Kurukshetra, India: On January 27th, 2024, representatives from the Patanjali Japan Foundation (PJF) embarked on a memorable visit to Gurukul Kurukshetra, immersing themselves in the enriching atmosphere of the renowned educational institution.
The Japanese delegation of PJF included Sh. Ashutosh Singh, Chief Sewa Officer & Representative Director at Patanjali Japan Foundation; Yumi Ishida, Director and Sales and Marketing Leader; Mr. Yasuhiro Matsou, CEO (Labor and Social Security Attorney), WeNeed Inc. Japan; Mr. Samepal Singh, Founder and Director of One World Alliance; and Ms. Deepika Singh, Founder and Managing Director at eSpot Web Solutions. They explored and noted the Gurukul visit and briefly took notes of the Indian Education System.
At Gurukul, the PJF team received a gracious welcome from Sh. Shubey Singh Pratap Yadav Ji, the esteemed Principal, whose warmth and hospitality set the tone for a fruitful interaction. Additionally, they were honored to meet Sh. Devender Ji, an Assistant Professor at Maharishi Balmiki Sanskrit University, who extended his greetings and support to the delegation.
During their visit, the PJF representatives engaged in a variety of activities aimed at fostering connections and experiencing the ethos of Gurukul Kurukshetra firsthand. They had the opportunity to tour the school premises and hostel facilities, gaining insights into the holistic approach to education practiced at Gurukul. Their students have yoga sessions in the morning which PJF believes is a great implementation to the educational system in leading a productive and healthier lifestyle.
Gurukul Kurukshetra's Holistic Approach to Education & Organic Farming Initiative
Gurukul Kurukshetra's holistic approach to education goes beyond traditional academic learning, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a student's development. As the PJF delegation interacted with the faculty and students, they observed the emphasis placed on character building, moral values, and practical life skills alongside academic excellence.
The organic farming setup at Gurukul Kurukshetra exemplifies the commitment to eco-friendly and healthy living promoted by both Gurukul and PJF. As the delegation toured the farmland, they witnessed firsthand the cultivation of a variety of crops using natural methods, devoid of synthetic pesticides and chemicals.
Gurukul also trains students for NDA with hard physical training to boost mental strength. 14 students are selected for NDA from this school every year which is a big achievement and a moment of pride for this Gurukul.
Heartwarming Moment: When Students Greeted by Touching Their Feet & Chants of Jai Hind
A heartwarming moment occurred when the Gurukul children greeted the PJF representatives by touching their feet, a gesture of respect and humility deeply ingrained in Indian culture. Additionally, students from the National Defense Academy (NDA) welcomed the delegation with enthusiastic chants of "Jai Hind," symbolizing their patriotism and pride.
Amidst the warm interactions and joyful atmosphere, the PJF representatives thoroughly enjoyed their time with the children, partaking in lighthearted moments and capturing memorable photographs to cherish the experience.
Reflecting on the visit, Sh. Ashutosh Singh expressed his gratitude, stating, "Our visit to Gurukul Kurukshetra was truly heartening. Witnessing the dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm of the students reaffirmed our belief in the transformative power of education. We are grateful for the warm welcome and meaningful interactions."
The Patanjali Japan Foundation remains committed to supporting educational initiatives and fostering cultural exchange between Japan and India, as it continues its mission of promoting holistic wellness and mutual understanding.