COURSES AND SUBJECTS OF STUDY
The academic programme of the Centre of Education consists of eighteen years of study through these levels: Kindergarten, primary, lower secondary, higher secondary and the Higher Course. The Higher Course is a three-year graduate course in Arts and Sciences; it also offers a five- year course in Engineering Technology.
The Centre's subjects include English, French, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Applied Sciences, Computer Science, History, Geography, Indian languages, foreign languages, Music, Dance, Drawing, Painting and Handwork.
Students come to the Centre of Education not only from the different states of India but also from abroad. Various Indian and foreign languages are taught. English is the medium of instruction for English, History and Geography. French is the medium for French, Mathematics and Science. In addition, most students learn their mother-tongue and Sanskrit, which is compulsory till the Higher Course. Some students also opt to learn additional Indian or foreign languages.
Wherever possible, subjects are taught in relation to the integral vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. In general, the endeavour is to help a child assume more responsibility for his own education, so that he may learn to find within himself the lines of his development.
Admitted in the Kindergarten at the age of 3 years, the child moves through the following academic sections:
The educational goals and attitudes, begun in the Kindergarten and continued with increasing emphasis and complexity in each progressive section, are meant to engender in the child an awareness of the world through observation, creative expression and exploration, an appreciation of beauty in all its forms, and a development of the powers of the mind comprehension, expression, reasoning, concentration, independent and original thinking, assimilation, selection and judgement. The ideal is a building of character so that the students may, in Sri Aurobindo's words, "grow up into straightforward, frank, upright and honourable human beings."
There is no system of conventional examinations or tests at the Centre of Edcation. Close observation and continuous assessment of the student are the teacher's primary tools for evaluating progress. The Centre awards no degrees or diplomas. However, when a student successfully completes the Higher Course, a Certificate to this effect is given to him, if he requests it.
The Centre of Education is trying to follow the educational ideal of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. So far, we have taken only a few tentative steps forward. Yet we move on with faith and devotion. We are still very far from the ideal and its very comprehensiveness makes us more conscious of our limitations, yet we persist. We know that to be truly worthy of collaborating in this great endeavour, we have first to transform ourselves, but we continue, firm in the conviction that the work will be done.
Children at the Tech Lab
The Computer Centre
A dance class
Kindergarten during recess
Children taking computer based courses
At the Biology lab
Horse riding at Lake Estate