Education has always seen the heavy hand of the whimsical nature of time, when considering a nation with a turbulent history as that of India. Education has been the most opted avenue of expressing freedom of will while inculcating the spirit of thought and moral conscience to a more transcending level. In spite such rich connotations, the current educational system seems to be handicapped of this very essence, resorting to mindless acquisition of knowledge to suit vocational pursuits.
It is seen that the present day society, which nurtures the younger generation, faces serious shortcomings in terms of moral, ethical, spiritual and Dharmik values. Parental pressures on children are increasing at an alarming rate, with stress to focus on the competitive examinations alone, taking a greater toll on the young mental framework. Children are getting alienated from the crucial aspect of personality development through moral and ethical training. The pointless pressure has taken the reallocation of educational parlance from a holistic approach towards education to farcical rote learning. Unfortunately, the standard of education has drastically detoriated in the last couple of decades due to lack of infrastructure and degradation of moral capacities. In result, both teaching personnel and the students have been completely deprived of the exceptional amenities that could foster the better living standards.
Students need to have supple minds that are capable of analytical thinking, while integrating complex core concepts that aid them to evolve as human beings. They need to build an infallible foundation of scientific and technology knowledge, while staying true to their roles in the planet. This is possible through deep levels of determination, focus and concentration, that is enshrined in Gurukul learning. This is the reason why Gurukul systems are considered to be the best places to facilitate a sound learning environment.
The kernel in Gurukul system of education is intrinsically based on time tested values and principles. It envisions its strength in developing a native sense of concentration and interest while enhancing a child’s knowledge and development of the brain. The wards in the Gurukul are oblivious of outer distractions, living in close proximity of a teacher, where greater emphasis is laid on student’s mental, cognitive, spiritual and physical wellness. The system functions on the well-rounded holistic development of a child, enshrining values such as discipline, self- reliance, right attitude, empathy, creativity, and strong moral beliefs. Initiating children into such an enriching atmosphere in the early stages helps them whet their perceptive skills and critical thinking from a tender age, arming them with an advantage over competitors early.
Often, Gurukuls are located at picturesque places enmeshed in absolute serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is here that tender minds are encouraged to have a balanced, analytical vision, ensuring an ambience where education is objective yet rewarding. Location plays a central role- being ensconced amidst nature, devoid of any worldly distractions, builds an environment which is most conducive to learning.
Self reliance is one of the most crucial values that one imbibes from this isolation- one of the greatest principles to learn as a human being. The serene ambience of such schools is ideal for education and holistic growth.
Gurukul systems have a vibrant significance in Indian history, holding prominence over the sheer quality of education disseminated. At present, age-old concepts have amalgamated with modern culture to smoothen the progress of an enlivening learning environment for students. Traditionally, Gurukuls have always emphasised on the importance of practical knowledge. Similarly, Gurukul systems today believe that bookish knowledge and rote learning are mere tools of time, not sufficient enough to show the true value of human existence. Gurukuls provide practical knowledge under modern infrastructure including practical laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities and technology. The curriculum prepares student to excel in all fields of life, creating a perfect blend of academics and extra-curricular activities, making the educational journey remarkable.
At present, students are driven on the emotions of animosity through competing with their peers with parents of the students becoming ambitious to make proud statements about their kids’ academic performance. Replacing rank-based system, Gurukul builds a value-based and value-added education system which identifies and promotes the uniqueness of each student, allowing them to excel in their area of interest. One can visualize a better educational environment which builds the character of a student, and not drag them down.
It is evident, from the factors above, that Gurukul system is just the movement that we need towards reaching a healthier, conscientious world for the future generation to thrive on. We should progress with this vision to educate young minds and foster ethical, social, moral and spiritual values through holistic learning.
Spokesperson Profile: Raunak Jain
Raunak Jain is the Managing Director of Tula’s International School, a visionary institute dedicated to serving the community by recognizing diverse needs of individuals. The organisation encourages personal and professional development through respect, appreciation and a commitment to general education, as a foundation for life-long learning.
Raunak is a versatile 2nd generation education entrepreneur, with an in-depth insight on the functioning of the education industry. Following his father’s dream and passion, he took the responsibility on nurturing the educational setup of Tula’s Group – Tula’s Institute and Tula’s International School. He has developed a school which has potential to produce intellects, sportsmen, musicians and artists.
To grow a holistic environment for education and the complete sense of learning came to Raunak at an early stage. To have an institution where teachers and guides would listen to the problems of every child, find a common or different solution to their problems and at the end give them a feeling of satisfaction, has always been his vision. His urban educational institute recognized for its diversity and known for its excellence in teaching, learning and research.
Raunak has been a proud recipient of Indira Gandhi Sadbhavna Award by the Government of India, making him an educational futurist to look out for. A vivacious man with zeal, visionary focus, innovative outlook, extraordinary ideas, exuberant creativity, Raunak strives on raising a system where students are committed to values like leadership, excellence, diversity, ethical responsibility, communication and collaboration. He is an inspiration for all youngsters trying to make a name for themselves in the educational arena.
Born in Bijnor(Uttar Pradesh)and raised in the edu-city of India – Dehradun [Please confirm] Raunak completed his schooling from¬¬ the prestigious Brightlands school dehradun with a distinction.He received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Graphic Era University and a Master’s degree with a merit in International Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.
An avid numismatic bitten by a travel bug, Raunak prefers to unwind over a game of billiards.