There is one old story in Buddhism about knowledge. A man is supposed to cross a river which has no bridge. The man is so determined to cross the river as he has to embark an important journey. He saw a big piece of log lying on ground. He went in search of some sharp stones and materials and found those after some intense searching. He started to make a boat out of the log with the tools he had got after immense searching. He managed to manufacture a boat out of that log and happily crossed the river using that boat. After reaching the shore, the man gets off from the boat and starts his journey. A voice told the man to stop and asked him to remember all the hardships he had taken to make a log into boat. It questioned him, how can he after putting all those hard works can leave the boat there and go. Instead it said the man to carry the boat on his shoulders and go where he can use this boat in some other place, where he needs. The man smiled to himself and took off his way without carrying anything.
The voice said again, Oh! Man, “you have not only gained knowledge but attained wisdom”. The story ends there and let’s retrospects the story a bit. From this story what idea do we get about Knowledge? Or to put it in a simpler phrase what is knowledge according to the story? The man saw a log and he had already known that a log can be made into a boat i.e. experience. Then he searches for the tools to make that log into a boat i.e. information. Then he tries to figure out to make a boat out of that log i.e. processing. So this story tells us Knowledge is the product when we mix our past experience with current information and process it for a purpose. I am not against Institutional education, but I don’t think institutional education encourages students to develop such knowledge. There is another definition for knowledge. That is “Knowing something in everything and everything in something”. When we question ourselves whether our institutional education satisfy this criteria of knowledge, the answer would be NO. Then what kind of thing is being done in institutional education.
The Voice at last after tempting the man to carry the boat says that he has not only gained knowledge but also attained wisdom. What is wisdom then? What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? We have seen the definition for knowledge above. Remembering the fact that we are knowledgeable is wisdom. The man smiles and walks away as he knows that he can build a boat now, as he has the knowledge of doing it as he had done it now. So remembering that knowledge he walked off without carrying the boat. That is wisdom. One more valid point is there, the boat being there can be a great help to someone else who wants to cross that river from this side of the bank. The purpose of education is one thing which can be considered as a starting point of Knowledge in academical institutions. This becomes more relevant in today’s scenario than ever before as the world as started to come to India to get its job done. This is a great chance for us to retrospect in a way we are used to i.e. monitory wise as there is a huge fortune lie in front of us, provided if we are equipped.
So it is clear that students have to go out of their regular academic path to have some kind of different exposure. The reality is much more complicated. The employers are facing shortage in QUALITY man power for their organization. Today’s employer does not see only the skills that would help him to get the job done, but also for the skills where the employee can add value; both to the customer and to the company. These things are increasing in essentially customer driven market times. There is huge possibility of innovation and growth is there, but one has to know the history to create future. Innovation is nothing but improving the current scenario either cost wise or experience wise. These things are obviously not taught in any academic institutions; but unfortunately these are things which are the centre of success in today’s times. So students should get maximum out of the libraries both regular and digital as much as possible. They should always look to learn things and assimilate rather than collect information alone and misunderstand as learning,
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