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Ancient Indian System of Education – The path and the foundation

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The Indian education system has been one of the most ancient, prudent, classical and spiritual that has incorporated the value system with integrity and righteousness from down the ages.

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The History of Indian Education :

During the Vedic period in India, the Gurukul was the first and primary system of education.

Guru means “teacher,” and Kula means “clan or family.”

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The Structure of Ancient Indian Education:

Gurukuls had three basic pillars: the Acharya, or teacher, the Shishya, or student, and the ashram, or meeting place.

In this system, a guru was persuaded to teach by his disciples (shishya).

The shishyas stayed at the Gurukul (guru’s house or the ashram) with their gurus to be educated and trained.

The System of Ancient Indian Education:

It was the Guru’s responsibility to teach his pupil all intellectual rites, scriptures, and useful disciplines before initiating and marrying him and sending him back to perform various household duties.

The Gurus not only mentored them in learning the Upanishads, but also in religious knowledge. The shishyas learned about family bonds, interpersonal relationships, self-defense, spirituality, and insights into running a kingdom and other social strata. They also helped their gurus with regular chores and fieldwork.

While they were away from their homes, the shishyas learnt how to be disciplined and reliant on themselves.

Not only were the Vedas and Upnishads taught to the children at the Gurukul, but the holistic growth of the child was also a priority. The system was all-inclusive and thorough. Along with Vedas, Upnishads, Brahmanas, Dharmasutras, and other texts, the teachings encompassed Vedic mathematics, Astronomy basics, Science, Languages, and Medical ideas.

The Honour and Reward:

Formerly known as the “Dakshina,” the Guru or Acharya’s fee. The Brahmachari student might give it by giving his services to the Gurukul or the Guru’s family, or he could pay a fee once his course is through. But following the initiation and beginning of Guru Vidayan, any kind of monetary compensation was granted. A Gurukul never had a class divide, which was a strength of the Indian educational system even at the time. Various deserving kids could always come in through the open doors.

Our System of Education

The values and tenets of the Indian educational system are incorporated into our educational policy at Akshara International School. Aksharites are motivated by values to attain perfection.

Written by:
Ms Haseena Shaik
English Department
L.B Nagar, AISH

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