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August 2010
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A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear-James B. Stockdale

This is what came to my mind when I first read about the two boys in their pre-teen years who have been allowed to pursue MBA despite being too young.  At last, someone has valued wisdom over age. I admire the parents of these children, who encouraged them to pursue what they wanted and not forced them with what they desired their children to be or do. This is a true example of healthy parenting and growing wisdom. Everyone needs to learn from them.

Yes, I believe that education must be free from all barriers of age, class, sex, etc.  And should be imparted to those who are truly interested in it. People who really want to gain knowledge are considered fools by our so-called developing society. The quest for knowledge is lost somewhere in our day to day struggle for higher pay-perks and better standards of living. We study not to make ourselves more knowledgeable but to get a huge amount as salary at the end of every month.

Our ancient wisdom has always put weight on gaining knowledge and reaching to the level of self-actualization. Material gaining was never the target and possibly that made life more fulfilling and worth living. Earlier life revolved around the purpose of existence and education as a way to gain that enlightenment, but today, it’s sad to know that we study to stand in the queue for securing our place in an air-conditioned room of a big company, which provides us enough money to buy everything we need to live a life of luxury. As said by Henry Ford: “If money is our hope of independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”

Why do we need to study only when we want a job? Is that all in life or is there something beyond the material gains? We all know the answer, yet we follow the league, because long back; Darwin gave the famous principle of “survival of the fittest”. In order to be amongst the survivors, everyone wants to be first in the race. If we study to know ourselves and others in a better way, life will be much easier to live than we are living now.

Education should be freely available to all, so that we can have more people like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore and Dr. Abdul Kalaam Azad. Our children need to develop their own wisdom and that is the only way to give a healthy and prosperous future to India. “Padega India Tabhi to Badega India”

Everything is possible in today’s world but we need to follow a small thing said by Dr. Abdul Kalam: “The dream is not what you see in sleep….dream is which does not let you sleep.”

About Author:

Purnima Gupta – Assistant Manager, Centre for Career Coaching
Unitedworld School of Business, Ahmedabad

Unitedworld School of Business is formed by a group of India born economists, academicians and top executives, offers MBA in Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.  This B school provides 1-2 Years full-time MBA programs with India’s first multilayer placement cell. It offers MBA in Marketing, HR, Information Systems, International Business, Retail Management, Agribusiness, Media, Entrepreneurship and Finance.


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