He would like to argue that in the education of mankind, there is a place for what could be called "Contact with Great Ideas". Of course, to see the "greatness" of an idea, one needs to know the context in which it arose, and so, this needs a bit of history, but the emphasis would be on the idea. One can make an attempt to make that idea one's own, giving one the feeling that one could have invented it oneself. A lot of textual material by the innovators is "freely" available today and could be profitably used, at least as a part of a "standard" course that one may teach. He will illustrate with a few examples.
Prof. Sadanand Agashe is with the Electrical Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His research interests include control theory, network theory, and speech analysis and synthesis. He received his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bombay, Mumbai in 1961, and his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1963 and 1967, respectively. He taught at IIT Kanpur from 1967-1973. He has been teaching (and learning!) at IIT Bombay since 1973.