Enlightened India and Holistic Education
Knowledge is one and inseparable. But oneness does not mean uniformity. The key, for the development is dynamism, novelty and elasticity of courses and diversity of information channels. Indian system of education was organic, open and integral and the name Veda was assigned to all kinds of knowledge. Its use was not restricted to the four samhitas of the Vedas. We would like to reassert and revive this spirit, while we frame our curricula.
In the present university teaching system, different departments
virtually serve as separate compartments, without any cross flow of information. There is lack of mobility and transfer of information between the faculties. We wish our science students to know basic postulates of Social sciences as well our Social science students to be aware of the fast changes which are taking place in the field of sciences.
We understand that this can only be done when a composite curriculum is evolved. We propose to progress gradually towards this end. We aim to compose the diversity of knowledge and novelty of information. It’s a challenge. We may face difficulties, but the challenge has to be met and we will be able to do it. It is a vital necessity for a resurgent India.
We wish to design curricula of new courses in a holistic way, so that a student is free to opt for subjects of his/her choice. For the academic interaction of the subjects and to make them free of repetitions in courses and facilities, we would look for the possibilities to form Centers of related subjects.
Society - Education Symbiosis
Main function of the university is to find alternatives to fulfill the needs of the society. Today’s education system however stands aloof of our populations and their needs. On the basis of resources, we have three economic populations, tribal, rural and urban. We have a network of institutions devoted to agriculture and industry but, despite having a large section of populations of tribes living in forests and hills, none of our universities addresses to their economics and sociology. We dream of a university which is based on an organic relationship between society and education.
Diversity, Specialty and Specialization
We wish there is no repetition of courses being taught at the university campus and the colleges. Higher education aims at generating specialized employment based on advanced technology. Universities generate such specialists. Number of such employment opportunities can not be very high for ever. This requires a dynamic research structure. We wish that departments of old basic subjects would change themselves according to the time and need of the society. The diversity, specialty and specialization of subjects shall impart distinct identity to the teaching departments of the university and colleges.
India and Indian Diaspora
Populations of many countries of the world have people of Indian origin as principal components. Such people are connected with India in terms of their religious beliefs, rituals, culture and language. An education system encompassing their cultural and religious needs will bring them emotionally closer to us. But current education system lacks it. To create an intense cultural relationship with the people of Indian origin we will strive to impart a standard cultural, moral and religious education. This will help in creating a standard education system for the youth of Indian origin. On the other hand education on the religious beliefs, rituals, culture and language of these countries will create new opportunities of employment for the youth of the country.
Leadership in Education
Universities in India do not connect us to the people who were naturally connected to us due to geography, history and cultural environment. For example, India shared geography and a long history with South East Asia and Middle East. As inheritors of Indic civilization we had contacts of commerce, trade and culture with all ancient civilizations of the world. But, incidentally we have lost every living connection with their inheritors and in the process have lost most of the goodwill. After Independence they did see with natural expectation towards us, but we missed the opportunity for which destiny had prepared us. We have education that is of international standards and yet is sufficiently cheaper than other countries. If we try, then we can attract ample of students from African, Middle Eastern and South Eastern countries. This is essential to improve the financial status of our universities and also to impart them proper autonomy. We will have to show signs of leadership and promise to the neighboring countries in the Indian education machine.
Languages play the role of channels of communication amongst cultures. There is already a global concern over extinction of languages. It is the linguistic diversity of the earth that holds the treasure of knowledge and culture based on the ethnic wisdom and experiences of people. Degree of danger of extinction is higher for local languages. Languages are dieing, they are losing their nature and identity and are getting polluted. On the other hand there is deplorable neglect of teaching of languages, both Indian and foreign, leaving all space to only one language that is English. This neglect however is illogical when we wish to progress towards one world in socio-economic terms. As the boundaries of the countries are getting diluted, it will be the golden opportunity for the Indian youth to establish themselves as entrepreneurs, teachers and scientists through out the world if we impart them linguistic skills and knowledge of cultures in the numerous countries on the earth. In the process, they will also become cultural ambassadors of India. We wish that globalization must benefit Indian youth in establishing any where in the world and not just in English speaking countries.
Civilizations move on the wheels of technology. The need of resurgent India is to catch the spirit of time and blend it with the self ethos, so that in a civilizational dialogue it is able to define its word. We will have to keep pace in the field of science and technology, but simultaneously will have to prepare the students to dig deeper in the mental realms of existence and earn for them a more or less stress free term of life on this planet.
Synergy and Social participation
A society, how so ever strong and prosperous will always remain insecure amongst neighbors who are exploited and marginalized. In an ocean of have nots, islands of haves can not be sustained for long. For a durable and secure future for mankind we wish to target education on social symbiosis and not competition for selfish ends. Social marginalization can be reduced only by generating self esteem and sense of participation amongst the downtrodden. Role of educational institutions towards social outcasts and poor has been underlined in the education policy passed by the parliament. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University will make intensive and visible efforts towards its social commitment.
We commit ourselves to make India a nation which can think ahead of time and march with the kind of dignity a glorious civilization moves. We would think of opportunities and create opportunities. It is a huge task. But it has got to be done and we will do it. We wish to build a system of knowledge which will produce technology for the people and not one which produces only technocoolies to serve the interests of super powers.