In order to promote the ancient system of gurukul education in and around Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has made the announcement that the state government will provide free land to Gurukuls. These Gurukuls, in turn, will act as provisions of free education all over the state. Additionally, the government would help with the necessary arrangements and even teachers needed to run the ‘gurukul.’
This information was made public by Manohar Khattar when he addressed an event on ‘Relevance of Gurukul System in the Present Era.’ The event was organized by Panchnad Shodh Sansthan in Chandigarh.
Instead of restricting ourselves to the 3 R’s of education (namely reading, writing and arithmetic), moral values, patriotism and yoga should be included in the education system, said the Chief Minister while underlining the importance of gurukuls in promoting an education based on renunciation and dedication. This will promote and contribute to the overall development of the children.
Gurukul education has also been praised by Jagat Ram, Director of Chandigarh-based Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) since it aims to enhance the overall development of the children. He also emphasized on the need to include issues relating to humanistic values in the current education system.
Another speaker at the same event, Mukul Kanitkar added that at present, at least more than 4,000 gurukuls are functioning in the country. He said the need of the hour is to deploy the gurukul system of education atmosphere in schools, colleges, and universities. Another speaker, Panchnad Shodh Sansthan director B K Kuthiala, stated how their institution was set-up (1984-85) with the goal of maintaining a sense of harmony in the society.