Indians learnt to adapt, learn new languages and skills and retaintheir culture. This is a cultural development to be noted. The beginnings ofmultiliteracy can be identified with respect to the development ofemployability skills during the British rule. One such development wasdeveloping secretarial skills. The culture of having assistants with specificskills in typing, shorthand and English was most sought after by theemployers. Typewriting and shorthand were skills that most youngsters wereencouraged to learn. Because of these needs, Isaac Pitman in 1837, developeda shorthand for English language and Stenographic Sound Hand was started in1886 by the Pachaiyappa Charities. They taught the language in a commercialschool. Today we have the Stenographer's Guild of India, teaching allthese skills including training in computers.
One major development in education that has to be considered aspart of culture is the relationship between the teacher and the student.Changes in culture can be noted mainly because of the improvisations thatpeople adopt for better standards of lifestyle. Culture changes because ofthe people. Majority of the youth who belong to the student community adaptto new technologies quickly. However, the need to know about new literacy andlifelong learning has become the norm of life. The increase fortechnoliterate individuals with ability to learn smartly increases. Everyminute a new technoinnovation is introduced to the market for corporate,education, domestic or government purposes. The profile of a skilled personin the present century would be different from the skills demanded from aperson twenty years ago. A person with multifaceted skills includes theknowledge of all media elements, the smart technologies and the ability tosynthesize and create new ideas and technology. Spontaneity in networking andcommunicating efficiently would be the utmost criteria for any onlooker to besuccessful in future. 2b1af7f3a8