p The Philosophical Underpinning of this Programme of Study

This is a practice-oriented programme of study. Its main theme reflects an effort to kindle a value oriented and holistic thought process in the consciousness of the student that will lead her to a better realization and appreciation of the fact that there should be harmony between what one thinks, what one feels and what one creates or presents externally. In other words, the course will foster a value system that relies on actions stemming in harmony with an inner value system



p ThePeogogical Prescriptions

The practice involved required students to take cognizance of some defining episodes in the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his school years to the end of his life and to examine how he managed to create a balance and harmony between his actions and thoughts and his conscience. The student will be asked to seek incidents and episodes in her own life and world that resemble these incidents and episodes from Gandh's life and she will have to study her won responses (or the responses and actions of the personages involved) in comparison with the responses of Gandhi to the extent possible. The students will additionally be asked to maintain a diary which shall record any episodes that happen in her life and which bear some resemblance to the chosen episodes from Gandh's life for a comparative study. The student will be further asked to enlarge this study to episodes from history in the lives of great individuals and also from literature that may even be in the realm of fiction. She will also be exposed to films and documentaries as well as visits to spots in Delhi connected with the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

p Objective

To instill the principles of non-violence and truth in each student through creating awareness about Mahatma Gandhi's practice of these beliefs in his own life.

p Content

The episodes chosen from Gandhi's life can be broadly divided into three phases of his life:

a Childhood and early life in Kathiawar and Porbandar

a Life as a student in England

a Evolution towards 'Mahatma hood' in South Africa


p The episodes chosen are:

  • The impact of the play Satyavadi Raja Harish Chandra.
  • Confessing to his father after having stolen gold.
  • Refusal to cheat in a school test in spite of the promptings of his class teacher.
  • Adherence in England to the vows given to his mother.
  • The self generated discipline in his life as a student in terms of study, simple living and other habits.
  • His experiences of racial discrimination upon arrival in South Africa (train; stagecoach;hotel) and his reactions.
  • His flourishing practice as a lawyer in South Africa through his adoption of honesty as a policy stemming from belief.
  • His compassionate approach towards other human beings in public life and in his approach to nursing the ill and even wounded.
  • Discovering his mission in life through reading Ruskin's 'Unto This Last'.
  • The use of his hands and his ideas and beliefs in the realm of education and medicine.


p Reference

a Gandhi, M K. My experiments with truth. Navjivan Mudranalaya,