|The problem with Indian higher education..AICTE boss suffers from hallucination effects and should consider early retirement.
Recently there was a news that Maths and physics will not be compulsory for students of class 12th who wish to pursue Engineering. (https://indianexpress.com/article/education/maths-physics-and-chemistry-optional-for-engineering-admissions-aicte-aicte-india-org-7225555/) .
“In a major change in the eligibility criteria for engineering courses, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) — the technical education regulator — has made Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) optional for students who wish to pursue technical courses like biotechnology, textile or agriculture engineering at the undergraduate level. However, PCM remains mandatory for most engineering subjects like computer science.”, notes the Aicte order.
The problem is when you try to change things because you want to show to higher ups and leaders and wish to impress the Prime mInister and Sangh leaders who all don’t have time to go into the nitty gritty of such finer issues you do and take such actions. There cannot be a greater sin bigger than this because one is tampering not only certain students but is playing with the credentials of a country which is taken poorly at international institutes for her education standards. Instead of giving more importance to Maths and Physics if the AICTE boss and his faithful followers at AICTE think that Maths and Physics are not required for certain engineering subjects than what else but it can be termed as Hallucinations effect or obsession to be called great without being so factual.
In a country that is still trying to regain lost glory, trying to convince the world that zero was invented here, astronomy is as old as indian culture such actions are almost equivalent to blasphemy. – Mathematics has a transversal nature. Besides OUR own heritage and historic and cultural relationship with the subject, if we reflect on the history of curriculum in general, then mathematics (geometry and algebra) were two of the seven liberal arts in Greek as well as in medieval times. This historical role supports the notion that mathematics has provided the mental discipline required for other disciplines.
Mathematics is a methodical application of matter. It is so said because the subject makes a man methodical or systematic.
Maths is the ultimate subject that provides a student to model to analyse any event in life. Specific chapters like Linear algebra, Calculus, Differential equations, Numerical method, Probability and stats are the basic tools for any person who is interested in any type of higher education not only in engineering but also in medical, Economics, agriculture, textile , Bioinformatics, and others. Without mathematics a man is dead and one can see the role played by mathematics in certain qualities that are nurtured by it like the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills.
. Instead of taking Maths and Physics to a more elementary level the AICTE chairman and his team of Yes Men are trying to dilute the subjects and higher education. Indeed The New Education policy of PM Modi is a visionary step but if the AICTE chairman thinks that this move will aid the PMs policy then he must be in a bad mental state. The NEP of Modi government is very different and is a way to facilitate education for all with focus on indigenous and native knowledge and skill set. It nowhere says to dilute Mathematics / Physics or dilute higher education. Therefore to bring such changes in the name of NEP is a sinister mindset and nothing but a crude attempt to impress the political class and Sangh leaders. Maybe it is also a way to get more admissions to failing engineering colleges who are not finding students and are being forced to close. . The provision for having separate classes to teach maths later on is just a white wash and nothing more. We request all professors and faculties in higher education to reject such Tuglagi directions and changes and rather bring more mathematics in our daily life from an early life. We also recommend that the AICTE chairman must read this beautiful article written by a Kendriya Vidhyalaya teacher (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/the-importance-of-maths-in-everyday-life/articleshow/48323205.cms#:~:text=Mathematics%20makes%20our%20life%20orderly,and%20even%20effective%20communication%20skills.).
Dr Asheesh Shah
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