‘Children are like clay in potter’s hands’

In the present times, we require an educational system that not only assures academic excellence but also the holistic development of a child. There is an alarming growth of impatience, intolerance and other negative traits. There is an immediate need to address these issues firmly. I believe that children are like clay in the potter's hand. We, as adults, can mould them the way we desire.

Indian universities, which were once a hub of intellectual activities, now seem to have reached a dead end. This is really worrisome. We must analyse the reasons behind this. According to my knowledge and observation, this is a result of a faulty education system.

I believe that success in life comes with hardwork and firm determination. There are no shortcuts for being successful but the present education system is creating frustration among students. The lack of practical knowledge, general awareness, personality development, morals and values is creating a workforce which is completely void of creative thinking and vision.

The education system in our country has been going through the process of redesigning and redefining itself. Children should be taught to navigate through the process of learning with a spirit of curiosity. But the opposite appears to be happening. The syllabus has been framed in such a manner that it only encourages cramming, leaving no scope for discussions and understanding of concepts.

Thomas Edison once said, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." Hardwork is essential to achieve success. But I think that a deep sense of inspiration and commitment is an even more important attribute.

All great geniuses of the world were inspired and driven by their desire to enrich the lives of others.

These are individuals who are passionate about what they do in their life. Life is a gift and we must make the best of it. Discipline, motivation, focus and confidence are traits that are the need of the hour. Great minds have 'purposes' while ordinary minds simply 'wish' to live. Together, we must work hard to realise the dream of India becoming the next super power which can only happen through education.

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