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Towards combining worldly knowledge with self-knowledge and transforming teachers into gurus
Of late, India's leaders have been urging people and specially teachers to bring back the glory of India as Vishava Guru.

Recently, Vice President of India, while giving away the National Awards to meritorious teachers on Teacher's Day said, "In fact, today (Teacher's Day)  is a day to recall with pride the rich cultural and intellectual heritage we have collectively inherited. Ours is a country that has given a central place to teachers and given them the appellation of 'gurus', a Sanskrit word that connotes 'a source of illumination'."

He added, "We are the inheritors of the system of gurukulas where the teachers and the students lived together and pursued studies in a caring environment, the system of educational inquiry that was based on a constant dialogue between the teacher and students and the concept of 'Vidya' as a process of discovery." Here, it needs to be understood the Shiksha is the process of knowing the world, while Vidya is the process of self-discovery.

"If that is the way to make India Vishwa Guru once again that teachers need to developed that way – educated to be Gurus – and teacher education institutions are needed to be set up as Gurukulas to in the traditions of 'Guru-Shishya Parampara'. And, it implicates that National Council for Teacher Education is needed to be revamped and create an example of working on Guru-Disciple tradition since it is lean organization," said a retired teacher educator in Jaipur while suggesting that we should make a beginning to create at least create one ideal 'council' for teachers to get transformed into Gurus so that rest of the world starts looking towards us for guidance.

If we do not even the first step forward, all these exhort ions become futile and turn into moral lectures. According to spiritualist Sadhguru, "Essentially, the work of a Guru is not to bring morality to you but to bring spirituality to you. The difference is just this: one is an imposition, another is a natural blossoming. This is about seeing to it that this human nature reaches its ultimate possibility. If human beings blossom into their ultimate nature, they are naturally the very source of creation, because that is the seed. You did not create yourself; the source of creation is functioning within you." Many others too think that it is real essence of one four pillars of education 'learning to be' being promoted by UNESCO.

Much quoted Swami Vivekananda these days had explained that the Guru was the ideal conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to disciple. He was of the view that anyone could teach, but the spirit was needed to be passed on by the Guru to the Shishya or disciple that would fructify. It has been rightly said that a teacher reaches a student's mind, while a Guru touches disciple's spirit.

On September 8, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the CBSE-affiliated English-medium school called the Vivekanand Model School at Makadwali village of Ajmer set up by the Government of Rajasthan at a cost of several crores. It is hoped that the school will be run by the gurus who will touch the souls of their aspirant disciples.

The union minister expressed hope that these English-medium model schools named after Swami Vivekananda would bring about a revolution in education in the government sector.

The Vivekanand Model Schools of Rajasthan government will be started  in 186 backward blocks of the state. There will be one model school per block and 100 such schools will be opened this year.

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