More Liberal Arts In India

Courtesy of Ashoka University. An artist’s impression of Ashoka University, currently under construction in Kundli, Haryana.

From today’s India Ink some good news related to India’s changing education system (we consider more liberal arts anywhere, any time, a positive development):

NEW DELHI – For decades, India’s institutes of technology and management, the famed I.I.T.’s and I.I.M.’s, have been seen as the pinnacle of this country’s higher education, offering world-class courses and above all, employability to its graduates.

Yet a group of successful professionals and entrepreneurs, some of them alumni of these universities, have come together to establish an alternative to what they say is an educational paradigm that overly emphasizes technical capabilities while neglecting vital skills like critical thinking, communications and teamwork.

Pending final government clearances, their goal is to open Ashoka University, a 1.3 billion rupee ($20.8 million) project they describe as the first private Ivy League-caliber liberal arts institution in India. Construction of its residential campus, just 10 kilometers (six miles) from the Delhi border in Kundli, Haryana, is already under way. Classes, which will be almost exclusively in the humanities and social sciences, are slated to begin in August 2014.

Read the whole story here.

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