India might become an educationally failed nation: Ganesh Devy
Ganesh Devy, the author of the book, The Crisis Within, says that the ability to ask meaningful questions is not at the centre of educational processes, though a few exceptional institutions and individuals in the system do this.
Jitesh JhaJun 8, 2017 12:35 IST
The Crisis within Knowledge and Education in India: Ganesh Devy
A book titled The Crisis Within authored by Ganesh Devy was released in June 2017. Through the book, Devy says, offering reservation quotas alone will not solve the problem of social exclusion in the country's education system, which is headed for "failure".
"The Crisis Within" attempts to offer a clear picture of the mistakes that have been committed in the past, confronts the present by declining knowledge and education in the country, and offers a vision for the future.
Argument of the book, The Crisis Within
Devy through the book published by Rupa & Co argues it is of critical importance that the plight of educational institutions and the need to generate knowledge appropriate to India are addressed without any delay.
He says that the Dalits and Tribals are left out of higher education in a conspicuous way. We think that offering reservation quotas will solve the problem. We have never thought of making the tribal view of the world or the Dalit view of society as the core of education. Unless that happens, their inclusion will not be complete or satisfactory".
Devy in an interview ahead of the book's launch to an agency said, "Their exclusion affects our knowledge production as their unique 'memory traditions' do not feed into shaping our collective memory. Thus we need to look at the margins not merely as social sectors requiring justice and inclusion, but also as the substance of knowledge. This alone will make India a first rate producer of knowledge".
Devy said, "Globally we are in the bottom 30 percent in terms of expenditure on education and regretted that we belong to the tail end among the nations of the world in terms of access to high-school and higher education". Noting that our research capacity and output are not yet seen as significant by the international community of researchers, he anticipated that if the situations continues as it is, we shall become the world's most prominent example of an "educationally failed nation".
About the Author, Ganesh Devy
• Ganesh Devy, who is an Indian linguist and anthropologist and is globally revered for his work on dying languages, has researched and documented 780 living Indian languages.
• He also led the People's Linguistic Survey of India.
• The author is a recipient the Sahitya Akademi Award for "After Amnesia".
• He won the SAARC Writers' Foundation Award for his work with denotified tribals, lamented the fact that students in India are imparted skills instead of knowledge.