The ancient gurukul education system has played a remarkable role in the holistic and complete development of individuals, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.
Naidu wrote this in a Facebook post, referring to his visit to Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar on Saturday.
Inspired by the vision of a spiritual leader and social reformer of modern India, Shriram Sharma Acharya, the university is a non-conventional center of higher education, he noted.
“With approximately 1,500 full-time residential students and researchers, the university is adopting a gurukul-like system of community life.
“The institution is committed to holistic education by combining practical knowledge (shiksha) with spiritual education (vidya) and seeks to provide each student with a comprehensive learning experience,” he posted on Facebook.
The vice president said he was reminded of the remarkable role the ancient gurukul system played in the holistic and well-rounded development of individuals.
Naidu also said he was pleased to learn that the university and Gayatri Parivar have used music and folk songs to combat social abuses such as casteism and gender discrimination and promote nationalism among the masses.
The university also has its own gaushala (cow shelter) with more than 300 native breed cows, he noted.
The Swavalamban Kendra produces various cow products using modern and scientific techniques, Naidu said, adding that he is convinced that, in line with the Gramodyog concept propagated by Gandhi ji, such initiatives provide an alternative source of income for the farmers can offer.