The green worm catches the boy’s eye as it slowly moves across the leaf, biting into its flesh, and leaving a strange pattern behind. The five-year-old is picnicking with his parents, he plays tirelessly and his attention is suddenly on the leaf and he observes that it is a different object in his environment. It is certainly a part of the plant in the garden, but the plant is different from the picnic basket, the jar of jam, plates and other cutleries. Then there is water, tumbler, napkins and food. Around him are many objects with diverse utilities. But he is attracted by the movement of the worm that is eating away all the leaf. He saw that the leaf does look beautiful but stationary, and on it the caterpillar, though looking odd, is mobile. The mobility of the worm is in contrast to the stillness of the leaf. Are these mere observations or imaginations of a child?
For a botanist, this worm is of not much importance because he is only interested in the lead and the activities that happen in it. He makes incisions on the leaves with a sharp blade and dissects the leaf further into cellular levels: he needs to know what makes the leaf so green. He is not concerned about the worm or how it makes a meal of the leaf. He focuses on factors like photosynthesis, protoplasm and chlorophyll, ignoring what the boy found interesting.
These scientific discoveries require severe categories, divisions and unending dissections. The education scene gives thrust on a few things – How much stamina do you have to dissect further to subatomic and nano levels, what is the IQ required to indulge in the waves of quantum environment, who has crossed over to the other side of intellectual rigor? It does not stimulate the interest and the curiosity of a five-year-old. And it ignores the questions he or she raises as the worm moves to another leaf.
So, is there a gap between what our graduates have studied and what is required in the industry? What is the state of readiness of our graduates to be absorbed into the industry? Have you ever thought of going back to the basics of work environment? The socio – economic realities compel all of us to relate to making profits. There is also a clear distinction between loss of resources and gains. How has the education system addressed the intense need to orient people to earn profits? Has it been able to give intellectual balance and emotional steadiness to graduates? It is where a life coach or mentor comes into place, and no manufacturing company can function without the designation of such a person for their new recruits.
How does he work? Let’s take the case of the botanist who finds employment in a company that manufactures herbal soaps. He did look mature enough to work under pressure during the campus placement interviews. It was only during discussions at the work ﬂoor that it became known that he just did not want to work. So the mentor has to create a new curriculum so that the emotional intelligence is established through training.
Trainees had to know that their compensation is linked directly to the output of their work. Many are ready to work as long as their contribution is limited to that of a messenger or an informant. Work that requires intellectual participation such as research, production and manufacture are considered challenges by many. How could the young people resist the charm of manufacturing new products? Does our system encourage manufacturing enterprise or create clerical employees?
The role of the mentor is not limited to getting the newly recruited employees motivated to work hard. Along with on-the-job training in the manufacture and production, the mentor has to take care of performance and quality. The worker needs to be educated on the aesthetics of the intangible beauty of the product. Moreover, the product of fine design and utility needs a suitable package. Depending on the segment the product belongs to, it has to be wisely and adequately promoted. The campaign of visibility and through media is a separate factor by itself. The science of making presentations that can compel the listener to make purchase is an essential section of sales and marketing. When such varied components come together, the result means profits. So, naturally, the botanist has to let go his rigid analysis and assessment, and adopt flexibility in sales and marketing. Without flexible options, the manufacturer will become limited to a specific stance or position.
In all business sectors, identification and targeting of a consumer segment must be given top priority. This needs a fresh view devoid of past prejudices and biases. Be alert always, and extra vigil can prevent the loss of market to the hands of competitors. In short, the botanist and the manufacturer must have a synthesis of minds and decisions. Unchecked activities will lead to unending and unnecessary issues. With wisdom and maturity; the classifications, categorizations and segmentations will all be integrated as a wholesome business. The objective of business is to bring comfort, convenience and care to all members of the family, ensuring the luxury of a relaxed picnic.
The integrity of education will be upheld only when graduates leave their institutions industry-ready. For this, the curriculum should not only teach how to differentiate and divide but also to synthesize and integrate. Innocence is beautiful only if it is supported by intelligence. The sanctity of any work is in the creation of a product that can be traded for its utility. The wisdom in living is that you make yourself capable of building resources. Welcome to the new enterprise. The science of differentiation and the art of synthesis must come together. This is integral to the success of business.