Manipur University vice chancellor Professor Naorem Lokendra on Friday emphasised the importance of multidisciplinary approach towards understanding the ever-evolving new problems and issues confronting humankind.
The VC was speaking as a chief guest during the inaugural function of a three-day national conference on humanities and social sciences being jointly organised by the department of English and Cultural Studies, Manipur University and English Literary Circle, Manipur at the university.
Professor Lokendra further said that the aspects of humanities and social sciences are intangible and cannot be tested in the laboratory unlike those of natural and physical sciences.
He noted that Marxism influenced universities and scholars for a long time and the theory was used as a powerful weapon to understand human society, its functioning and how humans interact with the society.
However, recently, many traditional theories are being put to question and critical examination and multidisciplinary approach is becoming relevant.
Saying that human psychology is very complex, he stressed on the need to look beyond traditional theories to explain various intricacies. “Such opportunity for multidisciplinary approach is being laid down in the National Education Policy, 2020. Stereotypes are slowly breaking down and education system is becoming more flexible and liberalised,” he said adding that Manipur University just as other universities is also coming up with multidisciplinary education.
The MU vice chancellor encouraged students to think beyond traditional paradigm of subject combination.
Humanities Dean, professor N. Aruna; Social Sciences Dean, professor S. Mangi and head of department of English and Cultural Studies, professor Th. Ratankumar were also present during the inaugural function.
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