Out of the Box Education – Peeping Beyond the Horizon

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”, is an allegory that has been employed repeatedly in the domain of education for more than one hundred years [1]. As unreasonable as it is to design a curriculum that trains a fish to climb a tree, so mindless it is to monopolize education as a channel to pursue a career that cherishes popular opinion.

The structure of contemporary education in India is moulded by the predominant Indian ambition to groom its future generations to become doctors or physicians or engineers (software) in particular. Thus, the existing academic scenario is bound to concentrate its entire focus on science and mathematics to gratify the Indian dream, sidelining the other academic streams to the corners of not so very noteworthy presence. Heedless of interests and abilities, this has inadvertently coaxed the Indian students to succumb to societal pressure and undergo such tenure of education that would enable them to procure a seat in a Medical or Engineering College.

To keep the story from looking lopsided, the undeniable merits of the Indian education system that has given birth to noteworthy stalwarts in the fields of medicine, engineering, and other professional streams are duly acknowledged with great gratitude. This write-up intends to voice the cause of the Indian youth that has drowned in the whirl of India’s popular opinion on education and career.

The inescapable shackles of the mundane monotony that haunts our choice of education can be cracked only if the academic perspective is widened beyond the realms of career-oriented scope. Education should be the key that opens the gate for nurturing all kinds of constructive talent that any individual yearns to acquire or possesses innately. It should not be limited to the measure of its scope in terms of career opportunities.

The passion to know and know more should be the fuel that kindles the fire in a person to seek knowledge about the subject of his or her interest. An academic stint thus triggered is poised to gain momentum and rise above the strata of scope to define its presence as a unique entity with diverse opportunities. It is an encouraging sign that such opportunities have already started to bloom. The following are a few trending positions that are beckoning the jobseekers and the youth of India to assume roles of job satisfaction, high salary, career growth and future prospects.

  • Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Digital Marketing Professional
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Financial Analyst
  • Food Flavorist/Flavor Chemist
  • Spa Management
  • Medical Technologists

The American author and screenwriter, John Michael Crichton in his famous techno-thriller novel Jurassic Park states, “Life will find a way”. Similarly, if our younger generation shall be encouraged to follow their hearts in choosing their line of education, the scope for the same shall find its way over time

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