Incomplete Education Part 2

Incomplete Education : Part 2

Thanks for various inputs I have received on the earlier article on the subject.

The key points are:

  • Courses on “art of living” should be introduced from early school levels
  • In olden times, there was this concept of “vidya”..as against the modern day “education”. “Vidya“ covered all important aspects of an ‘integrated ‘ living and more importantly combined ‘meaning’ with knowledge
  • Even in Greece, the emphasis was both on what they called “Horizontal” and “Vertical” dimensions of education. The former covered the worldly knowledge, while the latter was about Values, Ethics, Morality and Principles.

Over a period of time, the achievements in the physical world based on the pursuit of Science brought amazing concepts and products, in the service of mankind. There was an ever increasing acceptance that  Science was able to address all basic issues faced by the mankind..be it faster transportation, quicker communication, rapid healthcare systems , productive agriculture ..and what not!

People started believing that Science and Technology can provide answers to any and every problem. The World economy started growing rapidly based on the application of the newer inventions.  The emphasis on Education naturally shifted to Science dominated themes.

In the process, all aspects of education , other than the knowledge of the physical world around were relegated to sides. Forget about education on Ethics or Morality , even subjects like Arts were meant only for those who could not get admission in to Science/Engg/Medical or Commerce streams.

We have seen times, when  ethics/principles/morality , seen to be connected with religions ,are ridiculed by the “intellectuals”.

While I too am a student of Science, I realise the limitations of purely rational approach to life. To address any issue, a Scientist will start with objective measurements. Is it not ironical that Science has no means to even measure  some fundamental parameters of life, such as Happiness, Contentment, Peace, Harmony..etc ? You can think of improving on these aspects after you have a clear way to measure them! Why are these limitations not understood by our academicians?

We are often confused about what to do when faced with challenges at multiple levels. Mind is ill and needs inside healing! We need to gain control over the self by affirmations of Self Respect. This crucial aspect is never touched in our system of learning! The result is jealousy, fights, depression and even suicides! The problems are further compounded currently due to the Covid-19 and the prolonged period of lockdown. People, particularly youngsters, are so used to living ‘outside’ that they are getting restless ,sitting at home. Most of them  have no idea how to make good use of the ‘free’ time available !

In this background, it is indeed worthwhile to take a note of  what an institute like IIT Delhi has recently initiated. In October 2019, the institute has launched a Module called “ Discovery and Management of Self”. This will be a full credit course  with 9 sessions of 90 minutes each carrying a credit of 14 units . A student is required  to clock a minimum credit of 11 units!. These sessions are being conducted by a Sadhvi (Pravrajika Divyanandaprana) from Ramkrishna Sharda Math, Delhi.

Let us hope this is just the beginning of a much wider acceptance of  “learning for life” against “learning for livelihood”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Incomplete Education Part 2

  1. Vikas Shirodkar says:

    JL
    Yes it is good that now the so called sciences n engineering studies are waking up to their limitations and are accepting a learning, an eduction if you will which goes beyond the algorithms n observational analytics approach.

    Interestingly the truly learned whether Socrates in the Greek tradition or the Renaissance man Da Vinci or the more modern scientists like Einstein all intuitively grasped this vast body of learning beyond their log tables and phenomenological studies. Stephen Hawkings writings and studies are as imaginative as pure poetry when he dvelves into time n astronomy. Sometimes I think we move around in circles returning to the same point where our earlier generations were. But then I realise while we move in circles, we are actually moving like an upward spiral and so when we come to the same point as the past knowledge…..since it is a virtuous upward spiral, we are at a higher point than in the past, achieved by our ancestors.. the joy is we are moving forward and moving ahead….viva la mankind

    • Jagdish Shah
      Jagdish Shah says:

      VS: Your suggestion that we all may be moving in circles looks quite appropriate. If you notice, every thing in nature is cyclic..like i had mentioned in one of my earlier blogs (History: Linear or cyclical)

      Perhaps , moving forward is actually going back on the circle..and i wonder if it is really an upward spiral..

      anyway, we are certainly living in very important part of the cycle…let us see where it actually takes us!

      thanks for your prompt response ,as always ..with very valuable inputs ,to take the thought process further!

  2. Vikas Shirodkar says:

    Thanks boss
    I say we are moving upward only because we are not doing the same things again n again and are indeed making some progress
    Hence the concept of the virtuous spiral

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