Learners’ Park; GenLeap’s Sachin Sandhir on different aspects of the Indian education system


Sachin Sandhir, Founder and CEO of GenLeap shares his perspective on opportunities and obstacles in the Indian education system with FE Education Online.

What’s the best thing about today’s education system?

One of the best things is that it brings out the true essence of education. If you see, the university derives from “universitas” (Latin) which means “the whole world or the whole”. Similarly in India, ‘Vishwavidhyalay’ means ‘a school of global learning’. Both words have found a new dimension with the expansion and penetration of technology, access to digital learning and global awareness, making the world an oasis for the learner.

At all levels of education, the learner is no longer limited by region, language, economic status or institution to learn or understand something. Globally, the education system lives up to its name, where everyone can access the knowledge generated in huge volumes on a daily basis.

What is one thing you would like to change in the system?

Although technology has put the learner and the educator on an equal footing when it comes to decision-making power, it is still driven by external factors. Historically, we have seen that demand in industry leads to the advent of a specific stream/specialization in teaching. Right from British rule, where education was reformed to meet the demand for office workers, to technology-focused courses in AI and ML to meet the demand of industry. The learner also follows this trend. Although logically this may seem right, it can nevertheless interrupt the main goal of education, which is to become a better version of ourselves. If a fish is expected to climb the tree as is the current trend, job dissatisfaction and “great resignation” will continue to exist. A drastic, deep shift to an inside-out approach to decision-making is the need of the hour. Only then will the learner be freed to be the best version of themselves.

What role has digital technology played in the evolution of the education system?

In recent years, technological progress has taken a leap that was otherwise expected for years. Education at all levels was to go online within days. Learners across had to adopt and adapt within weeks. This has removed all the inhibitions of e-learning and created a lot of interest in e-learning, to learn new skills and also progress in the formal learning journey.

Digital learning has shifted the pressure on the educator to make the learning experience as engaging as possible. Learning and customizing in small chunks becomes key. For faculty, it is less about being “a wise man on stage” than being a “guide by side” using simulation tools, classroom response systems and virtual reality to effectively guide students. learners on their way.

What has been the downside of digital in education?

As humans, we continue to be social creatures and eager for human interaction. The most meaningful learning occurs primarily in discussions beyond the classroom with peers and professors. The charm of a campus life where people, personalities and communities are built, is difficult to reproduce on the digital medium.

What career advice would you like to give to students?

Only one – Look inside. For a generation obsessed with me, me, myself, it is saddening to see FOMO settling or following the herd mentality when it comes to choosing a career/education. Take the time to dive deep and understand who you are, determine your strengths, how do you relate to the outside, and what are the things you never get bored of. The answers will play the way to finding your purpose in life, which will lead to a better career choice.

Also Read: ‘Mushrooming of education factories’ leading to devaluation of human resources, says CJI NV Ramana

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