The World Economic Forum states that critical thing will be one of the most sought-after skills in the future. Yet, the Indian system of education seldom encourages application based learning and success relies largely on rote memory. As a result, many students, especially from the rural areas are left behind in the age of globalization. The counterparts in the urban areas have better access to quality education, provided they are able to spend on it.
Nevertheless, the diligence and hunger to succeed of students from the rural areas drives them to look for ways to compete with those from more privileged backgrounds. Often caught on the wrong side of the digital divide, they lose out on opportunities that could change their lives. The paucity of opportunities becomes more profound in these times of a slowdown in the rural progress owing to, among other factors, the debilitating effects of last years demonetization.
Perhaps these challenges are what whets the enterprising nature of most rural students who, hungry for an opportunity to prove themselves leave no stone unturned to prove their mettle.
As such it becomes a moral duty for those who are from privileged backgrounds to extend a helping hand to those struggle all their lives to just educate themselves. It would be a win-win situation for all stakeholders if large corporate companies make hiring from rural areas a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility projects.
For instance, on the 10th of December 2017, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Thinkers Forum, which is engaged in the upliftment of vulnerable sections of society in Karnataka organized a job fair in the Malavalli Taluk of Mandya District in Karnataka. The Thinkers Forum acted as a bridge between aspiring rural youth and corporate companies. Close to two thousand job offers were given to the day long job fair.
The success of the job fair, amongst other can be attributed to the dedication of grassroots leaders like Dr. B. S. Shivanna, one of the main organizers of the event , who despite being an engineer himself, sacrificed a comfortable corporate job to make a change in the lives of rural students. As the job fair was endorsed by the government of Karnataka, more than 200 companies came forward to recruit students and physically challenged women in remote locations.
It is only when governments take a sensitive approach to administration that the fruits of development will reach the grassroots. Despite all the growth in recent decades, India still remains an agrarian society with the bulk of its population domiciled in the country side. Providing opportunities for rural regions and the vulnerable sections of society will uplift many people from penury and also curb the rush to cities, which are already grappling with crumbling infrastructure.
While some of these initiatives may appear to be trivial, when seen through the prism of privilege, they do make a great deal of difference to people who live in remote villages of India which are untouched by globalization. True patriotism is to love one’s country and work for its inclusive and sustainable development, rather than harbouring hatred for another nation.
Unfortunately, the current political climate in India isn’t conducive to debating about the rising unemployment, much less finding solutions to solve the problem amongst other severe challenges we face as a society. It will help the country if the companies collaborate with the government to facilitate such changes at the grassroots of Indian society.
Fig: Mega job fair at mallavali, Mandya district was inaugurated by Padma Bushana Dr M Madevappa, Dr BS Shivanna Chairman of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia thinkers forum and many other guest were present