A Hindu Institution of Higher Learning
Educational infrastructure plays a vital role in religious and ideological consolidation in a multi-religious world. Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities have realized the importance of ownership of education at all levels. They have consolidated their hold on society by building preeminent higher education institutions and establishing endowed chairs at prestigious universities.
Christian involvement and domination in higher education is a classical case study in building an infrastructure that has promoted an overall Christian ownership and environment that delivers secular education in a professional manner. Many of the top-ranked private universities have a Christian background — Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame and Southern Methodist, to name a few. Christian theology and beliefs may contravene certain secular subjects of study. But, Christian owners of institutions of higher education do not interfere in the professional delivery of these subjects. These Christian institutions produce top talent in all spheres of secular life. Their graduates assume leadership positions in society; they do not forget the roots of their success, viz. the Christian educational institutions. Hence, these institutions indirectly wield enormous influence and power on Western public policy and administration.
The Hindu Gap
At the global level, and specifically in India where the bulk of the Hindu population resides, the concept of Hindu education has not taken hold as a civilizational imperative. There are private and public educational institutions funded and administered by Hindus, but they remain devoid of any Hindu content or character. Education is the life blood of any civilization, and the current predicament of Hindu civilization is a direct result of lacuna in this field. The Hindu civilization is in retreat due to the fact that there are no educational institutions that can produce men and women of creativity and energy who can lead the Hindu society to address the multi-dimensional existentialist challenges facing an ancient civilization (contrast this with the Jewish community that reclaimed its lost homeland after a 1,000 years of obliteration, and revived an extinct language).
The predicament of Hindu education has remained inextricable inspite of early efforts by luminaries such as Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya who founded Banaras Hindu University in 1916. Today, there is nothing Hindu that remains of his creation. Such a gap can be remediated by establishing a Hindu educational institute of higher learning anywhere in the world. Such a college can cater to the needs of the global Hindu society.
An elite Hindu institution of higher learning will aspire to break new grounds in academics, sports, healthy living and imparting integral education. As the college retains high levels of quality, it would attract the best and the brightest all over the world. This would invariably result in the college becoming a global magnet institution of higher learning. This would be a Hindu version of the world renown Rhodes scholarship for entry into the Oxford University.
The Rhodes scholarship has produced world leaders who studied at Oxford to become Anglophilic in outlook and ideology, resulting in an overwhelming British influence in world affairs. The original intent of Sir Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodes Scholarship, was to propagate the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon thinking (though that may no longer be true), by attracting the best and the brightest from all over the world, bring them to Oxford and make them Anglophilic through education.
Based on the Rhodes model, an elite Hindu college could potentially become a global magnet institution where the students gain Hindu knowledge and training, and take it back to their home countries, to work towards in all walks of public life with a Hindu ideological imperative – viz. ennobling and uplifting the entire humanity in pursuit of the global Hindu mission – krunvanto vishwam aryam.
Based on the Hindu civilisational imperative as envisioned above, a Hindu institution of higher learning is proposed that will impart top quality undergraduate education in secular fields of academic and professional study, that would attract the best and the brightest students from all over the world. The professional fields of study will include but not limited to: medicine, law, engineering, information technology, journalism and business. A special area of study will include humanities and social sciences that are of civilisational interest to the global Hindu community. Academics in mainstream fields will be augmented by establishment and development of formal study of Hindu civilisation under the broader category of Hinduism Studies.
The Global Hindu Foundation invites academicians, educational administrators and other professionals, potential sponsors and financial contributors to come together and actualize the mission of establishing an elite Hindu institution of higher learning.
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