I visited GURUKUL, Kurukshetra for the first time ever and got to know more things like strict rules and regulations. This high seat of learning was established by the great freedom fighter and dedicated social reformer Swami Shardhanand on 13 April 1912 on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi.
About the School: Gurukul Kurukshetra is affiliated with CBSE Board up to intermediate. In this school moral education, religious education, and Sanskrit are made compulsory for each and every inmate. A suitable arrangement is also made for Arts, Commerce and Science faculties. It is on a mission mode ever since its inception to provide public school education from its sprawling 40 Acres campus to create a safe, secure, happy, and stimulating learning environment to instill honor, respect, and compassion in each student and prepare him for success throughout his life.
Location: Gurukul is located near the Kurukshetra University III Gate, Dhand Rd, Haryana. From Pipli (NH-1, Delhi to Amritsar Highway), you can reach by auto or bus.
Facilities: Gurukul has great facilities as below:
- Library and reading room
- Science labs
- Computer labs
- Ultra-modern biology lab
- Language lab
- Organic Farming
- Horse Riding
- Swimming pool and shower
- Rifle club/Shooting
- Cow Farming
- Yoga meditation
- NCC and NSS
- NDA and career guidance counseling
- WiFi system (under construction)
- Smart class (under construction)
- Music training
- Coaching for JEE, NEET, NDA, etc.
I asked many students about the facilities, they replied positively. They endorsed the strict rules and regulations of the school. Parents cannot send anything from home to the hostel for their children, even edible items fried or roasted in Ghee or Oil are strictly prohibited for the students.
I also visited the area where Yagya (यज्ञ) was going on. A special Hawan area was surrounded by small chambers of teachers. That special Hawan area was really totally different from the remaining part of Gurukul Campus. I met some teachers (Pandits). I put my palm in front of a Pandit Ji and asked about my future life.
He looked, smiled and told me in Hindi, “ बच्चा ये सब छोड़ दो, ये सब मोहमाया है” “Hey little boy, leave all things, the world is an illusion.”
I smiled, shrugged my shoulder, and took a book from his rack. He told me various stories of Hindu rituals.
My main aim was to see and analyze the biogas generation plant from cow dung.
Biogas Plant: There was nothing like a well-designed biogas plant but there was a simple provision to produce biogas from cow dung. There are around 250 cows, 10 bulls, and 65 calves on their farm. Each cow gives 20 liters of milk on average. The cow dung was being used in the biogas plant, further the blended gas (biogas + LPG) was used to cook the food for the students. The residue of the process was used in farming near the school. Surprisingly, by using a walk thorough audit, it showed that the Gurukul uses 50% blended biogas with LPG to make food for hostelers as well as residential teachers. Milk from cows is like complete food for students and faculties.
From an environmental point of view, a splendid nursery was set up in Gurukul Campus to purify the atmosphere, encouraging tree plantation. A massive count of lacs of saplings of 300 different varieties is available here. These splendiferous trees and Herbal Plants are sent to various cities of India.
No Chemical insecticide and fertilizers are used to grow plants in this Nursery. The dung and urine of cows are used to prepare manure for the saplings. Greenhouse facilities also exist in the Gurukul Nursery for controlled conditions for the growth of saplings. The nursery can boast of the feature of being the only nursery to produce the saplings through Natural Farming. The plants are provided from here at a highly subsidized cost.
Gurukul is getting financial benefits due to biogas plant and farming. School is gaining popularity on a national level. Gurukul Kurukshetra has been awarded the second prize to save energy by the government of India.
In view of the short visit to Gurukul, Kurukshetra, it can be said that the Gurukul is one such a great model that not only sustains the natural resources but also moral value. Activities like education, health, dairy farming, and agriculture are interconnected in this school that can take the country to a global level.