MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT, GANDHI VIDYA MANDIR
There is nothing so sublime and pure as knowledge Says Bhagwat Gita. Before disseminating a sublime, pure and powerful thing like knowledge the recipient must be prepared to use it correctly. Indian sages called this supatra vidya daan. The Sages also described the objective of learning as sa vidhya ya vimuktaye ‘true knowledge is that which librates’. For peace and progress tomorrow the future citizen must be released from all bonding and reservations of cast, creed, region, language, gender, religion etc. This could be possible by instilling human values in them, and best way of doing it is through education, thereby propagating the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbhkam i.e. “whole world is fraternity”. Without this, knowledge becomes dangerous and self destructive. The founder of Gandhi Vidyha Mandir, Swami Ramsharanji, a first generation Gandhian, visualized this 64 years ago and started this institution with the objective of inculcating values in the citizens of tomorrow. He said, “Humanity has tried all possible means in the search of peace like reforms in social, political and economic systems and even religion, but none could deliver; this leads us to education as the last resort”. That is why, he integrated the imparting of Human Values with full spectrum educational activities of this institution; all educational ventures. This includes the inventions and subsequent unending reforms in the systems of society, politics, economy and even religion in all the courses taught at Gandhi Vadya Mandir including IASE deemed University. That legacy was ably continued by our Ex-President and first Vice Chancellor Late Shri Milap Dugar. I am happy to see all the present faculty members, administrators and staff fully wedded to these principles.
Recently, IASE deemed University has successfully organized an International Seminar on “Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony”. On the basis of the recommendations of the seminar specialized peace teacher syllabi are being prepared to be started in this University. Our University is now in the process of starting “Institute of Global Harmony” and “World Resource Centre of Peace Education”.
As a principle, Gandhi Vidya Mandir alongwith IASE deemed University refuses to convert its students into money minting machine; instead of duty bound produce inhumane human being.
Kanak Mal Dugar