Adhering to the paramount of pedagogic trends followed in India prevailing hitherto, and following the National Education Policy 2019 – integrating professional education into higher education was one facet of the concept. Keeping up with the same ideology, the discussions that come forth incline towards the necessary measures required and the amendments made that shall be now implemented.
Professional education is a scientific approach towards specialized training in a licensed school through which candidates acquire content knowledge and learn to apply techniques. Although, content is what the candidate is expected to learn by attending a professional school; such an education also helps the candidate acquire the competencies needed for proper practice and behaviour, they look forward to integrating the same in the current educational system is a challenge as it is ongoing and lifelong learning.
As per India Skills Report 2019, the employability rate sums up to 47%, wherein Andhra Pradesh leads with the highest employability rate. The National Employability Report revealed by Aspiring Minds, employability of Indian engineers continues to be low with most of the engineers remaining unemployable for any job in the knowledge economy even after manufacturing humungous amount of graduates every year. Time and again, there have been circumstances wherein both the employers and the employees put forth their sets of stumbling blocks.Fresh graduates, waiting to begin their professional journey, gradually start to realise the tremendous difference in their practical and theoretical knowledge. Consequently, employers or experienced professionals expressed their disappointment towards unprofessionalism and improper behaviour of the newly joined graduates. The resulting consequences led the Government to bring reforms in all educational sectors, including Medical & Non-medical, Commerce, Agricultural, Arts, and so forth. The essence of professionalism is the delivery of a service in response to a social need. Professional education is a response to society’s demands for expert help provided by competent people. The maturity and development of a profession is a function of specific needs and the role of the professional changes. Expert education bothresponds to changing demands and provides the incentive to change the course itself, balancing a forward look with the realities of the present. Professional education is thus both reactive and initiating.
The reforms made in the draft, carry a few obstacles along in their respective sectors. As an example, the technology sector currently faces counterfeiting the same. There will be a strategic thrust on new and emerging disciplines, e.g. artificial intelligence, big data analysis, etc. Indian educational policies are also planning to frame the qualitative approach, along with the quantitative mindset, that we carry. Talking of most of the Indians that aspire to build a career in developed countries, migrants thataim at working abroad often face the same set of challenges, not only witnessing the set of differences in the work culture but also the educational intelligence and qualifications. Referring to the economic times, on top of a shocking series of revelations is the finding that 80% of Indian engineers are not fit for any job in the knowledge economy- any changes whatsoever to the education system have been at best ad-hoc, which has kept the un-employability numbers very high and stubborn, the survey has found. The survey provides many dead giveaways about the Indian engineer’s ability to code — which is bread and butter for everyone in the techie profession.
Link with professionality:
Professional education educates the new generation of professionals, expanding the frontiers of knowledge and reaching out in service to society. It is increasingly being called upon to play a significant role in the administration of new programs within continuing and new structures. The rapidly changing society in which professionals exist demands that they attempt to maximize work performance.
Many programs serve the diverse needs of professionals who are assuming different roles and greater responsibilities. Similarly, it is a lifelong process and continues to improve, tailoring programs to help shape competent workers for the twenty-first century. Thus, professional knowledge and ethical practices, however, should be an organic practice that should have been evolved and worked upon a long time ago.
Lastly, as they say, be the change you wish to see in the world, let us begin and move ahead step by step, that later results in making a huge difference. Changes being the most evident coin of the realm for us at the moment.