CREATING A NEW MINDSET THROUGH EDUCATION
Influenced greatly by Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and others, a young and idealistic Dr Jagdish Gandhi ventured in 1959 to create a new mindset through education. With just five children on rolls, no personal wealth, and the equivalent of ten US dollars in borrowed capital, the motivated Dr Gandhi began his own personal experiment in Lucknow, India, some fifty six years ago by the name of City Montessori School.
He saw this as a more powerful vehicle to prepare minds to prevent conflicts than working with negotiations and top-down policy efforts alone. To do this, he gave up his own active role and successful career in politics, serving at the time as elected and popular member of the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of India.
Today, at the age of 82, Dr Gandhi has no regrets. He works with the same undiminished zeal towards multiplying his mission for peace through education. In the past 59 years, he has not taken a single day off. He has slept little and has worked through every weekend and holiday. Although the journey has by no means been easy, the citizens of Lucknow have greatly endorsed Dr Gandhi’s mission and values.
Their support has made CMS the world’s largest school with now with over 55,000 students on its rolls this year (a Guinness World Record for the largest school in the world held by CMS since 1999). This recognition has meant that Dr Gandhi has gained further momentum towards his goal. And, despite the fact that his institution is now the world’s largest school, Dr Gandhi lives simply in the same room in which he began his work for peace in 1959, and he has chosen to have no personal wealth of his own, spending instead all his created resources on his mission. Children are the world’s future and Dr Jagdish Gandhi believes the best way to mould the future is to nurture them.
Influenced by the UNESCO Constitution that "wars begin in the minds of men and it is in the minds of men where the defenses of peace must be constructed," Dr Gandhi felt it best to build the defenses of peace in the minds of children, in their young and impressionable age through education and by nurturing their young minds.
From the time CMS was first established, Dr Jagdish Gandhi has worked to promote a broader definition of education that frees it from its largely material emphasis to focus on a broader effort that encompasses all the three realities of a child: material, human and spiritual. A child is a material being. A child is a human being. A child is a divine being. Such a balanced education trains the mind to not only think within the confines of jobs and material gain but also in terms of leadership and contribution to society, to become conscious citizens of their country and the world.
When Dr Gandhi started City Montessori School, CMS with just 5 children in 1959, the first words the children wrote on their slates were: "Jai Jagat!" (Hail the World). He also continued other social activities, for example, between 1959-64, he was President of the Uttar Pradesh Naujawan Sangh (UP Youth Movement) and between 1960-65 he was Editor of Utho Jawano (Rise Up Youth!). Between 1961-73, he was Founder and General Secretary of the All India Children and Youth Festival and between 1962-65, Assistant District Scout Commissioner. In 1964, he convened an All India Education Exhibition aimed at highlighting the importance of spiritual education. He is currently President of Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), India. Additionally, he is President of International School-to-School Experience (ISSE), UP Chapter India. He introduced the Quality Circle concept in education and has been Chairman, World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education since 1999, which works to improve education quality especially in school education. Since 2001, he has been convening the International Conferences of the Chief Justices of the World to raise awareness and mobilize the World Judiciary to create a world safe for two billion children of the world and generations yet-to-be-born. At these conferences during the past fifteen years, 1002 Chief Justices & Judges of Supreme Courts and High Courts from 125 countries of the world have participated and pledged their support to create a world fit for children.
Dr Gandhi continues with unfailing zeal towards creating a world safe for children and creating students who are proactive agents of social transformation by giving them an education that is capable of saving humanity.
||10 November 1936
||Barsauli Village, Sikandra Rao, District Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Married for 56 years to Dr. Bharti Gandhi, Ph.D., Child Psychologist, Co-founder, City Montessori School, (CMS) Luckow, India. They have four children:
- Daughter - Dr. Sunita Gandhi is a Ph.D in Physics from Cambridge University, U.K. She is the co-founder of the Council for Global Education.
- Daughter - Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, BSc Hons (LSE), MSc, DPhil (Oxford) is the Chair of Education Economics and International Development at the London University & also the President and Chief Operating Officer of CMS.
- Daughter - Dr. Nita Gandhi Forouhi, MBBS, MRCP, Ph.D. is Medical Epidemiologist and Public Health Physician at Addenbrookes Hospital, teaching Hospital of the University of Cambridge, UK.
