The domain of education is abuzz with words like ’21st Century Skills’ and one can end up feeling that there is something magical that our children need to learn in order to survive in today’s complex world. While it is true that one needs a wide variety of skills to negotiate the world of today, one cannot but look to India’s glorious past and explore if there is something that one can learn from that. This article of mine in Outlook magazine tries to capture the lessons that ancient Bharat’s Gurukula system has for modern education. This is specially significant as several states begin to implement the NEP around the country.
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
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