(Residential and Day school Based on Proactive and Ancient values)
BAL SANKAR GURUKUL SCHOOL
It was vast and wide concept of Educational system in ancient India has always boasted of a rich tradition in the area of learning and education since ancient times. It is well known that people from other nations such as Europe, the Middle East, and Portugal came to India to get a quality education. One of the famous educational systems practiced in India in the ancient times was The Gurukul System. It is also believed Lord Jesus was in INDIA to learn ancient Vedic Education in Ladakh(Border to Tibet in North India) and Puri, in Eastern part of India. Therefore it might be wonder what exactly a Gurukul system is. Let’s find out more about it as following description:
What is a Gurukul System?
It was a residential schooling system whose origin dates back to around 5000 BC in the Indian subcontinent. It was more prevalent during the Vedic age where students were taught various subjects and about how to live a cultured and disciplined life. Gurukul was actually the home of teacher or Acharya and was the centre of learning where pupils resided till their education got complete. All were considered equal at the Gurukul and guru (Master) as well as shisya (pupil) resided in the same house or lived near to each other. This relationship between guru and shishya was so sacred that no fee was taken from the students. However, the student had to offer a gurudakshina, which was a token of respect paid to the teacher. It was mainly in the form of money or a special task that the student had to perform for the teacher.
The importance of the Gurukul system in present times(Guru - Shishya Parampara-Master and disciples lineage)
The main focus of Gurukuls was on imparting learning to the students in a natural surrounding where the shisyas(Pupils/Disciples) lived with each other with brotherhood, humanity, love, and discipline. The essential teachings were in subjects like language, science, mathematics through group discussions, self-learning etc. Not only this, but the focus was also given on arts, sports, crafts, singing that developed their intelligence and critical thinking. Activities such as yoga, meditation, mantra chanting etc generated positivity and peace of mind and made them fit. It was also mandatory to do daily chores on own with a motive to impart practical skills in them. All these helped in the personality development and increased their self confidence, sense of discipline, intellect and mindfulness which is necessary even today to face the world that lay ahead.
Flaws in the present modern education system
Unfortunately, the above concept has disappeared and the modern system of education brought to India in the year 1835 by Lord Macaulay is all about rat race to be ahead of others because that time they needed Indians for clerical work in British offices. There is a total absence of personality development, creation of moral conscience and ethical training. One of the biggest flaws about this education is that it is more commercial in nature rather than an institutional concept that should impart holistic learning to the students. It devotes very less time for physical activity and the development of other skill sets that can assist a student to become a better human being. It’s really big irony still after72 years of Independence we are following same educational system developed by Britishers.
Do we need a Gurukul system back in India?
Many people may consider the Gurukul system to be quite unstructured and a bizarre concept. The thought of living with a teacher, absence of a curriculum or a set routine can make people wonder how exactly will a child learn anything. However, the modern-day educationalist has taken a backward look and realized that there are many teaching approaches from the Gurukul system that can be inculcated in the present-day educational system.
Here is a list to it that will also help us realize why the Gurukul system is important.
- Modern infrastructure – Robust learning of the students can only take place when focus on given on practical knowledge. But alas our present-day education just believes in bookish knowledge and cramming which is not sufficient. The Gurukul system focused on applied knowledge that prepared the students in all fields of life. In present times it can be done by creating a perfect combination of academics and extracurricular activities along with teaching in the area of mindfulness and spiritual awareness to make the students better individuals.
- Holistic education – The present day education mainly focuses on a rank based system which is driven by animosity towards their peers. More fuel is added by the over-ambitious parents who judge the knowledge of students only by academic performance. The application of the Gurukul system instead can work on a value-based system where focus can be given on the uniqueness of child so that they can excel in their area of interest. This will also build a good character which is far away from fierce competition and increased stress levels that usually leads to depression.
- Guru Shishya Parampara( Master-Disciples linage)-The relation between teacher and student- The need of present times is to ensure that teachers and students share a friendly relation and respect. This is as when the children feel secure and have trust in the caregiver then they are most likely to emulate the same. This was present in the Gurukul system which can be inculcated today through use of activities, training workshops to bond with the students.
Final words as conclusion
Overall the idea of inculcating a Gurukul system in Indian education is just to assist the children in understanding the concept of a balanced life. This very ideology of balance should be taught to the kids from a young age so that they make informed decisions about work, food, exercise and the way they wish to live there life.
We believe that education is for originating a great human being, man-made nation-building and promoting a peaceful world. The powerful character development with academic excellence is built here up to the highest level of humanity. Our academic curriculums are designed for the children/learners by our highly experienced teachers/facilitators to be responsible 21st-century global citizens and lifelong learners.
The primary objective of learning in Gurukul reflects the real essence of ancient Education vision and mission. We see that our young learners’ hand, head and heart works more efficiently and works together remarkably in a connected way.
Every year hundreds of learners successfully pass out from our Gurukul. We are privileged to have been awarded with many prestigious Awards at various national and international levels every year irrespective of any class and competition.
Yes, we do more but speak less. We know and understand that actions and picture speaks more loudly than words do.
At Gurukul, our academics and curriculum are mainly based on the holistic blend of the framework and principles of ancient and transformational Gurukul Value System- Sarva -Vidya, Satya Sanatan-vidya and veda-Brahmavidya.