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Need of introducing Spirituality as a vital informal link between the curricula and students’ socialization.

In the religion-neutral education of the university, where, by tradition and modern practice, the religion remains a personal matter of the students, it is not necessary to introduce any religious code to strengthen the emotional, ethical and moralistic elements of one’s personality. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the university to provide education with a sensible human face with certain enduring values of good citizenship by adding certain humanistic elements to the pedagogy or through periodical knowledge-sessions.

Holistic and Synthesis approach was the basic and pristine element of inquiry in the Indian and Oriental thought and the university in the past. But since the time Nalanda fell prey to the invaders; and since about the same time when the new universities were being established in the West or were established at Paris, Bologna and Oxford in the second millennium, that the history compelled the Orient to follow the path of the West in the fields of knowledge.

In today’s time when the globalization makes it possible to attune to new synthesis of knowledge, and the new Nalanda establishes a new universal tradition, we at all Indian universities must welcome the advent of the new age by re-introducing a holistic devise of thinking through the pristine instruments of spirituality and subsequent holistic growth of humans and their intellectual equipment. Since all religions provide excellent basic moral code, and even a non-believer thinks well about order in society, we feel it is high time we introduced some basic structure of psychological and spiritual practices for the students to get them a new experience of self-discovery and the feeling of necessity of discovering the Truth.

Spirituality in its various facets needs to be introduced along with education at the right time when the young ones make a vision of life lest they should lapse in their career sans a true meaning of life. Meaning, content and practice of spirituality have to be brought back from the retirement homes and be established firmly with the youth, or say the students, with the code of an imperative hallowed universalism for the future. Awareness about the need for divinity is the call of the future and we ought to understand and structure the knowledge-base that way. This is the call of the time of resurgence of the East and the one Indian universities must endorse to provide.

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