Letter from Shri H.N. Dastur
to Principals of Bhavans Schools
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, reserving 25 per cent of the seats for the socially disadvantaged and economically weaker sections of society, all the Bhavan's schools have to strive their best to implement the provisions of the Act.
The Shikshan Bharati, an Educational Unit of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was formed in the year 1993 for the purpose of coordinating, supervising and maintaining basic uniformity in the Board Management of Bhavan's Schools. The aim of the Shikshan Bharati is to make students self-reliant and to enable them to face the challenges of life successfully. One of the most important objectives of Shikshan Bharati is to impart value education to our students and also make them aware and feel proud of the glorious cultural heritage, values and traditions of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
87 out of the 91 Bhavan Schools are in India, and the rest in Kuwait, Doha (Qatar), Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Bharatiya Shiksha must, ensure that no promising young Indian of character having faith in Bharata and her Culture, Bharatiya Vidya, should be left without modern educational equipment by reason merely of want of funds.
Bharatiya Shiksha must be more formative than informative, and cannot have for its end mere acquisition of knowledge. Its legitimate sphere is not only to develop natural talents, but so to shape them as to enable them to absorb and express the permanent values of Bharatiya Vidya.
Bharatiya Shiksha must take into account not only the full growth of a student's personality, but also the totality of his relations and lead him to the highest self-fulfillment of which he is capable.
Bharatiya, Shiksha must involve at some stage or other an intensive study of Sansktit or Sanskritic languages and their literature, without excluding, if so desired the study of other languages and literatures, ancient and modern.
The re-integration of Bharatiya Vidya, which is the primary, object of Bharatiya Shiksha, can only be attained through a study of forces, movements, motives, ideas, forms and art of creative life-energy through which it has expressed itself in different ages as a single continuous process.
Bharatiya Shiksha must stimulate the student's power of expression, both written and oral, at every stage, in accordance with the highest ideals attained by the great Literary masters in the intellectual and moral spheres.
The technique of Bharatiya Shiksha must involve
The ultimate aim of Bharatiya Shiksha is to teach the younger generation to appreciate and, live up to the permanent values of Bharatiya Vidya, which flowing from the supreme art of creative life-energy as represented by Shri Ramachandra, Shri Krishna, Vyasa, Buddha and Mahavira have expressed themselves in morden times in the lives of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda, Shri Aravinda and Mahatma Gandhi.
Bharatiya Shiksha while equipping the student with every kind scientific and technical training must teach the student, not to sacrifice ancient form or attitude to an unreasoning passion for change; not to retain a form or attitude which in the light of modern times can be replaced by another form or attitude which is a truer and more effective expression of the spirit of Bharatiya Vidya; and to capture the spirit afresh for each generation to present it to the world.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
K.M Munshi Marg,
Mumbai 400 007.
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