BHUBANESWAR: Chairman of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Professor KK Aggarwal advised educational institutions to design courses for individual students to create opportunities for all and promote independent thinking.
While delivering the annual lecture at Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) here on Wednesday, he said the new National Education Policy (NEP) drawn up after 34 years, intends to achieve this goal and encourage students to reflect while focusing on multidisciplinary education.
“Over the years, we have taught students to write in their exam papers what they have studied in the textbook. If they got lost, it meant a loss of bearings. We have produced many parrots, but no thinkers. In fact, we didn’t allow the students to think,” Professor Aggarwal said.
Over the past decades, he said, the previous education system has done critical damage to the lives of young people as they have never learned to take risks in life. This trait of life must be encouraged but the system does not allow risk taking, he stressed.
Lamenting that India hasn’t produced a Nobel laureate since 1947, the NBA president said the day would come when a student would decide how many subjects they would study in a course.
SOA Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Pradipta Kumar Nanda chaired the program. Later, Prof. Aggarwal called the Founding Chairman of SOA, Prof. Manojranjan Nayak and had discussions with him.