The rhythm of Education is strongly rooted in the Values promoted and Identity upheld by the Institution. Rejuvenated by the Traditional Forms of Learning, our Education system is depicted as the ‘Vatvriksh’ or the Banyan Tree. Strongly associated with western concept of Tree of Life and the Eastern concept of the Trimurti- 'Brahma'- the Creator, 'Vishnu'- the Preserver and ‘Shiva’- the Transformer, this visual representation narrates the story of evolution of every Learner whose roots are deeply embedded in Traditions and Value systems. This sapling embarks upon a journey through acquiring Transformative Ancient Knowledge bases and accumulating the necessary Skills required for its Physical, Mental and Spiritual growth. Targeting queries regarding its Human Existence, Life Transitions and Universal Calling, it Experiences the Universe through Participative Learning and evolves through Experiential Learning, i.e. Inward Retrospection.
Pillared around the 7 Vishwas or 'Universes of Knowledge', the East-to-West curriculum at the School of Creative Liberal Education includes the domains of Art and Design, Asian Studies, Global Business Studies, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Politics and Leadership, and Social Sciences. Teaching methodologies incorporated are categorized under the 27 Vishwa Vriksh or ‘Foundation Trees of imparting Education’, which essentially classify under Knowledge -based, Skill-based and Experience-based, thus embodying an Experiential Learning Process.
Learning is a continuous process ever since ages. Education was, is and will be one of the indicators in determining the status of the society. Through education, Education can mold the character and its actions that will follow through in the future. This divine responsibility of educating the masses was successfully carried and continued from generation after generation and there lies a major responsibility to pass on the baton to the future generation. The very idea of education is to present the knowledge holistic and see that the future generation is in safe hands. The world of education takes this responsibility and also engages in the role of tuning the young minds to the changing nature of society.
Human being has witnessed unprecedented progress and transformation and also encountered challenges and brutality in the past 150 years ever since his/her existence. Undoubtedly, man is at the cross-road, as he/she is caught over the question of development. The rat race to prove him/herself has placed the future in a more risky state of affair. This has even questioned the legitimacy of education. Adding to all these there araises some fundamental questions about the way the world is a heading. Are we missing out on the values in the name of progress? If this question is frequently heard in these days means it is sure that we have compromised on the values and ethos that our ancestors have left for the safe future in the name of progress and prosperity. Can there be any repair that can undo or at least minimize the damage? Creative and Liberal education comes as an answer at this juncture.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education shares the responsibility of addressing the challenges faced in academia and is prepared to present young minds as sensible human beings to society.
Undoubtedly, globalization and technological innovations have made life more complex and competitive. To fit into this world, there is a need for holistic progress in onc'e personality by getting acquainted with practical, skill and experiential learning along with academics.
Liberal education has very aptly molded itself to meet the job market rather than being outdated.