Indian universities must have faculty for Thinking

Indian Universities must have a separate faculty for `Thinking` and it should be taught as a distinct subject, a leading world authority in developing creative thinking techniques and tools said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 20:14 PM IST

London: Indian Universities must have a
separate faculty for `Thinking` and it should be taught as a
distinct subject, a leading world authority in developing
creative thinking techniques and tools said on Thursday.

After signing a Memorandum of understanding with
FyneCube to foray into India, Dr Edward de Bono told newsmen:
"The biggest problem facing the world today is not the Climate
Change but poor thinking."
He noted that "there has been no attempt to educate
thinking in the entire world."

Asked to spell out his specific prescription for
India, de Bono, who had earlier worked for Tatas and Birlas
in India and met former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi,
Narasimha Rao and former President Abdul Kalam, said "teach
Thinking as a separate subject in India." Thinking is a key skill. After basic mathematics, thinking is very important."

Under the MOU, Dr Edward de Bono and FyneCube, a
private limited company registered in India engaged in
developing high-end education content, have forged a knowledge
partnership, to exclusively design and develop education
products based on de Bono tools and techniques for the Indian
education sector.

FyneCube, while introducing de Bono skills and
methodologies in India, would also develop and launch new
education products in local Indian languages to broaden the
scope and reach.

There are an estimated 227 million students enrolled
in 1.3 million schools across India where the medium of
education is primarily in local languages.

Dr de Bono techniques of creative thinking and
learning would be a new concept in Indian schools that
pre-dominantly rely on conventional mode of teaching.

FyneCube is geared up to launch a series of de Bono
thinking and creativity skills based educational products
meant for schools, colleges and also employed adults from
January 2011 onwards.

"I think it is wonderful. India is becoming an
increasingly important global economy and Thinking is a very
key skill to help make that happen," said Dr de Bono.

Dr de Bono, who had written 83 books which have been
translated into 42 languages, said "there is no problem with
the educational system in India and intelligence in India is
very high but what is lacking is operational thinking - making
things happen."
Prof Krishnendu Sarkar, Co-Founder & Director of
FyneCube said "the de Bono-FyneCube tie up comes at a time
when the Indian education sector is in the cusp of a major
transition."

The Indian government has launched a world-class
skill development programme through National Skill Development
Corporation, a public private partnership body, to address the
challenge of imparting the skills required by a growing
economy.

According to a study on mapping of human resources
skill gaps till 2022 by National Staff Development Council
(NSDC), in order to fulfil the growing need for skilled
manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between
the demand and supply of skills, there is a need for
skilling/upskilling of 500 million people in India by 2022 by
fostering private sector initiatives in skill development
programmes and providing viability gap funding.

Prof Sarkar said: "India is also witnessing a steady
growth in the demand for part-time education for working
adults. One felt-need across the education pyramid that
comes to fore is for skills in education.

FyneCube is targeting this space," The School
course, meant for Class V and onwards would be a four-year
modular programme.

De Bono Training of Teachers will be part of this
initiative that would begin with thinking Skills for school.

Colleges and Universities in India would further
stand to add value to their education with specially designed
courses for enhancing the employability and entrepreneurship
ability of students.

Cecil Antony, the chairperson of Synergy Group, the
promoter of Fynecube, said that with the introduction of the
de Bono skills the Indian education sector would be the
biggest beneficiary.
Seventy-seven-year-old Dr de Bono, regarded by many
as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking,
innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill, is
equally renowned for his development of the Six Thinking Hats
technique and the Direct Attention Thinking tools framework.

Born in Malta, Dr de Bono holds professorships at
the Universities of Malta, Pretoria, Dublin City University
and the University of Central England.

The New University of Advancing Technology in
Phoenix, Arizona appointed Dr de Bono Da Vince Professor of
Thinking in May 2005.

Earlier he had served as the Ambassador for European
Union for Creativity.

PTI