Though education has always been given due respect and importance, the pursuit of education for the sake of knowledge has been overpowered by the pursuit of education for gainful employment or career development. Students and learners often fall in the myopic trap of learning for achieving success for the forthcoming examinations or career advancement.
John Henry Newman in his ‘Idea of a University’ has put forth his views that “Knowledge is capable of being its own end. Such is the constitution of the human mind, that any kind of knowledge, if it be really such, is its own reward.” Thus pursuit of knowledge is a journey and capable of being a complete destination in itself.
It is extremely significant that knowledge be explored, researched and enhanced. Stretching the boundaries of existing awareness to reach out to the never-known-before facts and concepts can help discover solutions that may simplify the existing operations or remove the unshakable barriers. These barriers may exist not only in the economic activities but may be in the physiological or psychological realm of human life. Research is a route to innovation. Research in the field of medical science has been significant in understanding and discovering the nature, causes and remedies for the problematic issues in human life. This clearly illustrates the vital application of the ‘pursuit of knowledge.’
Similarly, researchers in the field of management studies have helped to comprehend man-machine-process inter-linkage and streamline it to effect achievement of economic and other goals. Innovations in management have occurred across the functional areas of production, marketing, finance, and human resources. There is ample evidence that application of these innovations have brought about greater profits, improved the quality of output/services, improved competencies, and created happier workforce and a satisfied customer base. Thus education/research/knowledge pursued for its own sake also culminates in measurable gains.
Ms. Deepti Kakar