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…
Visit to NGO-Vigyan Ashram and living in village Pabal was great fun and good learning. Vigyan Ashram (http://vigyanashram.com) 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!!!