Adianta School Featured on Mahindra Rise!

We’re very pleased to share that the Mahindra Rise blog recently featured an article on the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation. Alisha Varma, the author, interviewed Adianta Chairman Dr. Aditya Dev Sood about what the school hopes to accomplish within India’s education and innovation ecosystem, and quotes him saying: “We have a situation where everyone knows the system is dysfunctional – yet there is an unreasonable attachment to the system! No one wants to shout out that the emperor has no clothes.”

Alisha goes on to describe Adianta’s radical new curriculum within the Indian education system:

The Indian school system is well known for its adherence to rote-learning techniques and an exam-based system. This might produce teenagers who can rapidly compute startlingly large sums in their head – but it does not encourage an “innovation society.” Standardized textbooks do not provide room for students to ask “why,” and creative expression often takes a back seat to recitation. In any context, the Adianta School would be novel, but in India, it is nothing short of revolutionary.

Explaining how the Adianta curriculum’s focus on Learning by Doing as a means of teaching is a necessary change, she writes:

In these classes, students not only learn the basics of business – how to conduct market research or implement growth strategies – they are immediately exposed to the lifestyle of an entrepreneur through project-based learning. The idea is not to eliminate lectures and seminars, but to drastically reduce the amount of time students spend listening, and increase the amount of time they spend doing.

Besides introducing the Nine-Square Grid and its approach to project-based learning, she also talks about how the education system in India has long been regarded as a passive experience one subscribes to, not necessary engages with. Hopefully, efforts like the Adianta approach can begin to serve as a model to alter this scenario:

What is left to be seen is how Adianta can change the tone for education in India at large. For too long education has been thought of as something that happens to us, not something with which we can engage, alter, or experiment, and Adianta offers a new paradigm for learning. In a country with such steep inequalities in education, however, where so few children actually make it to college and beyond, the Adianta model needs to permeate throughout the system. As a formalized postgraduate program, the benefits of this innovative and groundbreaking approach will be enjoyed by a privileged few. It is absolutely crucial, however, for India to adopt these lessons and to regard creativity and innovation as important aspects of an education. Without this shift, India’s youth will not be able to compete with rapidly-changing, technology based markets, or the global entrepreneurs who drive them.

Read the complete article here: Innovation Starts in the Classroom

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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