It’s examination time. The “examination’” word is enough to bring a chill down one’s spine. The months of February-March does this to you. Especially for students giving their X, XII and graduation examinations. After all, these are the crucial milestones where a student decides what to become in life and prepare to achieve it.
This is the time of the year when books are opened, guides, google search and previous years question papers are referred to. Tutors are paid a premium to ensure premium percentages. After the examinations come the results which are announced in coming months. Then the rush to secure seats in the best colleges and B-schools and after a college education rushing to get a good position in some premium company. Choices of education fields and avenues were limited or type-casted. The education system was totally into a herd mentality operation.
This was the common scenario every year. This scenario has played and re-played the same tune since decades, with students, teachers and parents thinking, this is the only way to be secure and established. The golden words of John W. Gardner sums up the educational scenario that was existent till the close to the 20th century. “Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”
Close to the 20th century, the education scenario underwent a change. A welcome one at that. Stress on efficiency by companies and a global influence across sectors has led the new generation to realise that there could be alternatives or more choices for higher education. The perception about getting a graduation degree or a post-graduation degree has changed. More options are being explored. Alternate education avenues are being looked at and accepted. What today’s generation is looking for is to learn a curriculum that would give them an edge in this competitive corporate scenario.
Today, apart from the traditional colleges where one can get a commerce, arts or science degree and higher education like MBA and so on, there are reputed institutions that offer graduation and post-graduation courses with a mission. A mission catering to the demands of creating and nurturing efficient business leaders for the future of businesses.
Today, there are many graduation and post-graduation courses designed in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the modern industry. Courses that enable more personalized interactions with faculty and classmates at the same time building valuable professional networks. The mantra of today’s Gen-Y is getting on the job. Hence most of today’s further studies courses concentrate not only on theory but lay a huge emphasis on completion of projects, internships and then placements. All these slant to gaining that valuable work experience that prepare students to drive results of the highest level in whichever career they take up.