Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the ancient gurukul system of education has played a significant role in the comprehensive and well-rounded development of individuals.
In a Facebook post, Naidu mentioned his visit to Haridwar’s Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya on Saturday.
He described the university as a non-conventional centre of higher learning, inspired by the ideals of Shriram Sharma Acharya, a spiritual leader and social reformer in modern India.
“With around 1500 full-time residential students and researchers, the university is adopting a gurukul-type system of community living.
“The institution is devoted to holistic education by combining practical knowledge (shiksha) with spiritual education (vidya) and seeks to provide a comprehensive learning experience to every student,” he posted on Facebook.
The Vice President was reminded of the ancient gurukul system’s remarkable importance in the holistic and well-rounded development of individuals.
Naidu expressed his excitement at learning that the university and Gayatri Parivar have been using music and folk songs to combat societal problems such as casteism and gender discrimination, as well as to promote nationalism among the public at large.
He further mentioned that the university has its own gaushala (cow shelter) with around 300 cows of indigenous breeds.
According to Naidu, the Swavalamban Kendra uses contemporary and scientific processes to make various cow products, and he is confident that such projects, in keeping with Gandhi ji’s Gramodyog idea, may give farmers with an alternative source of income.