- Son - Mr. Vinay Gandhi is a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) from London University. He is the founder of a primary school in Lucknow, India.
||Bachelor's Degree in Commerce
Village-based school in Kanau, district Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
|High School (Grade 10):
||G. S. College, Sikandara Rao, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Intermediate (Grade 12):
||Champa Agarwal College, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh India
Bachelor of Commerce from Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh 1959
HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES AWARDED:
- Honorary Doctorate Degree in Education by Bashkir State Pedagogical University, Ufa, Russia in October 05, 2009 in recognition of his services for 51-long-years of service to society and humanity at large in the field of education and building a world fit for children and generations yet-to-be-born.
- Honorary Doctorates in Law by University of Entre Rios in Argentina, on 21 August 2012 for his campaign for enactment of 'enforceable international law in order to protect the future of world's two billion children and generations yet-to-be-born'.
- Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law by University of La Mendoza in Argentina in 23 August 2012 for his outstanding contribution to the cause of promoting international law by successfully organizing the International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World year after year, to safeguard the future of 2 billion children of the world and generations yet to be born.
- Honorary Doctorate Degree by Inca Garcilaso University of Peru on 15 October 2014.
- Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law by the National University of Mongolia in June 2015.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Dr Gandhi has been awarded numerous awards. Some of them are:
- 'Yash Bharti Award' – the highest award to a civilian by the Government of Uttar Pradesh amounting to Rupees Eleven Lakhs Equivalent of about US dollars 19,000 (Declared in March 2014).
- ‘World’s Largest School’ by Guinness World Records (presently nearly 50,000 students on rolls) It was in 1999 that CMS entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the first time. The certificate signed by Keeper of the Records stated: ‘The largest school by pupils is the City Montessori School, Lucknow, India which had a world record enrolment of 22,612 pupils in 1999’. Eight years later, in February 2008, CMS received an updated certificate from Guinness World Records that stated: ‘The largest school by pupils is the City Montessori School, Lucknow, India which had a record enrolment of 39,437 pupils on 9 August 2010, for the 2009-2010 academic year’.
- ‘A Distinctive School’ by The 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in recognition of its efforts to promote universal values of education for peace and tolerance. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi, founders of the City Montessori School (India) on behalf of the school at UNESCO Headquarters.
- 'Untiring effort, working for people’s amelioration', by the 2011 Gusi Peace Prize in recognition of his outstanding efforts to find peaceful solution for people’s welfare and for his significant contribution to world peace through education.”
- ‘As a Light House of Society’ by Changemakers Innovation Award 2005 for being an exemplary and role model school in the world.
- ‘A True Visionary in the Field of Education’ by Mayor Everrete Varney while awarding the Key to the City of Georgetown (USA) on behalf of its citizens to Mr Jagdish Gandhi, Founder-Manager of CMS. Mr Jagdish Gandhi has been presented the Key to Georgetown, USA by the Mayor of Georgetown, Mr. Everette Varney, on 11th June 2002 as a symbolic honour in recognition of his pioneering role in introducing Quality Circles in education. The award was bestowed at a public function during the fifth ICSQCC held at Georgetown, Kentucky, USA.
- ‘Unique way for education and human Enrichment’ by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE Board) while presenting the first Derozio Award. When India's premier Board for Public Education, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi, decided to commence a national award of Rs. 1,00,000/- (One lakh Rupees) in memory of the great Indian visionary, educationist and poet, Henry Vivian Derozio, Mr Jagdish Gandhi was the unanimous choice of the Jury as the first recipient of the honour. The award was handed to Mr Gandhi by Mr Abdul Halim, Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, at a special function held at St Xavier's College, Calcutta. The citation noted that the award was being given to Mr Gandhi for his "Outstanding Contribution to Education and Human Enrichment". Mr Gandhi donated the cash part of the award, to the ICSE Council for use in the cause of education of poor children.
- ‘Pioneer on Quality Education’ by H.E. Cassam Uteem, President of Mauritius while awarding Quality Pioneer Award at Port Luis, Mauritius. H.E. Mr Cassam Uteem, President of Mauritius honoured Mr Jagdish Gandhi with the Quality Pioneer Award at Port Luis in Mauritius, in recognition of Mr Gandhi's pioneering contribution in introducing the concept and practice of Quality Circles (QC) in education. Incidentally, the Ministry of Education has made SQC's compulsory in all government-aided schools in Mauritius.
- ‘Global Friend of World’s Children’ title by the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child by Children’s World, Sweden.
