A single rural high school chain has produced rank toppers in NEET, IIT-JEE and NDA
Their alumni are equally outstanding, shaping society with their leadership, creativity and innovation yet remain firmly rooted to the basic values and stand out with their simplicity and sensitivity.
By: The Kalgidhar Society
Thus, the need of the hour is to create an equilibrium between the modern scientific education and moral values, which some educationists call value-based education. If you are looking to make a good human material out of your child, and yet make him/her succeed in this cut-throat competitive world, you might want to send your kid to Akal Academy, a chain of 129 schools across rural areas of five northern states of India. Incidentally, these schools were founded by a Harvard Alumnus, Sant Teja Singh, MA LLB, AM Harvard.
The first thing that hits you is the 'Simple Living – High Thinking' approach in the environment of an elevated level of reasoning. A walk across Akal Academy is an absorbing experience. The atmosphere is distinct, simple with a modest uncomplicated approach, rich with the spirit of potential, the heritage of past achievements, and the vitality of inquiry and discovery. These schools hold the promise of a different life. A sophomore discovers inner peace and happiness. An inquisitive child identifies the power to unburden by confession. Akal Academies map the child's heart to create an enabler that spreads love and compassion.
These rural students explore the finer aspects of micro-organisms, Newton's laws, Polonium – the new entrant in the periodic table and the subtle issues of human values, pardon, inner awakening; all in the same breath. These schools or shrines of education nurture and attract the simplest and most deprived human talent and open a window to science, art, and elevated thinking. Their alumni are equally outstanding, shaping society with their leadership, creativity, and innovation yet remain firmly rooted in the basic values and stand out with their simplicity and sensitivity.
It is this breadth of accomplishment and activity in Sahil Jindal, Pavneet, Yuvraj, Tejprakash, Jasneet, Manpreet, Gursharan, Shivinder, Navdeep and beyond - that separates Akal Academy from other institutions. The students are inspired to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.
The list looks nonpareil and inimitable:
"I joined Akal Academy in the year 1992 when I was in 4th Standard, and from there on the school took my heart forever for the rest of my academic life – I completed my entire schooling from there in the year 2000," says Gurinder Singh.
Gursharan Singh adds, "Akal Academy is the best school which provided both spiritual and academic knowledge to us students." Shivinder Singh asserts, "The education they provided was great – the studies, the time-schedules, the curriculum and especially all the teachers, they all provided great support at all times."
Dr Balwant Singh gets emotional, "Akal Academy has played in transforming me from a boy belonging to a below poverty line family into a Doctor. My good fortune that I managed to be there."
Now, with a chain of 129 Akal Academies across Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and two Private Universities;
On hindsight, how apt do these two aphorisms sound? Change is inevitable. And, Change is the end result of all true learning!
The Kalgidhar Society - Baru Sahib