JAIN VISHVA BHARATI INSTITUTE

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Jain Vishva Bharati Institute  
Ladnun (Rajasthan)  
Ladnun (Rajasthan)  
Acharya Shri Mahashraman  
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Brief Description

Jain Vishva Bharati Institute was established in 1991 with the inspiration of his Holiness Gurudev Tulsi, a great seer, saint and scholar of the modern era. His Holiness was the ninth Acharya, the Supreme Head of the Jain Terapanth religious sect. Acharya Shri Tulsi was the first Anushasta (The Preceptor) of the Institute and Acharya Shri Mahaprajna his Successor, is the present one. The Anushasta is a statutory post of the Institute, empowered to discipline the Institute spiritually and morally. Both Gurudev Tulsi and Acharya Mahaprajna have made indelible contributions working incessantly for the welfare of mankind – eradicating social evils, reforming social customs, building up national character and educating the masses about the principles of non-violence, universal peace and brotherhood.

The very conception of the Institute took shape in the mind of the Late Gurudev Tulsi keeping in view the various ills and grave social problems that was afflicting the world as a whole and humankind in particular. Being a great visionary of his times Gurudev Tulsi could aptly correlate the fast degeneration of moral, ethical and spiritual values to the social turmoil and human suffering that was facing modern society. He was of the firm opinion that the present system of education though had been successful in sharpening the intellect of students it has however neglected character-building and has thus failed in building a complete person. Advances in science and technology has no doubt provided multiple job avenues and sources of income but it has also increased the tendency of materialistic possession, which demands indiscriminate fulfillment of wants, leading to an erosion of ethical and moral values.

The world has now realised that without moral and spiritual education, no amount of material advancement can bring peace in any field of life, whether it is the individual, family, community or international relations. Wars are the products of the mind and peace will also have to be found in the mind. Hence, training of the mind through proper teachings of peace is a must for a peaceful world-order.

The problems of the present age are – tension, ecological pollution, violence, exploitation and inequality. These have arisen due to the degeneration of faith in basic values of life, an utterly materialistic outlook, an excessive proclivity for ease and comfort, unbridled desires and cravings, lack of compassion, excessive greed and selfishness. An entirely innovative system of education styled as ‘Science of Living (SOL)' has been developed on the basis of experiments and research in the fields of spirituality and science, blended together to tackle these subversive tendencies at all levels through the university education. The JVBI aspires to expand and spread such ventures.

Motto, Mission & Goal 

Lord Mahavira said 2600 years ago – ‘Nanassa Saram Ayaro' i.e. “Right conduct is the essence of knowledge”. This spiritual voice is the motto of the Institute. Every programme and every activity is directed towards the realisation of this motto. The goal of the JVBI has been clearly spelt out in the preamble of the JVBI's constitution, which reads as:

“The Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is an endeavour in the direction of putting into practice and to promote and propagate the high ideals of Anekant (non-absolutist outlook), Ahimsa (Non-violence), Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence for the weal of mankind”

“We the members of Jain Vishva Bharati, therefore, resolve to constitute and establish the said Institute of Advanced Studies , Research and Training in Jainology in the context of comparative studies in Jainology, World Religions, Ahimsa (Non-violence) and World Peace.”

The mission is to integrate modern science with ancient wisdom of the great spiritual practitioners and visionary seers. The institution seeks to interweave moral and spiritual norms and values with the materialistic and economic fibers of mankind to foster and develop universal human relationships for the peaceful co-existence of individuals, groups, communities, sects, races, religions and nations.

The vision of this University is to develop it into an International Centre of Jainological Studies and Research. It aims at imparting higher education and preparing scholars in this little-explored treasure of knowledge and conducting research in different sciences hidden in Jain Agams, and to bring them to light by translating them from Prakrit into Hindi, English and other major languages of the world.

Objectives of the Institute 

Some of the key objectives that the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute strives for are as follows:-

•  to provide for Instruction, Training and research in various oriental disciplines and for the advancement of and dissemination of knowledge and extension relating to — Jainology, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Studies in Philosophy and World Religions, Prakrit Language and Literature, Jeevan Vigyan & Preksha Dhyan (Science of Living & Preksha Meditation), Yoga and Sadhana, Pali, Sanskrit, Apabhramsha, Astrology, Mantravidya, Avadhanvidya (Mnemonics), etc.

•  to give special emphasis on the synthesis of the spiritual heritage of ancient Indian Sharamana Culture with modern scientific outlook in the field of education and research and inculcate amongst students the essential values and ideals of ancient Indian culture and civilization;

•  to disseminate the popular aspects of Prakrit and Jain learning's among the common people by holding meetings, conferences, seminars and discourses by inviting eminent scholars etc.;

Status of the University 

The Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is an autonomous registered society, which was sponsored, and financed by its parent organisation – the Jain Vishva Bharati (JVB), Ladnun, which is a philanthropic society established in 1970. In recognition of the vast potential that Jainology has to offer to humanity in general and to the academic community in particular, the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute was accorded with the status of a “Deemed to be University” by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 3 of the U.G.C. Act of 1956, in 1991 on the recommendation of the Government of India. The University has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Banglore with B + .

