In Indian philosophy, knowledge is considered sacred and there is no crash course for acquiring it. Learning is essentially lifelong and it includes not only knowing certain subjects or arts, but also becoming a better individual. This is, of course, an ideal, and while philosophy stands the test of time, does it meet the practical needs of a modern world? We are investigating that.
Students would spend several formative years in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration. The guru had an exalted status because he was the embodiment of knowledge guiding students on the path of self-realization, the ultimate goal of the gurukul’s institution.
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The guru-shishya parampara or master disciple tradition was the foundation of the gurukul. It not only created a close bond between the teacher and the student, but also between the students who grew up together. The teaching method was mainly through practical application in the absence of textbooks and the course was more intuitive in the absence of a syllabus.
The gurus were not only teachers but also spiritual guides and mentors, and as such the word guru has a different connotation from the word teacher.
Instead of the domain of a few classes, education is now a right for everyone. The world has made countless orbits around the sun since the days of the gurukul when the nature of the heavenly bodies was debated, and now mankind is sending probes to those same bodies and beyond. Education is less the domain of philosophy and more about research and innovation. In fact, students must have some preparatory skills to gain a foothold in today’s technology-driven world and the more humanity knows, discovers and engineers, the faster the world is transforming and the more important it becomes for all people to keep up to date. stay ahead or risk falling behind the times. Education can still be a path of self-discovery, but the primary concern is to equip students with the tools to be independent.
Teachers have a huge responsibility to mold young minds and sometimes what they say or do can leave a lifelong impression on a person. The modern system would benefit from even teaching the teachers that they are not only knowledge transfer vessels, but are themselves a model that students learn from during most of the day they spend in school.