Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Group speaks with SANGEETA YADAVabout the Ryan teaching process, scope of studying abroad and how one can reduce the unemployability gap
What is the current scenario of the education system in India?
The Indian education system is one of the largest systems in the world catering to the need of more than 190 million students of different socio-economic background in pre-primary to primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary to college and university level. Though rapidly improving, India still has a long way to go. To provide our students with the talents necessary to compete in this marketplace, we must recognise and accept the challenges before us today.
What are some of the integral aspects of Ryan Institute when it comes to teaching?
Ryan way is defined as KASSM — Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Social and Morals. Values with sound knowledge and the wisdom to use it constructively is what provide the differential factor to our students at Ryan.
What is the whole process of teaching and learning functions at Ryan?
Teacher is no longer the only sources of knowledge. We have moved on from teaching to facilitating. Teaching today in India is not what it used to be. There is a fundamental change in the way teaching works today. Teaching is about enabling learning from a conceptual point and its applications in real life. The methods of imparting knowledge are not confined to a chalk and board but this is now extended to advanced technology and virtual learning. The gap between the student and the teacher has narrowed giving learning a new perspective.
What are the top career options that one can opt for?
The need of the hour is to build social infrastructure of the country, hence people should give more importance to academia, healthcare, education while other career options could be mass media, finance, legal and compliance and , arts.
What is the main reason for unemployability?
There is a wide gap between what is taught in schools or colleges and what is actually required in the real world. This gap needs to be closed and institutes should only focus on this. Some of our teaching methods though indigenous are not applicable in the global world. In other words pedagogy and the tools for pedagogy both have to be reviewed from time to time.
How else can we reduce this gap?
By providing internships, placements, strong industry academia interface, it will help to get the solution to reduce unemployability amongst youth.
What are the pros and cons of studying in foreign universities?
International exposure, with adapting different cultures and people coming from different background can make a difference to the entire process of learning. But several economies going bust and employment rates plummeting, an expensive education abroad may not be right decision.
Does Ryan also provide exchange programmes?
Ryan International Group has a lot of programmes on culture exchange, global collaborative learning, student exchange programs and much more. We give this platform to our children which are a big plus for Ryanites.
Does a high cut-off in the DU level hamper the chances of a student studying abroad?
Usually leading universities abroad select students not only based on their academic performance but also extra-curricular activities or vocational courses. This is an approach which actually helps students to move away from the ‘clichéd’ mark sheet system and move to a holistic system of selection.
(The article was published in The Pioneer Newspaper).