The 21st century is indeed an era of Knowledge. Human wisdom and knowledge has become transnational and is being transferred globally in an unprecedented way by dint of amazing process of science and technology. The world has almost become a ‘Global Village’. Human mind is being explored and exploited to its fullest in the domains of knowledge and learning world over. When India is going to be a global leader and a torch-bearer to the world in days to come, it is expected that every citizen of India is able to take initiatives on his own and is aptly equipped with rich and noble values of our glorious cultural and historical heritage.
This global image of Gujarat follows our practices in science, technology, research, education, trade and commerce, proper administration and our traditions. In the light of this scenario that the Higher Education of State emphasizes new policies and action plans to infuse and instill within the youth of Gujarat the spirit of global competition and to encourage them to display their talents to meet challenges of the newer changing order of the world.
Swarnim Gujarat Mission for Excellence coincides with Gujarat celebrating its 50th years since the establishment of the state. The Government plans to launch Swarnim Gujarat Mission for Excellence to celebrate this milestone. By 2010, the State proposes to induce renewed spirit and to introduce newer action plans encompassing all walks of life for the betterment of the society by.
Under the auspices of Mission for Excellence, the colleges and universities across Gujarat will have to focus various areas of education, art and knowledge for the manifold progress of the youth. These areas of focus are known as Band/Cluster/Spectrum/Continuum/Symphony of Activities(Dharas):
- Knowledge Band (Gyan Dhara)
- Creative Expression Band (Sarjanatmak Abhivyakti Dhara)
- Fine Arts Band (Rang, Kala, Kaushalya Dhara)
- Theatre Band (Natya Dhara)
- Music and Dance Band (Geet, Sangeet, Nrutya Dhara)
- Yoga and Sports Band (Vyayam, Yog, Khel-kud Dhara)
- Community/Social Service Band (Samudaya Seva Dhara)
- Knowledge Band (Gyan Dhara):
Colleges have to see to it that students partake in the process of acquiring knowledge as active learners. To lead an accomplished life, every one of us should find answers to the following questions. Young students need to be part of this process of inquisition to make their life worthy of higher goals:
The colleges should celebrate Swami Vivekanand Jayanti on the 12th January as the ‘Yuva Jayanti and Gyan Jayanti’. On this day, teachers and students will share their knowledge and experience of various spheres of learning. Colleges can also organize ‘Gyanotsav: Knowledge Forum’ wherein students can participate in debate, elocution and essay competitions. Participants can be encouraged with felicitation by the college. More than organizing competitions, colleges should encourage students to express and exhibit ideas, views and independent thinking in the process of their personality development.
- Creative Expression Band (Sarjanatmak Abhivyakti Dhara):
Under this cluster, skills for elocution, debate, creative writing and translation have to be inculcated into the students. Elocution or debate is not merely a matter of fluency or oratory. It actually means the pursuit of truth and is practiced to express truth. The search for truth yields qualities of patience, courage and strength. Resultant effect is the real skill of elocution or debate.
- Fine Arts Band (Rang, Kala, Kaushalya Dhara):
This cluster aims at inspiring students to explore their faculty of imagination in the pursuit of absolute beauty through colours and shapes. Imagination and creativity in Fine Arts will enable the students explore further the horizons of cosmos and qualities of the soul. Their creations in Fine Arts will thus be external manifestations of the inner self. Under this cluster, colleges will conduct activities in Fine Arts painting in particular. At an advanced level, we can also establish productive and constructive rapport between Fine Arts and industry to promote traditional fine arts as small scale industry. The artists will hugely be benefited out of such tie-ups. At its best, we may attempt at creating conducive atmosphere where basic skills in Fine Arts, apart from the qualities associated with artistic expressions, will be of much use for students as far as their employability and self-sufficiency are concerned.
- Theatre Band (Natya Dhara):
Theatrical activities to be organized under this cluster will expose the students to the intricacies of the theatre as a form of art and ultimately lead them to the path of knowledge of inner-consciousness. The scripts for enactment will be based on Sanskrit plays, standard translations of great plays from other languages of the world and scripts that heighten the level of consciousness of the students. Scripts, inferior in taste, meaning and implication, must not be selected. The teacher in charge of this cluster will select only such scripts as reflect noble ideas and inspire students to higher goals in life
- Music and Dance Band (Geet, Sangeet, Nrutya Dhara):
Under this cluster, it is essential to include fundamental values and practices of Music, Arts and Poetry through which one can attain the Knowledge of Soul. Among the three, Music is doubtlessly predominant. However, the modern youth of India need to know the origin, history, development and meaning of music in India as well as the world over. The main objective of this cluster would be that of making students understand the innate and deeper meaning of music and enabling them to enjoy the spirit and sense of music from the depth of heart.
Talent Programmes of colleges should be aimed at bringing out inner talent of students. However, it is found many a time that so called talent programmes are not organized in the righteous design. Such events have to be reformed. Colleges can arrange musical events for three to four days and provide platform to students as well as teachers to express their talent so as to consolidate our faith in cultural values and to experience the richness of cultural and historical heritage of India.
- Yoga and Sports Band (Vyayam, Yog, Khel-kud Dhara):
It is compulsory for the teachers and students to take part in the activities under this group. All the teachers and students have to belong to this cluster.
Yoga is the best medium to experience the characteristics of the Sthitapragya or the one who has steadfast intellect as expressed in Indian culture. This cluster aims at imparting upon the students true knowledge of physical education as it is distinctly related with the mental and spiritual processes. The prayer, too, has high significance for our inner development.
The Indian tradition of Yoga is hailed and defined in many scriptures as:
- Yog: Chit Vruti Nirodh
- Yog: Karamasu Kaushalam
- Yog: Samatvam Uchchatey
- Yog: Sarvam Jivnam Aev
- Community/Social Service Band (Samudaya Seva Dhara):
Having its majority of people living in villages, it is necessary for a country like India to make her students aware of the realities of rural India. Rural development is the right parameter of our progress. Eradication of rural problems has been our priority. We have to aim at maximizing students’ participation in activities under this cluster. Following activities/efforts can be taken up:
- Students should have firsthand experience of the life in villages.
- They should visit the villages with constructive messages.
- They will carry out survey on geographic, educational, economic and social aspects of people in rural India.
- Students should be educated on the developmental work/plan for rural welfare with the help of machineries for rural welfare like Centre for Environmental Education (CEE), Providing Urban Amenities for Rural Areas (P.U.R.A.).
Moreover, efforts have to be directed upon inculcating philosophy of nationalism and understanding of internationalism among students. Schemes like adoption of a plant, a village and environmental awareness will be special focus of this cluster. Every college will form an ‘Eco Club’.