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Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree” – II

Contrary to what people believe in a survey in Madras Presidency during 1822-55 it was found that there were 11,575 schools in the Madras Presidency with 1,57,195 students studying in them; the reports of the collectors of various districts also noted that there were in all 1,094 ‘colleges’ or centres of higher learning with 5,431 students studying in them. An important feature that emerged from the survey data was the wide-spread extent of the indigenous system of education, as evidenced by the number of boys who were undergoing instruction.

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Revisiting “The Beautiful Tree”: Part 1

In this first part of a series of articles, Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury discusses the state of indigenous education in India before the British destroyed the system. He is quoting various surveys that were done in the colonial times to put the reality in perspective.

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Our Homeschooling Journey

In this biography, Arun Elassery tells the story of his own family: how he and his wife came out of the conventional life that college educated parents are supposed to have these days, and how they started living a sustainable life. They also took their kids out from school and started homeschooling them. This beautiful article will answer many of your questions on homeschooling.

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Will Corona Virus cure our Colonial Hangover?

As the novel Corona Virus threatens to disrupt our lives, most of us are wary and pessimistic about what the future holds. But our traditional wisdom tells us that a moment of crisis is also a moment of transformation. This may be especially true in the domain of education that has witnessed a huge impact by the novel Corona Virus. Schools and colleges remain closed in almost all countries of the world and some fear that educational institutions will remain closed for a long time even after the lockdown is lifted. What are the solutions? Read on to know more.

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Did Schools Charge Fee in 19th Century?

The English education model made it compulsory for all schools to charge a fixed amount of monthly fees. But how did the old traditional schools sustain themselves before the British arrived in India? Read on to find out.

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One Teacher, One School – The Adam Report on Education in Bengal

How did Bengalis and Biharis educate their kids before the advent of English education? This article reveals some startling facts and shatters several myths about traditional education in northern and eastern India.

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The Four-point Model for Hindu Parenting

This beautiful little article about parenting talks about four things that all young parents can do to impart Dharmic education to their children. These will also ensure a pleasurable experience for the child as well as the parents.

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Was Gujarat Educated in 19th Century?

We know that Gujaratis were great businessmen even before the British came to India. But few of us know the reason why Gujaratis kids have always been so smart in mathematics and business. Read on to find out.

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Did Brahmins have Monopoly on Education?

One of the most persistent leftist dogmas regarding Indian society is that Brahmin hegemony was ubiquitous and using their so-called 'favorable position', the Brahmins horribly discriminated against every section of the society. This charge is also laid in the field of education. It is claimed that Brahmins created a monopoly in education and did not let anyone else study, thus ensuring their perpetual servility. In this brilliant but brief article, Dr. Ankur Kakkar counters by producing reports of the British officials who conducted surveys on the state of education as it was prevalent in the 19th century.

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Were Indians Uneducated Before the British Arrived?

Because we believe that the British gave us railways, roads, parliamentary democracy and much more, we also tend to believe that the Englishman made us educated and civilised. It is a common belief that before the advent of British colonial rule, most Indians were not very well educated or that education was limited to a few privileged Brahmins. But what do historical records say?

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