Need to Indianise Education – Why & How? (2/2)

While there is an urgent need to Indianise education and revive the lost glory of this country, careful steps are to be taken to take all people along and be successful. Unreasonable resistance and intentions has to be dealt with severely and appropriately without affecting the objective. Two primary approaches help in the process…

A Common Platform for people to discuss, debate and evolve a Truly Indian Education System:

The new government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, which has come to power on the plank of “India First” is reported to have decided upon forming a commission on education reforms. We hope this commission will work to include traditional Indian wisdom, values and methodologies into our education system.

Several organisations, more prominent among them like – Saraswathi Vidya Mandirs, Vivekananda Education Society, Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Aurobindo Ashram, Sathya Sai Institutes, Shanti Niketan, etc., have established educational institutes across the country and are providing Indian touch to the education for decades. Symposiums held by these institutes on indianising education based on traditional values highlight challenges they face in providing complete and truly Indian education. These need to be addressed.

There are reports of a Non-Governmental Education Commission (NGEC) under the leadership of Dr Batra which would introduce education models based on Indian roots and submit a report to the government. This reportedly is a high level panel involving who’s who in the industry. Heartening to learn about the objectives of this – probably one of the most serious and mega non-government initiative to Indianise education.

Several other organisations are also working in the same direction, but at a smaller level.

Consolidating the efforts of all these organisations would well be in the direction of Modi’s inclusive governance – where people actively participate in formulating policies and governance. National symposiums on these lines involving all these organisations will provide a common platform for people to exchange ideas, discuss, debate and evolve recommendations to the governmental commission to Indianise education that will be acceptable and relevant to people from all walks of life.

Make people open to debate, experiment and experience the claims of Indian Wisdom:

When fanaticism and pseudo-secularism by political class closed doors of people to even listen to the values of Indian wisdom, people in the west experimented on the same with an open mind. Today yoga, vastu sastra, etc., is accepted by more Indians across religious beliefs because their minds have opened after the west validated the same through systematic scientific research and debate.

The same is happening with Sanskrit education. While sanskrit text and slokas are taught in the schools in europe and west, we are finding it difficult to popularise the same in Indian schools. Through scientific research people in the west have understood the applicability and suitability of sanskrit in computing technology and balanced development of a person. It is a matter of time, when people in India will realise that sanskrit as a language, its literature, slokas and mantras; has global relevance; has the potential to propel the global growth curve to the next level.

Providing platforms and environment for people from all walks of life cutting across beliefs systems to experiment, experience, discuss and debate on traditional Indian philosophy and wisdom will help them realise the value of this wisdom and embrace it. We can understand the urgent need, when people of high repute speak about reverting back to our ancient traditions. However, care has to be taken to ensure that we are not touching the raw nerve that will immediately raise the wall of resistance and prove counter-productive.

Flavouring Indian wisdom, techniques and tools without religious connotations will help people from all belief systems to look at it with an open mind, understand their relevance and applicability to all.

Dealing Vested Interest Groups

Needless to say despite sincerest of efforts, vested political interest groups may still try to thwart the attempts and they have to be dealt sternly and politically appropriate way. The country has given the Modi Government overwhelming mandate relying on his ability and proven track record to do the same. We hope he lives up to the expectations and fructify the current efforts to Indianise education.

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