The Liberal Arts Today
A new awakening


As academic subjects, the Liberal Arts (Humanities) have long been neglected. But today they are making a comeback the world over, thanks to the demands of the modern day workplace. The interesting part is that this shift is not being initiated by universities or educational authorities, but by employers themselves.


Technology leaders demand Liberal Arts

In Canada, for instance, an unusual petition has been made by 30 CEOs of high-tech firms such as IBM, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Motorola, Compaq, Xerox, Lucent Technologies, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. Underscoring the importance of a Liberal Arts education in the knowledge economy, they have asked for increased funding for Liberal Arts programmes.


"A Liberal Arts education nurtures skills and talents increasingly valued by modern corporations. Technology leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders all believe we would make a huge, historic mistake by focusing purely on technical education. It is impossible to operate an effective corporation in our new economy by employing technology graduates alone. We have an equally strong need for those with a broader background who can work in tandem with technical specialists, helping create and manage the corporate environment."

In a connected world, India cannot be far behind.

"We believe in recruiting people with high learnability. That is, people who can extract generic inferences out of specific instances and use them in new, unstructured situations. We do not require that they have any knowledge of computer science because we can teach them those skills if they have high learnability. In an environment where the only constant is change, our emphasis on learnability cannot be reinforced."
N.R. Narayana Murthy
Chairman, Infosys Technologies Ltd


Perhaps there is no better indication of the value of any education than employers themselves demanding it, that too at a global level. In the United States today, most professional courses have the Liberal Arts as the foundation before students are introduced to the subject of specialisation itself. This wave is yet to reach India, which means that Simova Learners will be the first to benefit from this broad-based thinking.

 



2. Liberal Arts
     
a) Introduction

b) Liberal Arts
Today


c) The Need for
Liberal Arts


d) Programme Benefits

e) Programme List






























2. Liberal Arts
     
a) Introduction

b) Liberal Arts
Today


c) The Need for
Liberal Arts


d) Programme Benefits

e) Programme List






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