Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Leadership Education: The Case of FLAME University, India

  • Santosh Kumar KudtarkarEmail author
Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)


FLAME University can truly be said to be a pioneer of liberal arts education in India. This chapter provides a historical perspective to the current Indian higher education system and its deficiencies. It explains why and how FLAME came to depart from conventional university education and nurture the intellectual and personal development of the individual rather than provide a narrowly academic and vocational course of study. FLAME’s model of liberal arts education is based on an inter- and multidisciplinary approach to cultivating thoughtful, sensitive, tolerant, ethical, and well-informed citizens who can occupy leadership positions in all walks of life. But as shown, it also has its roots in Indian culture and philosophy, as shown in the Discover India Program which also serves as an example of the intersection of interdisciplinary learning and personal development. The chapter concludes with the lessons learned and challenges that remain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FLAME UniversityPuneIndia

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