Transforming technical conscience into applied realities

Some experts think that education has moved from ‘integrative traditions’ to ‘disciplinary silos’. There is a need to return to the integrative model in higher education that seeks to bridge the integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. One of the rationales for integration is that it addresses the multi-dimensional challenges of our time – material, economic, environmental, social, cultural, technical, political, medical, aesthetic, and moral. With a better understanding of human history and culture, one can draw from a deeper pool of knowledge in understanding the context of their work and in solving problems.

It was generally believed that the more a person knows, the better will be a person’s value. The perception is now changing; the value of knowing things is decreasing, while the value of using knowledge is increasing. There is more premium on what someone can do rather than on what they know. Accordingly, education is changing, with a focus on experiential learning. In the future education scenario, peers and mentors will have a bigger role. The focus will be on arousing intrinsic motivation. One may know things, but desirable will be who can do things and can generate ideas. Soft science will strengthen the hands of hard science. The attributes of the new syllabi will be an entrepreneurial mindset, ethical behaviour, teamwork and leadership, global perspective, interdisciplinary thinking, creativity and design, empathy, and social responsibility.

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