Why cannot we explore our rich intellectual tradition

That we have less than 8% colleges and 0.8% 10+2 institutions teaching philosophy and our professional institutions do not have significant place for ethics and philosophy–the ground of all sciences (philosophy). Alongside, while studying, philosophy makes one familiar with Yoga/Meditation/Art and Aesthestics, the newely designed syllabus by Delhi University’s learning outcome-based curriculum framework is dynamic and divers, and touches upon traditional philosophy methods and contemporary elements including applied philosophy, in terms of skill enhancement courses like,critical thinking/art and film appreciation/ philosophy of law and language/philosophy of technology, etc.

That, therefore, true knowledge necessarily translates itself into good action. Ignorance or Avidya in Hindu tradition is the only crime and education in the real sense should dispel this darkness and bring Vidya (Knowledge). Ancient Hindus defined philosophy as Darshana –a direct vision of reality rather than abstract ratiocination.

This is what is meant by Hikmah and motto that defines traditional learning institutions – from darkness to light in Indo-Islamic traditions. Education first teaches self knowledge which is the key to all other knowledge. Educational institutions are soul making institutions and not just information processing units.

To redress this grim scenario, the malice of illiteracy of the literates, we need to construct our educational set-up and reconstruct our educational policy and reframe our syllabi by introducing philosophy and ethics in all educational institutions.

Philosophy is the queen of all sciences and whatever is taught either under the head of sciences and philosophies and humanities, has philosophical basis and needs philosophy to be integrated with its sub-branches. Here we would suggest some of the main course of philosophy of ethics for holistic development and understanding of individuals, like:

Philosophy as critical Thinking and Love of Wisdom’

Ethics as First Philosophy/Major Ethical Philosophies

Ethics: Religious and Sociological Perspectives

Meta-Ethics, Applied Ethics, Normative Ethics, Deontological Ethics,

Teleological Ethics, Virtue Ethics, Comparative Ethics,

Applied Ethics, like: Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics

Professional Ethics, Business Ethics, Public Ethics, Personal Ethics,

Cyber Ethics, Bioethics