ABOUT BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN
Baratiya Vidya Bhavan is a Registered society and a Charitable Trust founded in 1938 by Dr K M Munshi, a far-sighted visionary and a practical idealist, along with three of his close associates with the blessings of Mahatama Gandhi to preserve and propagate Sanskrit, the mother of languages. It had the priviledge of association of distinguished Freedom fighters and leaders of pre-independence and post-independence India such as Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India, Shri C Rajagopalachari and others.
Over the years the Bhavan has steadily grown into a comprehensive, co-operative national movement, with an international outlook, for the promotion of ethical and spiritual values and Indian cultural heritage in the last 78 years through its 367 institutions across India and 7 centers abroad, staff strength of over 6000 and student base of about 3,00,000; it is probably the largest Non-governmental and Charitable organization in the country.
The Bhavan’s activities touch “all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond” as Prime Minister Nehru (Founder Member of the Bhavan) averred on the first of his many visits to the Bhavan in 1950. The Bhavan is an adventure in faith. We seek to inculcate the value-based life through (1) Comprehensive educational institutions: from kindergarten to post-graduate training in Sanskrit and Vedic studies; Dance, Drama and Music; Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Management, Sociology, Life and Health Sciences; and (2) Publications named Book University which cover a wide range and variety of subjects of ancient and modern thought.
In the words of eminent jurist M. C. Chagla:
A silver thread of continuity ran through all his (Munshiji’s) scintillating comments. And that thread was a passion for India’s greatness, be it in the past, present or future. Munshiji built the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan with the devotion of one engrossed in raising a temple. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a Somnath of Learning. For sixty-four years, people have sought it out from far and near in what has verily been a pilgrim’s progress….Of this Somnath, Kulapati Munshi was the sthapati (sculptor-architect) no less than the Kulapati. He conceived of the Bhavan, raised it brick by brick, combining as he did so, both breadth of vision and a grasp of detail. Naturally, both the design and its execution turned out to be masterly.
Bhavan’s continuous endeavour is to build up a modern bridge spanning the past, present and the future.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN:
- Rajiv Gandhi Award for National Integration-1992
For Bhavan’s outstanding contribution to National Integration particularly through its “Sarva Dharma Maitri Pratisthan”.
- Communal Harmony Award -1999
By the Government of India for Bhavan’s outstanding contribution to the cause of communal harmony and National Integration.
- International Gandhi Peace prize -2002
By the Government of India for Bhavan’s significant contribution towards spread of education, integration of the best of ancient and modern values and promotion of peace and harmony among all faiths and communities.
- Educational Institution of National Eminence
For its contribution in the field of education, culture, religion. Literature, community service and heritage preservation and propagation. (Under sectiuon80 (G) 2(iii) of the Income Tax Act, under this section, donation to the Bhavan will have 100% tax rebate).
“Let noble thoughts come to us from every side.”
What Bhavan Believes in……
- Revitalizing ancient values and reintegrating them to suit the changing needs of modern times alone will give people the strength to assimilate whatever is good in the new, without being swept away from their traditional moorings.
- There are elements in all cultures which transcends all barriers and knits people together
- IDEAL: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: “The world is One Family”.
- The main purpose of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is to provide a modern bridge to span the past, the present and the future, built on the strong foundation of the fundamental values of life.
FAITH OF BHAVAN
The Bhavan stands for the reintegration of Indian Culture.
In a world falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold fast to the fundamental values for which our culture stands –
Rita, Satya, Yagna and Tapas.
FAITH in God Who informs the Cosmic Order;
TRUTH which is accord between mind, word and deed;
DEDICATION which offers all movements of life as an offering to God;
SUBLIMATION which purifies the body and mind and transmutes instincts, passions and emotions into things of beauty.
This, regardless of forms and doctrines, is Dharma, the three-fold aspects of which are SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDARAM – Truth, Love and Beauty.