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India: Success continues at Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group
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20 July 2013
Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools in India have been in existence for 26 years and, as in years past, their students continue to excel in local, national, and international competitions.
Dr Girish Varma, Chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group, spoke about the achievements of the group, the largest chain of privately owned schools in India.
'At present we have 148 branches of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools. We have about 105,000 students, 4,000 teachers, 2,400 administrative staff in 16 states of India,' Dr Varma said.
In addition to large numbers of state, national, and international awards and honours, hundreds of Maharishi students have received merit positions in national exams and subject Olympiads, where students stand among the brightest in the country in a particular subject, be it mathematics, physics, biology, etc.
In standard tests, average results in board examinations have increased by nearly 13 per cent, while total grade points have also improved. In a comparison among other chains of private schools, this is a record across the whole country.
How do the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools maintain such high levels of academic achievement? The answer is twofold.
Dr Varma cites the uniquely successful system of education pioneered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—Consciousness-Based Education, which is applied in all of his schools. The goal of this approach is to develop students' full creative potential. Through Transcendental Meditation, a central element of Consciousness-Based Education, students enjoy reduced stress, enlivenment of their total brain functioning, increased creativity and intelligence, and improved academic performance.
The other important part of the equation, said Dr Varma, is that the faculty and staff are well informed about Consciousness-Based Education and stay on the cutting edge of educational knowledge and practice through a complete programme of initial and continuing training. This includes a one-week course held every year for about 300 teachers and principals, one of each from all Maharishi Vidya Mandir branches.
See related article: Consciousness-Based Education develops 'world's most important natural resource': students' creativity and intelligence
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