Second Platinum Jubilee Lecture
'Schooling Today for Tomorrow'
25th July, 2012
The Second Lecture of the Platinum Jubilee Lecture Series was delivered by Mr. R Gopalakrishnan, Director, Tata Sons Ltd., on the 25th of July at 6:30 PM at Welham Boys' School.
Mr.Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Calcutta University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He had served Unilever as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton India, and finally as Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever Limited.
The talk was attended by students and staff of the Welham Girls School, Rashtriya Indian Military College as well as of the Welham Boys’ School. During the course of his address, Mr. Goplakrishnan traced the historical evolution of our "left-brain" oriented education system, which has reduced the ambit of teaching only to what can be taught.
A shift in the approach by encouraging "right –brain" activities would open the possibilities to learn what cannot be taught. Beautifully woven with anecdotal and historical illustrations, Mr. Gopalakrishnan’s address held the audience enthralled as well as provoked some rather serious introspection- both internal and public.
The talk was followed by an intense and thought- provoking question answer session between the speaker, guests, staff and students.