To develop youth with global consciousness and competence
Philosophy of â€˜Advaitâ€™ (One-ness of existence) and Buddha should be Indiaâ€™s greatest contribution to human civilisation to the emerging one world. We are among the first of the people to think of world as one family (à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤§à¥ˆà¤µà¤¾ à¤•à¥à¤Ÿà¥à¤‚à¤¬à¤•à¤®à¥) and world from all seas to all lands as one â€˜nationâ€™ (à¤ªà¥ƒà¤¥à¤¿à¤µà¥à¤¯à¥ˆ à¤¸à¤®à¥à¤¦à¥à¤° à¤ªà¤°à¥à¤¯à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¤¾à¤¯à¤¾: à¤à¤•à¤°à¤¾à¤Ÿà¥ à¤‡à¤¤à¤¿). AdyaÂ Shankaracharya saidÂ :"à¤¸à¥à¤µà¤¦à¥‡à¤¶à¥‹à¤à¥à¤µà¤¨à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¯:" all three worlds are my own country.) Sant Dnyaneshwara said, â€˜à¤…à¤µà¤˜à¥‡ à¤µà¤¿à¤¶à¥à¤µà¤šà¤¿ à¤®à¤¾à¤à¥‡ à¤˜à¤°Â â€™- the whole world is my home. This consciousness of â€˜oneâ€™ ness of existence is the essence of â€˜Indianâ€™- ness. In these modern times of emerging one world, Indiaâ€™s innate global consciousness has to be tempered with global competence. The last decade of the last century saw momentous changes. Collapse of USSR, end of communism as an ideological rival to capitalism, emergence of USA as the only world superpower and China close on the heels (at present albeit.) World becoming one market – one economy – thanks to Dunkel draft, GATT and WTO. World also becoming one â€˜global villageâ€™ through information technology, emerging frontiers in science and technology – genetics, photonics, ecology etc. Both : challenges and opportunities before the world and India are unique and unprecedented. They call for fundamental and creative approaches to polity, economy, art, society, law and order, human resource development – everything. This is where we believe our innate global consciousness should develop global competence. Youth of our country therefore need to be made aware of, and competent to handle – competition at two levels – : oneâ€™s competition with oneself – to continually go on becoming better and better, throughout oneâ€™s life : till the point of self realisation – the realisation of â€˜oneâ€™ness with existence and : perhaps more – or at least equally importantly, at the practical level – oneâ€™s competition with the best of the brains in the world, best of the American, German, Japanese, Chinese, South-east Asian… brains. Youth of our country should be charged with the passion to excel in oneâ€™s own chosen walk of life – to conquer the world, inner and outer both, through excellence and creativity by following the path of â€˜self realisationâ€™.
To develop professionals with national character
Awareness of the Indian culture, history, national integration, social consciousness, equality and development; readiness to act and sensitivity to basic human values together go into the making of a national character. Professionalism means excellent management and planning, accountability, honest accounting, doing the work in hand well and creatively, constant upgradation of oneâ€™s expertise in the chosen field, contributing to the field through oneâ€™s work and experience and, last but not the least, being responsible for the results of the project in hand. Today, those who profess to embrace the values of professionalism generally proclaim that they have nothing to do with national character. They say : â€œDonâ€™t tell us about fads like the country, change and development. It is work for the sake of work for us.â€ In similar fashion, those who talk of a national character are equally unconcerned about the values of professionalism. They feel that it is enough to speak eloquently about culture, character, change and development. The truth is, only national character or only professionalism is not enough. They both are needed. Each is incomplete without the other. Professionalism without a national character is dangerous. And national character without professionalism is useless. There must be oneness (Advaita) between the two. Professionalism must mandatorily be an integral part of national character in the modern times. Being an expert professional should be an all-important part of a national character and national character should be a vital component of professionalism. Oneness in this sense is necessary.