The School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (STHTI) organized a distinguished invited lecture on ‘Promoting Indian Traditions, Ethos, and Culture through Education: Vision of NEP 2020’ on 1st February 2024. Dr. Manoj Behera, Dean, STHTI delivered the inaugural address of the Dean, STHTI, set the tone for the session.

The programme was graced with the benign presence of Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor, KISS Deemed to be University, Professor Deepak Kumar Behera. In his welcome address, Professor Behera expressed his happiness on the theme of the lecture. He stated that it is a very pertinent area of NEP 2020 and needs to be shared among the faculties and students. He also showed his concern on the fact that it is the need of the hour to create awareness on the rich culture and Indian traditions through education system to transform India.

Distinguished speaker Professor Bana Bihari Mishra, Former Senior Professor of Education, Head, and Dean Mizoram University (Central University), Aizwal, Mizoram spoke on the topic ‘Promoting Indian Traditions, Ethos and Culture through Education: Vision of NEP 2020’. He introduced his lecture with human settlement in South Asia, Sanatan culture, birth of major religions of India, invasion of Persian, Greek, Muslim and British rulers.  Prof. Mishra highlighted the need for formulations of various educational policies after periodic intervals. He discussed on degradation of values in the society due to lack of interest, honesty, gratitude, generosity, patriotism and how politics made differentiation among people on the basis of their caste, creed, language and religion.

He underlined the vision of NEP 2020 to transform India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society through an education system rooted in Indian ethos. He focussed on Indian traditions, ethos and culture by highlighting the Indian values, religious practices and the teachings from major Indian scriptures.

Professor Mishra concluded by mentioning the role of education in bringing social change as education serves as a powerful tool for preserving, transmitting and revitalising cultural heritage. Bharat can preserve its rich cultural legacy and ensure the coming generation to cherish and celebrate the same by integrating our rich cultural heritage into our education system.

The program attended by esteemed Registrar, Chair Professors, Professor Emeriti, Chairperson Council of Deans, Deans, Directors, Faculties, Scholars and Students. The lecture concluded with a formal vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Madhubrata Mishra, Assistant Professor, Home Science, STHTI.