STUDENT’S LIFE MODELLED ON ANCIENT ‘GRUKULA’ MODEL
The students are regularly exposed to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, and the institution strives to shape its students into fully integrated human beings with a harmonious blend of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills, combining modern scientific temper with ancient spiritual wisdom. More than the curricula, it is the kind of life students live within the campus, modelled on the ancient ‘GURUKULA SYSTEM’ and modified to meet contemporary challenges that helps them to imbibe those values which the institution fosters as its mission goal.
In a gurukula model, character formation is through living in close contact with monks and other dedicated teachers and staff. Values are thus caught rather than merely taught. Students are trained in community life, and this is possible because this school makes residential schooling a compulsory feature. Every morning and evening the prayers are conducted in a hall. In the hostel, a self-help system is followed to impart the sense of dignity of labour. Students are involved in campus cleaning etc. Retreats and religious discourses are also conducted periodically. Social service activities are encouraged by involving students in the extension activities of the Vidyalaya.
- Character formation and inculcation of values take place unconsciously through living in an elevating academic and spiritual ambience in close contact with the monks and other dedicated teachers and staff. The values are thus ‘caught’ rather than merely taught. Nevertheless, formal teaching through classes and lectures, seminars and symposiums also are useful for educating students about the spiritual and cultural heritage of India.
- Senior students rise at 5 am and the junior students at 5.20 am. They take bath and get ready for prayer, etc., which lasts for 25 minutes from 6.00 am to 6.25 am. Some students go to the prayer hall even before the prayer time and sit for meditation. These they inculcate by observing the lifestyle of the monks and brahmacharins living in the campus.
- Feeling of brotherhood, that is, the feeling of identification with fellow students and sharing their joys and sorrows: This feeling gets naturally inculcated during their hostel life in the serene setting of the Vidyalaya. All the teachers are called ‘Anna’, ‘elder brother’, by the students, and this practice generates a feeling brotherhood among students and staff.
- All the students and staff wear white dress as uniform at all times in the campus, which creates a feeling of oneness among them.