Education Minsiter Dharmendra Pradhan has recently made sweeping statements about bringing Indian ethos back to education in our country. Just what does this mean? Before we go any further, let us look at the exact keywords from Pradhan’s statements. “Student – first, teacher – led” is what he laid out as the main framework emerging education system.

The Education Minister’s statement came at the 3 day long Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam (ABSS) at Varanasi. So what does applying Indian ethos to education encompass? In a quest to bring forth a more Indian flavour, Pradhan is gunning for a transformative style of education. What does this mean for the Indian student? Here are 10 things to expect!

  1. Transformation: Transformative education is set to become to hallmark of student life in India thanks to the application of Indian ethos to education.
  2. Multi Modal Education: The use and engagement of various faculties for a more three dimensional style of practice based learning will become a part of the Indian ethos to education program. This would include reading, writing, visual and auditory processes within learning modules.
  3. Skill Development: A major part of the Indian ethos to education included the development of skills. This was the hallmark of Indian society and its setup as well. Modern day skills would be applied into the mainstream syllabus design.
  4. Sense of Service: This is also an important way of staying true to our roots, especially in today’s climate that calls for greater environmental and human rights based good.
  5. Theme Based: Homing in on a theme and making sure that the syllabus and method of teaching is based on that theme would be another impact of applying Indian ethos to modern day classrooms.
  6. Co Location: Higher education would also be in co location as far as an industry’s R&D goes. This would help in more practice based learning.
  7. Indian Languages would be heavily promoted in classrooms.
  8. Knowledge systems from the past would be taken and reapplied in a more modern context.
  9. Better access to technology would be promoted.
  10. Creating pride in our knowledge system, language and even aspirations of the youth would be a mainstay of higher education.