Teaching & Learning Process
The syllabus is designed by the teachers themselves. Teachers draft the syllabus considering the blend of traditional gurukul system and current curriculum in prevalent in todays‟ conventional schools. Syllabus is framed considering the cow as nucleus and students preparedness to learn new things. This is in contrast to our present education system where the syllabus is designed by the third party who may not have a realistic idea about the grassroots situation. This problem can be handled in Gurukul very efficiently as the one who is close to the source of the requirement, designs the curriculum. Thus, it is entirely left to the Gurus to decide what they want to teach, how they want to teach, to whom they want to teach, at what time they want to teach etc. In the entire teaching learning process, the emphasis is given to the ethical values and virtues rather than marks and grades.
Total 25 subjects are taught at present to the students in the Gurukul. The details of the subjects and teaching pedagogy implemented in Gurukul are mentioned. Out of these, agriculture, Ayurveda and Cattle rearing are the main subjects. Apart from these subjects, the students are also taught languages, mathematics, science, sugam sangeet, singing, Classical dance (kathak), folk dance, physical activity (kalaripayattu, rope mallakhama, pole mallakhambh, self-defense, Wrestling), food science, making of Panchgavya based products, doing their things on their own etc. In food science, students are taught how to make changes in the dietary habits for prevention of health disorders. The students are also taught pottery work, handicrafts, making yarn from fibre. In future, they will also be taught dying the clothes using organic colours.
The Gurukul has a unique style of teaching. The students learn all different subjects through activities and they actually enjoy the process of learning. In a Sanskrit class, it is mandatory to interact in Sanskrit language only. The students are allotted to different subjects of learning as per their need rather than pre-structured time-table. There are three groups namely Dhruv, Prahalad and Aaruni for ensuring the class arrangement. This arrangement is only for physical allocation of space for a different session slot based on time. For illustration, if during the early hours, an alphabetical learning is going on in Dhruv class and mathematics learning is going on in Prahalad class, then students who have digested the alphabetical learning would sit in Prahalad class. Unfortunately, if the student needs more time in alphabetical learning then he or she would sit in the same class and master the alphabetical learning. His or her shift to the next class would be decided by the teacher.
The traditional teaching pedagogy is adopted for imparting education. Students are made to understand the concept by relating it with the objects, like number one is related with Sun, two with eyes etc. Rhythm, poetic tune etc are set for difficult subjects to grasp. Framing of short acronyms (mnemonic technique) for remembering long theoretical concepts are also taught to the students. New vocabulary is introduced with the concept of feeling and sketching the photograph or diagram of the same in the notebooks.