Gyan Deeksha is the invocation ceremony that takes place at the first study day of all the students in the University. The University strongly believes that if there could be an end to Deeksha (Deekshant) then there should be a beginning of the Deeksha too and this ceremony is designed with that objective in mind.
The very beginning of the student and teaching life at the commencement of each semester happens with a traditional invocation ceremony where the newly joined and existing students along with the faculty members are introduced to the value system of the University and also the expectations from them while studying or teaching at the campus. They are welcomed by being felicitated with a Gayatri mantra duppatta and a tulsi sapling, respectively representing that they must aspire for refined intellect and purity in life. Notably, this practice has been replicated by various institutions and campuses as they invite the University team to conduct the same ceremony at the beginning of new academic year.
At Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, the existing students and teachers have taken an unique initiative by welcoming the new students by giving them love, care and affection and by celebrating “Unnayan”, a yearly event. Unnayan means a state of happiness. As the name reflects, the senior students express their happiness in finding new companions on this voyage of excellence. The concept behind this initiative is not only to provide a ragging – free, protective environment to all the new students but also a caring, comfortable environment to them.
The University is recognized for the breadth and depth of its knowledge of the ancestral wisdom of India and its ability to apply this knowledge to the cultivation of students of exceptional skills and character for the benefit of society. Since the salient concept of the University is to develop character with competence in its students, the University has devised a unique course programme called Life Management, which aims to unleash the hidden potential of the students and bring excellence in their lives. This module is mandatory for all students and hence, it provides an opportunity to create morally sound, conscientious citizens, who can lead the society and are well endowed with nationalistic ideals.
The University has created another distinctive course programme called Scientific Spirituality to allow its students to learn about confluence of science and spirituality. Apart from offering it to all undergraduate students, this is done by offering courses of conventional wisdom which are underpinned with modern understanding; such as the course programmes in the Yogic Science and Holistic Health and in the Indigenous Psychology that permit students to gain the spiritual understanding from a scientific perspective and to architect their lives based on great virtues.
These circles are dedicated to practise self analysis in the light of enlightening literature for promoting a positive outlook in life. Students discuss various life issues and seek solutions through focused group discussions, inquisitive exploration of spiritual texts, brainstorming sessions and guided talks. This also enables students to interact with each other, build their confidence level and intimacy among each other.
The campus has a practice of performing the fire ceremony (yajna) every morning, which witnesses participation from both students and staff members. Its positive impact on the environment and therapeutic affect on the body and mind have been scientifically validated. This sets the mood and tempo for the day and creates a subtle environment of mutual cooperation, trust and kindness.
Likewise the morning yajna, this evening meditation with instrumental music is conducted every day and is aired throughout the campus through the common audio system. It is as well as a music therapy which is being observed by everyone in the campus. No movement takes place during this time and the main gates of the varsity remains closed for this duration of fifteen minutes every evening. Both these practices are observed right since the inception of the University.
Deep yagya, commonly termed as lamp ceremony is another event that represents the celebration of togetherness. Being in practice from so many years, this ceremony is conducted on every full moon night that makes it a monthly event. Deep yagya is celebrated at the centrally located Pragyeshwar Mahadev’s temple and gives the feel of mini diwali festival. Such practices help alleviate the collective consciousness of the participants and create a tranquil environment.
The training cell of the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya has been instrumental in crafting short term modules, workshops and seminars for students and staff from all disciplines. Such trainings are designed with the fundamental aim of enhancing the existing skill-sets of all the University members. Such trainings include efforts in the field of learning alternative systems of therapies like acupressure, physiotherapy, aroma therapy; enhancing spoken English skills; leaning rural management skills at the cowshed; food processing sessions; etc. Some of these are certified trainings while some are skill enhancers.
The mission statement of the University is ‘A University for the Global Cultural & Spiritual Renaissance’ and therefore, an exceptional festival to celebrate and spread the fraternity of Yoga and Spirituality to the rest of the world was introduced in the year 2010 and so far 3 such international events have had been hosted witnessing participation from overseas spiritual seekers and aspirants of Indian culture.
