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Gurukul churning out young pandits

Shri Baba Neebhkaroriji Ved Karm Kand Shikshan Sansthan is a residential school for young boys who are taught the shastras, shlokas and the Sanskrit language, reports Surya Agarwal.

india Updated: May 05, 2007 19:51 IST

A small institute at Hanuman Setu Mandir premises is keeping the gurukul parampara alive in its own way.

Shri Baba Neebhkaroriji Ved Karm Kand Shikshan Sansthan is a residential school for young boys who are taught the shastras, shlokas and the Sanskrit language.

The students are aged between 9 and 12 years. When they enroll for the three-year course they are about 9-years-old and by the time they pass out they are 12-years-old. Currently, the institute has only 22 vidyarthis, with only six students in the third year. The dropout rate at the institute is quite high because of a rigorous daily regime.

"The reason why we take students in this institute at such an early age is that they are raw and have a good ability to learn. All the students enrolled in the institute belong to not so well to do families and are from villages. Our main aim is to familiarise these children with the shastras and Sanskrit, so that they earn a decent living in the future," says Dr Shyam Lal Kapoor, secretary, Shri Sankat Mochan Hanumanji Mandir Trust Evam Baba Neebhkaroriji Maharaj Ashram.

The students are taught the Vedic mantras, shastras and Sanskrit along with subjects like English, Maths, Science, Civics, Geography, Computer Science and other Social Sciences. They are also taught the recital of the mantras for different occasions and different pujas. "In three year's time, we teach the students about 750 mantras and shlokas, which are needed for different pujas, havans and religious ceremonies. In the third year they are taught karm kand and are given practical knowledge. They go to various temples and see how senior priests perform ceremonies," said Anil Goiawaly, a teacher.