Chairman of the committee that drafted the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, K Kasturirangan said the vision of India’s new education system is to ensure that it touches each and every citizen’s life and creates a just and equitable society. He was speaking at the 17th convocation ceremony of the Symbiosis International University (SIU).
Kasturirangan said the NEP provides an integrated yet flexible approach towards education and emphasis is given in the policy to the aspect of holistic, multi-disciplinary education as a foundational component at all levels of education. “The vision of India’s new educational system has been crafted to ensure that it touches the life of each and every citizen consistent with their needs and necessities, besides creating a just and equitable society,” he said.
“The approach is to realise a new system aligned with the aspirational goals of the 21st-century education while remaining rooted to India’s value systems and ethos,” said Kasturirangan.
He added that “liberal education” in the contemporary discussion has its origins in India’s age-old idea of liberal arts dating back to almost 1,400 years. “In the modern-day social and economic landscape, this age-old Indian concept is now finding recognition in a new form.
Liberal education explores the remarkable relationships that exist among the sciences and humanities, mathematics and arts, medicine and physics, etc, and more generally, the surprising unity of all fields of human endeavour,” he added.