- ‘Visionary New World Order Campaign’ as a special recognition while honoured with Nuclear–Free Future Award for its mission on behalf of world’s children to make the future nuclear-free.
- ‘Friend of Young Physicists’ by the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw for contributing and promoting interest in physics education among students of High School and Intermediate classes.
- ‘UP Ratan Award’by the All Indian Conference of Intellectuals (U.P Chapter) personally handed by Mr. G. V. G. Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India for 'excellent services in the field of Quality Education and in furtherance of the cause of Humanism, Nationalism and Peace'.
- ‘Haji Waris Ali Shah Award’ by the Fankar Society. This prestigious award instituted by the Fankar Society was conferred on Mr. Gandhi by the then Governor of Uttar Pradesh, H.E. Shri Motilal Vora.
- ‘Excellence Award 2003’ by Council of Global Education USA, for Excellence in Academics.
- ‘Life Link Campaign Award’ by life link campaign for youth caring and sharing Peace Actions.
- ‘Bhartiya Awam Society UP Award’ by Bhartiya Awam Society UP for unique working and dedication towards world peace and universal brotherhood.
- ‘Excellence Award’ by Progressive Cultural Society for the excellence and valuable services rendered to society.
MAHATMA GANDHI SAID, "I WILL NOT FOLLOW THE BEATEN TRACK."
Dr Jagdish Gandhi strongly believes in these words of Mahatma Gandhi and had decided at a young age to serve God and humanity through education. Dr Gandhi has firm conviction that amongst the greatest of all the great services that can be possibly rendered by a man to Almighty God is the education of children, building their character and inculcating in their tender hearts the love of God. He has a vision that education is the only means to transform the society permanently, as all other means only provide temporary solutions which seem to be failing over and over again (as seen in the form of social outrages worldwide which get a lot of media attention at the start and gradually wither away).
EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON:
The vision of Dr Jagdish Gandhi is in line with that of Nelson Mandela who said 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' and that of Mahatma Gandhi who believed, 'If you want to teach real peace in the world and and if you want to fight a real war against war, you shall have to begin with the children'. With these words of Mahatma Gandhi in mind, Dr Gandhi set the goals of his institution, CMS, and is consistently organizing international educational events for students to prepare minds for peace. The total number of international events that CMS has been organizing annually for nearly two decades continuously now has reached to 30 events of which some are organised annually and some on alternate years.
CMS ORGANISES 30 INTERNATIONAL EVENTS FOR WORLD UNITY:
All these 30 international events aim to bring children as well as educators together from all corners of the world, to learn to live, share and cooperate for a better world. Dr Gandhi is a strong advocate of the fact that 'peace is a by-product of unity' and in order to bring about world peace, we must first aim to unite the hearts of people.
CMS EFFORTS FOR WORLD UNITY AND WORLD PEACE WERE RECOGNISED BY UNO:
The UNO has also recognized the City Montessori School Society as an official NGO, thus making it the first and only school in India to have been granted this status.
Dr Gandhi's efforts for World Unity and World Peace have been recognized by the UNO by awarding it with the US Dollars 30,000 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002, thus making CMS the only school in the world ever to get this prize.
WORLD JUDICIARY IS THE HOPE OF HUMANITY:
Dr Gandhi believes that when governments behave in unprincipled ways (on conflict, war, environment etc.), then the World Judiciary is the only hope for humanity and therefore he has been organizing every year, for the past fifteen years, the World Judiciary Summits and the International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World in which 888 Hon'ble Chief Justices, Judges and Heads of States from 121 countries of the world have participated till now. The 17th Annual Conference, the World Judiciary Summit will be organised from 9 to 15 November 2016 at CMS Kanpur Road Campus, Lucknow.
CREATING A WIDER SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES FOR PEACE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION AT THE LOCAL, NATIONA, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS:
At the macro level, leveraging the fact that CMS is the world’s largest single school, Dr Jagdish Gandhi has crafted meaningful initiatives to create a wider set of circumstances for peace and conflict prevention at the local, national, regional and international levels. These include, among others:
- A bold Indo-Pak children’s friendship initiative which has created better trust between children and teenagers even when tensions have been high between the two neighbouring countries. Thousands of children and teenagers on both sides of the border have been brought together by one-to-one contact through pen-friendship and further by facilitating visits between children of the two countries for sports and other activities organized by CMS.
