A Well Educated Mind vs A well Formed Mind

India is a country of 1.324 billion people; we have achieved a 74% literacy rate from 16% in a span of 70 years. India has one of the youngest populations with an average age of 28.

There are 226 million Indians, poised to enter higher education, going through school. Indians as a whole have the capacity to seize the 21st century as we would have the one of the youngest demographic population in the world. We have 17% of the worlds brains but we only have 2.8% of the worlds research output. To change this and have a nation complete with innovators and entrepreneurs I believe we need to start the change in the classrooms, sure we might have an ever rising literacy rate but we need to broaden our scope. We shouldnt just have our heads filled with facts, textbook materials or teacher lectures as in todays society all of that is available on the internet. What we do need though is a well formed mind; one that reacts to unfamiliar facts, situations and details, which could actually process information that it hasnt studied or heard of before; quoting Dr. Shashi Tharoor, A mind in other words that can react to the bigger examination called life which doesnt exactly give you things you prepared for. We need to think out of the box, think of familiar objects in ways we havent before and thats the only way we can move forward in the world.

We have more than 95% of our population under the age of 12 who can read and write so the future is in good hands; the workforce on the other hand is still a work in progress but if we can put all the right pieces in place we can announce to the world yes we are coming.