Sri Aurobindo Education Society
Teacher Training Institute
Radically different from a formal training set-up, the Mirambika Teacher Education Institute provides an environment where trainees can develop their consciousness, attitude and understanding and where, from the very start, theory and practice are fully integrated. There are two types of course:
(a) Two year Nursery and Primary Teacher training course: The course includes teaching of Hindi, English and Mathematics, Montessori training, arts and crafts, nursery rhymes, games and exercises, puppetry, story-telling, school management and planning, integral education, self-development and child-psychology. Apprenticeship and practical training are part of the course throughout. Basic knowledge of English is essential.
(b) Three year Innovative, Nursery and Elementary
Teacher training course : The medium of instruction is English and
a good knowledge of English is essential. The course is innovative
in content and process. The learning strategies aim at self-awareness,
integrating spirituality and individual choices and learning to learn. Apprenticeship
and practical work are part of the course throughout. The theory
is taken up in seminars, group discussions and workshops. A project, of
which the content is decided individually with each candidate, is part
of the course. The assessment procedure is in harmony with the learning
Click here for a brochure of the Mirambika Teacher Training Institute.
Sponsored by the Deparment of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, this Institute was founded in 1989, to help underprivileged and unemployed youth earn their livelihood, by training them in some useful trade.
It offers courses of six months duration, commencing on 1st April and 1st October of every year, in many 'subjects'. These are basic courses, with stress on practical training. The subjects include Cooking, Bakery and Food Processing, Welding, Carpentry, Electrical Works, Handmade Paper Making, Book Binding & Screen Printing, Plant Nursery, Block Printing, Laundry & Soap making, Photoframing and photo lamination, plumbing, hindi and english typing and wordprocessing and tailoring.
All training courses:
1. Please apply for a free prospectus by sending
a self-addressed stamped envelope to
2. Since the trainees live on the Ashram campus, a strict discipline is maintained throughout and trainees are expected to integrate themselves with Ashram life. They attend physical exercises, games, shramdan, music, yoga, Hindi and English classes and evening Satsang. Participation in healthy and useful activities and exposure to the Ashram atmosphere improves the personality of thetrainees and builds up their self-confidence.
3. Non-governmental and charitable organizations
are encouraged to refer candidates for the vocational training programme.
Click here for a brochure (bilingual in Hindi and English) of the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Vocational Training.
This evening school of fine arts was started in 1967. It imparts training in Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi dance forms, classical and light vocal music, flute, sitar, guitar, keyboards, tabla, painting, sculpture and yoga. Located in the premises of the Mother's International School, Matri Kala Mandir offers ample facilities for learning with spacious halls and rooms well-equipped with musical instruments and a galaxy of distinguished gurus for the various traditions of music and dance.
In accordance with the motto Harmony given by the Mother, Matri Kala Mandir seeks to create harmony through the right use of art rather than the purely technical or professional side of it. Art is seen as an integral part of life - a means of self-discovery and self-enlargement through an offering to the Divine.
All classes are open to adults and children over the age of five. Guests staying in Tapasya are also welcome to take short-term courses at Matri Kala Mandir. The working hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. Students can join at any time of the year.
Matri Kala Mandir is affiliated for the purpose of examinations in some disciplines to Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.
This institute offers several courses in audio-visual communication.
Mass communication has an important role in social change and nation building. And India needs trained professionals for producing quality programmes to meet the challenge posed by the multiplying number TV channels and other mass media.
The institute has well-equipped TV, sound recording and photo studios, colour laboratory, facilities for post-production and a high tech computer lab. It has qualified and experienced staff and several eminent mediapersons who are visiting lecturers on its panel. The picturesque surrounding of the Ashram complex are suitable for every kind of shooting situation.
The institute offers one year P.G. Diploma Courses in Direction & Script-writing, camera editing and sound recording, broadcast journalism, mult-media with computer animation and advanced photography; three-month courses in Video Film Production, Professional photography and Colour processing.
Workshops on Professional Photography and Video Film Production of 10 to 15 days duration are also conducted. Seminars are also held time to time.
The classes are held from 2 to 7 p.m. on the premises of the Mother's International School where the TV studio is located.
Besides running various educational institutions, Sri Aurobindo Education Society sponsors education of children in various schools all over the country. The sponsored children are from low income families and as far as possible, are educated in their own states so that they have no language problems. They are kept in good boarding schools and the entire expense on their tuition, board and lodging, books, travel to home for vacation etc. is borne by the Society. We have at present in our sponsorship scheme about 100 children being educated in various schools all over the country. This is in addition to the scholarships that are granted to the day scholars in The Mother's International School, Mirambika and Mira Nursery school. We are always on the look out for sponsors as we maintain a waiting list of children who need to be sent to boarding schools. We greatly appreciate the support of generous people who come forward for this good cause. The cost is approximately Rs. 12,000/- a year to cover all expenses, which may be shared by more than on sponsor. You may also give a one time lump sum donation of Rs. 1,00,000/- to create a permanent fund.
The Society has adopted a few schools in villages and in tribal or backward areas. The schools are provided with books, clothing for the students and other resources from time to time. For instance, every year on Diwali, students in Delhi schools donate clothes that they have outgrown but which are in good condition, to the clothes collection center, for distribution to poor children.
There are more than 250 Sri Aurobindo Schools
all over the country. Most of these schools are run independently by devotees
of Sri Aurobindo. About 95% of these schools are in backward or remote
tribal areas. Sri Aurobindo Education Society provides free training to
many teachers from these schools in addition to free board and lodging
for them for two years.
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