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Gurukul system Vs Anglophonic education: Which learning system is better for children?



By Gaurav Sharma

Education is not about flooding the brain with mass volumes of data. It is not about maximising the economic prospects of an individual, or providing the means to be at the top of the food chain of success.

It is about acquiring a skill set which is to be constantly reinvigorated and reworked. This skill set, apart from providing social and economic well-being and intellectual fulfillment, should usher in a creative revolution in the psyche of the individual.

It is about taking the student beyond the familiar chartered territory into the unknown. Something that emancipates a learner from the shackles of the mind.

But, does our modern education system actually offer such knowledge?

Working towards economic prosperity within certain social structures is the thrust of the present education system. This can be quite clearly seen in the reflection of the society around us.

One of the most developed nations, boasting of the best education systems in the world such as Harvard, MIT among others, is a host to regular bouts of school shootings, binge alcoholism and umpteen suicides.

The pressure created by the Anglophonic education system to get better grades for better pay is pushing more and more students to take refuge of intoxicants and immediate sense pleasures. This leads them further below the mind, instead of taking them beyond it.

So, if our present education system has such massive pitfalls, isn’t it time we evaluate it more broadly and find out the crucial missing link of the puzzle?

When we make a comparative analysis of the traditional Gurukul system with the present system, we can easily find some answers to this pertinent question.

While some people might claim that the Gurukul system was biased as only the sons of Brahmins and the kings were permitted in such schools, the reality was that any worthy student–possessing the required determination, desire and willingness could join the Gurukul.

The shishyas or students, lived together as equals, irrespective of social standing.

Under the guidance of the Guru, the children led a simple life bereft of immoral habits. Moreover, what really set the Gurukul students apart from the present lot of students entering the workforce was their knowledge of Yoga, meditation and Sanskrit language.

The spiritual disciplines that they strictly followed in the Gurukul, provided them with the mastery of body and mind. Also, by serving the Guru in performing menial jobs inculcated humility deep in their hearts.

This was not to say that they were limited in their knowledge. A wide array of knowledge in the Scriptures, Philosophy, Literature, Medicine, Astrology, History, Warfare was imparted to students

The Vedic knowledge that was taught in the Gurukul made the pupils at ease with their own mind and body. The profound spiritual knowledge made them more peaceful, loving and respectful of other living entities.

The real goal of life that of Mukti or liberation from the fourfold cycle of birth, old age, disease and death assumed paramount importance, and artha or wealth was meant to be used for the welfare of the society.

And, it was ensured that this purpose of life was taught with single-pointedness during the fragile formative years of the child, through the Gurukul system.

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10 Best Jobs for Fresh Graduates

For a lot of reasons, fresh graduates yearn to land a job even before the ceremonies are held, and this deals with the fact that there are still opportunities out there

The competition is high but there still are jobs which fresh graduates can pursue to achieve success. Pixabay
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  • In India, many graduates struggle to find a job
  • It is getting more and more difficult to get a job due to high competition
  • However, there are few fields which are best for the fresh graduates to pursue

For many graduates in India, finding a job means having to compete with others for an entry-level position. And while the country is still experiencing high dropout rates, a lot of young people are still hopeful of landing their dream job.

As compared to a private job, there is very less work pressure in the government sector. Wikimedia Commons
Many graduates are not able to land their dream job. Wikimedia Commons

For a lot of reasons, fresh graduates yearn to land a job even before the ceremonies are held, and this deals with the fact that there are still opportunities out there that promise high salaries and full government benefits.

Are you on your last dregs of tertiary academia? Here are some of the options you might want to consider.


Let’s start our list with the most in-demand profession in the country ever since. With both public and private universities offering a wide range of specializations, students basically face an increasing market for medicine graduates each year. In 2014, at least 50,000 graduates in this field have been produced, with the salary ranging from 80,000 to 150,000 rupees a month.

Medicine is undoubtedly one of the most popular job profiles for a freshly graduate.


Experts was gearing up for a massive construction boom from 2013 to 2017, and investments in this industry are likely to increase in the future. For sure, professions in engineering provide heavy compensation packages even for entry-level positions. Senior civil engineers, for instance can earn up to 350,000 rupees a year.

IT and Computer Science

Ever since then, the IT industry in India has become a major player in terms of innovation. One thing’s for sure, the country has become a hub a software and tech hub as most graduates have relocated to Silicon Valley to work with major industry giants. In India, on the other hand, graduates of computer science and software development are also afforded hefty salaries. A case in point are software engineers that earn as much as 300,000 to 400,000 rupees a year, making their professions one of the highest in the country.

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IT and computer science is yet another job which potentially guarantees success for a graduate.

 English Teachers

As India continues to develop along the lines of IT and services, foreign companies are considering on expanding their operations across the subcontinent. This would mean a greater demand for English language lecturers who could train the current workforce. Apparently, companies are investing a lot of their resources in language training; most have also hired in-house trainers, offering at least 300,000 rupees a year to individuals with intermediate to advance-level proficiencies.

 Digital Marketing

Often dubbed as one of the fastest growing labor markets to date, the digital marketing sector in India continues to offer graduates numerous opportunities to work as brand advocates, account specialists, and marketing gurus. And with grosses of up to 400,000 rupees year, who couldn’t say no to such an opportunity? But graduates need to know where to look for the best jobs in this field. For those seeking to land a career in SEO, they can apply in the companies listed by

Digital marketing is another popular profession among graduates. Wikimedia Commons
Digital marketing is another popular profession among graduates. Wikimedia Commons

As we can see by now, graduates in India have a lot of options to consider. It is still important for students to decide where they want to be as early as possible. That way, they wouldn’t have to worry a great deal on whether they could get a job or not.