THE PRESENT management education in the country and elsewhere in the globe is mostly dominated by the curriculum based on economic values rather than human values. While expressing this concern, Swami (Dr) Parthasarathy, member (Higher Education), Prime Minister’s National Advisory Council, proposed transformation of the entire curriculum based on the integrated value system, which combines both materialistic as well as spiritual knowledge and experience.
Swami Parthasarathy was delivering the 26th Foundation Day lecture at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) today.
He recalled the history of systematic imposition of British system of education as proposed by Lord Macaulay. He also quoted Macaulay’s statement in which he lauded the cultural and traditional Indian value system during the 19th century.
According to the Swami, Macaulay’s system of education was to convert the Indian society into slavery and ironically India was continuing with the same system of education with some modifications.
He said this was the major cause for erosion of Indian traditional value system which had in fact, guided the entire world in all aspects of human life including science & technology before the British invaded.
He stressed that the responsibility of management education system is to transform the values of the student community from that of “I would do what I like to do” to the value “I would do what I required to do”.
Swami Parthasarathy also answered a wide range of questions which came up from the students as well as other guests at the end of the session.
Earlier, the Swami and the other guests were welcomed by Prof D K Bandyopadhyay, Director, IIFM.
During his welcome address he introduced Swami Parthasarathy, who has written books on 17 titles related to modern and traditional Indian management system.
He is well-versed with 11 languages, has done PhD on Indigenous Management System from Chicago University and also MBA from the same university. His grandfather was the Union Railway Minister and his father G Parthasarathy was a well-known and respected bureaucrat and diplomat.
Swami Parthasarathy released the monograph titled “Forest Certification: A tool for sustainable forest management” authored by Prof Manmohan Yadav, Prof P C Kotwal and Dr B L Maneria. This monograph is the outcome of the five years research conducted by the SFM Centre of the Institute, funded by ITTO Japan.
According to Prof Kotwal, the book covers all aspects of sustainable forest management and forest certification. Prof B P Pethiya, Dean of the Institute, proposed the vote of thanks.