The Indian education system produced scholars like Charaka and Susruta, Aryabhata, Bhaskaracharya, Chanakya, Patanjali and Panini, and numerous others. They made seminal contributions to world knowledge in diverse fields such as mathematics, astronomy, metallurgy, medical science and surgery, civil engineering and architecture, shipbuilding and navigation, yoga, fine arts, chess, and more. Buddhism and its strong influence on the world, particularly in south-east Asia and especially so in China, prompted Hu Shih the former Ambassador of China to the United States of America to say :
“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border”. Education in India was only enriched through
the mixing of cultures that arose from the very first invasions, till the arrival of the British. The country has absorbed many of these influences and blended them into a unique culture of its own.
“The Policy is founded on the guiding goals of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability. We have looked at the sector in a single organic continuum from preschool to higher education and also touched on related sectors that form part of the larger picture”
“investment in education is the perhaps the best investment for a nation. This Policy envisions an outstanding education system in India, fully backed by the investment that is required to make that happen”.