A system of teaching that considers all the variables with respect to a person’s being will achieve what it has set out to. The traditional education system used to paint all students with the same brush. They often failed to identify the core skills of the students, and thus their strengths would go unnoticed. Both students and parents have realised the need to have a planned structure for training the children to make them future-ready
Current Scenario of Holistic Education and Education Sector
The education sector has a major role in the development of the country. With numerous international and national education providers entering the Indian market, there is a need to discuss the possibility of the holistic development of a student, and hence the country.
According to a research report by the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, the country has more than 1.5 million schools with over 260 million students enrolled in them, and about 751 universities and 35,539 colleges. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world. However, the education system has some way to go.
The Indian literacy rate was estimated to be about 75 per cent in 2016 compared to 63 per cent in 2011. Currently, the school segment is valued about US$ 52 billion and contributes 52 per cent to the education market in India, while the higher education contributes 15 per cent of the market size, text-book, e-learning and allied services contribute 28 per cent and vocational education in manufacturing and services contributes 5 per cent.
Why coaching institutes?
Higher education system in India has undergone rapid expansion and transition. With the rise of the institutes working towards preparing students for competitive exams, there is a visible growth in the number and quality of students being enrolled in colleges for higher education. Most of the colleges take admissions through entrance tests and not just the merit scores of board exams. The students today are expected to have knowledge about anything and everything.
While the schools have designed their curriculum to help students gain knowledge on the various subjects, the coaching institutes play a vital role in providing in-depth knowledge in a particular subject. This helps students in getting ready for various competitive exams in their life ahead.
Both students and parents have realised the need to have a planned structure for training the children to make them future-ready. This is visible through the increase in educational spend across.
According to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2016-17, the city has observed an increase in expenditure on education. The national capital’s total expenditure (planned and unplanned) on education, including sports, art and culture, increased from US$ 713.8 million in 2011-12 to US$ 1.59 billion in 2016-17.
Advantages of Studying at Coaching Institutes
? One of the greatest benefits of coaching is the chances to network with an aspiring group of people which can give an edge over others in competitive academic environment
? Proper revision and guidance from mentors give a strong foundation for the competitive exams
? Coaching centres help students to be in line with the latest syllabus and help students change the strategy of learning as per the change in syllabus
? The refined and smartly-designed study materials help students cover maximum topics in simpler way
? The institutes study the market position and educational environment of various colleges and help student guiding them towards the best
What are the Gaps in Current Coaching System and How can They be Fixed?
Coaching institutes are mushrooming all over the country, and they are now looked at as a business. However, what is overlooked is the investment taken by these institutes towards nurturing the child’s career and their overall growth. Most of the coaching institutes have a higher number of student intake which reduces the attention given per student. This leads to parents having greater expectations on the coaching institutes, along with the underperformance of the students.
The current coaching system looks only at the academic development of a student, rather than the holistic development which creates a gap between an individual's academic and overall growth.
The institutes need to inculcate psychometric tests to evaluate the potential of the students and provide them the required training. Also, reducing the number of students intake per batch, or having more batches with lesser students will help coaching institutes improve the quality of students passing out. Using the advanced technology to help students with better time management and assessment procedures will aid coaching institutes to take a call on revision of the training module.
Role of Aptitude-Based Training Institutes in an Individual’s Growth
In such a scenario, coaching institutes have now ventured into understanding the capabilities and aptitudes of the students which help them to understand the strengths and opportunities for a student. The use of aptitude tests can help in recognizing the requirements of the students and help them achieve their goals, and thus score good marks in board and competitive examinations.
Using this information, coaching institutes can now develop their course curriculum and teaching models, which will help the students understand the concepts better. This will also help in giving the right amount of attention to the students, based on their abilities and interests.
Additionally, coaching institutes should also look towards enhancing the analytical skills of the students and help them excel in their goals. Such initiatives towards investing in the growth of a student or a learner, can help in bringing out better individuals not only academically, but in the society as well.
Though the institutes are emerging as the nurturing masters for students, it is required that the students get the continuous needed training and assistance in their preparations. Both institutes and parents have to together work for holistics development of a child.
Dr. Uday Nath Mishra
Dr. Uday Nath Mishra, 31 years of experience in edification, has written 16 book for various publications which are available in market. Dr. Uday started his career as a lecturer and gained immense experience at IIT-JEE/ Engineering level education with following institutes till date like Sahil Study Circle, Akash Institute, Narayana Institute, RNIS Academy, New Delhi (H.O.D) and so on.