The discussion around Art Integrated Education picked up pace since it was made a part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 by the Government of India. The Indian school pedagogy which has been outdated for years now finally saw some reformative ideas through NEP 2020. Though the implementation of these ideas is still underway, it does make room for discussion around unorthodox approaches toward education. Art, which has been merely an ornamental subject for school students all over the years, finally got the recognition it deserved. Educational Professionals and Parents as well have indulged in similar discussions. The survey aimed towards strengthening these conversations by recording the responses of professionals.
While the survey recorded the answers to pre-drafted questions, it also encouraged the participants to add their suggestions. The question, 'Whether Art skills & Art Integration are important for core subjects like Physics, Geometry, Languages, etc. are of vital importance, not just received a completely positive response from survey participants, the 2/3rd of participants even strongly agreed it. A Principal from a reputed school in Kandivali Mumbai, who was a participant in the survey, stated in their statement, that Design Thinking can help students enhance their ability to think logically. Multiple participants added statements suggesting a similar idea.
The participants also largely agreed on the fact that the assessment and development of 21st-century skills and life skills are as important as formal subject knowledge, and expressed their positivity towards the statement that 'It is important to provide students with an assessment of their skills, interests, areas for improvement and career'.
Art and design studies at a young age can help students become better at analytical thinking and logical approach and also improve their ability to communicate. The findings of the survey proved to be beneficial to understand the stand of educational professionals concerning art integration in schools, and will potentially encourage parents to understand the importance of the same.
SILICA Institute is India’s leading design coaching institute and is engaged in providing high quality coaching for entrance exams of NID, NIFT, CEED, NATA and architecture CET at graduate and post graduate level. Over the years, SILICA Institute has trained over 20,000 students for design courses. The premier design coaching institute has built several partnerships to further its mission of spreading awareness about design education in India and abroad. SILICA prepares young aspirants for entrance exams in to Design, Fashion, Architecture, Art & International Design Schools. SILICA has also initiated a new program for art integration in schools called SILICA Junior in line with the NEP 2020.