The Sonepat-based O.P. Jindal Global University recently organised an open-ended conference on the future of liberal arts in India. The event was attended by academic leaders, philosophers, professors, social entrepreneurs, and leaders of multinational corporations.
“An open-ended discussion on the future of liberal arts and sciences education within India as well as a broader discussion on how best to create new forms of education within India is of paramount importance," said C Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, while speaking at the conference. "Innovative pedagogy and curriculum can enhance social justice and environmental sustainability, while also assisting in developing students to lead a new era of growth and change within India.”
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities admitted its first class of Liberal Arts students in August.
“I am excited and hopeful about the outcomes of the conference," said Kathleen Modrowski, Dean – Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities. "Since this is the second conference on the topic, we will be able to assess our progress, introduce new ideas pertaining to teaching and learning in India, and perhaps chart a course for the future."
"Based on our experience with the first batch we are able to see that many young people are ready to learn in a new way; one in which the liberal arts provides the lens through which they can explore the world,” said Modrowski.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities in collaboration with Rollins College, USA, offers students an Indian education along with international exposure. Students are introduced to wide subject coverage in the first two years along with internships and community projects to develop professional skills. The remaining two years of the dual-degree programme are conducted at Rollins.