- 30 international events organized annually for the past three decades that have brought together children and teenagers from all corners of India and the globe, to assemble on one platform and experience through cross-cultural interaction, discourse, living together and experience, even as the children compete with each other in mathematics, computers, robotics, astronomy, music, the arts and more,
- An extensive media campaign through radio and cable television with a daily telecast of unity in diversity and coexistence messages conveyed in an effective format using children as the common denominator; and,
- The initiation and continuation of nine unique and unprecedented International Conferences of the Chief Justices of the World, influenced by which the chief justices in many countries have become more proactive on these very issues.
A visionary and a far-sighted person, Jagdish Gandhi has been building bridges of peace across the globe for nearly 51 years. Jagdish Gandhi believes in the innate goodness of every living being. He is an educationist like no other. His approach to problems which seem insurmountable is simple but effective. His every action is guided by a very strong sense of divinity and spirituality and hence his every effort is arrived at improving the self and realizing the presence of the Almighty. Dr Jagdish Gandhi, through his noble deeds and conduct, has always demonstrated the trust he has placed in people, displaying that human generosity that opens up the mind and heart and so often leads to the accomplishments of major achievements at the very frontiers of what is possible.
TALKS ON TELEVISION:
Dr Jagdish Gandhi speaks regularly on several international and national TV channels like ABP News, IBN 7 News, Sadhna News, K-News & ETV News. His spiritual talks are viewed by millions of his fans who stay glued to the television to hear him.
SPEECHES ON "SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF MODERN INSTITUTE":
Dr Jagdish Gandhi has been invited by many renowned institutions like Brahma Kumari University, Mount Abu, Symbioses Institute of Management, Pune, Karorimal Collage, The Jubilee School by King Hussain Foundation, Jordan, Club of Lucknow, etc.
A widely traveled person, Dr Gandhi has visited a number of countries including USA, UK, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand, Norway, Mauritius, Malaysia, Lebanon, Japan, Italy, Israel, Iran, Hong Kong, Holland, Germany, Panama, France, Egypt, Denmark, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Myanmar, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mongolia and Afghanistan. Among the many international conferences he has attended are the following: Third International Conference on Higher Education, Lancaster University, UK; the Seventh Triennial Conference of CISV at Leeds, England; the First World Conference on Gifted Children, London; International Teachers Conference, Nottingham University, UK; International Teaching Conference at Hong Kong; Cultural Conflict and Asian Community in UK at Leicester University; International Teaching Conference at Paris; Youth For Mankind Conference at Chicago, USA and International Teaching Conference at Haifa, Israel. Dr Gandhi also attended the Anthropological Congress at Chicago, USA and was interviewed for an hour by American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio in California on his multifarious experiments in the field of education.
AUTHOR OF TWENTY FOUR BOOKS ON SPIRITUALITY AND WORLD PEACE:
Dr Jagdish Gandhi is the author of twenty-four books and his articles on spiritual education have been regularly featured in the prominent - weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines and daily News Papers.
- Education for Protection and Security:This book describes the multifarious efforts of CMS is exerting every effort to ensure the Protection and Security of the world's two billion children and generations yet-to-be-born, whose future has become progressively more unprotected and insecure during the past nearly seven decades, since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the recent spread of international terrorism, climate change, stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction, fear of 3rd world war and Nuclear holocaust.
- Broader, Bolder Education for 21st Century: An Education Capable of Saving Humanity. Worldwide, education has been largely confined to its 19th century material ethics and goals. Not much has changed either since Lord Macaulay first wrote the Minute on Indian Education in 1835 in which education of the three R’s reigned supreme. Contemporary education today is inadequate to meet the needs and aspirations of the individual child and society in the 21st Century and the book makes the case for a broader school curriculum that encompasses material, human and spiritual education.
- The Unison of Human Soul with the Soul of God (Atma ka Paramatma se Milan): The book highlights various stages of spiritual development on the pathway of human journey. It elaborates that the true purpose of our lives is to know God and to worship Him.
- Earth is One Family (Vasudha ek Kutumbh): This book is based on the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam and the vision of Baha’u’llah that ‘The Earth is but One Country’. The book has several articles based on the speeches of Dr Gandhi which narrate that we are all the creation of One God and that the Earth is our united home. The book is in Hindi language.
- Meditation (Chintan):The book revolves around the philosophy that meditation is an important way to happiness.
