The Indian Institute of Education was established essentially to dedicate its focus on research in education with an interdisciplinary approach and most important on the relationship between education and society from various perspectives. Its research initiatives are unique as it seeks participation of various socio-economic segments of society and examines the problems of education from the human development standpoint of view. Further, an education system according to the Institute would embody formal, non-formal and also informal systems prevailing in the society. hence, the development plan of the Indian Institute of education is to take into account the past, present and future of Indian Education and device measures to promote ‘quantity’, ‘quality’ and ‘equality’, that J.P. Naik strived all his life.
Standpoints of Indian Institute of Education
The Indian Institute of Education, Pune was founded by Prof. J.P. Naik (1907-1981) humanist, freedom fighter, polymath, encyclopedic thinker and socialist educationist. Recognized by the UNESCO alongside Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi as three pioneering educationists of the twentieth century, Prof. J.P. Naik is also known as an institution maker. After his death, the mission of the Indian Institute of Education was carried forward by his wife Dr. Chitra Naik (1918-2010) who continued his philosophy of decolonization of knowledge with her praxis of challenging educational orthodoxy. Presently, the Institution is working on inter-disciplinary paradigms of education and the social sciences. Health studies, minority studies, tribal studies and studies in inclusive education are the leitmotivs of teaching, research and pedagogy at the Indian Institute of Education.
The two main goals of the Indian Institute of Education are “Education for all” and “Health for all.” The Institute considers education as a revolutionary endeavour. Its mottos are: (1) A revolution in life and a revolution in education have always to go together, because education is life; and (2) Education is to be social and humanist, where upliftment of the marginalized remains the prime motif.
“A revolution in life”, so J.P. Naik, once said “and a revolution in education have always to go together, because education is life”. These words sum up the philosophy of the Indian Institution of Education.