Utilize traditional wisdom to fructify existing education system
Prof. Dr. Bishal K Sitaula who has 20-years’ experience of research/teaching/supervision and international collaboration experiences at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) told APD in a recent exclusive interview that Nepal should reform its own education system based on wisdom tradition, free of direct political influence and serving its society.
How do you assess the education standard in Nepal?
Nepal’s education standard is not bad. However, there is room for improvement. As I have seen in China, everything is done in Chinese context; they have their own language of education, big departments of Chinese Medicines in Medical Universities. As such, we need a paradigm shift in the direction of Nepalese education system to cater the needs of our society.
Today, many students have less reliance in Nepal’s education system. What is missing in our education system?
We are not providing adequate moral education to our students. Our education system is not based on wisdom, tradition and culture; rather it is focused on employment, which makes them able to earn bread and butter only. So, our education system is not making our students essentially wise; rather it is making them greedy.
80% of Nepalese population is of farmers when75% of our land is mountainous. So, what kind of education is suitable for Nepal?
Technical education is suitable for Nepal. Since we are rich in medical and aromatic plants, water resources, biodiversity, and forest resources, a technical education to wisely utilize such resources will be fruitful for Nepal. On the top of it we should learn from our technically advanced neighbors—India and China—to adopt best practices in our education system.
What can be done to improve Nepal’s education system?
The whole education system needs reformation. Education system must remain free of political influence. University heads such as Dean, Registrar and Vice Chancellor should not be nominated under political patronage. They should be appointed on merit-basis.
Do you think Nepal’s education is controlled by foreigners?
Obviously, directly or indirectly it is. In practical terms, the entire curriculum comes from outside; patters of thinking, pedagogy and methodology are borrowed too. So, it is heavily controlled in that way.
How can Nepal build its own type of education system?
We should have wise leader who can understand our values and virtues as well as ground reality. Nepal should not forget its rich wisdom tradition. Imitation of things and thoughts should be discouraged.
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