Editorial Gurumurthy Kalyanaram – University Day Special

In this University Day – January 2018 issue of the Journal, we present six important and interesting research manuscripts by thoughtful scholars and practitioners.

We are pleased to be able to have produced six high-quality issues of the Journal since October 2016.

In this issue, I am presenting below a thought piece on how to balance democratization of education and maintain high-quality. This article was published in the special issue produced on the occasion of the 89 Annual Meet of Association of Indian

Democratization of High-Quality Education and Effective Learning

Education is a driver of economic development, prosperity, social justice and empowerment. So, as stewards of learning and education we have an obligation and responsibility to enhance these outcomes. This not only requires an understanding of science and technology, commerce and business but also cultivation of values and critical inquiry.

Transformative discoveries in science and technology have come from compelling curiosity. For example, Newton did thought experiments and postulated the laws of motion, the gravitational theory and the differential calculus. Einstein’s theory of relativity is more an outcome of his deep reflection, than work in large labs. All these exemplars advise us that our learners should be endowed with imagination and critical thinking. In India, where inclusiveness and innovation are central to our shared prosperity, such attributes are even more urgent.

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