The Gurukul has been established with the noble objective of reviving the ancient Indian Guru- Shishya parampara in the field of training for civil services aspirants. While recognizing that it may not be possible to recreate a Gurukul in the traditional sense of the term in modern, urban environments; we at IAS Gurukul firmly believe in the sanctity and sacredness of the Guru- Shishya (i.e. Mentor- Student) relationship which we seek to foster at the Gurukul..
Neither we at the Gurukul nor other modern- day teachers can really claim to be “Gurus” in the truest sense of the term. A person can claim to be a Guru only if he:.
a). Is fully sincere in his commitment towards his students.
b). Possesses knowledge which can enhance the students’ patterns of thinking and life experiences.
c). Can assist his students define and achieve their life- goals.
d). Has an unquenchable thirst for new knowledge, new learning and new insights.
e). Firmly believes in transmitting all his knowledge to his students and hides nothing from them and
f). Takes pride when his students excel and surpass their Guru.
g). Is accepted and respected as a Guru by his students.
Humbly, we at the Gurukul are striving towards becoming such Gurus.
Pedagogy at the Academy
The Academy is a unique experiment – as a fraternity of educators and students striving together in the pursuit of a common goal. The Academy will be distinguished by the fraternal atmosphere it fosters, in which the students and faculty inspire and enrich each other as co-learners. With a passion to excel, the Gurukul is raging with the dynamism of a river that incorporates the oldest sources of knowledge with the latest, cutting- edge technology in the field of education.
The faculty at the Academy recognizes that its task of nurturing young minds is like that of nurturing flowers; with all the will and skill required for performing such a delicate task. The aim is to set the students free from the rigidities of highly ritualized, bland and indifferent teaching that they usually experience in Universities; where there is a lot of teaching but very little learning. This is the gap that the Academy strives to remove by promoting real learning, i.e. learning about learning as the first step: with the ultimate aim of making each person bloom like a flower and carry the aroma of freshness of his or her ideas and creativity wherever they go.
Mentor at IAS Gurukul
At IAS Gurukul, our effort is not only to provide the students with a road-map for effective learning but also to reassure them with motivating company and inspiration during their journey on the road to success. In this context the role of the Mentors becomes important.
Rajeev Agarwal IASRetd. Union Secretary, Govt.of India
Mr. Rajiv Agarwal is presently Vice- Chairman, Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.