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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/A National Agenda for Education.htm
1. A National Agenda for Education Preamble All eyes seem to be set on education. The contemporary scene of India compels everyone to turn to education as the central key to the road to regeneration. Unfortunately, our educational system is suffering from long-standing negligence and maladies and unless drastic steps are taken to bring about radical and revolutionary changes, it would be futile to expect education to perform any miracle. The national agenda for education must be conceived and implemented with full realisation that the nation derives its raison d'etre from the protective wings that it can spread over the children and
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/precontent.htm
Publisher's Note In response to the felt need in our country for reforming or even revolutionising education in our country, the Mother's Institute of Research, which is devoted to educational research, has constituted a few working groups, under the Chairmanship of Kireet Joshi. A number of working papers were recently prepared. A selected number of these papers have been brought here together so as to contribute to the national thinking on changes that need to be brought about in the field of education. The first paper in this publication entitled "A National Agenda for Education" is a result of several regional seminars and a nati
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/Higher Education in Humanities and Social sciences.htm
8. Higher Education in Humanities and Social Sciences I In the history of education, not long ago, humanities played an overwhelmingly major role. Even the study of the sciences was sought to be glorified as a part of the study of philosophy. But the ascendancy of science and technology in the succeeding centuries has reversed the balance and many of the studies in humanities are sought to be glorified as studies in science. The coinage of the phrase "social sciences" is a testimony of this trend. In recent times, increasing stress is being laid on applied knowledge, and not only on manipulation of machines, but also on ma
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/School Education.htm
5. School Education: Vision, Objectives, Critique of New Curriculum Proposed by NCERT, Recommendations NCERT has rendered a valuable service to the country by bringing out a discussion document on National Curriculum Framework for School Education. The last document on the curriculum was developed in 1988. It should have been reviewed much earlier, since it is best to renew the curriculum at reasonable intervals. But the effort that has been deployed in producing this new document appears to be very laborious and bears the imprint of the latest developments of educational thought and of the lessons that can be derived from the experiences not only of
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/Higher Education Vision, Objectives, Problems and Recommendations.htm
7. Higher Education: Vision, Objectives, Problems and Recommendations I There is no doubt that our entire orientation has to be focussed on the future. We should expect major developments in research, and while emphasis on physical sciences will continue, a pronounced emphasis will come to be laid on biological and psychological sciences. Critical knowledge will also receive unprecedented emphasis. Technologies will invent new techniques, new devices, new gadgets; information technology will not only accelerate the process of diffusion of knowledge but also aid in promoting discovery of new knowled
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/Teacher Education.htm
9. Teacher Education: Objectives, Problems and Recommendations All education is about knowledge and wisdom, about courage and heroism, about art of harmony, and about skill for effective productivity, excellence and perfection. But above all, the central figures of education are the teacher and the pupil, — the teacher, who has the power to inspire and uplift and the pupil who has thirst and who raises his hand for upliftment. And the interrelationship between the teacher and the pupil generates that secret process by which the heritage of the past is transmitted for purposes of the future. Without the teacher, the accumulated experience of the past remain
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/Contents of Education for Character Development.htm
6. Contents of Education for Character Development Methods and contents of education are interrelated; this is particularly true in respect of education for character development, where methods themselves are in significant measure contents. This is the reason why the treatment of these two subjects tends to have some kind of overlapping. In a sense, the teacher in respect of education for character development has no method and yet every method. Similarly, he has no specific content and yet every content. A simple statement like the one that was given to Shvetaketu by his father, "Thou art that", can become sufficient for the en
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/On National Agenda for Education.htm
2. On the National Agenda for Education The National Agenda for Education makes an appeal not to forget the essentials. For the burden of reforms that are being put forward by the Agenda could be so great as to make us oblivious of the essentials. We need to stress that to place the child and the youth in the centre of nation's attention is the most important message of the Agenda. It has been stressed with the greatest possible emphasis that the country must declare the sovereignty of the child and the youth. At a deeper level, however, we need to remind ourselves of the most instructive parable of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, where the trainin
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/Objectives of Education and Promotion of excellence.htm
3. Objectives of Education and Promotion of Excellence I Pursuit of excellence depends on three factors. First of all, it depends upon the cultivation of will among all to work on their own limitations and to surpass them; secondly, it depends upon progressive understanding of the principles underlying the process of self-exceeding; and thirdly, it depends upon clearer perception and commitment to the higher goals of individual and collective welfare. And, if we look at the educational history of thought and practice, we shall find that glorious periods of education have been marked by the participation of people in
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Kireet Joshi/English/A National Agenda for Education/AppendixTeaching of Sanskrit.htm
Appendix Teaching of Sanskrit During the year of Sanskrit, a number of activities are being undertaken at various levels for highlighting the importance of Sanskrit and for considering ways and means by which the study of Sanskrit can become more and more widespread. At its meeting of 25-26 October 1999 of the National Level Committee on Sanskrit several programmes were formulated and recommended such as those of religious harmony of India, importance of teaching methodology of Sanskrit with special reference to the teaching of Sanskrit through Sanskrit, identification of suitable authors for Sanskrit science series and for Sanskrit educational series