Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch

Sri Aurobindo Education Society

Mirambika Teacher Education Institute

Radically different from a formal training set-up, the Mirambika Teacher Education Institute provides an environment where trainees can develop their consciousness, attitude and understanding and where, from the very start, theory and practice are fully integrated. There are two types of course:

(a) Two year Nursery and Primary Teacher training course: The course includes teaching of Hindi, English and Mathematics, Montessori training, arts and crafts, nursery rhymes, games and exercises, puppetry, story-telling, school management and planning, integral education, self-development and child-psychology. Apprenticeship and practical training are part of the course throughout. Basic knowledge of English is essential.

(b) Three year Innovative, Nursery and Elementary Teacher training course : The medium of instruction is English and a good knowledge of English is essential. The course is innovative in content and process. The learning strategies aim at self-awareness, integrating spirituality and individual choices and learning to learn. Apprenticeship and practical work are part of the course throughout. The theory is taken up in seminars, group discussions and workshops. A project, of which the content is decided individually with each candidate, is part of the course. The assessment procedure is in harmony with the learning strategies.

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Sri Aurobindo Institute of Vocational Training

Sponsored by the Deparment of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, this Institute was founded in 1989, to help underprivileged and unemployed youth earn their livelihood, by training them in some useful trade.

It offers courses of six months duration, commencing on 1st April and 1st October of every year, in many 'subjects'. These are basic courses, with stress on practical training. The subjects include Cooking, Bakery and Food Processing, Welding, Carpentry, Electrical Works, Handmade Paper Making, Book Binding & Screen Printing, Plant Nursery, Block Printing, Laundry & Soap making, Photoframing and photo lamination, plumbing, hindi and english typing and wordprocessing and tailoring.

All training courses:

1. Please apply for a free prospectus by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Vocational Training,
Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch,
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016
Phone : 26569225, 26567863

2. Since the trainees live on the Ashram campus, a strict discipline is maintained throughout and trainees are expected to integrate themselves with Ashram life. They attend physical exercises, games, shramdan, music, yoga, Hindi and English classes and evening Satsang. Participation in healthy and useful activities and exposure to the Ashram atmosphere improves the personality of the trainees and builds up their self-confidence.

3. Non-governmental and charitable organizations are encouraged to refer candidates for the vocational training programme.

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Matri Kala Mandir

This evening school of fine arts was started in 1967. It imparts training in Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi dance forms, classical and light vocal music, flute, sitar, guitar, keyboards, tabla, painting, sculpture and yoga. Located in the premises of the Mother's International School, Matri Kala Mandir offers ample facilities for learning with spacious halls and rooms well-equipped with musical instruments and a galaxy of distinguished gurus for the various traditions of music and dance.

In accordance with the motto Harmony given by the Mother, Matri Kala Mandir seeks to create harmony through the right use of art rather than the purely technical or professional side of it. Art is seen as an integral part of life - a means of self-discovery and self-enlargement through an offering to the Divine.

All classes are open to adults and children over the age of five. Guests staying in Tapasya are also welcome to take short-term courses at Matri Kala Mandir. The working hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. Students can join at any time of the year.

Matri Kala Mandir is affiliated for the purpose of examinations in some disciplines to Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.