- Education: Greatest Service (Siksha Parmo Dharma): This book highlights the fact that "Amongst the greatest of all the great services that can be possibly rendered to mankind is the education of Children". It emphasizes that the first religion of mankind should be Education. This book emphasises the importance of education and of the school as the 'Light House of Society'
- Solution (Samadhan): The book revolves around the idea of how the solutions to life's problems lie in discovering and then obeying the laws of God.
- Whole world is our family (Vishva Parivar Hamara Hai): The book revolves around the philosophy of "The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens". It highlights the ill's that prevail on the planet due to diversity and division of mankind in the name of faith.
- Way to Salvation (Mukti Ka Ek Hi Marg): This book explores the idea that a virtuous and spiritual life is essential to success and salvation.
- Aim of Education (Shiksha Ka Uddeshya): This book makes the case that Meaningful Education must address all the three realities i.e. Material, Human and Divine.
- The Purpose of Life (Jeene ki Raah): The true purpose of life is to know God and love Him. This book inspires the readers to live a spiritual life.
- The Lamp of Devotion (Prabhu Bhakti Ka Deep): This book examines the idea that it is by keeping faith in God that one can truly live a purpose-driven life.
- If Not Now, then Never (Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi): This book exhorts that the time for World Unity has now arrived and that we must act before it is too late.
- Faith in God (Ek Tera Sahara): A call to faith, this volume argues that the source of courage and power is God and it is only when we turn towards him that our true progress starts.
- Turning Towards God (Dheere Dheere Modh Tu Is Mann Ko): It is during our adversities that we remember God. The author in this book has laid the importance of problems that come in our life and how we can resolve conflicts spiritually.
- Devotion (Bhakti): This is a parenting guide that encourages father and mother to unite, stay lovingly and give values to children.
- God (Eshwar): This volume explores the tension between our own will and the will of God. It argues that we can act either by our own will or God's will. Once we start acting as per God's will amazing thing happen in our life.
- Real Property of Man (Manushya ki Asli Sampathi)
- We and our Children (Hum aur Hamarey Bachhe)
- Family (Parivaar)
- Education (Shiksha)
- Consciousness (Chetna)
- Flowers for Prayer (Pooja ke Phool)
- Dedication (Samarpan)
SOME RECENT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ATTENDED:
- Participated in the international seminar jointly organized by Supreme Court and Istanbul Culture University on “Turkish Criminal Code and Child” from 19-23 April, 2010 at Istanbul, Turkey.
- Attended the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association Regional and Gender Conference 5-9 October, 2008 - Cape Town, South Africa.
- Attended to 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) 25-28 March, 2008 – Panama
- Invited as Chief Guest to the International Convention on Student Quality Control Circles in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 4th to 7th January 2007.
- Participated in the United Nations General Assembly hearings, UN Headquarters in New York in June 2005
- Invited by the United Nations to the Millennium Forum held at UN headquarters at New York from 22nd to 26th May, 2000.
- Invited by Peace direct and Keighley Foundation to tour UK (17-24 October 2004) and speak to communities in places that have witnessed racial violence in recent years.
- Presented keynote address at 5th Convention on Students Quality Control Circles (ICSQCC 2002) at Georgetown, Kentucky, USA from June 11 to 13, 2002.
- Was invited by the UNESCAP to address a U.N. Conference at Bangkok, Thailand on 20th September 2002.
- Was invited as Chief Guest in Mauritius at National Convention on Quality Circles in Education held from September 26-30, 2002.
- Was invited by the Goi Peace Foundation of Japan to address a Peace Symposium as Guest Speaker at Tokyo, Japan on 18th November 2002.
- Was invited to the International Convention on Quality Control Circles at Taiwan, Taipei.
