Dayalbagh Educational Institute or D.E.I. is an educational institution located at Dayalbagh on the outskirts of the historic city of Agra, approximately 200 kilometers from New Delhi. The institute has been given the deemed university status by the University Grants Commission of India in 1981. (http://www.dei.ac.in)
Initially founded as a primary school in 1917 and then a technical college in 1927 for imparting training in automobile, electrical and mechanical engineering, it later developed into a Deemed University. Dr. M.B. Lal Sahab, a former Vice Chancellor of the Lucknow University, founded the institution was also a director of D.E.I.
The mission statement of the university is “To establish a world renowned Institution and provide a broad-based, integrated, multifaceted, inter-disciplinary, value-based, well-rounded and world class education system with emphasis on: Academic Excellence and Holistic Development”
The Institute has following faculties:
* Faculty of Engineering
* Technical College
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Commerce
* Faculty of Social Sciences
* Faculty of Education
* Faculty of Arts
In the words of Revered Dr. M. B. Lal Sahab, Founder Director, D.E.I.
“It is not a big University or big building or larger number of teachers or larger number of departments which raises the status of a University. It is the quality of the work that makes a University great.”
“….Persons, at the most, versed in the routine methods of working but lacking in the basic concept of human values, and in a comprehensive need-based orientation often find themselves badly geared to the socio-economic setup in the country. This growing crisis has to be averted. We should try to see that modern trends become only supplements and not substitutes of our basic concepts of education. We do not like to put the clock back but would certainly do well to introduce a more human and realistic approach in education to meet the present-day needs of our society.”
Revered Dr. M.B. Lal Sahab, Founder Director, D.E.I. (Eminent Educationist & Ex-Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University)
The Foundation of D.E.I. goes back 10 1917, with the foundation of Radhasoami Educational Institute. The importance of Education is reflected in the following words of Revered Sir Anand Sarup Kt., August Founder of Dayalbagh Convocation Address, Agra University, 1935
“…..Education, more education, education made perfect is the only panacea for our country’s ills and evils ….. ….. And when this is accomplished, religion, philosophy and science shall stand reconciled and the vast Universe, which now appears a great mystery, shall be recognized as the greatest “Teaching University” and the forces of spirit, shall have good reason to rejoice and sing hallelujahs at this their greatest victory over the forces of matter. Men will then readily recognize one another as brothers, and communities will sink their differences and work for the common good. Mankind will then come to understand the proper use of the acquisitive impulse, and rancour and strife, distrust and jealously, that disfigure the human society of today, will cease to exist in the world.”
- Revered Sir Anand Sarup Kt., August Founder of Dayalbagh Convocation Address, Agra University, 1935
The objectives of Dayalbagh Educational Institute are to evolve a “Complete Man”, a Well Rounded Person whose hallmarks are:
* Intellectual strength
* Emotional Maturity
* General knowledge
* Sense of duty & Discharge of Obligation
* High moral character
* Simple living
* Inter discipline outlook & societal commitment
Dayalbagh Educational Institute has a unique Educational System, with the following key attributes: Develop and nurture learning capability on a firm quality-based foundation A Continuous evaluation system Supplements classroom instruction with real-world practical applications Teamwork nurtured through group projects Work-based training Active involvement in co-curricular activities which carries weight in overall grading
Location: The Dayalbagh Educational Institute is located amidst the pristine environs of Dayalbagh (a self-contained colony well-known for its serene environment, secular establishments like the industries, the educational institutions, the agriculture farm etc. and the activities of its inmates who lead an active disciplined and co-operative community life, conforming to the high spiritual ideals of their faith ), on the outskirts of the historic city of Agra, approximately 200 kilometers from New Delhi.
The campus is situated in idyllic surroundings, away from the din and noise of the city, providing an excellent academic setting nestled between lush green fields, focusing on a simple, disciplined and scholarly life in harmony with nature.
This is what some eminent visitors had to say about D.E.I.
This Institute is a unique blend of education and ‘work’. They create an ambiance which produces talented young persons who have developed themselves into ‘perfect mind and body’. That is an important thing. They are doing it with no ‘media show’, very calmly with dedication. One day this Institute would become a role model for the entire nation. - Prof. Arun Nigavekar – Vice Chairman UGC. Convocation Address January 2001
“...I am pleasantly surprised that you have been putting into action something that I have been longing for many years as an educationist. I could have never imagined that, in a University where technical education is imparted, the technical students would be doing manual work giving them the dignity of labour which we mouth only on occasions like this...” - Dr. S. Rame Gowda, Chairman, AICTE, XV Convocation Address, December 1996
“...I feel that this is really what your whole education system here is trying to achieve in terms of not only academic learning but values and also in terms of action in all three areas, viz. knowledge, skills and attitude which is what education is all about...” - Prof. (Ms.) Armaity S. Desai, Chairperson UGC, Diamond Jubilee Memorial Lecture, May 1998
The Institute has many years of dedicated work behind it; (it is) trying to re-model India’s education by developing initiatives in students and encouraging them to imbibe special values of character. World of education and world of work are united here. Mrs. Sheila kaul, Minister of Education, Convocation Address, October 1982
Dayalbagh is engaged in carrying out significant broad-based educational experiment by providing an academic atmosphere in agricultural, rural, industrial complex, oriented to specific conditions and needs and providing suitable social services, work experience, national integration and vocational training programs along with academic curriculum. The system of education aims at excellence without jeopardizing relevance. It inculcates the dignity of manual labour, encourages initiatives and creative work. It has an interdisciplinary approach and it aims at building up and integrated personality of well adjusted men - Mrs Serla Grewal, Secretary Ministry of Education and Culture, Convocation March 1984
Sri Joshi felt that students if the Institute are ‘blessed’ because they are receiving their education in a place where there is the “ atmosphere, the environment, influence and inspiration, secondly there is personal involvement of the teachers in the lives of the students, thirdly there is the ethos of work and manual labour of sustained efforts, and fourthly there is the willing cooperation of intense desire on the part of the students to learn, to grow and to develop.”
Mr. Kireet Joshi, Special Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture, Convocation November 1984
I feel that this is really what your whole educational system here is trying to achieve in terms of not only academic learning but values and also in terms of action in all three areas, viz. Knowledge, skills and attitude which is what education is all about. Prof. (Ms.) Armaity S. Desai, Chairperson UGC Diamond Jubilee Memorial Lecture, May 1998
The Institution – Deemed University has been contributing exemplarily with distinction towards the cause of higher education. I wish this Deemed University – where discipline, integrity, academic culture and sense of involvement among the staff and faculty is in abundance – a great success and most promising future. - Dr. Hari Gautam, chairman UGC, Convocation Address January 2000
Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) Dayalbagh, Agra has 22 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
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