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Naveen Meena

Co-Founder, ThoughtLabs

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A systematic process to improve the education scenario in small cities in India

SSC (10th standard) and HSC (12th standard) are the turning points in school education in India. In SSC the student decides the stream which he/she is going to study further i.e. Science, Arts etc. And after 12th the colleges or the professional courses starts. The students needs proper guidance to take right decisions at both events in his education. In small cities/towns in India the students are not much aware of the career prospects and neither they get proper guidance to take decisions. They generally take decisions based on trends like selecting engineering or medical studies are the most common trends.

I have tried something to change this scenario. I formed a group of students from my home city (Sawai Madhopur, a small district in Rajasthan), who were in elite institutes like IITs, IIMs, premier medical institutes etc. We all were studying in different parts of the country. What we did was, whenever we visited our homes in vacations etc. we went to the local coaching classes to guide the students. For example, if I am studying in any IIT, then I will go to the coaching students where I will find the engineering aspirant i.e. match or physics coaching classes, and will solve the queries of the students and guide them for better decisions. Like-wise all of us tried to help the students in the respective streams.

This was not a tough job, neither it was taking much of our time and we were contributing substantially. If this can be started in as much cities as we can, we can create an impact.

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  • Jul 5 2011: That is a highly commendable initiative. Its great to see that your are helping guide young kids on how to go about pursuing their future interests.
    But another question that beckons is " What about the kids who are confused?". I know for a fact that there are many children who have no idea what career, area of interest they want to take up as a source of income for the future. These kids need counselling to help them understand what they can pursue or even want to pursue. Do you come across any such kids? If yes, what do you advice them?

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