Gurukul education system provides students the knowledge about Sanatan Dharma, brings close to nature, yogasanas, knowledge about practical situations of life etc. Modern education provides knowledge about technology, electronic systems, latest gadgets etc. which is better for the students?
We need an amalgamation of both
Modern Education System has evolved with time and has been influenced by the western system. It has been affected by the changes and advances in technology. The only drawback is when the emphasis is on the theoretical part rather than the practical part. No one can deny that modern education is more effective when it comes to retention, understanding, and opportunities. The system should be made available to everyone so that each and everyone can access it as per his or her interest.
One needs to comprehend the reason for Gurukul: how it worked, what society resembled in the past and how the objective of Gurukul training can be accomplished in the present day setting. It is not just a case of copying the past. There must be an adjustment and a mix of both cutting edge instruction and convention if the gurukul framework is to survive and affect today’s general public. The objective of the new age gurukul education should be to prepare students in a manner that they do not just have the learning of the current training framework, but also beyond that. Gurukul graduates should not feel substandard compared to their peers.
What we do at our Modern Gurukul?
Modern Education: We do everything in academics that a typical Indian English medium school does. In fact academic excellence is our primary objective. Gyankriti is the only school in Madhya Pradesh which follows the Olympiad level Science Curriculum developed by HBCSE, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. HBCSE is the organization which conducts national level competitions like Olympiads, NIUS and other Students’ Nurture Programmes. You can read more about our science activities on their Small Science blog: http://smallscience.hbcse.tifr.res.in/category/view-from-the-classroom/gyankriti-school-indore/
Vedic Education: Study of Sanatan Dharm is a compulsory theme throughout our school curriculum using vedic knowledge, epic stories and role modelling. We wish to develop and promote academic excellence in Study of Sanatan Dharm by providing a balanced and structured programme of education and research. The topic includes:
- Ramayana and Mahabharat in our times: It is increasingly the case that students have not read the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, having experienced them only as oral tales or as television serials. Since these epics continue to provide a cultural vocabulary for contemporary society, it is important that students acquire not only a familiarity with these stories but also appreciate the many ways in which they are told.
- Jataka, Hitopdesh, Panchtantra Tales: A legendary collection of short stories from India. The purpose is to implant moral values and governing skills in the young children of school.
- Sanskrit Language: Sanskrit is taught in each class. In preschool, the Sanskrit language is taught through rhymes and songs. MRI scans show that memorizing ancient mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/a-neuroscientist-explores-the-sanskrit-effect/
- Yoga and meditation is an integral part of student’s life after the age of 6 years.
- All Indian festivals are celebrated at the school and children learn related stories.
- Children practice and perform Yagya ceremony (havan) in traditional way at important occasions like convocation.
- The main school campus has provision for a cow-shed and organic farming to bring children closer to nature.