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The Future of Indian UniversitiesComparative and International Perspectives$
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C. Raj Kumar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199480654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199480654.001.0001

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The Phoenix of Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education

The Phoenix of Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education

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The Future of Indian Universities

Yugank Goyal

Oxford University Press

The aim of this chapter is to (re)claim the position of interdisciplinarity in the context of higher education, with particular reference to India. After throwing light on what constitutes interdisciplinary teaching and research in Part I, the chapter discusses in Part II how the disciplines emerged and what kinds of forces fossilized the hierarchical structures of pedagogical classifications. This section demystifies the sanctity of disciplines and offers a strong case against the necessity of disciplinary education. Part III illustrates the desirability of interdisciplinarity reflecting in both its supply and demand. Part IV explores in detail, the higher education landscape in India and locates interdisciplinarity therein. Policy steps for encouraging interdisciplinarity are analysed and proposals for institutionalizing interdisciplinarity are discussed in Part V. Part VI concludes.

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, education, pedagogy, research, institutions

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