This is country with 120 billion people and biggest youth
population in the world. Traditionally we have service acumen when it
comes to career. We had our father, uncles retiring from places where
they started their first job. The “job security” and “play safe” have
been the inherited and unintentional handover lessons to gen next but
the Gen “Y” is energetic, vibrant with full of ideas and passion for
taking different routes. At any time of reference there is full basket
of ideas bouncing in one’s cerebrum. The potential of these ideas could
be far reaching for people lives and the way we would live in future.
When it comes to India on Innovation barometer, the performance of this
great country is dismal. As per 2013 survey , India stands as low as
66th . On one side we are marching towards 2020 super power dream and on
the other side the score on Innovation is not worth being proud.
Smaller countries like Switzerland, Sweden , Finland, Israel, Kuwait are
much above India.
Further analysis would help us understand the “red” and “green” reasons for Innovation score.
Its a reason to cheer for strengths but the weakness pointers needs
more attention. A normal glance would indicate the prominent presence of
education and related parameters under “red” alarms. We have a
potential of wonderful ideas and passion of youth but probably what is
missing is the right ecosystem to address, acknowledge and support these
ideas. We as teachers, mentors, seniors, peers, guides have a larger
role to encourage “crazy ideas” , “stupid ideas”, “non conventional
ideas” , ” risky paths” . It would be more appropriate to change the
approach/model/processes/How’s to suit the current times instead of
making losing efforts for a reverse action. Its more important to be
relevant than being ideal. It vital to stop talking “hamare zamane me to
“. Lets live in present and dream for a better future and leave the
legacy of past behind. Lets embrace change. This genre of kids and youth
deserves much more.
Education institutions have been earning more of dis- respect from
frustrated , disappointed students but the reality is that it is these
institutions who have resulted us what we are today and would decide
what we would be tomorrow. We need to reaffirm our faith and optimism
and contribute our bit in making our dreams come true. Change is the
mother of Innovation. Lets hope our institutions embrace the change
sooner and open new bag of opportunities. These opportunities would led
us to innovations, change. The output would be measured by the world in
terms of research, patents, new start ups, active participation by
students, active desire to learn, more employability, more
Next 10 years for India belongs to innovation and
ideas and we have to collectively build a conducive atmosphere where
ideas gets to see life, where potential ideas get to see kinetic action,
where every idea deserves a CHANCE !