India is the hub of education. The Indian education scene has been going through a tremendous change in the recent past starting from the K12 to the higher studies. There have been changes in the approach, curriculum design, and a few other areas. The HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal recently announced that there will be a new education policy that would be based on Vedic knowledge combined with science.
There was a three-day national webinar that was organized by the Mahamana Malaviya Mission, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and was inaugurated by the HRD minister.
Talking at the event he mentioned that the policy will be designed based on Mahamana’s vision. The Hindu culture and civilization has its strong foundation drawn from the Vedas. While the new education policy on leaning towards Vedic knowledge is a welcome change it is important to understand how it will affect the Indian students in this digital world.
There are written scriptures that has the mention of various religious activity and Vedism. The main framework of Hinduism has been designed based on these scriptures and rites that have been observed. Awakening, humility, modesty are some of the concepts that are used in Vedic education. It is important to base subjects of various disciplines on the Vedic knowledge so that students can learn about the rich culture and traditional techniques of various disciplines. Science, astrology, art, commerce, engineering, and many other disciplines have already been practised in ancient India based on different Vedas. It would be an excellent idea to blend the Vedic principles with modern teaching techniques to enable students to be educated about their area of interest along with the roots of their forefathers.
The project/ policy of blending Vedic knowledge into the modern education system is also quite challenging because the current generation of teaching, students, and education system have all moved away towards modern education techniques.
Basing the education techniques on Vedic knowledge has its pros and cons.
The social practices, philosophy, scientific development, and many other practices of the ancient Indian civilization has caught the attention of global experts. The timeless Vedic knowledge has valuable insights to offer and some of the disciplines can draw their basic principles from the Vedic teachings. The usage of Vedic knowledge in various disciplines of higher studies can bring about a positive change both in terms of students learning from the strong foundation of the ancient scriptures to build an excellent tomorrow and learn the important aspects of our history and culture.
BJP government going overboard on the saffronization at various aspects, political agenda, unemployment woes are a few cons that top the list. Changes in the history textbooks, amendment of textbooks, and k12 level of education have been creating a furore across the nation.
The introduction of Vedic knowledge in the modern education system has its pros and cons. However, apart from these, it is important to understand that, whatever the changes, students must be able to pursue careers after the completion of their studies. Changing policies of education and drawing a strong foundation for the roots of our rich culture and history is a great idea if it can enable students to get employed/ pursue a career.