- Participated in International Conference of International School-to-School Experience (ISSE) at San Francisco, USA 1996.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND OFFICES HELD:
2002 to date Chief Coordinator, Indo-Pak Children’s Pen-friends’ Club Aao Dosti Karein
2001 to date Convener, International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World
2001 to date Vice-President, Intellectual Forum of India, U.P. Chapter, India
1999 to date Chairman, World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education
1994 to date President, International School-to-School Experience (ISSE), U.P. Chapter, India
1992 to date President, Children’s International Summer Village (CISV), India
1969 Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
1961-1973 Founder-General Secretary, All India Children & Youth Festival
1960-1965 Editor, UTHO JAWANO (a Weekly to motivate youth)
1960 -1985 Founder-Manager, Pre-Primary Teachers’ Training College, Lucknow
1959 to date Founder-Manager, City Montessori School, Lucknow
1958-1959 President of the Lucknow University Students’ Union, U.P., India
1958 Convened the U.P. Sarvodaya Conference at Allahabad University (India) for mobilizing the student community in favour of spiritualization of educational curriculum
1955-1959 Founder-Manager, Adarsh Shiksha Kendra (Adult Education Centre), Lucknow
1952 Established Samaj Sewa Sadan (Social Service Centre) at G. S. College, Sikandra Rao, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
1952 Founded Social Service League at his school in Sikandra Rao, Aligarh, U.P., India
WORK OF DR JAGDISH GANDHI HAS BEEN CITED IN THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL MEDIA:
- Exemplary Curriculums (USA), 8th November 1996: "The religiously diverse school has proven that teachers can instill both personal virtues and a desire to excel, and that academic excellence flows from character development. Influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, the founders wanted the City Montessori School to exemplify the principles of unity of humankind and universal brotherhood...” bold experiment in teaching values, Educational Leadership, by ASCD, 1996, USA."
- One Country (USA), October- December 2001: "According to parents, CMS has been successful at attracting students largely for two reasons: its reputation for academic excellence and its distinctive programme of moral education. CMS's long-standing promotion of tolerance and oneness has contributed to the overall sense of communal harmony in Lucknow... The school also strives for educational innovation. It has adopted various management practices, such as Quality Circles...”etc.
- Regeneration and Renewal (UK), 19th November 2004: "Peacemaker's message - The world's biggest school, headed by Jagdish Gandhi has 31,000 pupils on its books. But its work to cut inter-communal conflict is even more impressive than its size... In a city split between Muslims and Hindus, the Montessori system's emphasis on nondenominational spirituality and the unity of mankind proved acceptable to both communities...”
- War Prevention Works (UK), September 2001: "Babri Masjid (Mosque) at Ayodhya was destroyed, spreading a wave of riots and violence throughout the city and across the country between Hindus and Muslims. City Montessori School, Lucknow, convened a series of public meetings to bring together the heads of all the religions of the city in its school buildings. CMS teachers and students took out several peace marches in sensitive areas of Lucknow and appealed directly to the people of the city to refrain from violence."
- Exemplary Curriculums (Australia), July- September 1998: "CMS recognises that a child observes the teacher's and parent's every move. Likewise, teachers are not merely experts in content; they are also responsible for the emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development of the child... CMS recognizes mothers and fathers through a system of titles and certificates to honour parents for the children's achievements...”
- People Building Peace (The Netherlands), 1999: "The seeds of Mahatma Gandhi's visions are being nurtured in India, where a school (CMS) that started in 1959 with five pupils has become the largest private school in the world with over 31,000 students. Today, the City Montessori School is a source of inspiration for schools all around the world."
- Creating Peace (Japan), June 2002: "Amongst the various peace education tools used at CMS, perhaps the most widely known and seen is the CMS Peace Floats that have been, for over 25 years now, a regular feature of the annual Republic Day Parade held on 26th January every year at Lucknow, India... The Parade is watched by over one million people every year for the last 27 years, who line up along the parade route and by many more millions on the television. Each year, the design and topic of the float varies but the overall arching theme remains unity in diversity and world peace.”
- The Goi Peace Foundation (Japan), January 2003: "CMS believes that a school must act as a lighthouse to society, providing direction and guidance. Consequently, throughout its over four-decades long service in the field of education, CMS has been actively working to construct the defenses of peace in the minds of CMS students and also in the public mind. This is achieved through a vigorous use of various public education tools and peace based activities designed to promote peace and harmony.”
- An Exceptional Effort UNESCO Magazine (France), October 2002: "The City Montessori School (CMS), founded in 1959 in Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is a school unlike any other. With 25,000 pupils from kindergarten up to high school level, it figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest private school in the world, and its students systematically score higher on exams then the national average. But it also stands out because of it its philosophy: for more than 40 years it has educated students to respect the values of tolerance and peace and sought to make them citizens of world."
- Global Vote 2009 (Sweden), 2009: "It was highly exciting to cast my vote in the Global Vote. For the first time I realised that I am not connected to my nation only but am a part of the world. There are so many silent social workers whose contributions to the deprived community are immense and beyond all praise. The WCPRC has brought me closer to the heart-touching fact that boys and girls of my age suffer piteously, either due to poverty or being under the cruel mastery of the rich. My heart yearns to pray for all the WCPRC candidates and their contributions to the rights of the child."
