As we advance rapidly with technologies like Generative AI, we find ourselves still grappling with critical issues such as climate change. These issues directly threaten our essential resources, including food and water. The complexities of future challenges are likely to surpass those we face today, necessitating a paradigm shift in our approach to education.

Current Educational Shortcomings

Our current educational system emphasizes consumption over sustainability. This approach falls short in preparing students to tackle real-world problems effectively. Although many companies have started addressing climate change through funding initiatives, a significant portion of these funds—up to 50%—is consumed by advertising and event costs. Consequently, it will take time for these efforts to yield substantial ground-level impacts, potentially leading to severe consequences for essential resources like drinking water.

The Role of Technology and Problem-Solving Skills

To leverage technology for meaningful change, we must equip the current generation with robust problem-solving skills. Since 2012, my work with the Innovation, Motivation, Engineering, and Creativity (IMEC) club has centered around developing these skills. These four pillars are critical for fostering both the skills and the mindset necessary for effective problem-solving.


Innovation is the engine of transformation. When we innovate to meet specific needs, these solutions often have broader applications, leading to widespread change. However, innovation must be validated through a sustainability lens to ensure long-term benefits.


Proper motivation is essential for self-directed learning. In India, widespread internet access allows self-learners to bridge gaps in quality education. Companies increasingly seek motivated individuals who can initiate and solve problems rather than those who simply hold degrees.


Engineering is crucial for scaling solutions to impact larger populations. It enables us to address significant challenges effectively and implement solutions that make a substantial difference.


Creativity is vital for developing sustainable solutions. A creative mindset allows individuals to think outside the box and utilize open-source tools to tackle problems innovatively.

Educational Integration for Sustainable Development

Incorporating these four pillars into our education system can empower the next generation to address and sustain our planet’s resources. India, with its vast population spread across over 650,000 villages, 5,000+ sub-districts, and 722 districts, faces unique challenges, particularly in managing water resources. We need to leverage technology and appoint water and agriculture experts at the district level to monitor food and water quality. These experts should design compulsory courses on rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge.

By equipping students with problem-solving skills, we can prepare them to effectively manage and address critical issues, ensuring a sustainable future for all. This approach not only addresses immediate challenges but also builds a foundation for tackling future complexities with resilience and innovation.