Balancing their independence with inter-dependence:
"As children grow up to be worldly inquisitive and indulgent, it is necessary to lay the foundation of discrimination, rather than a dominating discipline that makes them revolt! Later self discipline naturally follows discrimination,"
Sage Vasishta counseled King Dasharatha - as narrated by Valmiki in the 'Ramayana'.
Student life on the campus
In their anxiety to reach the top, most people endeavour to develop their; brains and bodies', forgetting the fact that a 'whole person' – which includes feelings, emotions, competencies, attitudes and spirit. Essential human competencies such as self-confidence, self-reliance, self-restraint along with appropriateness of emotion, have a large bearing on the success of an individual. Behavioural scientists advocate that individuals can achieve complete emotional balance only through 'community living' – during the growth years. Very often, innocent expression of parental love beyond a certain age, keeps children trapped in a 'childish dependency' – making them naive and helplessly in love with themselves! When ties are cut from both parents at an appropriate age and the child learns to grow independently in a community, a transformation occurs! Children learn that: 'they will receive as much as they give' and realize that Freedom and Responsibility are two sides of the same coin! This evolution will make their future roles in careers and societies mature, fulfilling and successful. Khalil Gibran rightly said, You may give children your love but not your thoughts…. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you, for life goes not backward nor tarries with the yesterday…." The Abhyasa environment facilitates community living by simulating the larger society with students from all over India and abroad. The school is a replica of the larger world where individuals from different social and cultural backgrounds learn to live and work together until they reach a new level of consciousness.
At Abhyasa, considerable emphasis is laid on the fact that a growing child be communication. The art of listening ensures well being and the interest a person expresses in another, brings out the best in every individual. Children therefore, grow with mutual sympathy, mutual appreciation and also mutual dependency, mutual respect and mutual understanding. Abhyasa provides comfortable hostel.
Accommodation with spacious dormitories, individual cots and cupboards, round-the-clock hot water facility, assistance by ayahs (nannies), laundry, hair saloon, a tuck shop with toiletry, confectionery and stationery items, a tailor shop, long distance communication facilities including internet, e-mail access and above all, round-the-clock security and vigil. An infirmary isolates sick children with a provision for special diet and the school doctor is accessible at all times. The dormitories for boys and girls are housed in separate buildings. The hostel is divided into houses. Each house is headed by a House Master who lives along with the students and is accountable for the overall well-being of the wards. They are assisted by House Matrons who are in charge of health, hygiene, house-keeping and diet, while student leaders ensure discipline and punctuality. The friendly warmth and co-operation among peers, topped by the personalized care and counsel makes Abhyasa truly 'a home away from home'.
Mess & Dining:
The school offers a well planned diet which is balanced with nutritive value and palatable taste! Daily menu consists of Milk (four times a day) with added diet supplements, protein cereals and seed sprouts, fresh greens, vegetable salad and fruit apart from a variety of rice, wheat, snack and dessert items which cater to the various regional and overseas tastes. Food is vegetarian with eggs served thrice a week. Water is drawn from deep borewells and not only softened but also filtered to provide 'pure mineral water' for safe drinking round the year. There is strict supervision and control over quality and hygiene. The school has the necessary infrastructure to ensure the same. A Students' Mess Committee ensures that children get 'what they like' and strictly monitor and control wastage of food. Teachers and older students serve food by rotation, dine together and even feed the younger children whenever necessary thereby creating the ambience of a single 'closely knit family'.
Teachers & Masters dine along with the students and personally look into each student’s diet habits. Service is also done by teachers and students by rotation, so as to create a family environment.
Sprouts and Milk with any two of the following items
Milk with any one of the following items
|Idly / Chutney / Sambar||Savouries|
|Vada/Mysore Bajji & Sambar||Boiled Chole|
|Bread-Jam & Chutney||Boiled Groundnuts|
|Fried Egg/ Boiled Egg||Bhelpuri with Chutney|
|Semiya Upma/ Semiya Pulihora||Poha Upma|
|Chapathi||Palak or Onion Pakodi|
|Bansi/Bombay Rawa Upma||Bun with Chutney|
|Pav Bhaji||Sabudana Vada & Curd|
|Sabudana Kichdi / Green gram Dal Rice Kichdi / Rice Pongal||Masala Wada / Potato Bonda / Potato Bajji / Mirchi Bajji|
|Pesaratstu/Uttappam / Dosa - Chutney||Panipuri|
|Vegetable & Egg Noodles||Burgers/Puffs /American Chopsy|
|Puri with curry/Baturia – Chole||Samosa / Kachori|
|Macaroni / Corn Flakes etc.,||Mixture etc.|
|Vegetable Salad||Rasam / Soup|
|Fried Rice / Fried Curry||Vegetable Curry|
|Dhal / Sambhar||Dhal|
|Plain Rice and Chapathi||Plain Rice and Chapathi|
|Curd or Butter Milk||Curd Rice|
|Papad/ Fryums||Dessert (alternative days)|