The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is conducting a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) - Bhāratīya Jñāna Paramparā – with Rashtram School of Public, Rishihood University, Sonipat, aimed at building a comprehensive perspective on the need, relevance and essence of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) for the academic community, particularly the faculty engaged at colleges and universities across the country.
The three-week FDP is being held from November 15 and will conclude on December 7, 2021, and is also being supported by CPDHE (UGC-HRDC), Univ. of Delhi, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, IKS Division of MoE at AICTE, CoEIKS, IIT Kharagpur, INDICA and SOA.
Speaking about the FDP, AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said, “If we don’t make changes to our education policies now it will be very difficult for us to pass on the values of Indian Knowledge System (IKS) to our children. And if we want to make students learn about IKS the first step is to make the teachers aware about it. When teachers are aware about IKS, it will also fill their minds with pride and appreciation for this system. This will help the teachers or faculties to sow the seeds of IKS among their students. Keeping all these aspects in mind, this three-week FDP is of prime importance for us.”
The FDP will also be uploaded on the website of AICTE and those who are not able to attend it physically can go through it virtually. The FDP seeks to provide intellectual thrust and moral clarity on the imperative of anchoring Indian education in India's Knowledge Systems (IKS): Sources, Theories, Concepts and Practices. A job portal will also be launched for opportunities in IKS.
Responding to the nation’s call for Ātmanirbhara Bhārata and current initiatives to implement the NEP 2020, the FDP aims is to contribute to and enrich the Indian education system by the inflection of India’s Knowledge and provide pertinent reflections for the NEP 2020.
Some of the key sessions included Education and Coloniality by J Sai Deepak; What are India's Knowledge Systems? by Michel Danino; IKS in Higher Educational Institutions by Kuldeep Agnihotri; “Bhāṣā-cintana-paramparā” by Rajnish Mishra; “Nāṭyaśāstra, Saṅgīta aur Nṛtya” by Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sonal Mansingh; Character of Bhāratīya Samāja by Kapil Kapoor, among others.
On the occasion, Kapil Kapoor, chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, said: "It is important to first make teachers aware through these FDPs that education can serve our society and culture only if it is founded in India's powerful knowledge traditions and practices - otherwise, as of now the Education will only perpetuate 'colonised minds' thereby stifling indigenous originality.”
Kapoor was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to education and IKS.
According to Ganti S. Murthy, national coordinator, IKS Division of MoE, AICTE, “It is self-evident in today's world that the Indian way of thought and knowledge systems have much to offer for making a more sustainable, harmonious and peaceful world. To teach this Indian way to future generations, the teachers must be familiarised and such foundational programs will go a long way in making this possible.”
For more information click here rashtram.org/faculty-development-programme/