About Ananda Marga
The Ananda Marga College was founded by Shrii PRABHAT RANJAN SARKAR, lovingly called as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. The Ananda Marga College is part of the Ananda Marga Gurukula – a network of educational institutions across the world based on the ideal - Sá vidyá yá vimuktaye [That is knowledge which leads to complete liberation]. The college has 33 acres of land and of this; 32,000 sq. feet is built-in area.
This is A RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE with Hostel facility for Boys having separate campuses for Boys and Girls. There are 2 boys hostels, each seating 20-40 students. In Purulia District most students drop out of high college due to economic hardship and the literacy rate is extremely low. Shrii Anandamurtiji, the founder of Ananda Marga, had a vision to elevate the educational status and improve the standard of living in the most backward areas of India through a comprehensive system of education. Initially, there was no higher educational institution in and around Ananda Nagar. He founded the Ánanda Márga Degree College at Ananda Nagar in the year 1966, providing higher education and a path out of extreme poverty to members of the poorest communities.
The college is the top level of the local educational system and has been an undeniable success, serving more than 60 villages around Ananda Nagar over the years—villages that had previously had little access to higher education. The college has produced thousands of graduates who otherwise would have had no higher educational opportunity. These graduates have pursued successful careers in diverse areas including industry, government and education. In turn, their achievements have facilitated the improvement of the economic and living standard of the people around Ananda Nagar.
The college, affiliated with Sidho Kanho Birsha University, currently offers Bachelor level degrees in the arts and science, and a curriculum encompassing- Bengali, English And English Honors, History, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry And Sanskrit. The final two years of the high school curriculum is also available to students who must complete these requirements before college education. In addition, the college promotes and imparts moral and spiritual values as the basis of a successful personal and social life.
THE LOCATION - ANANDA MARGA (RESIDENTIAL) COLLEGE is located in Ananda Nagar, P.O-Baglata, District-Purulia, West-Bengal. Ananda Nagar is situated in the north-eastern part of India, in the heart of Rarh. Rarh was the starting point of civilization and was once covered by dense forests. Its villages, named Baglata, Singhagra and Dimidiha bear testimony to that glorious past. Asthi Pahad (Fossil Hill), which contains ancient fossils, including those of dinosaurs. The great Maharshi Kapila was born in Pat Jhalda (23 kilometers southwest of Ananda Nagar) 3,500 years ago. Maharshi Kapila was not only the first philosopher of the world but also the inventor of algebra and geometry.
Ananda Nagar is a land without time, a place where it’s sweet and mystic beauty stands as a witness for the human drama of existence. With their roots deep in a remote past, the people of Ananda Nagar struggle to find their place in the present world.
Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar made Ananda nagar the headquarters of Ananda Marga Gurukula with a vision to establish a Gurukula University and Township. The Ananda Nagar project is in fact an attempt to build an oasis in the midst of this desert caused by human neglect and non-caring mentality and is meant to constitute a pioneering approach to tribal cultural renaissance and socio-economic development. However, even beyond that, Gurukula University is designed to be verily the site of holistic learning: of learning to gain knowledge in all spheres of human living, and of learning for enlightenment!
Aims and Ideals of Neohumanist Education
- To develop the full potential of each child: physical, mental and spiritual.
- To awaken a thirst for knowledge and love of learning.
- To equip students with academic and other skills necessary for higher education.
- To facilitate personal growth in areas such as morality, integrity, self-confidence, self-discipline and cooperation.
- To develop physical wellbeing and mental capabilities through yoga and concentration techniques, sports and play.
- To develop a sense of aesthetics and appreciation of culture through drama, dance, music and art.
- To encourage students to become active and responsible members of society.
- To promote an awareness of ecology in its broadest sense (i.e. the realization of the inter-relatedness of all things) and to encourage respect and care for all living beings.
- To encourage a universal outlook, free from discrimination based on religion, race, creed or gender.
- To recognize the importance of teachers and parents in setting an example.
What is the purpose of Education
Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar founded the Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Saḿgha on 5 January 1955. It is "An Organization to propagate the philosophy of Ánanda Márga, Path of Bliss." The stated aims of the organization are "liberation of self and service to humanity". The spiritual philosophy of Ananda Marga covers a vast range of topics and can be learned from P.R. Sarkar's publications.
We believe as per our founder, "Education is for Liberation." Education means the simultaneous development in the physical, mental and spiritual realms of human existence. By this, dormant human potentialities will be awakened and put to proper use. Shrii P.R.Sarkar said that real education leads to a pervasive sense of love and compassion for all creation; in the Ananda Marga's education system, special emphasis is given to moral education and the inculcation of idealism together with a "psycho-pedagogical approach" and a blending of occidental extroversial science and oriental introversial philosophy.
While Humanism extends the recognition of equal rights to all humans, Neohumanism, is instead the elevation of Humanism to Universalism, thus expanding an inclusive spirit of welfare to all living beings including Plants and animals. Studying about the “web of life” helps one to understand the interconnections between self, others and the natural environment. Neohumanist Education fosters love and respect for all, regardless of culture, religion, race or nationality, and for animals and plants and the earth’s ecosystems. Children learn these principles both through lessons and teacher modeling, as well as through developing their own intuitional feeling about the interconnectedness of all things. Its methodology is flexible, creative and culturally sensitive, making it adaptable to different cultures and parts of the world.