Hyderabad: In addition to the measures taken by Telangana government to strengthen the education system and standards, by taking transformative steps, Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) has shown its keen interest to propose certain recommendations.
TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala who is currently traveling to the US, Canada and Mexico is visiting schools, colleges and universities to understand the education system and innovations happening there. With the observations and learnings the TITA team is making from this visits, the association is going to come out with specific suggestions to the State government. He has visited Stanford University in San Francisco and Washington University in Seattle, US as part of this tour.
Sharing the experience at the Stanford University, Sundeep Kumar Makthala said, the university spread across 9,000 acres is a place where Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have studied. The university also house Google’s first server and a massive library with eight lakh books.
The varsity also focuses on creating startups and nurturing entrepreneurs with tailor-made programmes. It has also allowed students to continue education even if they have failed in an academic year, with a clear push on practical knowledge. World’s successful entrepreneurs have emerged despite being drop outs from their academics.
The team also visited public and private schools in San Francisco as part of their visit. It was brought to the association’s notice that 80 per cent of people go for government-run schools and colleges. Even those belonging to upper economic class prefer public education system. Public schools are rated on their performance. The ratings given to these educational institutions and students also influence the real estate prices of the region, Sundeep Kumar Makthala noted.
Under the US education system, a child needs to attain 5 years to be admitted in a school. The children join Kinder Garden at the age of 5 and goes through elementary schooling for five years from then, and enters mid-school that continues for three years, and then step into high school from 9th to 12 grade. Innovation begins at high school level. In the Indian education, students look for options after 10th class while in the US, specialization begins after 12th. With the emphasis on practical exposure, schools encourage students to work on practical worksheets. The schools take responsibility of the transportation of students. They also create Play Zones to encourage sports.
TITA team which also visited Washington University made a visit to the innovation lab. The team sought how innovation is critical for the US and the efforts of the university in that direction.
After visiting schools, colleges and universities in San Francisco, Seattle, Freemont, Sacramento and Redmond, Makthala said there is a big difference in the education system in India and the US. US has not corporatized education sector.
The nation collects 30 per tax. Government can make a big difference and TITA will contribute towards it, he said.
TITA will soon submit its recommendations to the government, he informed.