Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Authored by:

Yashmita P – Member, Legit by Internationalism

Sayantani Ray – Jnr. Associate Editor

1. The Dawn of Long-Awaited Reform

“Focus should be on Skill-based Education: Give a man a fish and you feed him one day, teach him how to catch fishes and you feed him for a lifetime"

The history of the Indian education system has its root from the Gurukul system, where the subject taught was Vedas and other subjects such as Phonetics, Grammar and Astronomy and sciences like Economics, Laws, Art of Warfare, Fine arts, etc. The students resided with the teacher until the teacher felt that he has imparted all the knowledge identifying his capabilities, which can further be passed on to the future generations.

However, with the invasion of the British, the education system was more classroom-oriented following a curriculum confined to subjects such as Mathematics, Science, etc.

Today, although the education system is being digitalized extravagantly, it still includes long hours of lectures by the teacher with very little focus on the student’s ability to comprehend considering each individual is blessed with different capabilities, interests, and skill set.

The focus of the education system needs to be on churning out not just engineers, lawyers, doctors, MBA graduates, but also entrepreneurs, artists, writers, etc. all of whom contribute to the development of the economy and society as well. The National Education Policy 2020 is a positive step towards reforming the education system as it mainly focuses on the development of ‘soft skills’ of a child (social and emotional skills) including cultural awareness and empathy, perseverance, communication, and leadership. It also focuses on developing an individual’s skill allowing them to choose their paths in life according to their talents.

Furthermore, steps need to be taken to improve the educational institutions in rural areas by providing them with basic amenities and encouraging corporate and teachers to involve themselves with such institutions to contribute to the upliftment of the country altogether.

2. Vista Project

The government to redevelop the Central Vista, the 3-km extended length from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, that even a staggering pandemic is no interruption from it. The existing Parliament was designed by a duo, Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The plan is to reconstruct the Parliament by March 2022 and the central secretariat by March 2024, alongside residence complex South and North Blocks with a new PMO building. The Private firm contracted for construction drafted a master plan of the Parliament building being triangle in shape after demolishing the old one.

The Centre has given a reason for the redevelopment plan, from the auxiliary well-being of the Parliament building and the North and South Blocks, constructed in 1911 and 1931, after reconstruction of the quantity of seat increment, with more space to situate MPs and office space for every one of them.

The CPWD made an estimation of Rs. 922crore for the reconstruction of the Parliament.

The choice of redevelopment was taken in a rush and without satisfactory discussions. The utility of such an enormous redevelopment isn't effectively defendable. As several essential approvals are made during the crisis in absence of the expert independent Vista Project Committee, it questioned the government’s transparency. The change of land by the Delhi Development Authority was granted before the lockdown started on March 25. Architects and activists have scrutinized the absence of studies to determine the requirement for the task and its effect on the earth, traffic, and contamination. There were sufficient motivations to be prudent about this master plan from the beginning.

The Vista Project plan needed to be deferred during the pandemic phase and re-evaluate at a later stage.

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Legit Originals, Volume 1, Issue 2 (October 2020)

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