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Making of the Maharishi International University catalogue: 40th anniversary celebration
by Global Good News staff writer

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17 September 2011

At the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) on 12 September, presentations were given by leaders who helped launch the university, which was then known as MIU—Maharishi International University. Speakers included Alan Cobb, who wrote the first draft of the original MIU catalogue.

Mr Cobb recounted that in 1971, during a one-month symposium with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Science of Creative Intelligence, he was approached by Dr Robert Keith Wallace, who asked whether he could write a catalogue for the newly founded MIU. Dr Wallace explained to Mr Cobb that the catalogue needed to be completed within a few days, before many specific details about the university had been formulated or a campus established. Mr Cobb drafted much of the document from Maharishi's discourses about what should be included in a university based on the development of consciousness.

Despite the limited time and resources, the result of Mr Cobb's first effort successfully integrated key aspects of Maharishi's Consciousness-Based approach to education; as well as elements of an ideal campus, curriculum, and organizational structure for the university.

Maharishi was very pleased with the draft, and in the two years following, Mr Cobb and others worked closely with him to perfect the catalogue into an historic document, which was read throughout the world and continues to be prized today. Nearly everything incorporated in Maharishi University of Management today was included in the original catalogue devised in the early 1970s, including features which were technologically not possible at the time, such as a global satellite network.

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