Vaibhav Agrawal, a class 12 student, Hayde Heritage Kotdwara, with dreams of joining the IIT is a quintessential stem student but has teamed his Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry with Geography and Psychology. Vaibhav says, “I am interested in these subjects so I grabbed the opportunity also I felt it would help me when I join the Army.”
Devesh Rawat, a Science student of the same school has opted for Music – Tabla along with his core subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer. When asked Devesh said, “Music helps me to cope with the stress of my other subjects. Actually it has helped me perform better.”
Shivang Rawat, a Humanities student, an avid debater has opted for Biology as one of his subjects. He says, “People ask me all sort of questions regarding my subject combinations but I just tell them I am interested in the subject and I feel it complements my main choice Psychology.”
These children are proud students of Hayde Heritage Academy, a new age school at Kotdwara Uttarakhand that has been promoting inter disciplinary policy for Grade 11 and 12 students for the last 3 years with astounding results.
This is exactly what has been proposed by the New Education Policy 2020 which aims at reducing the curriculum load of students and allowing them to be more “inter-disciplinary” and “multi-lingual”.
This NEP declaration is explained by an expert very simply. “If a student wants to pursue fashion studies with physics, or if one wants to learn bakery with chemistry, they’ll be allowed to do so”.
That a small school in the hinterlands has been able to be a path breaker is by itself a victory for new age scientific education espoused by the government. The freedom to choose their subjects while keeping their future in sight has made these students confident to face the future.
That Heritage has always been innovative in pedagogical techniques and have believed in 21st century skills – the ability to think critically, to write and communicate well orally, to connect the dots between various disciplines, and to have a love for learning, because the student has to be a continuous learner.
It has been an uphill task for the school and its Principal to explain its inter disciplinary policy to parents and others in the system. Mrs Rupamala Singh says, “I counter the disbelief of parents by saying that your children will be allowed by the CBSE board and this is an internationally accepted method. More so it will make your child enjoy her/his studies as he will get to the subjects she/he likes and thus will perform better.”
The school offers 20 subjects and allows a healthy mix of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, and Biology or Physics, Chemistry, Biology and geography with additional subjects like Languages, Physical Education, Fine Arts, Vocal and Instrumental Music.
The subjects offered are: English, Hindi, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Accounts, Business Studies, Entrepreneurship, Economics, History, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Physical Education, Applied Art, Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal.