08-19-2014, 09:07 PM
Visva-Bharati represents India where she has her wealth for everyone. Visva-Bharati acknowledges India's obligation to offer to others the hospitality of her best culture and India's right to accept from others their beste.En study of the evolution of Visva-Bharati during its founder, Rabindranath Tagore, offers a glimpse of what this institution was intended to achieve. Rabindranath founded a school for children at Santiniketan and it was around this core structure of an unconventional university developed through careful planning.
In 1863, on seven acres plot at the site of the present institution, Debendranath Tagore, the poet's father, had built a small retreat for meditation, and in 1888 he dedicated, land and buildings, the creation of a Brahmavidyalaya and a library. Rabindranath's school Brahmacharyasrama which started functioning formally from December 22, 1901 with no more than five students on roll, was in part a fulfillment of the wishes of his father who was a major figure in his time in education reform. From 1925, the school was known as path-Bhavana.
The school was a conscious repudiation of the system introduced in India by the British rulers Rabindranath initially sought to realize the inherent value of education in ancient India. The school and its curriculum, therefore, meant a departure from the way the rest of the country as education and teaching. Simplicity was a cardinal principle. Classes were held in the open air in the shade of trees where man and nature into an immediate harmonious relationship. Teachers and students shared the single integral socio-cultural life. The curriculum had music, painting, dramatic performances and other performative practices. Beyond the accepted limits of intellectual and academic pursuits, opportunities were created for invigorating and sustaining the manifold faculties of the human personality.