EDUCATION IN INDIA : A Tree Without Roots?

ISBN Number : 978-93-5097-102-4

Student Price : Rs.350

Student Dollar Price : 14$

Library Price : Rs.850

Library Dollar Price : 34$

Book Edition : Third

Year of Publication : 2017

No. Of Pages : 274

Book Weight :368

About The Book

This book is likely to prove to be a `cry in the wilderness`. But it is not a, `crying wolf`. In early April this year the author was standing in front of `Swamiji`s mango tree` at Belur Math for the umpteenth time perhaps. This grand old sentinel had been standing there even before Swami Vivekananda had acquired the land for the Ramakrishna Math and Mission on the Western bank of the Ganga. This was in 1898. It has thus been a witness to Divine events, and is perhaps now at least one hundred and twenty-five years old, still bearing mangoes and giving shade.

This book is appearing at a time when education in India is being treated as a `business` sector worth 90 billion per year, when teachers in handsomely remunerative government institutions are resorting to hunger strikes and else for still larger pay packets, etc. It is appearing in a period when heavy-weight opinion-moulders are writing books with titles like − `Fault Lines of Mind Civilization`, `The Siege Within`, `India Unbound` and the like. They do not seem to mind advocating, `compound fracturelines`, or `siege without`, or `borrowed bondages`. They forget, or ignore that this is the land of `guru-gariba-vasa` ages ago Vishnusharma (of Panchatantra fame) had refused to accept any remuneration for educating a King`s children. Education, sbiksha daan was not put for sale. These pages are seeing the light of day also when this author had been summarily put down by two senior IAS officers (once at Mussoorie and once at IIM Calcutta) asserting that Vivekananda was not an authority on Indian culture and whatever he had done was outside India, nothing within. Moreover, it is a time when gross national product (GNP) is soaring while gross national character (GNC) is nosediving. The book is emerging when the world seems to have turned wild. Everything is being made unsustainable: harmony at home, sacred manage, frugal lifestyle, purity of air and water, harmony with Nature, nobility in teacher-student relationships, etc., − Quiet desperation − has yielded to groaning desperation. Yet, ironically, all this is accompanied by the stupid cant of `sustainable development`. The pervasive tendency now is one of ugly duplicity − which this book has tried to avoid.

 

Contents -

1. GOD IN PRISON: Agenda for Desh Rin
2. COURTING AFFLUENT PENURY: The Enigma of Education In India
3. EDUCATION FOR `NATIONAL MIND`: Let Sister Nivedita Teach Us
4. THE `BEAR HUG` AND CULTURAL DISEMPOWERMENT
5. SCIENTIFIC TEMPER: A Clinical Probe
6. LEARNING FOR MODERNITY: What Does It Mean?
7. `LEARNING TO DO`: The "Essential" Way of four CEOs.
8. THREE DUTIES AND LEGITIMATE EDUCATION
9. EDUCATION ACROSS A CENTURY: A Bird`s Eyeview
10. DEAR STUDENTS, MIND YOUR CHOICE TO TRUST
11. INDEX

About The Author

S.K. Chakraborty (1940) had been a 1st ranker of Kolkata University in his Masters examination, and a 1st ranker in India in the final examination of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants. As a Commonwealth Scholar, he did his Ph.D at Liverpool University (UK).

He has five decades of post graduate teaching experience at various universities in India, US, Europe and Australia. His last 33 years of teaching was done at IIMC, where he had set up the Management Centare for Human Values in 1992. He is author and co-author of 36 books, of which 23 are in the field of Indian Ethos, Ethics and Human Values. He has also initiated and edited three Journals, namely, Decision, Journal Human Values and Shraddha. He has travelled to most parts of the world for addressing seminars and conferences and holding Workshops on the above themes.

He has been on the Boards and Expert Committees of several GOI institutions. Until recently he was a member of the BOG, IIM Indore. Presently he is Mentor Emeritus at the abindranath Tagore Centre for Human Values, sponsored by Ambuja Realty, in Kolkata.

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