‘Practitioners’ to lead the way: Agenda 2030 – Gambit Enclave 

Education has been a constant item on the dice for the Indian government. More than ever, India needs the integration of practical learning into the education system. With the onset of the new education policy, a vast conversation sparked about the significance of practical training, which has its advocates and criticisms. In light of the recent developments in skill-based training, Nihshank Upadhyay believes that the role of practitioners will become more critical than ever. 

Knowing something purely theoretically is learning it without applying it in real life. It enables you to comprehend why one method works while the other does not. Theory tells you about other people’s experiences. By placing a concept in the perspective of understanding its reasoning, theoretical knowledge can help you understand it better. Hands-on learning refers to the experience acquired via regular employment. It mostly depends on real-life endeavors and responsibilities and can be obtained by doing things regularly. It supports the creation of specialized skills that act as weapons to pursue your goals. Certain activities can be recognized only until they have been practiced and accumulated expertise. Conversely, theoretical knowledge is acquired by deliberation and the use of procedures. 

The E3 principle incorporated within Gambit Enclave talks about education, empowerment, and enrichment. The three fall in tandem with each other. The idea to promote and support various lifestyles and unconventional career paths that support humanitarian values has gained eminence under the e3 principle. Dissemination of information through research and communication has become increasingly substantial to enrich people.

While the colleges still have a memory-driven testing system, even the Freshers in recruitment today are expected to have experience and exposure in the jobs they are applying for. 

Under Gambit Enclave, Nihshank has conducted close to 78 seminars and 40+ online and offline workshops on communication and networking. He has been a part of numerous workshops, classes, and dialogues by officials including but not limited to Niti Aayog (via IMPRI), Parliament of India, Corporate Law Firms, Harvard Alumni, and Judges, etc., and is currently studying Business Law and Society under Sasmit Patra (Member of Parliament) at Jindal Global Law School. “One common reflection that I have found amongst the students is that they have lacked the resources or tools at their disposal to understand the practicalities of the field they are entering,” said Nihshank. He added, “The practitioners can lead the way forward because you need people in practice to step up. I am not using that just in the context of lawyers, doctors, etc., but in a generalized sense for anyone working on the ground. These things are always contextual and I don’t think there is one box fits all scenario. However, someone running a business could tell you a lot more about how businesses work than any textbook that’s built on just theories. The first-hand perspective can change things immensely. I believe the identification of your target markets, streamlining the area of education, and then gap bridging could be the initial steps to go about it if someone wants to build a business around this but that’s a conversation for a different day. The reality is that when people from the other end step up it motivates us a lot. As students, you want the benefit of practical exposure. The more the merrier it seems”. 

Education is a valuable asset that has a lasting impact on a person’s life. A good education makes you a responsible person on top of grades and jobs. Practical education is the best approach to getting knowledge and abilities to manage things. You must continually learn if you want to thrive in this cutthroat society and improve your abilities. Wisdom comes from books, but life lessons are learned via experience. We are learning by taking a hands-on approach results in more firmly ingrained knowledge and the ability to recall information quickly and for a long time. Because whether we know theoretically or using texts, our brains attempt to memorize words. However, when we learn in a practical setting, we retain things that are easier for our brains to remember—situations and behaviors. 

Nihshank is the host of the open floor with Nihshank aiming to help aspirants and professionals across different genres and was last seen at the National Legal Summit 2022 conducted ‘on increasing the pendency of cases.

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