things. Creativity is the fountainhead of any skill. Skills will not develop in children, if they are not allowed to showcase their talents  from childhood.
In India, our engineers do not get to open and rebuild things, so problem solving approach is never developed. The students are great  on paper, but hands on knowledge is missing and students don’t have the courage to join bits and pieces and learn in the process.
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