A Resume On Nucleus Of Education

In the modern world, the most widely accepted device which can be harnessed as the most desired and effective panacea for all kinds of malaise or problems being faced by us in different spheres of life or the Universe is regarded as “Education.”

Education, for the sake of its definition, can be stated as any kind of learning, conception, perception, knowledge, skill, expertise, wisdom, etc. which may be within the vast purview of informal as well as formal divisions of education.

Before we switch over to the crux of our discussion on the significance of education, let us see of what the philosophers and thinkers opine about this vital term called Education.

What does education signify to the statesmen? According to Will and Ariel Durant, “Education is the transmission of civilization.’As Swami Vivekananda remarked, education must be the means of “life-building, man-making, character-building & assimilating fine ideas.”

Another thinker, George Peabody stated that “Education: A debt from the present to the future generations.”

Indira Gandhi, one of the able and strong women leaders the world has ever had once delivered, ‘education is a continuing process from the minute we are born till we die.”

One very right statement of education which no sane and knowledgeable people can deny was cited by none other than Dr John G Hibon. He assured,” education is the ability to meet life’s situations.”

As a matter of fact, education, not simply for its own sake but rather emphatically also for the whole cosmos so far as we know, is a very powerful and versatile technology which we have been benefited from variously and which we have been rejuvenating continuously for the management as well as materialization of human hopes and aspirations in the incessant orbit of time.

After thorough reading and analysis of these above-stated definitions of education by some prominent statesmen of the world, we can infer the following ingredients of education.

Composite features of education: One particular subject or discipline of education may have specific curriculum. However, education, for human beings in general, should have certain common salient features.

A right type of education should have the following six-fold fine ingredients of learning ‘“

To light up minds,

To do positive works,

To live together,

To love one another,

To lead a life worth his or her salt,

To invigorate collective development, etc.

Henceforth, the quintessential objectives of education can be highlighted as follows:

‘¢ Education should be the best means to drive away the shroud of ignorance.

‘¢ Education is the “pupil of the third eye” or wise and self-empowered living in human life.

‘¢ Education should invigorate us to respect the vital entities of justice, equality, liberty and happiness.

‘¢ Education should not make a person an enlightened despot.

‘¢ An educated person should not be an intelligent and crooked rogue.

‘¢ An educated person should correctly understand and show, by practice, what the right path is, where to go (goal), how to go, why to go, and when to go.

‘¢ Education should inculcate in the mind the sense of rational contentment in this greed-prone mundane world. Education, however, in spontaneous spirit, should germinate creative, innovative, and inventive ambits for mental thesis of originality.

‘¢ Education should ensure an upright development of physical, mental and spiritual faculties of people tempered by scientific sensitization.

‘¢ Education, however, should be imparted and harnessed as the best means for overall social welfare and development.

‘¢ Through the profound light of education, every human being in any walks of life should remember one quintessential and rational proposition in life that he or she is not only inevitable responsible for the present generation but also in a far-sighted manner, for the future generations to come.

Thus, the magnanimous value and splendor of education should be visualized in the light of the following points of vision statements of education.

Splendid mission of education:

Education should be regarded as an everlasting and most effective boon to the human society. Assuming that education is imparted properly through the available infrastructure and its policies implemented with commitment and alacrity by the responsible executives (ministers, bureaucrats, teaching and non teaching staff), the curricula and syllabi should be reviewed objectively and pragmatically revised from time to time reasonably for fruitful achievement of social objectives.

Apart from the direct authorities which are looking after the sphere of education as such, the guardians of the students, the intelligentsia (of course, they are the guardians of society and repository of societal reason), the NGOs and common citizens should raise constructive voice to regulate and redirect the actual interface of education towards human as well as social development and well-being.

Education for all human beings and all-out efforts there-for in all respects should be considered as long-term investment of far-reaching incremental endeavor-achievement ratio.

Education should instill the conscience of moral propriety and integrity or otherwise, the system of education, which fails to provide this desired effect, is to be branded as sub-standard or of inferior quality. In short, a right type of education should infuse a phenomenon of high moral or ingredients of ethical aura in human beings.

The final punch line:

Education, as it is admired by all, even if in reality, can’t elevate you to the ascending throne of Divinity (the status of God), and therefore, with rational conclusion, let it not deprave you down to the abyss of Bestiality (the Couch of Animal).

*The article is written by S Bijendra Meitei

(Courtesy: The Imphal Free Press)

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