Education Development in Haryana
Education is the biggest tool of empowerment. It is an instrument of change .It is only through educated masses that an state or a country can achieve it’s desired goals. For those states which are aiming to improve the quality of life of it’s populace, education can go a long way in make them achieve that goal. The challenges in education sector are immense and the biggest need of the hour is to make the system relevant to the constant changes which are occurring in the new information age.
For a state like Haryana, it is important to improve the quality of education in schools and colleges. Venod Sharma is one political leader who has always emphasized the need to make curriculum relevant to the changes happening around us. An outdated curriculum is as good as a can of trash. Venod Sharma’s constant emphasis has always been on the use of the information technology as a tool for learning. The focus area of the education policy of the state should not be quantity but quality.
According to Venod Sharma, education should not be a mere transfer of information but has to be enhancement of creativity & knowledge and development of relevant skills. He is a strong advocate of a decentralized system of educational administration. There should be a 100% participation of all the stake holders including the student, to make the course material relevant with the continuous changes happening around us.
One major problem in the school education system of Haryana is high drop-out rate among girls in the elementary stage.The percentage of girls going for education at the secondary and college stage is also very low. Venod Sharma has often suggested to launch a drive to encourage the girl child continue her education. He believes that it is the duty of the government to provide all the necessary help to the family of the girl child, so that she does not drop out from the school.
The overall objective of the college education should be to encourage socially & economically productive skills among students, so that they acquire relevant skills and become employable in the highly competitive job market .Venod Sharma has been advocating opening up of skill development centers all across Haryana for the skill enhancement of youth. This one step can prove to be a game changer for Haryana if implemented.
Indian economy is now becoming knowledge economy and for those states who want to reap the benefits of this knowledge economy, there is an urgent need to overhaul the educational system. Venod Sharma believes that in the coming days the technological advancement will pose new opportunities and only those people which have the right kind of skills will be able to tap the advantage of this situation.