Higher education provides a gateway to a number of opportunities in the future. It is like a door opening to miscellaneous pathways and one can always raise his or her standards of living by studying higher and higher in life.
Higher education equips a man with the specialised skills required to earn higher levels of efficiency at workplace, gives an equal space in this competing world, improves skills and provides scope for better serving our community and working towards its development.
Purpose of higher education
The main goal of education is to provide a direction and purpose to one’s life. If you aim to go far in that chosen direction, you need to set the stage for achieving higher education for yourself. We can draw a simple analogy here. A person who knows to drive a motorcycle hits the road with ease, but only in his motorcycle.
Now if he is asked to drive a car that he doesn’t know to drive, he is sure to struggle on the road. Both vehicles ply on the road, but to drive a car it needs extra efforts by the same person, extra skills to manoeuvre the car, etc. So it’s like achieving the next level of learning. Similarly, let us now explore why higher education is important in one’s life:
Preparing for a jump in one’s career: If you joined your organisation at the most basic level and you are ambitious to grow up the ladder, you need supportive skills. These extra skills are gained by putting in your time and energy in a course that gives you extra edge to soar higher in your career ladder.
In short, making time for achieving higher education in your chosen filed will directly reflect on your career prospects and you can definitely aim for promotions and perks in your work field.
Higher skill gain: After exploring the benefits that one can achieve in one’s workplace lets now go beyond that circle and see how higher education can benefit in general. These days nobody sits with a single job in hand throughout his or her lifetime. Everybody likes to taste success at new destinations.
To have confidence in emerging out from one’s familiar shell and taste unexplored waters, it needs lot of courage doubled with knowledge. We can get this only from higher education. All the skills and specialisations derived from higher education help a person to explore unexplored territories and achieve higher excellence in life.
Intellectual development: The more you study, the more you broaden your horizon and hence your perspective undergoes a serious transformation. A person who has completed higher education certainly has a better perspective and ideas to help in community and societal development and has the capability to build a citizen friendly nation.
Ideas and innovations that are garnered from people who have sought higher education provide a global competing space for the nation as a whole.
Motivation to pursue one’s passion for a subject: If we like to prepare a strawberry cake, we try to find out the recipe and try it at our kitchen. Probably, the next time we may try to add some more ingredients to make it more delicious. Another time, we may add a touch of experimentation to give it a better look.
So, every time the cake gets a higher level of transformation than the previous one. In a similar way, a person pursues higher education out of passion too! If he loves to specialise in a subject, he would love to study more and gather more knowledge out of his previous degrees. That gives him a better edge than the rest pursuing similar interests.
Issues in higher education
Higher education is not all that easy as it seems. Right from financial constraints to lack of funds and scholarships at universities, problems are many. There are many universities and academic centers of excellence that support higher education facilities at their campuses.
But, to provide the required infrastructure and research facilities for higher education, it needs an equal amount of investment in terms of time and money on the part of the college. Hence, higher education costs are usually exorbitant and unreachable to the common masses. A scholarship facility or a provision to avail study loans will definitely help in this matter.
Reservation for category and minority students is another issue in our country. The cream of the rank achieving lot gets absorbed by the premier institutes of the country. But the remaining large percentage runs helter skelter to find a good place for an opportunity in higher education.
Right from the esteemed institutes of technology to universities, colleges, academic centers, reservation is like a plague that hits every path that we tend to move. Meritorious and deserving students in the unreserved category find it very difficult to have a foot hold or find an opportunity to seek a place in higher education.
Similarly, conservatories and seminaries that impart religious knowledge seek members of their own community to take place in collaborative studies, leaving out many deserving candidates to find shade in the sun outside.
Measures for a friendly higher education system
Nowadays, the education system is undergoing a sea change. We can see that the rank-based conservative system of education is being replaced by a much more friendly, grade based system of evaluation and merit. Scores are graded and not evaluated by marks.
This helps a student to lessen the pressure on rote learning and gives way to a much more broader perspective of rational thinking and open mindset. It creates room for better interaction and discussion about knowledge being taught. This is in the main stream.
To effectively achieve higher education at all levels of society, we can think a little away from the main stream branches too.
Conventional thinking can be replaced by vocational learning that may not be so famous in the first place, but holds equal importance for a society to thrive.
We can see the rise of many vocational and trade schools that offer specialisation in many branches of non-conventional learning and they are formal courses too! Certificates and academic degrees are awarded even to these higher education courses and stand an equal chance to promote good higher education literacy in the country.
The privatisation of higher education in India has certainly increased the bar when it comes to standards in learning, but is not reachable to all classes of society. To ensure that it is reaching out to the larger population, students must be encouraged to avail scholarships and study loans at banks with cheaper repayment interests.
Also, a credit– based higher education system as discussed before has the capability to transform the whole education system and take on research and development prospects to an all new level in the country.
With increase in literature and government actively spending on school and college education, the number of enrolments of students in higher education is also on the rise. From our part, it is very essential that we encourage students to not just look at the fancy side of finding a job and a good salary, but build an excellent career and track record with a good higher education.
The country can see all round development if more number of people specialise in the subjects they choose because they can be assets for the future and the country depends on such scholars to rise in global competition.