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Celebrating The Destroyer of Education.

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Today, is Mahashivratri, the Great Night of Shiva. Theologically, it signifies "overcoming darkness and ignorance". The most prevalent perception of Lord Shiva is that he signifies "The Destroyer" among the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. So, why do we celebrate the destroyer?


Lord Shiva, the creator of National Education Policy
Murudeshwara Statue By Thejas Panarkandy

Bhagwat Gita teaches us that, "Nothing is permanent". Everything that is created is eventually destroyed and then recreated in a new form and shape. Only the soul (for the scientific minds, the energy) is neither created nor destroyed. Thus, creation and destruction represent the same point on the circle of cyclic existence. It is impossible to not celebrate destruction, because it is the seed of a new creation.


Lord Shiva destroys every creation once its existential relevance is over. And, then he recreates it. This is why I feel that the NEP 2020 is an act of God. In fact, NEP 2020 aims to completely destroy the old education system in order to recreate a more efficient and effective system.


For decades, educationists and other stakeholders have realised and spoken about the inadequacy of the existing education system to address the needs of either the learner or the nation. So much has been said about the failing education system by people and policies that saying anything more is a pure waste of time and effort.


The National Education Policy 2020 aims to completely annihilate the outdated system that has existed for decades. It aims to bring a new life and a new form to the practice of education. The NEP 2020 defines the vision and strategy that has the potential of making India a global knowledge leader.


On the occassion of Mahashivratri, let us consider five major elements of existing education system that will be destroyed (and of course recreated) in this process.

Culture of rote learning

NEP 2020 will begin an era where education will focus on developing conceptual understanding, thinking skills, problem solving skills that help students become lifelong learners.

Content-based education

Teacher-centric education

Sorting Learners

Rigidity

However, for the NEP 2020 to succeed, it is important that each one of the stakholders of education destroys the existing mindset and recreates a new growth mindset. We need to get out of our comfort zone, adopt change, and begin a new journey. Before we can help students, we need to introspect and ignite our internal inferno to destroy our existing assumptions and understanding of education and then embark on an expedition of new learning.


Wishing everyone a blessed Mahashivratri to overcome darkness and ignorance!

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Bharathi Patil
Bharathi Patil
Feb 18, 2023

Been following the sessions and are too informative.

Am a retired Principal of CBSE School, looking forward to join your unit .

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Atul Nischal
Atul Nischal
Mar 02, 2023
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Thank you for your appreciation. Please do share your details with me at anischal@icsl.org.in

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