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A thought to Indian Education

By Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: July 22, 2022 10:36 am

By Deepak Kumar Rath

Bharat is undoubtedly moving on its track once again to lead the whole world as the Vishwaguru. The inherent strong willpower that lies in the social fabric of Bharat is unique and our nation is equally blessed with the best brains in the world. In the field of science, literature, spiritualism, or for that matter, our country has always been at the top, as history has its record. Our natural resources with untapped energy, our disciplined society and our natural system of living have made us superior human beings in comparison to other continents in the world. And furthering this pace is New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which is inculcating logical and critical thinking in students. Against this backdrop, it is apt to say that critical thinkers are those who can move beyond “typical” thinking models to an advanced way of thinking. Critical thinkers produce both more ideas and improved ideas. They become more adept in their thinking by using a variety of probing techniques, which enable them to discover new and often improved ideas. Besides, critical thinkers tend to see the problem from many perspectives, to consider many different investigative approaches and to produce many ideas before choosing a course of action. In these contexts, the new education policy can be very revolutionary. A major weakness of modern education is the increasing burden of homework on children. But this homework has also been taken care of in the new education policy. In the new policy, along with reducing the pressure of homework, the focus has also been on increasing the reasoning ability of the children.

Significantly, India’s first education policy came in 1968, second policy came in 1986 and after 34 years this third and new education policy came in 2020. On the other hand, between this new policy and the 1986 policy, the UPA government had the Common Minimum Programme of 2004, in which instead of a holistic view of education, the emphasis was on minority educational institutions, modern and technical education in minority communities and reservation in education for minorities. It was as if education was necessary not for all but only for minorities. Against this backdrop, it is pleasing that the Modi government, not appeasing anyone, initiated several measures to make India self-reliant and Vishwaguru but these would fall flat if a proper and educative methodology is not adopted to make India skilful. It is with this intention the Government of India announced the National Education Policy-2020 to Indianise the hitherto western-made English-dominated education system fit for meeting the local needs through local education (vocal for local) to transform Make in India to Make for World to serve the humanity in a greater way in resonance with the ethos of Hindu philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. The idea of transforming India through its education system to bring a holistic change in a systematic process is undoubtedly a daunting task. Since the colonial, western-oriented education system in India produced nothing more than Brown Badus, just fine-tuning the education structure wouldn’t be sufficient. In fact, what is the need for time is the definite change in the totality. For that reason, NEP was envisioned to transform India into a self-sufficient global knowledge economy through a holistic, flexible and multidisciplinary education system that suits its challenging needs of the 21st century.

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