Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Innovation of Science & Technology

Innovation of Science
Mahtab Ahmad
Look back a few years ago, when few people  would have either heard of or used multiple electronic gadgets such as different versions of   mobile like 3G, tablets, pen drives, laptops, LCD, and Internet, they remained glued to merely television, listening to transistors, reading newspapers and magazines. The life was smooth sailing and relaxed. Children were used to reading,playing outdoor games and wielding pen to write something.  How a different way of life style it was!
Now, in the last couple of decades, things have changed a lot. With increasing innovations of Science and Technology day by day, we have been  more inversely affected than good. 3G mobile has tugged to everyone’s palm, tablets have replaced books, keyboard –pen, laptops-schoolbags, Internet on LCD –television and video games-outdoor fun etc. which prove to be harmful for health and studies. It is a time waste with no friends, no time for parents, home and relatives. We have submitted ourselves to Machine life. SMS language has made us oblivious to pen down anything. Our writing skills are snubbed. Books are found dust coated. Children are bespectacled, Obese and prone to many  ailments like B/P, cardiovascular diseases and Diabetes etc.
Moreover, it has an  adverse impact on their moral values.  They have no values for school. Teachers,parents,elders and opposite gender. It has polluted their minds with evils and arrogance. Their attitude is a great matter of concern.
The innovation of Science and Technology is also vested in warfare's like -the misuse of nuclear and biological weapons.  However,it also promotes remedies to diseases. How irony it is! The number of population is increasing and people are being replaced by robots! It has increased war and worry but also trying to lessen it by nanobots!
Just imagine! where it has dragged us.
Nonetheless, its significance  can’t be ignored. It all depends upon us how we regard it. If we make  use of it judiciously in  need of expedite communication, updation of knowledgeor information or any defence, it is acceptable.As soon as it is taken up as a device of offence,it will become a curse. Unfortunately, its use seems impossible. It is mostly misused.


Mahtab Ahmad
The Co-curricular format is a part of school curriculum under which many activities are conducted. They play a vital role in shaping the personality of the children.
However, this system has envisaged a great transformation over the years. It was known by different names. It oscillated between SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) and extra-curricular activities.
No matter, its face has been different from time to time but the connotation remains the same. Whether it is given a due importance or not, it holds a great relevance in the perspective of growth and overall development of children.
As a matter of fact, we don`t give any value to it because it is the general propensity of both the teachers and parents to see only Academic performance of their children. They look at only one aspect of Education. They measure their performances on the basis of marks they secure. So, in order to underscore their percentage of marks, they keep their children under pressure. Hence, their innate and latent potentials are snubbed.
Thanks to C.B.S.E!  Taking into consideration other activities very pertinent, it has included them in the school core curriculum under C.C.E (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation).
It is based on various tools of assessment such as Projects, Assignments, Debate, Elocution, Group Discussion, Science Exhibition& models, Quiz, Art & craft, Environmental awareness, Mathematical models and exhibition, Music, Drama Games & Sports etc. Each one is evaluated with grades. Even the grades for child attitude, behavior, thinking and analytical aptitudes are also awarded. They are very useful for daily life.
Furthermore, It believes in learning by doing method of Education. It is, of course, the need of the hour to de-stress strains. Moreover, it intends to prepare children to compete with others in this competitive world.
Therefore, C.C.E has been designed in such a way as to inculcate overall personality development.
Thus, C.C.A has become the need of practice for C.C.E, having a close affinity with it. They are interrelated and interdependent on each other.
Hence, the purpose of C.C.A is to make children far bolder and full of confidence. Indeed, it is a platform for the children to explore their budding talents. Nonetheless, it is sinister of us that we criticize this system. But, we need to know that every new system is baffling in the beginning, however, can be understood with the passage of time.

(The views expressed by the author are personal)