New Delhi: Asserting that "flexibility"
should be at the heart of reforms in education sector, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday favoured removing boundaries
between science, arts and commerce disciplines to enable
children pick the subjects of their choice.
"Children must have the choice at any stage of their
life to move from one discipline to another. The flexibility
of the education system must be at the heart of of education
reforms. Why can`t a child take music and maths, commerce and
history or geography and physics," he said.
Sibal felt that the time has come when "we must destroy
the disciplines we talk about -- commerce, arts and science.
Discipline of knowledge is only acquisition of knowledge and
not that you are fit for science so you are in science... you
are in arts you are fit for arts."
This change can only happen when people stop thinking in
"silos", he said addressing at a global education meet here.
The minister also batted for bringing uniformity among
the universities in academics and quality for easy student
migration with steps like introduction of "semester system".
The government, he said, is also committed to raise the
gross enrollment ratio in the country from 15 to 30 per cent
by 2020 so as to create that critical mass of students to move
into the university system and gainfully contribute to the
future of the country.