India’s historical intellect:
A country’s richness is more apparent through its culture, heritage, intellect, natural resources and leadership. Pre-independent India heavily lost its precious resources through historical loot and vandalism by foreign invasion. It didn’t make India poor as true richness of India crests beyond precious stones and copious resources, in the form of knowledge, intellect and leadership.
Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Rabindranath Tagore, and many other pre-independent sages have added intellectual, philosophical and social values and richness to India. Their influence is ever fresh and resounding in Indian society.
Independent India has been further blessed with statured personalities like Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad who is an icon of intellect and scientific leadership for India. In the recent past the movement of Anna Hazare has further proved that we need more true leaders like him who can veer Indian society towards greener pastures.
The next question is do we have someone in the making who can probably emerge as a true leader, as an intellectual and as an influencer for our future generations? Are we making any serious steps to empower our younger generation?
Challenges before Young India and younger generation to emanate as future leaders:
When we look around us in today’s society the affairs of youth are not fully convincing to answer the above questions. There are many institutional gaps or say many a shortcoming in the nourishment of tomorrow’s leaders.
- Parents who are the founding pillars for an individual’s development hardly have time to envision such a role or path to be played by their offspring. At times in many instances parents are ignorant of such need even.
- Learning and development is considered as just a mere ladder for career making, career progression or material success.
- Educational institutions are behaving like sheer commercial ventures who would like to see their personal wealth as return on investment than the development of their students as leaders or influencers and finding them in the top echelons of leadership.
- The content and pedagogy in educational institutions is not mature enough to create leaders, thinkers or intellectuals.
- Majority of young graduates emerge from colleges as mere certificate holders than being innovators or passionate for a productive future.
- Innovation, scientific temper, social temper and personal touch are becoming scarce commodities.
- Many a bright and promising students are ignored by society based on several discriminations like caste, creed, wealth or jealousy.
- Governments are struggling for every time survival and sustenance in face of ever changing political uncertainties.
- The work of NGOs in this direction is hardly visible.
- The media which has emerged as the powerful influencer in today’s society is playing to the tunes of sensationalism, bias or numbers of sustenance.
- The film industry or entertainment sector which is the other impactful media is seized with commercial, stereotype, and pale content which just portend either violence or immature love or frivolous relationships.
- There is no constructive system in the country that can develop trainers, faculty or teachers who can inculcate important leadership traits beyond academic syllabus.
The imminent measures required to empower younger generation:
- We need an exclusive University, a research-cum-mentoring institution which will nourish tomorrow’s leaders in areas like Politics, Technology, Innovation, Social Sector Development, Culture, and Vision and Strategy.
- We need philanthropic organizations and individuals who will support the sustenance of this university and the students equally.
- We need political will to give shape to this cause.
- We need parents and students who will understand the value of leadership and who would passionately think about the bright future of India. We need parents who will encourage their children to play an important leadership role for India’s bright future.
- Other universities and educational institutions should introduce the new syllabus and pedagogy as suggested by the proposed university. This should happen right from school level so that by the time a student graduates he / she would be able to think the significance of his / her role for future India.
- Other government and non-governmental institutions that have already done their research in this direction should collaborate with the proposed university and share their research expertise for accelerated introduction of programs.
- We need to devise an external incubation center headed by intellectuals, matured politicians, technologists, business men and religious scholars who will supplement to the visionary direction of these future leaders.
The need of the hour for India is not just today’s employment, not just growing more food or not just trying to secure India from invasive forcers. We need to think about our future. We need to see that young India is empowered to shoulder the responsibility for tomorrow. We need to see our country at the zenith of all-round development.
Let us empower our younger generation. Then they will know how to take care of future India. They just need guidance.
Can’t we do this?