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A Symposium on Value Education through Sanskrit

Lucknow, November 11, 2014: A symposium on Value Education through Sanskrit was organized by Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Gomtinagar, Lucknow, today. The Vice Chairperson of the school, Mrs. Anjali Jaipuria, the chief crusader, initiated the concept of value-education through Sanskrit in 2003. Jaipuria is the ONLY English medium school across India where Sanskrit education is being imparted right from LKG to Class VIII, thus ensuring the holistic development of a child.

Through Sanskrit learning, students of Jaipuria School have imbibed love for their culture coupled with a reverence for their country – thanks to the magical touch of the pristine language, Sanskrit. Their reasoning power, diction and marks – especially in mathematics, have seen a positive trend. An unprecedented depth has also been noticed in their poetic compositions.

The objective of teaching Sanskrit across the primer, primary and middle school is neither to turn the students into Shloka or Mantra reciting ‘parrots’ nor to turn them into Sanskrit Scholars or pandits, but to help them garner a lucidity and fluency in what is undoubtedly the most perfect language of all ages and the genesis of many languages across the world.

Sri Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, Chairperson, Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrit Parishad, Lucknow,was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Dr Sampadanand Mishra, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture also graced the occasion.

Whilst addressing the audience at the symposium today Ms. Anjali Jaipuria Founder, Seth M R Jaipuria School said, “Unesco has pointed out that the crumbling of the moral edifice in humanity is one the biggest crisis’ faced by mankind today. The only way to address this problem is through education and education from Primary levels. We all talk about it and I am certain we all care about it too. The question is what do we do about it? Does the teaching of English, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry and pure scholastic subjects suffice in character building? How do we introduce values in their curriculum?

I believe and am convinced that Sanskrit language is replete with values intrinsically. Why reinvent the wheel? Every syllable in Sanskrit is a truth vibration. In Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, we introduced Sanskrit as a mandatory 3rd language, with equal weightage to English and Hindi, without compromising the learning of other subjects. After a decade long experiment, today the chiselled personalities of the young Jaipurians are a testimony to this initiative.” “I appeal to all educationists to introduce simple conversational Sanskrit, without the difficulties of Sanskrit Grammar, from LKG onwards, when learning a language is effortless and when values are imbibed spontaneously. Let us give to our students what is their’s by legitimate inheritance and empower them with the strength of character and thereby do our bit in the noble task of nation building.”

The student council, parents and teachers also shared their journey of Sanskrit Education in Jaipuria School through the formative years of their wards and its beautiful influence on their lives.

About -Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Gomtinagar, Lucknow

Seth M. R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow was established in April 1992 in memory of Late Seth Mungturam Jaipuria, a nationalist and a doyen of the Textile Industry, who was conferred the ‘Padma Bhusan’ by the President of India in 1971 in recognition of his service to society.

M. R. Jaipuria School is an English medium K-12 school, affiliated to the CISCE Board. Its on roll strength is 3800 students with a formidable parent body of almost 8000. Jaipuria School also runs a parallel school called “Nav Srijan”- a Jaipuria School Educational Initiative for the underprivileged children which has an on roll a strength of 251 students. In the year 2014, Seth M. R. Jaipuria School has been declared as the 2nd Best Co-ed School in Uttar Pradesh by Educational World. In 2007 it stood 9th in their National Rankings.

It’s the only English medium school across India where Sanskrit is introduced in LKG and taught up to Class 8th. This novel initiative is Anjali Jaipuria’s vision for the School. In the year 2003 we started the experiment of teaching Conversational Sanskrit to 3 year olds in Nursery, awarding it equal weightage to English and Hindi. This is the age when students can soak in multiple languages effortlessly without having to burden them with grammar

Today, 11 years later, Sanskrit Education in Jaipuria School is a success story for the world.

Study of Sanskrit has radically changed the way our students think, act and behave. Values, respect for Indian Culture and love for their Motherland has gotten intrinsically woven into the consciousness of Jaipurians- thanks to the magic of Sanskrit!

We at Jaipuria School offer an array of scholastic & co-scholastic opportunities to our students in different fields, such as:

  • Art & Aesthetics
  • Yoga- our teachers are from Bihar School of Yoga and go there for Refresher Courses regularly.
  • Field Sports & Swimming (Appendix1 gives a brief overview of their achievements in 2013/14)
  • Pottery
  • Music: Classical & Contemporary
  • Dance: Some Indian Forms
  • Craft
  • Liberal Arts
  • Sciences
  • Business Studies & Finance
  • Three Languages: English, Hindi and Sanskrit