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Ramdev’s suggestion to Smriti Irani: Incorporate elements of traditional ‘Gurukul’ system in modern education

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has sent a detailed proposal to Human and Resource Development (HRD) minister, Smriti Irani, to amalgamate the traditional ‘Gurukul’ system with the modern education.

According to a news report, Ramdev’s confederate, Acharya Balkrishna, met the HRD minister on 9th April and submitted the proposal on behalf of the Yoga guru.

“This is not just our view. We have done a lot of research and found that several consultations of the government with the states and other consultative bodies such as Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) have found that there is a need for an education system that is a mix of modern curriculum and Indian culture and values. We have collected all of these suggestions to make a strong case for our idea,” Balkrishna told The Economic Times.

Balkrishna added that for the proposal, Acharyakulam, the school run by Ramdev in Haridwar, has been taken as a prototype. This school educates around 400 boys and girls from class five to seven in classical subjects like Sanskrit, the Vedas and the Shastras along with the NCERT syllabus.

A few months back, Ramdev had also presented the idea to ‘Indianise’ education. He put forward an idea of starting a new national school board similar to CBSE, but with an Indian name like, ‘Bhartiya Board of Secondary Education (BBSE).’

Balkrishna told the newspaper, “The government’s attitude is positive. We had a nice meeting with the minister in which she gave us a good hearing. Now it’s just a matter of implementation.”

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So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

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Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online training makes the content available for students digitally. Flickr

Learning is the process of acquiring new skills or knowledge and for quite some time students have followed the process of enrolling in an offline centre to learn and study from the material provided but now, there is a new and an unconventional approach to upskilling yourself and that is through online learning.

While I was growing up, if I ever wanted to learn a new skill, I had to travel a minimum of 2-3 kms to the nearest learning or tuition centre to enquire and then enrol for the desired training. Though there were interactions with the teacher, but inhibitions got the better of me and with time, because of all the unresolved doubts, the learning started to become monotonous and I lost interest. But online learning has made that journey for a student interesting, fun and a cakewalk. You can relax in your seat while the knowledge is displayed on your screen and ask all that you wish to.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

To help you understand the differences better I would like to compare both the classrooms and the learning associated on the basis of parameters that are essential for an overall learning.

1.       Affordability: 

In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly.

Whereas in online learning, students’ aim is to learn so companies spend resources only on developing the content and thereby lowering the cost of the training.

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In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly. Pixabay

2.       Flexibility and convenience:

In a conventional classroom, if you miss a class it gets difficult to grasp the topic and understand what is being taught. The classes have to be attended on fixed days
and timings, offering almost no flexibility. Whereas in online learning, the classes can be taken as per your availability and thus giving you an opportunity to design your own curriculum. You could also watch the classes over and understand the topics in-depth.

3.       Answers to your questions:

While learning, doubts might arise about the topic being taught but students usually hesitate in asking questions in a classroom. Whereas in online learning, you are an anonymous user and your doubts, as frivolous they may be, can be asked without any hesitation.
4.       Practical experience:
The learning journey in a conventional classroom is about reading and grasping, it involves little or none practical applications of the learnings. Whereas in online learning, the training is designed in such a manner that the content is informative and involves practical applications as well. The test and assignments in the module are made to ensure that the student has a holistic growth.

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Only 20 percent of the five million students who graduate every year get employed, industry lobby Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said in a report, published last year.

The competition is stiff and is going to get worse with time so It essential to make yourself stand out from the rest to increase your chances of getting hired. The certificate you will receive at the successful completion of the training will help in making the employer realise that you have relevant skills and in-depth knowledge about the subject.

So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

About the Author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the Founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and trainings platform. (Internshala.com)