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Women Education :Banasthali Vidyapith

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Prof. Aditya Shastri ,Vice-Chancellor Banasthali Vidyapith

The Largest Embodiment of Women Education in India

While most of the Indian universities are adopting western methodologies of education and continuously failing to improve the quality of graduates they produce each year, Banasthali Vidyapith, located in Banasthali, Rajasthan, has been following traditional Indian education and has created many successful women leaders for the nation. Doing pioneering work in women's education for more than eight decades, Banasthali Vidyapith, the world's largest residential university for women, has carved a niche for itself through its unique educational ideology of Panchmukhi Shiksha or five-fold education. "Our educational ideology is based on the concept of five-fold education comprising physical, practical, aesthetic, intellectual and, above all, moral aspects to develop an integrated and balanced personality of the students besides the requisite professional training," says Prof. Aditya Shastri, Vice-Chancellor, Banasthali Vidyapith.

Banasthali is different not merely by virtue of its logo 'University with a difference,' but also in its very inception and foundation. Simplicity and selfless service have remained institutional hallmarks, in tune with the ideology of our founders; Pandit Hiralal Shastri 'Apaji' who gave up his top administrative position and Smt. Ratan Shastri 'Bhabhuji' followed suit by giving up a life of affluence to come and work in this backward area. Prof. Shastri opines, "Such lifestyle helps the students to develop an egalitarian and self-reliant approach towards others, besides it also entails equilibrium in an age of cut-throat competition as ours. It also goes well with our fundamental ideology of the synthesis of spiritualism and scientific outlook of the East and the West."

The structure and functioning of Banasthali Vidyapith is such that the campus with all its residents, including students and staff, unite as a family. The values of harmony, empathy, bonhomie are omnipresent, therefore, each personnel and each student performs optimally. Quality thus becomes an inbuilt feature of the entire working system of the institution. "Efficiency and effectiveness in the teaching-learning process as well as in maintaining the campus amenities are an integral responsibility of each of the inmate which is discharged with ease requiring no formal supervision. This is one of the many fruits we reap out of our value based education system," adds Prof. Shastri.

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