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Empowering the country’s backbone

What sets the Maithreyee Gurukulam apart, other than the fact that it is the result of years of discussions on the teachings of thought leaders from Maharishi Aurobindo to Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Bar Gangadhar Tilak, and J Krishnamurti, is that it provides free education in the ancient Gurukula system of India, to girls from across the country.

Founded nearly 25 years ago by a group of educationists, including N.Krishanappaji, Upendra Shenoy, and Bharati Ramanaacharya , the Gurukula’s system of education is based on imparting knowledge in all the fields of Panchamukhi Shikshana, for 12 years, which includes specializations in various fields. Girls enter the Gurukul, run by the Ajeya Trust, at the age of 10 or 11, after having passed the fifth grade in the Indian school system.

“Their study of the Vedas, which offers an understanding of many different aspects of life, is not restricted to learning the mantras, but implanting the practical wisdom in day to day life. This is vastly different from a religious practice,” says Sridhar Neelkant Rao, the founder of Bengaluru-based cooperative bank Gnana Shale and one of the Gurukula’s core committee members. “The Vignana aspect covers modern science, including computer science and IT, and are taught by experts in the field. The curriculum pertains to the most practical aspects of the sciences, and students are not bogged down by curricula.” At the same time, he adds, once the girls graduate, they are free (and equipped) to pursue further education in the mainstream, should they wish to. “As part of the Kalakoushala aspect, they are taught from the 64 skills that comprise the vision of the ancient Indian education system, from music to fine arts, dancing, and cooking. The girls are free to choose any number from among the 64 skills.”

The Krushi aspect imparts the knowledge of organic farming, taught by a practising farmer. While they learn all the major aspects of yoga in depth, in the yoga component.

“The Gurukul is now laying emphasis on spreading this system by enabling them to start Gurukulas of their own or teach.” Some of them become yoga experts, some become entrepreneurs, some join the mainstream and become doctors, or engineers, or pursue their chosen profession. “A group of students are also being trained to become HR experts owing to their expertise in the field, drawn from the ancient shastras.” The premise of the Gurukul rests in the concept of the ‘Brahmavadini Parampara’, which relies on the power of the woman to establish a healthy society.

“The students are taught to be independent under all circumstances. They begin to take charge by taking responsibility for their living and learning spaces. They are taught Hindi, English, and Kannada, as well, apart from Sanskrit, which is the medium of education,” adds Sridhar. “By the time they graduate, they will have the capability to become entrepreneurs, work outside their comfort zones, and face and handle all kinds of risks.”

The Maithreyee Gurukulam is located at Moorkaje, Post - Kodangayi Vitla, Padnooru Village, Bantwal - Taluk, Dakshina Kannada. For details, call 9480266366 or 9480574350.


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