To provide higher education that systematically trains youth to be physically tenacious, intellectually sharp, emotionally balanced, spiritually elevated and socially responsible. Impart generic learning skills to rapidly excel in any field via a judicious blend of Vedic (i.e., traditional Indian) and contemporary knowledge with ample opportunity for practice.
The founders of the MIT school of Vedic Sciences believe that for rapid all-round welfare and elevation of the society, deep, dispassionate understanding and application of India’s Vedic knowledge heritage is essential. However, keen intellectual acumen (called Viveka in Samskrit) is also required to apply the Vedic insight in the current context. India’s native educational tradition has excellent methodologies to cultivate the necessary intellectual and emotional culture among youth.
The MIT School of Vedic Sciences aims to impart the necessary culture to the next generation of individuals to prepare them for this noble work ahead. We feel that the time is ripe, since the primary passion of youth is shifting from economic prosperity to societal impact.
We draw inspiration from Swami Vivekananda’s electrifying and prophetic words of wisdom about the emerging era of India as the leader and guide of the world, and the central role of Indian Vedic heritage to usher the era.
We also draw guidance from this gem of wisdom from the Valmiki Ramayana on the essential qualities for success (told by Devas in praise of Hanuman on his successfully crossing the ocean):
It means, “O Hanuman! Those who have these four W.I.S.E. qualities like you - Will, Insight/vision, Strategic thinking and Execution - will never fail in their work.”
is the steadfastness to persevere against odds.
is the ability to visualize and clarify the goal.
is the ability to formulate an effective plan of action that leads to the goal.
is the skill to execute the action.
In contemporary education, these qualities are left to develop in individuals ad hoc only as a side-effect, but not given primary focus and systematic training they deserve.
Challenges in Higher Education Today
Currently in India, apart from graduates from a few reputed colleges, the subject of Bachelors’ degree is becoming largely irrelevant to employability. Mainstream education is increasingly producing less employable individuals. The common complaint by employers is that candidates fresh out of college are not thorough in their subject or its application, are risk-averse and myopic.
As a result, employers are hiring candidates less based on their degree subject and more based on their generic learning and analytical abilities assessed via aptitude tests. Once hired, candidates are being trained for specific job skills by employers themselves. Both knowledge and skill acquisition are happening on the job, rather than during studies, implying that the years spent in formal bachelors’ education are less productive. This trend points to a significant lacuna in our education system, namely, the lack of training to think independently, and to acquire and apply knowledge by oneself wisely.
We believe that in order to prepare our youth for the 21st century enterprise, these lacunae must be addressed urgently. Educational institutions must pay explicit attention to improving learning and analytical abilities on the one hand, and character traits on the other. Once trained, individuals will be able to learn and be productive in any field much more rapidly.
We believe that an education in Vedic sciences has the power to address the above lacunae effectively by honing the W.I.S.E. qualities mentioned earlier - including creating awareness of their meaning, their obstacles and how to overcome them.
The MIT Ecosystem and its Unique Strength
The MIT group of Institutions have earned a solid reputation in Maharashtra state and elsewhere for higher education in science, engineering, medicine and management. As a result, they routinely attract a steady stream of talented individuals for mainstream education in diverse areas.
The MIT School of Vedic Sciences is uniquely positioned to leverage this well-established ecosystem. Specifically, it will channelize and enrich the talent of its students by offering them a parallel curriculum of Vedic scientific education. Mainstream Bachelors’ and masters’ students will be able to study Vedic subjects as electives. Similarly, those who opt for mainstream education in Vedic sciences can take up contemporary subjects as electives. This crossbreeding of subjective and objective skills will create a unique blend of talent that will enhance the graduating students’ value to the society in the years to come. The physical collocation of both schools makes it especially convenient for students to train their skills across domains via multi-disciplinary projects and internships.
The contemporary society’s need of the hour is skilful integration of the foundational, holistic and value-based subjective Vedic knowledge with the practical economic utility and efficiency benefits of modern scientific knowledge. Hence we believe these streams should go hand in hand for best overall welfare of the society. The MIT School of Vedic Sciences offers a step in that direction.