- ODE Lessons in Love (USA), March 2008: "Sitting in the back seat of his car one evening, Jagdish Gandhi puts away his cell phone and places a handkerchief over his thin knee. It's time for dinner. What's he having? A delicious curry? No, raw onions, roughly chopped. “I rarely eat at home. No time,” he explains as he spoons onions into his mouth while his driver honks through the traffic chaos of Lucknow in northern India, home to 2.5 million people. Outside, the air stinks of exhaust and smoldering fires. Inside, tears fill our eyes as we listen to prayer texts from a cassette player. At his City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, Jagdish Gandhi teaches kids how to change the world."
- The Chenabians Newsletter (Pakistan), October-November 2007: "It is great honour for me to present to you the “Indian Special” Newsletter. I remember well the auspicious day when an invitation letter from City Montessori Inter College (CMS) Mahanagar, Lucknow left us thrilled to bit. A brochure sent to us by CMS Lucknow turned out to be source of solving the mystery about out unknown hosts. This brochure familiarized us with CMS Lucknow- The largest school of the world with more than 32,000 students on roll in its 20 branches as mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records. City Montessori Inter College (CMS), Mahanagar, Lucknow organized its annual competition in which the students from different educational Institutions of the world participate. This year 74 schools and colleges from India and abroad had the honour of participating in this mega-event- GEOFEST. Within a very short notice, a team of students from Chenab College Jhang was prepared for the competition. On 30th October, 2007, the Chenabians led by the Principal set off for Lucknow (India). The tremendous performance of our students made them win four prizes. We are extremely proud of our students who keep adding a lustre to the name of the college by winning laureis in different competitions in and outside the country. We would like to express our unbounded gratitude to our Indian hosts for their kindness and hospitality."
- Article Published on CMS in German Magazine (Germany), 7th May, 2006: "Gandhi in some ways resembles his namesake—the 71-year-old is slight but energetic and wears dark-rimmed glasses. He’s also carrying on Mahatma Gandhi’s work through his City Montessori School, which has more than 32,000 pupils scattered among 20 buildings throughout Lucknow. Every three to four years, Gandhi founds a new branch school, because yet again they’re bursting at the seams. Will he someday have 100,000 pupils? “Possibly,” he says. “As many as possible.” But Gandhi wants to do more than teach reading and writing: He wants to change the world."
- Roll of Honour The Week (India), 7 November, 1999: "When Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Bharti founded the City Montessori School (CMS) with a borrowed sum of Rs 300, they could find no student. A fortnight later, a neighbors agreed to send her five children. Thus, the school opened on July 1, 1959. Today, with more than 31,000 pupils, it is world largest school as per Guinness Book of Records."
- Research study conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM),Lucknow (India), March-June 2003: "This study was conducted by Mr. Nitin Agarwal (B.Tech., ITT, Delhi, 2002) and by Mr Tarun Raj (IIT, Kanpur, 1999) who were pursuing a degree in management from the world famous Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow. As a compulsory component of their work towards the degree, they had to present an innovative project. The research and quality of this project went a long way in the grade they would obtain from the Indian Institute of Manager (IIM). Their project was titled Incorporation of Moral Values and Emotional Intelligence in the Present Education System."
- Education World The Human Development Magazine (India), August, 2007: "City Montessori School is right up there among the country's toprated schools in terms of academic reputation (8.16) and quality of teachers (7.95), while being rated 7 plus on all other parameters to average 7.72. "While it's an honour to be rated so high among India's most respected schools, it's hardly a surprise to our faculty since the quality of education provided in City Montessori is respected beyond Indian borders,” said Dr Jagdish Gandhi."
A FEW ARTICLES DR JAGDISH GANDHI HAS WRITTEN:
- Focus on Report Cards of Life
- The Power of Prayer
- Why Not Have A Universal Place of Worship?
- Religion and Duty
- Importance of Introspection
- The Role of Religion
- Followers of All Religions Should Pray Together For World Peace
- Open the Door of Inner Self!
- Education that does not guide the destiny of life is not complete
- Change of heart necessary for world peace
- God, religion and man
- Satsang-Association and Interaction on Spiritualism
- Education and God
- World Today—Concerns and Needs
- Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam
Dr Jagdish Gandhi
City Montessori School (CMS)
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