One of the oldest relationships in human history is the relationship between a teacher and a student. There are many stories about how this relationship has existed and evolved over the course of history. In the Indian context, when you think of a ‘Guru & Shishya’ relationship, the image that comes to mind is that of a serene environment under the shadow of a tree where exchange of knowledge took place. In that context, the Guru assumed multiple roles of a teacher, mentor, parent, guardian and friend. This relationship has undergone significant changes over the course of time. With every major revolution, be it agrarian, industrial, scientific or technological, we are constantly exploring the ever-changing facets of this ‘Guru & Shishya’ relationship.
Since the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic, this relationship has experienced many challenges. Learnings from these challenges define a whole new spectrum of knowledge-transfer and understanding. One major shift has been the advent of online platforms and the engagement of learning being primarily online without any in-person interaction between teachers and students.
The webinar will explore the ever-evolving nature of the ‘Guru Shishya’ relationship. In today’s complex and transient world, it has become increasingly apparent that there are no clear boundaries between who is a Guru and who is a Shishya. All of us are constantly learning from one another, so much so that we can simultaneously don the roles of both. That is why, perhaps, it makes more sense to move away from the dichotomy of imparter and receiver, and instead focus on the process of learning taking place in a specific context. The moderators and panelists will engage in a conversation about the interchangeability of this relationship and how best learners can create an environment of mutual growth and learning.