- Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi Research Foundation
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Jalgaon - 425 001 (Maharashtra), India

Gandhi Vichar Sanskar Pariksha 2013

Gandhi Vichar Sanskar Pariksha at Schools/ Colleges

The Foundation has started conducting examinations based on Gandhian studies since 2007. The exam is named ‘Gandhi Vichar Sanskar Pariksha’, or an exam to test the knowledge and awareness about Gandhian thought and legacy amongst students. The Foundation provides subsidised course material to secondary and higher secondary schools and universities for studies, based on which exams are conducted. The objective of this examination is to familiarize school and college students with Gandhian thoughts.

In the year 2007 the examination was conducted in 73 schools at Jalgaon district. Over the years it’s been successful in reaching out to many more schools and colleges in Maharashtra State as well as Karnataka State. In the year 2011, this examination was conducted in all the 35 districts of Maharashtra State and one district from neighbouring state Karnataka covering 961 schools with a student population of 79,741. From this year students from higher academic courses like D. Ed. and B. Ed. have participated in the exam. Since 2011, the exam is also conducted in English medium institutions, in which 2474 students appeared.

Gandhi Research Foundation awards medals to first three meritorious students from each standard from each district. GRF also distributes certificates to students and the teacher-coordinator for their participation and support in this examination. Special prizes (Trophy) are awarded to first three schools/ colleges who enroll maximum number of students from the state.

Please see the table below for the steady popularity this examination is gaining.

Year Participating Districts No. of Participating Centers Participating Students (no)
Schools Colleges Total
2007 Jalgaon 73 3375 501 3876
2008 Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar 141 6642 2598 9240
2009 Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, Aurangabad 135 7072 1998 9070
2010 Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Buldhana, Akola, Washim, Amravati, Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Satara, Pune and Thane. 369 26635 5719 31,354
2011 All Districts of Maharashtra State and Belgaon District in Karnataka State 961 61393 18348 79,741

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Gandhi Vichar Sanskar Pariksha at Prisons

We believe that nobody is a criminal by birth. Unfavorable circumstances and bad social influence may often lead individuals to commit crimes. Once a crime is committed, the consequences of punishment must be borne. Yet, even after completing the sentence, society does not consider ex-convicts as normal citizens. The stigma of punishment, thus, haunts them for the rest of their life.

GRF has undertaken the responsibility of educating prisoners with Gandhian values which contribute to a better self-understanding and help prisoners to lead a normal life. The Additional Director of Police (Prisons) of Maharashtra has given permission to conduct this examination in all prisons of Maharashtra. This examination is conducted in joint collaboration with Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal. GRF provides free educational material for this examination. Certificates are awarded to all participants and special prizes to exceptional candidates.

GRF started conducting this examination from the year 2011 at nine prisons in Maharashtra in which 641 prisoners participated. Mr. Santosh Bhintade an Ex Prisoner happily coordinates this examination. Mr. Santosh, after spending 14 years in the jail is offered employment at GRF is leading a normal life now.

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