Before I delve into the topic, I would like to narrate an anecdote:
One day, I was at the library of my office. Now before you begin to question my ability to use google, let me clarify, I was taking my mind off work and wanted some off-screen time. Additionally, I was also looking for a place that has a a minimal human presence. The latter being more of a profound factor. I was reading through the spines of a book on the bookshelves, that contained all the possible technology-related books stacked. I wasn’t hoping for anything else from a Library in an R&D center.
I have this habit, not sure if I can classify it under the weird category, but it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I have the habit of reading the prefaces of books, both for Novels and textbooks. And sometimes end up reading - only the preface.
I consider Prefaces to be short stories on how the book was born. Sometimes they give you such interesting insights that I often end up smiling after reading them.
One such preface, from the book on Audio Signals, gave me a beautiful insight and I think it help me better answer this question.
The book on Audio Signals( the Name I don’t quite remember) was written by a person who loved playing pianos. He was passionate about music and decided to make it his career path. So a fine day, while playing his favorite tune, he encountered an octave ( a musical jargon) and something about that sound triggered his curiosity. He decided to research further in this area, simply because he wanted to satisfy his curiosity and not because he wanted to get a job in a particular company. He was so appalled by the concept of signals that he finally ended up pursuing a Masters's degree on this subject. And this book was his 10 years of work.
Thousands of miles apart, an Engineer from India is reading this. Who has had the conventional style of education in which everything was prescribed. What she envies the most- is the author's passion.
Coming back to the question, what I think is broken in the Indian Education system is the spine that is responsible to instill the essence of passion towards any particular field of interest. The spine that gives the child the courage to work towards her passion without the fear of humiliation. The spine that regards all the subjects as equal and vital rather than evaluating and prioritizing them on the basis of “usefulness to get a job”.