Campus & Location 

The Institute is located in sylvan surroundings. The campus represents the ancient Gurukul tradition with its green, smoke drug and pollution free environment. The calm, peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, away from the rustle and bustle of cities and busy industrial life, is most appropriate for cultivating academic and spiritual excellence in the students and the faculty as well.

Teaching & Academic Activities 

The University has 7 Post-graduate Departments viz.

•  Jainology and Comparative Religion and Philosophy

•  Prakrit and Jain Agam

•  Science of Living, Preksha Meditation and Yoga

•  Non-violence and Peace

•  Social Work

•  Computer Applications, and

•  Education.

The first four departments were established when the Institute got recognition as a Deemed-to-be-University. Later on in 1996 the department of social work, with present seat strength of 50, was added so that the University could become more people-centric and contribute to the development of rural and disadvantaged communities of the area and Rajasthan as a whole, by producing trained & professional human resources. The demands of a changing Indian and global landscape and the need to launch vocational and job-oriented courses prompted the University to start the M.Sc. programme in Computer Applications along with short-term diploma courses. In order to introduce value-based education at the school level the University designed a unique programme of teachers' training by integrating the essential components of Science of Living, Preksha Meditation and Yoga. This was how the B.Ed. programme was launched in 2005 in the Department of Education only for women. There are plans to introduce the M.Ed. programme in the coming academic session.

To promote girl's education the University started a collage titled “Acharya Kalu Kanya Mahavidyalaya” in 1998 and offers under-graduate courses in Arts and Commerce. This has become a boon for the girls of the locality since no such college offering quality education exists in the vicinity. To make the U.G. programme more attractive and job oriented a subject in computer applications has also been introduced. The AKKM has also served as a feeder college for the Post-graduate departments of the University. A total of 103 students have already passed from this Constituent College . So far around 500 students have graduated from the P.G. level and around 211 students have passed at the U.G. level.

The Directorate of Distance Education is offering P.G., U.G. and diploma/certificate level courses in a few of the above-mentioned courses. A total of around 3000 students are enrolled under the correspondence program. Through Distance Education more than 500 Jain monks and nuns had passed at the U.G, P.G and PhD level and at present around 300 jain monks and nuns are enrolled in various courses including Jain;s different sects. Jain Vishva Bharati University is providing them free education. This is a special contribution of JVBI towards Jain community.

The University has been regularly holding national & international and state level seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes. The faculty also participates in such academic forums regularly and makes valuable paper presentations of high scholarship. Lecture series on Anekant, Emotion and Us, etc.

Research & Publication

The University conducts advanced research in the field of Jainology, Prakrit, Comparative Religion, Non-violence and Peace, conflict resolution, human rights, Science of Living, yoga and meditation, yoga therapy, etc. to name a few. Both sponsored and Ph.D research is being actively done in the University. The faculty of the University publishes scholarly articles in various journals from time to time. Experimental research in Science of Living & Yoga is being given priority to establish the scientific bases of our traditional wisdom and practices.
The University has sponsored the translation and publication of important canonical literature, dictionaries, and treatises from Prakrit to Hindi and initiated the editing of original works for a comparative and critical study of the aforesaid & related subjects. It also publishes a quarterly research journal titled “Tulsi Prajna” with contributions from renowned and established scholars in the field of non-violence, comparative religion, anekanta , Jainism, etc. A quarterly newsletter titled “ ABHA” is also being published.
This university is also a Hub for Jain manuscripts. A big project digitization of Jain manuscript is going on and the work of detailed catalogue of them is in progress.

Extension

The various departments and the students of the University do social service and social welfare activities as part of the effort to make some notable contribution to the people of the area especially the rural population. The department of social work has led such efforts of the University by undertaking awareness campaigns, literacy drives, plantation work, health check-up and sanitation camps, legal literacy camps, agriculture and veterinary camps, etc in its field work areas. A project titled “Acharya Tulsi Siksha Pariyojana” has been started from 2003 to provide open schooling to the girls & women of neighbouring villages and depressed areas of Ladnun town with a view to promoting girl child & women's education. Such schools are functioning in 4 villages and 2 town areas under the sponsorship of the Akhil Bharatiya Mahila Terapanthi Sangh, New Delhi .

A major achievement of the University has been the organization of an Inter-faith Meet at Surat on October 15, 2003 in the benign presence of H.E. President of India Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Acharya Mahaprajna which culminated in the form of the “Surat Spiritual Declaration” for peace and brotherhood among different religions and sects.
To give a silver lining to all the activities of the University is the contribution of the Anushata His Holiness Acharaya Mahaprajna who has been a the spirit and driving force that is taking the University to newer heights in the form of academic achievements and in disseminating the high ideals that are there in or traditional past and in Jainism in particular.