1 IN 1 : Restore Dignity of Labour

India is way behind in manufacturing and innovation. One of the key reason is our mindset, where we do not value dignity of labour. This process starts from home. We discourage our children to work with hands. We do not let them pick up plates or clean etc. We tell them that this is not your work. Repeated bombardment of this idea leads to children devaluing physical labor.1in1


When child goes to school, He/She ignores lab. Our competitive examination system does not value lab since coveted exams like JEE etc do not have any credit for lab work. When students join engineering college, they are too exhausted with all the preparation for 3-4 years. Here also they ignore labs and faculty also does not pay much attention to labs. Students tend to pick up project involving software. Even electronics students/faculty tend to stop at simulation. Many electronics lab do not have electronic components.

When the students graduate, they move out of core engineering to opt for career in IT industry.

If we look at innovation, most students focus on software based work since they do not want to dirty their hand and facility to carry out hardware based innovations are lacking in most places. Most of the start-ups focus on It based services and service industry. Very few hardware based product companies are coming up.

Over all this affects our manufacturing and innovation. India lags behind severely. To change this we must change the mindset and start from home. Encourage your child to work with hand – at least ONE HOUR IN ONE WEEK!

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Author: Prabhat Ranjan

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor, D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune. He was heading India's Technology Think Tank, TIFAC(tifac.org.in) as its Executive Director since April 2013 to April 2018. Earlier he was Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute for Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar (DA-IICT) since 2002. He was educated in Netarhat School(near Ranchi), IIT Kharagpur and Delhi University. He received his Ph D from University of California, Berkeley where he carried our research on “Nuclear Fusion” at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He immediately returned to India after this and carried out research in Nuclear Fusion area at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research(IPR), Gandhinagar. He played a major role in India’s Nuclear Fusion program and was Project Leader of the largest operational Indian Fusion Reactor, ADITYA, at Institute for Plasma Research from 1996-2002. His current interests include applications of Wireless Sensor Network to Wildlife, Planetary Exploration (Chandrayaan mission), Nuclear Fusion, Healthcare, Agriculture etc. He has received National Science Talent Search Award, IBM Faculty Innovation Grant and HP Innovate 2009 award, NPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012, Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012 etc. In March 2022, he was also honored with EduStar India’s Most Impactful Vice Chancellor Award for 2021-22. He has been recognized by outlook among few visionaries, who can lead India towards 5 Trillion Dollar Economy. He has been also honoured with Maharashtra Ratna Gaurav Puraskar by Shalini Foundation in 2024. He is also recognized among the top “100 Great IITians : Dedicated to the Service of the Nation”.

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