In a world where change is the only constant, it is compulsory to rethink and adapt our educational approaches. While the Western Education System has undeniably made significant contributions, we must not forget the wealth of wisdom that lies within our own heritage. The Indic Education System, with its time-tested principles and profound insights, offers a refreshing alternative, complementing and enhancing the existing educational landscape.
In 2022, a panel in NEP Karnataka presented a position paper of 30 pages on ‘Knowledge Of India’ to the Department of State Educational Research and Training. In the paper, they have shown proofs and theories on how the knowledge and learnings of India are far superior and ancient to the findings of the West. The purpose of the paper was to spread and educate the current generation and the upcoming generation about the findings and knowledge from our Vedic Literature.
The Ancient Wisdom of the Indic Education System
The Indic Education System, also known as the Indian Education System, is a holistic and values-driven system that has been refined over thousands of years. The religious and philosophical texts, such as the Vedas and Upanishad are believed as a treasure trove of knowledge. These sacred texts carry secrets that have guided humanity for thousands of years, offering profound insights into the nature of existence and the human condition. The principles and key factors of this ancient system continue to guide students towards educational growth, personal development, and societal transformation.
It is a traditional method where the ‘Guru’ i.e., the Teacher imparts knowledge to the ‘Shishya’, i.e., the Student on a one-on-one ground. The Guru-Shishya Parampara might be an age-old concept but it promotes more promising and personal communication between the teacher and the student. This concept emphasizes the holistic development of an individual, nurturing not only the intellect but also the heart and soul. It acknowledges the interconnectedness of knowledge, enabling a deep understanding of the world and one’s place in it.
In today’s world, where mental health and well-being are prioritized, the Indic education system’s approach to holistic development can help students to develop a well-rounded personality. The presence of social media platforms and other technologies can be a diversion for the student to not develop a personality of their own. The Indic education system can help the student to grow and that includes physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.
The Indic Education System places great emphasis on values. It aims to prepare students who are kind, compassionate, genuine and responsible members of society apart from being knowledgeable. To create a compassionate and empathetic society, these values are of utmost importance in this current era. The education system incorporating these values will help the students develop a greater sense of responsibility and can help them become effective leaders and agents of change in our societies.
Indic Education System will help the current and upcoming generations to learn theoretically but also will help them apply the theory in real-life situations. Practical knowledge in comparison to theories has always been considered valuable and essential. By learning practical skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, students can become better prepared to succeed in their careers and make a positive influence on our society.
With a growing need for individuals to be more self-aware and confident in this era, the principles of the Indic Education System have become more relevant than ever before. By inspiring individuals to dig through their inner selves and realize their true potential, the Indic Education System provides a unique approach. Embracing this approach to education, individuals can develop the skills and mindset necessary to steer the challenges of the future and live a more fulfilling life.
In conclusion, the Indic Education System stands as a testament to the enduring relevance of ancient wisdom. As we strive to prepare the next generation for the challenges of the future, let us not forget the invaluable teachings of our ancestors. At MIT Vishwaprayag University Solapur, we embrace the knowledge of our ancestors, incorporating the Indic Education System into our modern educational practices. By doing so, we believe that we are empowering the next generation with a comprehensive and holistic approach to learning-one that fosters not only academic excellence but also spiritual growth, moral values, and a deep connection with our rich cultural heritage.