“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. —Nelson Mandela”
I have always believed that learning is no longer limited to attending classes, mugging lessons, and scoring high percentages in exams for job opportunities. In this new age of blended learning and hybrid mode of academics and job scenarios, employers are constantly on the lookout for students who can innovate, disrupt, and solve real-time challenges.
Ever since I started REVA University way back in 2004, my constant wish has been to impart holistic development to students. To achieve this, I want students to take charge. When I say, taking charge, it not only means leadership skills but also taking ownership of ideas, thereby developing a sense of responsibility and the confidence to nurture these ideas and translate them into bigger ventures. Students need a platform that reflects their strengths, and I personally believe that educational institutions should enable such platforms.
In most market research and targeted surveys, focus group discussions are deemed important. But the sad aspect is that educational institutions pay less or no attention to this most effective medium and a crucial fragment of quality education. I feel that when we categorize students as per their areas of interest and enable them to interact and share ideas with students of similar interests, as well as get mentored by industry experts in their chosen field, it will change the paradigm of new-age learning.
I know REVA University has a long way to go, but at the same time, I am delighted to say that our University thrives on focus group learning. We invite dignitaries and people from specialized fields that helps students to interact and get valuable insights.
The onus clearly lies on educational institutions to facilitate ground learning as it throws real-life challenges, the methods to find solutions to such challenges, and discover the individual strength of every student.
That’s not all.
The hidden talent should not just be unearthed, but it should also be nurtured. I have witnessed several instances where it takes someone else who can recognize an individual’s capacity to think bigger or make a bigger impact. As you all know, it takes the apt environment, talent seekers, and a pool of untapped talent that blends together to identify the right people.
As I always say, when value-based education, coupled with additional life skills like entrepreneurial skills are added to the pedagogy, students will automatically acquire leadership skills. We are the torchbearers for the youth and we need to create an ecosystem that helps the students come out with these skills.
Let’s lead them by practice and I am sure they will follow.