Learning from our past to craft the future of education | Dr R. Balasubramaniam | TEDxYadavagiriED

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What is the true purpose of education? Is it restricted to merely equipping children to earn a living? Or is it to provide an immersive experience that creates resilient individuals? Drawing parallels to its modern counterpart in the sombre context of COVID-19, Dr R. Balasubramaniam deconstructs the Gurukula system of education into its unique content, methodology and values which had contributed to India’s prosperity throughout its pre-colonial existence. A doctor by profession and a socio-development activist by passion, Dr R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a man of many accolades. Balu is a social innovator, writer, leadership trainer, and the founder of two NGOs – GRAAM (Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement) and SVYM – Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement. He is a physician who has specialized in Public Administration from Harvard University. Balu believes in leading by example and thus, lectures at various universities across the globe, on issues related to Leadership, Governance of NGOs, Poverty and Development, and Global Health. Balu is a visiting professor at Cornell University USA and at IIT-Delhi. He has also served as an adviser and consultant to the World Bank and several other International organizations. He was also the Professor and Head of the Vivekananda Chair, University of Mysore. His books ‘i, the citizen’, ‘Voices from the Grassroots’ and ‘Leadership lessons for Daily Living’ are globally acclaimed. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx