Girish Srivastava & Dr. Pooja Lakhanpal (Professor), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India.
Case for Global Universities in India
India’s uniqueness rests on its great foundation, which was built by her ancient sages who relentlessly sought after the highest integral knowledge and perfection; as a result, her culture has been sustained, even through periods of decline, with surprising continuity since remote antiquity. India’s renaissance, which began in the last decades of the 19th century, has been marked by multisided awakening, creativity, renewal and reconstruction enabling the country to make valuable contributions in the services of her people and the peoples of the world. Our culture has always stood for universality and common fraternity of the entire human race, and our aspirations are reflected in the educational field in creating, strengthening and developing a national system that should be geared to the highest ideals of universal peace, unity and harmonyi. Education is a dialogue between the past, present and the future, so that the coming generations receive the accumulated lessons of the heritage and carry it forward. In the words of Sri Aurobindo, the foremost philosopher and sage of our times, “The past is our foundation, the present our material, the future our aim and summit. Each must have its due and natural place in a national system of education.” iiThe guiding principles of Sri Aurobindo’s education philosophy was the awakening of the individual as a spiritual being. It should be related to life truth and self mastery by the child. Sri Aurobindo made a five-fold classification of human nature i.e. the physical, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual, corresponding to five aspects of education – physical education, vital education, mental education, psychic education and spiritual education.