Vigyan Ashram, Pabal

Todays education system is more knowledge based and less application based. Companies need to give training to students even after completing 4 yrs of Engineering!!! Isn’t it like education is affecting our learning? I still remember the time when I was fighting with my principal, professors for telling us to do donkey work. Writing long assignments and drawing big sheets for hours and hours is deteriorating mind of our students. If we are giving this kind of education to our kids, youth then on which basis we are relying on them to come forward to make India powerful (superpower is too much!). We are focusing on producing engineers and doctors from schools and colleges. But there are some institutes which are focusing to give good citizens to nation! There is hope from alternative education system NGOs, Schools like Nai Talim (Gandhiji), Shantiniketan (Tagore). Vigyan Ashram (Dr. Kalbag) is one among them…

Outdated education system is not so effective

Visit to NGO-Vigyan Ashram and living in village Pabal was great fun and good learning. Vigyan Ashram ( is a center of Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune.  A scientist turned educationists Late Dr.S.S.Kalbag started Vigyan Ashram in 1983 to find out solution to the problems in education. “Vigyan” means ‘Search of Truth’ and “Ashram” symbolizes ‘Simple living and High thinking for us, a organization where all are equal, it’s a modern version of old Gurukul system’.

Over the year Vigyan Ashram develops a complete program for giving training to the youth in rural and urban areas. Vigyan Ashram developed several innovative technologies and successfully commercialized them by training school drop-outs  Vigyan Ashram believes in philosophy of ‘Learning while doing’. We focus on giving learning through practical training and very less theoretical education. Many school drop-outs are turning into entrepreneurs after completing courses from VA.

Its an ultimate experience to live in a village of population 10,000. No pollution, No need to stand in crawling buses and suffocating locals…Having freedom of work and enjoying peace of mind. And at the end of a day sleeping with twinkling stars all around me…Welcome to rural India!!!


About Mukesh Bhavsar

Mukesh has done BE Civil from Mumbai University and masters in HRM from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He has worked for a couple of NGOs in India and abroad. He has also written for some newspapers and magazines on different social issues. Mukesh is interested in entrepreneurship, writing, social work, travelling, and photography. Follow him on twitter-
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6 Responses to Vigyan Ashram, Pabal

  1. Naveen S says:

    Nice blog, Mukesh.

    I found it when I was looking for material on the Pabal Dome. I would love to see more pictures of the dome and pictures taken from the inside as well – could you please email them to me?

    I can tell you that putting up a lengthy, picture filled blog post on Pabal Domes will make your blog very popular, there isn’t enough information/pictures available online.


    • Mukesh Bhavsar says:

      Thanks Naveen. Check my blog for a simple post on Pabal domes :-). I felt it will be better if I give basic information for all and those who want more detailed info can search on net or contact me.

  2. vimla patil says:

    I went to Pabal last week end after a long while and found Mastani’s tomb completely changed with a green chadar spread on it. I had seen the one shown in your pic some years ago. I am surprised that Mastani died in such a small town, unknown to anyone of importance. I am fascinated by her story. I also saw her painting in the Menavali palace of Nana Phadnis near Wai many years ago. My good wishes to you for working with an NGO. Vimla Patil. pl visit so you know me.

  3. Suyash Bhogawar says:

    Its very good decision friend to work for a Social cause giving it a professional touch too..
    Working at grass root level really counts a lot for Country as well as ourselves too.
    Congrats friend to be at Natures lap and enjoying the Ultimate taste of ecstasy and happiness to serve socially…
    Jai gurudev 🙂

  4. very nice blog always..
    i have also gone through same experience in my college….situation is same in d field of medicene… brains of d studends r stuffed with d debris of waste knowledge..dat de become dust been…our edu system is only knowledge oriented,,,no space for new ideas,,’hatke’ thinking….der is only one motto…rato rato aur ratate rahoooo
    but it is nice to read about ur vigyan ashram..

    • Mukesh Bhavsar says:

      Visit here someday. I’ll show you what a school dropout can do! See we can’t change the whole education system in a day but we can contribute in initiatives like VA n ‘act on d problem’. I am very happy that I didn’t just fight wit teacher but working hard to improve the system today..! 🙂

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