The Sandipani Vidyaniketan in its present form is running a Rishikul. In a Rishikul, education is given in the 'Tapovan' style, i.e. away from the cities, under trees in the open air all year round except monsoons. Rishikul means a way of life reminiscent of the ancient sages, the Rishis who were true seekers of knowledge. Knowledge for the purpose of spreading the values of labour, restraint and discipline to make the whole world one single family. Bhaishri says "VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM" meaning thereby that the entire world is one large family. Since 1992, students have grown in strength from 80 numbers to 250 at present. The Rishikul has so far produced a minimum number of 450 Aacharyas and Shastris. They are the carriers and the ambassadors of the rich Indian Vedic cultural heritage devoted to serve humanity by spreading it all over the world and leaving an indelible sense of humanity on every human being .
Essentially all the teachers, who are addressed as 'GURUS' and the students, who are called Rishikumars live on the same campus so that the process of transference of knowledge is continuous. In order that the student is totally devoted to seeking knowledge and not stung by the hard facts of supporting one's life, the Sandipani Vidyaniketan does not charge for tuition fees or for lodging and boarding. The Shri Bhartiya Sanskruti Samvardhak trust is totally committed to support the Vidyaniketan and to run it smoothly. The trust offers sponsorship for the education of one student for a year as well as life sponsorship to those sponsors who believe that promoting education is asset building in the society. The trust prides themselves in the fact that they never believed in nor ever had to ask anybody for any kind of contribution and support. The Trust has always remained well funded with rich contributions from people who have faith in the Vidyaniketan and are committed to support it. The Vidyalaya-College Building The college building houses classrooms, a library, examination centers upto graduation level, a science laboratory, the Principal's room, teacher's common room and the administrative block. The building in its present form, has just a ground floor but a provision has been made to construct another floor. The Sandipani Vidyaniketan endeavors to lay stress on the rich Indian heritage and culture. The emphasis of the Vidyaniketan is to rekindle humanity through education based on the prestigious and traditional Indian values, which will eventually benefit the world. It strives to achieve the highest standards of learning in Sanskrit and for establishing cultural and humanitarian values. andipani Vidyaniketan is not just a school but an institution in its self. The Vidyaniketan imparts education to students right from standard VIII to graduation at Standard XIII and then further to post graduation at standard XV. Graduates are called 'SHASTRIS' and post-graduates 'AACHARYAS'. The basis of education is primarily Sanskrit with faculties for learning Grammar and Veda. The knowledge of grammar is considered most important since Sanskrit is a language of vibration and reverberation, the pronunciation of which is designed to bring positive effects into the body and the soul of a person. Sanskrit in the modern context, has been acclaimed as the most scientific language; totally compatible with computer language.
Though the medium of instruction is Hindi, students gain knowledge not only of vedas and upanishads and grammar but also of English and subjects like mathematics, modern science, computers, arts and crafts, classical music etc. The students are well exposed to health maintenance and physical development through regular physical and Yogic exercises and games like football, volleyball, cricket etc. They are subjected to a well-chalked out routine for the entire day commencing at 6.00 a.m. in the morning to 10.00 p.m. in the night.
The uniform comprises of the most modest, comfortable and environmental friendly, traditional Indian dress of white kurta and dhoti with an orange upvastra. The students adorn their forehead with a paste made from CHANDAN and KUMKUM called TILAK. This tilak when dry causes shrinking on the skin which creates a light pressure on the very place where the center of our nervous system is located, i.e. in the middle of the forehead. This keeps the nervous system constantly active, transforming the subject into a thoughtful being. The students also maintain a tuft of hair at the back of the head, which hangs proudly. The hair is tied in a knot and kept neat. This maintains a light pressure at the back of the head and provides a backpressure on the brain cells, which enhances comprehension and peace of mind.
The Vidyaniketan consists of various faculties such as Veda, Grammar etc. and further provides adequate facilities for the overall growth of the student transforming him into a complete human being with a multidimensional ability, ready to disseminate knowledge and preserve the heritage. Receiving education in such an environment, students attain a status, which is Vedic yet modern. Apart from basic education, the students are exposed to various other facilities such as: computer education, classical music, arts and craft, painting, etc. The students also indulge in extra curricular activities such as: staging plays, debates and elocution competitions, instrumental and vocal music competitions, outdoor sports and indoor games and providing services during festivals and conferences organized by the Vidyaniketan. The students in the institution are groomed to become self-reliant and independent. While strictly on time for each activity, they also help themselves by completing their daily chores of washing their clothes, making their beds, cleaning their rooms, and helping in maintaining the campus neat and orderly. The students are actively involved in organizing various functions held on the campus of the Vidyaniketan. In organizing such functions they work harmoniously in a hierarchical system where the seniors have the main responsibilities and the juniors execute the jobs entrusted by the seniors. This inculcates sense of leadership in the seniors and efficiency in the juniors.
Maharshi Sandipani Marg,
Raghavav, Opp. Airport,
Porbandar 360 578,
Tel: +(91) 286 - 2221698
Sandipani Vidyaniketan offers various graduate courses as well as Post Graduate courses.
List of facilities available at Sandipani Vidyaniketan for students.