Is India ahead in “industrialization” of education?

Here are two very interesting videos highlighting the need for an education system that builds on the strengths of a student and not necessarily mass produces them through a factory line. First, Sir Ken Robinson urges to break the industrial model of education and move to agricultural model. Industrial model pursues “linearity” and “conformity” while agricultural model accepts diversity of talent and creates enabling environment for growth.

Second, video from a New York Times story, is about what every college aspiring Indian student knows–how competitive it is to get into top professional colleges. This directly proves how Indian education system is truly “industrialized” and how middle-class children are tunnel-visioned in terms of career options. It seems India is definitely more industrialized at least by the definition of Sir Robinson as linearity and conformity are very deeply ingrained throughout the educational pipeline.

What are the solutions? What new learning models exist or should exist for education innovation?

Dr. Rahul Choudaha


  1. Hi

    I am agree that India in some manner have industrialization of education. There are models which seems to be a production unit which mass products a large no. of them.

    But there are also some methods,independent institutions , models which work on building strengths of them ,means they are masters from agriculture model.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Rahul.

    The legacy of British Education System and Mass Industrialization still continues. There are very few "Experiments" of personalized learning like Rishi Valley School which are happening in Indian Education System.

    The pressure cooker model for cooking education is what we all have experienced especially at the time of migration to college.

    The overall education systems needs an overhaul but i guess it needs an overall policy level changes.

    Would you believe that B.Ed. degree holder gets a compensation of $50 a month to become in teacher in real India. The degree also comes not as a choice but a compulsion go get some job. We are indeed living in Interesting times.

  3. Two great clips, it is great to know that not everyone believes that we should follow the proverbial cookie cutter mold set for education

  4. Two great clips one reinforces the other, making it plain that children are conditioned to a life of conformity, yet we tell them to be their own person. What a contradiction!

  5. if we are talking about the education system in our country we should be talking about initiatives such as the Quiz.. i guess that such initiatives can change the education system

  6. The syllabus and the curriculum for schools and a colleges in India have always been structured in accordance to the needs of the practical world outside the institutes. The colleges of India always give prior importance to the imparting education to students, which could help them in coping with their jobs in the respective industries.

  7. I think one major problem with "industrialized education" is prestige. People who graduate from prestigious universities are more likely to get their desired jobs than anyone else. There is very little appreciation for being self-taught these days. Ben Franklin did okay, didn't he?

  8. "industrialization of education" in India it is not 100% right but it is true something because in India we have no. of options to learn anything which provide some extra from others.These are very good for some and bad for some but Besides the colleges, universities ,schools and so others we have options to choose top Institutions to learn.

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