Pro Vice Chairman's Message
One of the paramount things in education in the context of emerging scenario is the relevance of what is being taught in educational institutions. After all, the true test of education is not what one learns within the four walls of school and the class room, but what one does with the learning when he enters the life ahead. The whole world today has been dubbed as “province of knowledge “. Everyone is talking about the knowledge – explosion. If one is in information technology, communication and even entrepreneurship, one is deemed to possess knowledge in all aspects of human endeavour. A throw back to the days of Marie Antoinette is, her immortal phrase ” If the poor do not have bread, give them cake.” Knowledge today does not only reside in books, CD-ROMS or even on the internet, but it is in the heads and hearts of people.
It is the sense that an individual makes of the informationthat he acquires through introspection and through use of senses. No two people make of the same an identical piece of information, which one gets from internet, books etc. A person’s knowledge is unique to him. Our system of education has to appreciate this diversity. The assumption that the more information one can cram into one’s head, the more knowledge is acquired, stands no ground today. If we have to become a knowledge driven society, we will have to generate and apply knowledge profusely in a productive manner. There has to be encouragement given to innovation, quality and creativity in education. The role of education and the institutions has to drastically change from that of a “doer” of running the institutes to “being” a facilitator of diversity and innovation. “Let a hundred flowers bloom: let a hundred schools of thought contend” – offers the best hope for our country to prepare its people for the knowledge management. Indeed the winners of today will be those who stay ahead and bring about a change. The institutions of future would need much more than mere foresight. They would need to raise performance levels and in the social context, identify changes..
Hari Mohan Gupta
Pro Vice Chairman