Monday, November 10, 2014

Shantiniketan – Tagore and Education – Part 1


http://www.merepix.com/
Tagore with the teacher and students at the school. Image credit - www.merapix.com

What was Shantiniketan all about?


Shantiniketan was a piece of land given to the Tagore Family by the Sinha family of Bengal. The father of the nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore found the place very peaceful and renamed it Shantiniketan. The first school opened there was called Patha Bhavan and it started with only five students. 

Today that school has been converted into the Visva Bharati University  and is now a university town that attracts thousands of students every year. The idea of making Shantiniketan a university town came to Tagore on his lecture tour to the US and Japan.

“There, Tagore meditated among orange groves and conceived of a new type of university, desiring to "make Shantiniketan the connecting thread between India and the world ... [and] a world center for the study of humanity ... somewhere beyond the limits of nation and geography." (Dutta and Robinson 1995, pg. 204)

The foundation stone of the school, which he named Visva-Bharati, was ceremonially laid on 22 December 1918 and the school was later inaugurated on 22 December 1921. (Dutta and Robinson 1995, pg. 220) 
[θ]

Tagore’s duties as steward and mentor at Santiniketan kept him busy; he taught classes in mornings and wrote textbooks for his students in afternoons and evenings. Of this routine, he wrote that “I long to discover some fairyland of holidays ... where all duties look delightfully undutiful, like clouds bearing rain appearing perfectly inconsequential”.[Tagore was also occupied with fundraising between 1919 and 1921, undertaking trips to Europe and the U.S” (Chakravarty 1961, pg 27) 


Founding Vision

http://www.prokerala.com/ 
Tagore and the kids at Shantiniketan. Image credit - www.prokerala.com


The first school founded and funded there by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore was an institution of primary and secondary education in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India. It was called Brahmacharyasrama. It was similar to and modeled on the lines of the Ancient Gurukul System.

The school is characterized by its philosophy of learning with the heart in closeness to nature without any superficial barriers between teachers and students. The institute was focused on the quest for truth and blending the methods of learning of the East and West.

This went against the repetitive and rote learning system that was mainstream during Tagore’s childhood.It was based on the ashrama system of India with the teachers and students living together and learning with nature.

This was different. A new kind of education. People were surprised. 

Let us learn together
Tweet @AbhishekShetty_
Sat-chit-ananda 

31 comments:

  1. This blog is so precious. A gift for the blog readers.
    essaywriters

    ReplyDelete
  2. Also, conversely, I have been a custom curriculum consideration instructor source barging in on the domain of some consistent Education.!

    ReplyDelete
  3. he development continued developing.https://bestessay.education/ In the 1982 the instance of the Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley, the U.S.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now we have launched a professional python model containing complete information about our training program. This model will assist our students to get complete information about our training program.
    Get 20$ Python Programming Mini Boot Camp at only 10$ with 2 Free Python Courses [limited time discount]

    Get 2 Python course free
    https://www.udemy.com/python-for-beginners-python-20-guide-for-beginners/?couponCode=HEXAGON
    couponCode=HEXAGON

    https://www.udemy.com/python-programming-mini-boot-camp/?couponCode=FACEBOOKJOY
    couponCode=FACEBOOKJOY

    Discounted Course Link:
    https://www.udemy.com/python-django-programming-beginner-to-advance-tutorial-step-by-step/?couponCode=MAXIMUS10

    ReplyDelete
  5. That was my objective, when I settled on a noteworthy for my doctoral degree, to see how grown-ups learn with the goal that I could change from a teacher to an instructor.Vested Finance

    ReplyDelete
  6. Enhancing the quality and disclosure of education and reorienting its objectives to perceive the significance of maintainable improvement must be among society's most elevated needs.cheap courses

    ReplyDelete
  7. We consider the connection amongst groups and education foundations to be founded on the estimations of similarly, regard and correspondence.https://myessayfolksreview.wordpress.com/contact/

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is true that school or college life is packed with a lot of fun and enjoyment. However, the fun of college or school life can be spoiled when you get essays and other assignments to be written smart essay writing service

    ReplyDelete
  9. This newly discovered opportunity will enable the student to end up plainly a dynamic member in his/her education rather than an aloof traveler.essay writing help

    ReplyDelete
  10. In many cases, the main purpose of teacher training in the teaching profession is to accelerate. Essay Writing Services

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Being somewhat further along in the process Portland presents an intriguing defense consider. huddle space

    ReplyDelete
  13. In other words, most students spend years in school learning things that are not useful to them after school. coursework answers

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your post is very great. Hope you'll be sucessfull in your life!
    i always love you quotes

    ReplyDelete
  15. Regardless of the way that the results of the lacks of the educational framework in its present shape represents the appalling encounters of most alumni in the reality, the administration has consistently shown expanding ineptitude in tending to this test.chapter books online

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your article is very or very helpful to me! thank you. Wishing you every success in your life!
    game kid game barbie

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your article is very or very helpful to me! thank you. Wishing you every success in your life!
    Easy games for kids

    ReplyDelete
  18. The best reward that you can appreciate in this calling is that you can work at any primary school and may assume a noteworthy job in embellishment or building up the psyches of those youthful understudies who make up the world's future. Committed towards giving instruction to the new age of understudies, and functioning as an educator you really appreciate a profession with a genuine effect. FinQuiz

    ReplyDelete
  19. This was another beneficial thing in light of the fact that preceding government enactment, KENYA guardians needed to for the most part instruct their youngsters at home or pay for costly private schooling.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Our education framework was educated by this hadith. Our darul-ulooms still keep up that convention yet the quantity of understudies who go through their entryways is minute contrasted with the mainstream schools.Music Teachers London

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!! Super 30 Eligibility Criteria

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow, cool post. I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. choosing a college worksheet

    ReplyDelete
  23. Are books you can take to the shoreline or into a bath. They're the biggest piece of the book advertise, and they're all over the place. fukku

    ReplyDelete
  24. Great work did by you. Informative and problem-solving content that users can easily digest can work for all types of blogs. When a user finds something informative on a blog, he/she is more likely to come back from your side.
    homework essay

    ReplyDelete
  25. School life is the best period of my education life ,I was so afraid of my teachers and I used to go to school regularly , In fact the learning process for the students is the best place of school
    dissertation proposal writing services

    ReplyDelete
  26. I have some involvement in these isolation strategies of training. Some of it is great and some of it isn't exactly great.check Neco result

    ReplyDelete
  27. Ducat provides digital marketing training in noida as per the current industry standards. Our training programs will enable professionals to secure placements in MNCs. We are providing our world-class training facilities for all the students who want to become professional java developer.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Your post is very great.i read this post this is a very helpful. i will definitely go ahead and take advantage of this. You absolutely have wonderful stories.Cheers for sharing with us your blog. python training in noida

    ReplyDelete