'Education system driving young to be mundane'
Posted on: 08:19 PM IST Jan 29, 2012
Davos: Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Sunday blamed the education system for driving the young to be very mundane and detracting them from pursuing social objectives. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, he said that money is now the king, becoming an "intoxication in the system".
"We don't have in our education system that vision which directs what we want to be, what we want to see the world to be in future. All we want to be a great guy and a celebrity like him. Vision should be an integral part of the education system," Yunus said during a panel discussion in Davos.
"In this atmosphere, asking them (people pursuing social cause) to do exceptional thing. It needs a lot of hard work," he added.
Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, said young people with focus on social cause could not pursue their causes for long as economic structure does not allow them to function for long.
"Sooner or later, they will be engulfed in. They will be brought into money making, which I think is wrong," he said.
Yunus said the society does not have any vision and as soon as some untoward events take place, people get panicked.
"Today, I don't think we have a vision, we are kind of floating, minute by minute. And, If there are disturbances like euro zone disturbances, we get very worried about all these.
"We forget what is this worry about? What are the things that will be disturbed by that? Unless we don't do that visioning, we know the destination, we will be condemned to get lost. For me, we are lost," he said.