Call for Rebooting Education System
The New Indian Express deserves congratulations for publishing the series ‘Think Edu Conclave’. The articles by Amita Sharma in the 4th March issue [page 9], and that of Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam in the issue of 11th March [page 7] both are really commendable.
Amita Sharma has given very comprehensive overview of the work going on in various IIT’s in the field of research in ancient Bhartiya knowledge system. Her approach towards this subject is very logical and scientific. Without unduly glorifying the traditional achievements of Bharatiya scientists from time immemorial, she emphasises the need of indepth study of their works. Her concluding point appeals to the intellectual mind to come out of dogmatic thinking in terms of binaries such as traditional and modern, eastern and western and to integrate whole knowledge system for the betterment of humanity.
It has been understood in Bharat that knowledge has no boundaries. “आ नो भद्र: क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वत:” Bharat has been traditionally an open society where knowldge and wisdom are welcomed from all the frontiers. The only purpose of knowledge as per Bharatiya tradition has been the search of inherent oneness- truth and it’s applications for the good of whole humanity. Hence, as beautifully elaborated by Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam in his piece, the traditional knowledge system in Bharat had been widespread and well evolved even in the first decades of 19th century.
Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam has extensively quoted from the seminal work of Shri Dharmpal. The data given in Dharmpal’s ‘One Beautiful Tree’ from the primary sources of British surveys is an eyey opener for all of us. It is indeed tragic that this great knowledge has not been made part of formal curriculum even after being in public domain for more than five decades now. read dharmapal here – http://www.samanvaya.com/dharampal/
Both the accomplished authors lament the fact that Bharatiya traditional knowledge system has been neglected completely by the formal education system in independent India. It is indeed hightime that we in Bharat take the revolutionary step of integrating our own indegeneous knowledge system in the main stream education policy. Whole world is facing similar problems in the field of education. Right kind of methodolgy for elementary education is an area of concern for both developed and developing countries. We have the advantage of having a deep rooted cultural background in evolving decentralised, need based, socially self-sufficient education system. We have done so for centuries together. With this genetic advantage we can provide a panacea to the universal problems of complementry education system; with the use of modern technology blended with traditional methodology. This is the paradigm shift called for by both the learned authors.
There is a hope that the atmosphere for complete change in the country auguers well to this much needed systemic change in the field of education right from primary to higher education.
See the original article in TNIE here
Both of them were speaker at the event
अभी तक कोई टिप्पणी नहीं ।