ThinQ sees the purpose of education as capacity building, along various dimensions: physical, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, societal, and ethical/moral.
ThinQ focuses on the intellectual component, and is committed to a fitness program for the mind, beginning with inquiry abilities and experiential understanding in Class 1, and ending with research capabilities and trans-disciplinary understanding in graduate school. We do recognize that for education to be truly rich and wholesome, ThinQ’s expertise needs to be integrated with the physical, emotional, social, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions.
ThinQ seeks to help learners develop the mental capacities, predispositions, attitudes, and habits of mind that are characteristic of rational inquiry, which would stand them in good stead throughout their personal, professional, and public lives.
We would like to help the learner develop the ability to think like a mathematician, a scientist, a philosopher, a historian, an ethicist, and so on. For this, the learning activities in the program come from disciplines as varied as math, physics, biology, neuro-psychology, linguistics, forensics, history, ethics, and philosophy. Learners acquire knowledge and a breadth of perspective as by-products of inquiry. This allows them to make meaningful connections across disciplines.
ThinQ is unique in its requirement that its syllabi be oriented to the following 3 pillars:
Our framework for the intellectual dimension of education is a result of more than thirty years of exploration by members of our team in places like MIT, Stanford, the National University of Singapore, and IISER-Pune, amongst other places. Currently, in order to achieve even a few of the goals we seek to achieve, learners have to attend one of the premier institutions of the world. We are looking to achieve these goals in a way that would make it widely accessible, affordable, systematic, and scalable.