The Ministry of Education has announced a seven-day study tour to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alma mater in Vadnagar, Gujarat, as part of the “Prerana: An Experiential Learning Programme.” Aimed at students from classes 9 to 12, the program seeks to provide a unique and inspiring educational experience.
The ministry has set up an online portal for interested students to register, with a batch of 20 students (10 girls and 10 boys) participating each week throughout the year. The curriculum, prepared by IIT Gandhi Nagar, focuses on nine value-based themes, aligning with the principles of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
The program operates from the historic Vernacular School established in 1888, where Prime Minister Modi himself attended. The schedule includes yoga, mindfulness, meditation sessions, experiential learning, thematic sessions, and hands-on activities. Evening activities involve visits to heritage sites, film screenings, creative activities, talent shows, and more.
A senior ministry official told PTI, “Prerana is driven by a strong commitment to integrate principles of the Indian education system and the philosophy of value-based education.” The program aims to instill a sense of pride in India’s diversity, aligning with the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family), according to the official.
The selection process involves three stages, including registration, showcasing talent through various activities, and personal interviews to assess personality and suitability for the program. The initiative is seen as a tribute to Vadnagar’s resilience and heritage, symbolizing the idea that extraordinary lives often begin in ordinary foundations.