Every year the festival is conducted from 2nd to 6th October marking the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and Late Prime Minister Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri. Although, in the year 2013, DSVV called this festival off as homage to the natural disaster of Kedarnath. This symposium has evolved over the last 4 years and has catered to participants and facilitators coming in from various nationalities and different backgrounds. The annual festival has become a testimony of a cultural congregation offering scientific plenary sessions, exposure to fitness and therapy classes, and spiritual discussions offered by the practitioners and revered gurus.
The students of the Department of Computer Science has created an intranet titled ‘Gurukul’ which serves as an e-forum for sharing circulars, important notices, birthday alerts of staff and students, inspirational thoughts (sadchintan) and useful tools like dictionary, spiritual bank etc.
Students are motivated and enabled to represent their creative writings through in house publications. Following is the brief about them:
The University welcomes all its visitors with a health park dedicated to the name of its Chief patron Yugrishi Shriram Sharma ji, which is not only a delight for the eye but also is a model for self sustaining and entrepreneurship.This health park sets itself different from others for its uniqueness to enrich the physical, mental and emotional health. There is a circular acupressure pathway which is designed with 3 levels of peculiarity and excites people to take the walk. There is a fresh juice counter within the park that offers fresh herbal juices and sprouted grains to add the health factor of the visitors.
The University has an “Earn while Learn” scheme named as Srijna, which enables the economically weaker students to earn some allowance through their creative skills like stitching, tailoring, artistic craft work, making greeting card, candies, rugs, etc. Although it does offer these students some economic viability but more importantly, it infuses a feeling of self reliance and confidence among these students.
Students are encouraged to be honest by placing an honesty counter at the Srijna counter, from where the students can pick the stationery of their need and place the respective amount at the drop box. This is a unique thought which reflects the deep thinking of the management in building the character of the students.
Social up-liftment through self refinement and vice versa is the area of University’s focus which helps the students of the University to test their character and competence being built during their study tenure at the University. This internship is a unique and compulsory feature which offers the students of the University a platform in the form of society, corporate organizations, academic institutions and schools.The students organize health camps, awareness drives, religious ceremonies, de-addiction campaigns, personality refinement talks, workshops and conferences. This enables them to interact with people, understand their lives, learn from their experience, and at the same time offer them valuable inputs and thoughts to help them transform their lives. This therefore is a process of mutual transformation and collective alleviation of students and the counterparts. Some students are also offered with professional internships and there are some who contribute to the University development affairs.
Like community services, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya offers extension services to the corporate and academic institutions. This happens through collaborations with Institutions of national and international repute such as Armed Forces, Police Personnel, Civil Services, NTPC Engineers, Birla Tyres, Hero Honda Corps etc. Only at Birla Tyres, more than 5000 personnel were offered counselling session and personality refinement workshops.
Other such organisations include Lumex Industries, Cello, Eveready, etc and academic institutes like Core Business School, Indore, Amity University, Noida etc. Faculty members of various faculties of the University take active participation and show great enthusiasm in conducting these extension services.
With the objective of channelizing the innate potential of the youngsters, DSVV initiated a nationwide movement, named DIYA (Divine Indian Youth Association) in January 2009, being initiated on Shaheed Diwas- 30th January. Since then, the movement has come a long way and the journey of these 4 years has achieved significant milestones through active chapters and branches being actively present throughout the nation. With activities spread over options like tree plantation, cleaning drives, awareness drives, locally arranged talk shows and camps, warm cloth distribution in winters, education sessions for underprivileged, workshops and seminars, the University’s DIYA has been enlightening the young masses through its uniquely designed sessions and activities.
As a social service and a cause close to heart, students of the University every year conduct a massive awareness rally spreading slogans and messages and reach Har ki Pauri, the world famous bank of river Ganga and conduct the cleaning drive. This whole day activity is conducted with the help of Municipal Corporation during the Dusshera festival when the water flow is restricted and a complete cleaning is done with tonnes of garbage and filth being removed. This not only pumps up the energy levels of the DSVV family members but also make them more socially aware.