Mr. Satish R. Nayak
Education Vision for IES for the New Millennium
India's President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his book - India2020: A vision for the New Millennium, has said. "A vision is not a project report or a plan target. It is an articulation of the desired end results in broader terms".
The Vajpayee Government after assuming office, came up with the idea of a vision document for the future, probably inspired by the President's book. A special committee of the Planning Commission was constituted in June 2000 to prepare a document on Vision 2020. The Planning Commission Vice-Chairman K.C. Pant says in his forward to the report that every nation needs a vision statement "which stirs the imagination and motivates all segments of the society towards greater efforts."
The P.C. report underlines the idea that India could reach the fourth position among the developed nations by the year 2020, PROVIDED, the Indian's help themselves and identify the bricks of technology that would build the dream. Although the scenarios generally outlined in the Vision 2020 document are highly optimistic, we should take a look at the some sections relating to Education.
i) India's 1.35 billion population by 2020 will be better fed, healthier and better educated. College enrollment from age of 6 years or earlier will be nearly 100% and drop out rates will fall to less than 1 to 20 students.
ii) Apart from achieving the title of "Silicon Valley of Asia", the educational systems will also diversify from Information Technology into Bio-technology, Medical Sciences which will generate adequate employment opportunities for the educated youth.
iii) Computerization in Education will improve dramatically the quality of institution and pace of learning which will enable the students to complete the first 12 years of education in 8 years. Also computerized distance education will enable millions of students to opt for affordable higher education.
iv) Rising levels of education, employment and income will make India bursting with energy, entrepreneurship and innovation in all fields with the Globe shrinking into a Village.
The report also recommends that the Central/State Goverments' current investment of 3 to 4% of GNP in Education has to be doubled to 6 to 8% for achieving the goals/targets. However, it appears that private educational institutions like IES should not expect much help from the Central/ State Governments for creating educational infrastructure for imparting superior quality of education not only in academies but also for developing the students' personalities for international competitiveness.
The bottom line of our Educational Vision continues to be that IES will remain a leading educational institute with a reputation for progress in education and students excellence, by upgrading the value/ quality of education. The Management solicites help, co-operation, generation of new ideas from our Teachers, Principals, Members of the General Body, Parents, Past Students and Well Wishers to help us achieve the vision for IES in the new millennium.