simple, spiritual, oriental lifestyle. Today, many American universities offer programmes that give rich insights into Asia’s history, economy and the road ahead, building greater awareness about a land that is as old as the hills and the fountain of civilisation.
The same role can be played by Asian universities. Institutions of learning across Asia can and must lead the resurgence, reacquainting young people in the continent with their abounding traditions and customs. Asian schools of higher education can emerge as beacons, providing students with a vision of an ‘Asian 21st century’.
Indian universities have remained low-key as the crucial area of research, a prerequisite for nurturing studies like these, has largely remained neglected. Clearly, there is a need to revisit the Indian higher education sphere. We need to begin the groundwork for building more ground-breaking universities.
Indian universities should play a proactive role in encouraging research and disseminate knowledge about challenges, achievements and roles of Asian societies in the globalised world. I hope that, going forward, this neutral Asian Lens will help study Asia through Asian eyes, enabling the people of this continent to play their rightful role in the building of a just and successful 21st century society.
Asian Lens will regenerate the concept of an Asian space that promotes the exchange of ideas and learning, laying the foundation for a platform that provides rich cultural, intellectual and scientific pickings for future generations of Asians and one from which even non-Asians can profit.
The author is chairman, NIIT Ltd, and founder, NIIT University