MYSURU: As many as 18 girls from the state have enrolled at the Kaveri Kanya Gurukulam at Srirangapatna in the last three years to learn Upanishads. The institute offers a five-year integrated residential course exclusively for girls who have completed SSLC.

The students are taught ancient Indian scriptures such as Vedas and Upanishads, apart from being imparted modern education. They have to engage in agricultural activities daily. The money earned is deposited in their bank accounts. They are also taught yoga, pranayama and meditation. Charted accountants, guest lecturers and teaching faculty of reputed colleges are teaching these girls.

Shylaja, who hails from Kodagu and is staying at Gurukul for the last four years says, “Modern education will give us skills required to pursue a professional career while Vedic knowledge helps us handle ups and downs in life easily.” She added that in most of the places girls are denied opportunities to learn Upanishads.

“Listening to the chirping of birds and the Cauvery river flowing, I am enjoying my journey. Moreover, earning from agriculture activities brings happiness,” adds another student Ashwini from Doddaballapura.

Gurukulam founder Dr K K Subramani, an agriculture scientist, developed an interest in Upanishads 16 years ago. He decided to convert a part of his plot into a Gurukulam and impart free education to girls.

Women are more attuned to learn these subjects as they have immense patience and can spread the Vedic knowledge to the next generation, says the 54-year-old Subramani.

Students are selected after conducting camps. About 20 students can be enrolled for every batch.

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