An International University for the Advancement of Human & Environment Centred Development: Devoted to the Development of Unorganized Informal Sector

By Lalit Kumar Das.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Most countries have a so called unorganized informal sector, that makes different levels of contribution to the countries well being. This sector is so named because it is based on premises that are not of concern to the current education and political ethos. In India, the unorganized informal sector encompasses 90% of the population, contributes 56.7% to the NDP and yet this sector is outside the domain of both the education and administrative systems with little financial input for its growth. With increasing aspiration and diminishing opportunities, discontent and violence is reinforced. The current education system’s heavy reliance on logico-mathematical and linguistic intelligence as the sole precursor for modernization has left vast population segments outside its reach. This paper discusses a model of a trans-disciplinary, human and environment centred university, where development opportunities and peace is seen as two sides of the same coin. Local practices are seen as the incubator for educational enquiry. The proposed university has faculty for creative & caring education, faculty for vocational & entrepreneurial learning, faculty for enterprise development, faculty for development studies and faculty of distant education. The university in addition will have industrial park, craft bazaar, and forests, organic farms, lakes and orchards as laboratories where theory and practice shall meet. The proposed university will give a boost to production distribution and consumption system that are more local, spontaneous and self sustainable.

Keywords: Alternative University Education, Unorganised Informal Sector, Learning Styles

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.155-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 830.422KB).

Dr. Lalit Kumar Das

Professor, Instrument Design & Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Prof. Lalit Kumar Das pioneered Industrial Design education at IIT Delhi. He has developed a programme that is an excellent blend of design sensitivities and industrial propensities. He graduated in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur. Thereafter he did his Masters of Technology in Design Engineering from IIT Delhi and then Master of Art in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art, London. Prof. Das has wide-ranging deep probing interests in design and man’s innate potential to design. He has worked with artisans and has conceptualized distant education for artisans under the banner of IGNOU. He is deeply interested in sustainable approach to design and a non parochial non partisan framework for study of design. He has many publications to his credit. He has been engaging in the development of the recently announced National Design Policy.


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