The Future of Humanities in the 21st Century
Major civilizations of the world – Indian and Greek – based their models of education on inter-relatedness of various disciplines. However, with the focus on specialization and technology, liberal arts suffered at the expense of science and technology. But recently the discipline of Liberal arts and Human sciences has attained an unprecedented popularity in various Universities all over the world. The present world of the 21st century is strongly underpinned by rapid developments in the field of science and technology and accompanied by the ever-spreading roots of a global economy. The question then arises as to what role liberal education can play in the world mired in technological innovations spawned by globalization. In this fiercely contested competitive world, it would be naïve to think of an education system without linking it to a particular profession, but concurrently, employability should never be the sole aim of education. It is here that liberal arts and human sciences can play vital role by providing a unique opportunity to young minds to explore the space unleashed by this new blend of educational disciplines. Even a cursory look at the syllabi of major Indian universities like Nalanda University reveals their interdisciplinary approach to educational transactions. This contra-disciplinarity of education has its origin in the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the quadrium (music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy or astrology) education system of the ancient Greek period, which provides a comparative model of study in order to see the relation between things, and to reduce the opposition between science and humanities, and in so doing, it allows enough space to curious minds to sharpen their thinking, reasoning and speaking skills for a broader and deeper understanding of the problems of human society. The discipline of Liberal arts and human sciences lays emphasis on the value of individual autonomy through imbibing integral growth. It allows one to regain his/her cultural heritage, develop civilizational understandings, while also being flexible enough to acquire a new skill set to meet the demands and circumstances of the Western world. In brief, liberal arts and science and technology along with other disciplines of knowledge complement each other, as sciences take care of provision and liberal arts of vision.
The Two day Seminar cum Workshop aims at bringing together a cross section of teachers, thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and leaders of industry to deliberate dialogically upon the importance of liberal arts and human sciences education in the 21st century. It will try to seek new yet cogent models of education that can act as a bridge to cover the demands of the rapidly changing world. Focus will be on sharing the learning skills required for teaching of interdisciplinary courses.
The two day Seminar cum Workshop is primarily meant for teachers and will be used as a dialogic platform to discuss:
- Challenges to Humanities
- Curriculum design for future Humanities
- Major learning problems in the field
- Teaching strategies to overcome existing problems
- Experiential Learning
- Evaluation techniques
- Internships for learning outside the classrooms
Many international and national scholars, faculty members and thinkers of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences have agreed to participate in the Seminar cum Workshop.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
AURO University is established in 2009 under the Gujarat Private Universities Act, for value based education. Its mission of providing integral and transformational education to the students focused on providing to students an environment for self-development; based on their aptitudes and interests; provide a platform to be mentors and guides who shape the country’s future leaders by imparting knowledge and skills; opportunities for research on emerging trends and industry practices; intellectual competence, reality-based knowledge, personal integrity; students who strive for excellence and aspire to become socially responsible future leaders.