No conflict between NKC, Yashpal panel reports, says Pitroda

No conflict between NKC, Yashpal panel reports, says Pitroda

Both focus on lack of quality in education

National Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda delivering the second Golden Jubilee Endowment Lecture, in Bangalore on Sunday. Commission Advisor R Raghunathan and Seer Shivratri Deshikendra Swamiji are seen. DH PHOTO

“The recommendations are exactly the same and in fact, I think, the government should go ahead and implement those made by the Yashpal Committee report on higher education,” he said. He added that the recommendations of both reports largely focussed on the lack of quality in education and the demand for higher education being greater than the supply.

Pitroda delivered the second golden jubilee endowment lecture at the JSS Mahavidy-
apeetha and spoke of the need to stop being ‘advisers’ and be ‘learners’. He rued the low level of awareness on the Commission’s work and urged the gathering to spend time on the Commission’s website.

Pitroda said that despite ancient India being a powerhouse of knowledge, the modern world has been dominated by Western knowledge. “Western knowledge has taken root over the last 300 or 400 years. And the major contributor over the last 50 years has been the US mainly because of the eco system that has been created for the development of knowledge,” he said. He added that India was not yet a knowledge society but the journey has just begun and the seeds have been sown.

He  spoke of the need to document traditional knowledge and translate some of the  regional Indian literature. “If we are to cater to the people who belong to the bottom rungs of society, we have to make sure that traditional knowledge is documented,” he said. Health  was one area where India has to document its knowledge to meet the requirement of  poor, he opined.

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