The Nataraja Foundation was set up to promote India's largest Mass Education Project, The Vivekananda Secondary Education Megaproject .
The Megaproject is primarily designed to help the Govt. of India to raise huge amounts of finance, ( Rs 8.97 Lakh Crores or US $ 141 Billion ) to build a large number of New Schools through innovative Financial Engineering.
A unique financing mechanism and structure will raise this money through 14 different, non conventional sources of finance, with minimum recourse to Union / State Govt. budgets.
Once the above mentioned financial structure is in place, the project will move into its execution phase to help State Governments create world class infrastructure within the school system in India at the lowest possible cost and in the shortest possible time.
This is primarily a Rural Initiative as 80 % of the Proposed New Schools will be set up in Rural India and in the most backward states. The Megaprojects capacity creation focus is on Secondary Education as there is currently a shortage of approx. 4 Lakh Secondary Schools in India.
Readers may please note that over 150 Million children have had to drop out of school over the last 10 years as there were
Under an aggressive schedule, a total of 30,000 New Secondary Schools ,will be constructed across 29 Indian States and 7 Union Territories by 2025. Each of these new schools will in turn share their teaching resources with 14 other existing SSA schools in its area to cover a total of 420,000 schools across 29 states & 7 Union Territories. Extensive use if the lastest Information & Comminication Technologies ( ICT ) will be made to achieve this. This arrangement will make it possible to provide high quality education ,totally free of cost to 126 Million Children.
In addition, the project also has a large and Continuing Education & Skills Development Programme for those outside the school going age group and therefore need to be Skilled to participate in the economy and realize their full potential.
Swami Vivekananda s inclusive philosophy has been adopted as the Design Basis document of the Education Megaproject. The objective is to implement his inclusive philosophy ( include all religions and economic classes ) and invite the best minds back to Careers in Education through the provision of world class facilities, attractive remuneration and other benefits for teachers.
The scheme is Teacher Centric in its design as opposed to the Literacy Centric approach that is currently prevalent within the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan ( SSA ), the flagship programme within the ministry of HRD.
The Megaproject seeks to give effect to a Single utterance of the great Master. " Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. Knowledge is inherent in man, no knowledge comes from outside, it is all inside".
Vivekanand Continues " What we say a man ' knows ', should in strict psychological language , be what he ' discovers ' or ' unveils '. What a man ' learns ' is really what he ' discovers ' by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere in a corner waiting for him ? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in your own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion , which sets you to study your own mind.
All existing programmes of the Government of India and indeed western education seek to make people literate as a Minimum . Swami Vivekananda gives a totally new perspective and forces us to ask ourselvesâ€¦ " Who are we trying to make literate ? "
He then goes on to say " Within man is all knowledge , and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher ." Swami Vivekanand therefore is saying that the teachers main role is to help the student discover himself ( i.e. his own soul )
1. Earlier Communications with UPA Govt. ( May - June 2011 )
2. The Indian Primary and Secondary Education Megaproject - Submitted to the NKC , Govt. Of India - 2nd April 2010