India's rich cultural heritage is an immaculate amalgamation of various practices, refined over the course of 5000 years. Education is the core resource to build a stable and prosperous society, as it was perceived in ancient India.
The Gurukul way of learning was far remote from the civilization so as to allow them to function independently. They were thus instrumental in laying the foundation of Indian culture and its sustenance throughout the ages. Their robust curriculum focused on the all-round development of students, stressing on molding their physical, critical, creative and analytical abilities.
Indian history stands testimony to the fact that our society has embraced and adapted new ideas and cultures; be it a monastery for Buddhist learning, a madrasah for Islamic learning, or a pathshala for Hindu learning. Each one of these learning centers flourished over a period, notwithstanding any social or political conflict.
As ancient India's revered hubs of learning, Nalanda, Takshashila, Benaras and Ujjain attracted the very best brains from far and wide. While Nalanda and Takshashila had established formal institutions dedicated to higher education, Benaras and Ujjain benefited from the presence of enlightened minds.