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Knowledge Is Power

“And seeing ignorance is the curse of God. Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven”

------Shakespeare (Henry IV) -------

The Readers Digest Encyclopedia describes knowledge as “Familiarity, awareness or understanding gained through experience or study” which is “the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered or inferred”. Knowledge is that enlightened torch which lights the way to success and that weapon which not only shields one from enemies, but also clears the path to prosperity and fortune. In short, it is synonymous to ‘Power’.

The power of knowledge was realized by our forefathers at the advent of the civilisation. Rishis and Munis gave up the leisure of their homes and faced the hostilities of life in search of ‘Nirvana’. It was this power of knowledge that motivated Siddhartha to become Gautam Buddha, turned Kalidas into the greatest Sanskrit poet of Indian Literature and gave birth to the philosophies of Vedas and Puranas.

The purpose of knowledge is to know all what is knowable and eliminate differences. Today in the world when histories are rewritten, maps redrawn and the power equations are ever changing the need to broaden one’s outlook, acceptance of novel or unheard things a detachment from past glory and looking forward to future has a paramount place.

Knowledge gives the confidence of knowing and To know is to win as Mahabharat says, “The way of knowledge is superior to the way of action.” It is a dynamic process for it entails to progress—not only scientific, technological and economic but to mental, physical and spiritual as well. Thus, it helps in both internal and external development of the individual. It makes one aware of the happenings around him and also gives him the power of understanding, reasoning and analysis.

Knowledge has played a very important part in the life of man. The need for conserving knowledge was realized even by the prehistoric man. The knowledge of using stone tools, domestication of animals, agriculture and the discovery of wheel was passed on from one generation to another. The first symbols from the language were pictorial and inscriptions can be seen in the prehistorical caves.

As man settled down to a more civilized life, the knowledge gained by him in past worked as channels of water, nourishing his very soul and propelling him to success. With each era, his knowledge became his only tool for progress. New inventions and discoveries changed lifestyles and also the form and mode of communication. Pictures and figures gave way to writings on palm leaves and Tamrapatras. With change in times, new scripts and languages were developed and so developed cultures and with each era, knowledge of past metamorphosed life into a better form, with each civilization zealously conserving its own style. But slowly as cultures intermixed, so did ideas and knowledge, and the influence of one culture showed its impact on others. Each civilization benefitted from the experiences and knowledge gained by others. No wonder the Harappan Civilisation had influence on the Mesopotamian Civilisation and the Greek influence was seen in Indian culture. Knowledge gave momentum to progress, and transformed cave man into a more civilised and progressive man.

Knowledge paves the way to “Realisation” and history is witness that it is the “Mother of Renaissance’. The French Revolution, Russian Revolution and the American War of Independence were all a great success, because they were guided by the great scholars of that time—Rousseau, Voltaire, Karl Marx etc, who influenced the entire world by their ideas. And Indians were not left behind.

Started merely as a possession and succession issue of the small rulers, the Indian struggle for Independence soon became a mass revolution, not only in political domain, but in social arena as well. The great social reformer---Raja Rammohan Roy, was a great scholar, well-versed with Persian, Sanskrit and world history and this knowledge gave him the power to defy the social norms set by the then conservative Indian society. Swamy Vivekanandan also saved India from the clichés of social evils and put India and Indian Philosophy to the International forum.

The torch-bearers of Independence movement Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, to name a few, were all great thinkers and scholars. Their erudition and wisdom not only changed the course of Indian history but also determined the path taken by the world in Post World War era.

Knowledge knows no bounds. It is necessary to have an understanding of a wide range of things affecting the web of our life. This is an era of Internationalism. The world has shrunk and events in one part of the globe have a direct influence on other parts as well.

Dr. Wales Mathew
Chairman & Managing Director

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Divine Public School is an English Medium, Co-educational Senior Secondary School, that combines the very best in educational practices, powered and propelled by a philosophy of education that is eclectic and yet truly modern. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) New Delhi, under the Government of India and has acquired itself well with excellent Board results over the years. The students have performed commendably in the CBSE exam and have been ranked. Our students who leave after 12 years of enlightening and enjoyable schooling, have always been knowledgeable, self-confident and mature individuals.

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Education aims at molding human beings in to more responsible citizens. Education must inculcate values in our students. We have to lay more stress on co-operation and much less on competition. The role of education an integrating and humanizing force has to be augmented. Moral values have to be made an integral part of curriculum development.

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