Education is just a three syllable word that provides a massive support for our living. It provides skills, attitude and knowledge. But today’s education offers only learning through books. But especially in India, practical learning is very much less. Considering myself as an instance, I have learnt more through experience, than what i have learnt in my four years of engineering course. During my final year project work, I needed to consult a staff in mathematics department to derive a very small equation.
To my astonishment, a Physicist in 18th century has derived a very long equation in the concept, which I was dealing with. So he must have been a mathematician as well. A single scientist had been a Mathematician, Physicist, Biologist, Astrologer and so on. This portrays that people lived before centuries, were outshining in many fields. Aryabhata, a Mathematician and an Astrologer, was a student of Pataliputra (Indian University in current Patna) excelled in Arithmetic, Algebra, Plane Trigonometry and Spherical Trigonometry. He also approximated the value of Pi many years ago. This made me to think that previous education system was more advanced than what we have now. Gurukul system was more practical. We had many universities based on Gurukul system such as Takshila, Pataliputra.
The characteristics of skills, attitude, knowledge may differ, as time changes, but it should be of good standard and of highly practical. So that knowledge will be the supreme goal and will make students to aspire high.