3.1 Community life in hostels
An in-depth study report titled as “Our Common Future”, prepared by experts and carried out by the UNESCO, on the cultural and natural scenario at present has raised a crucial question regarding mankind. The report comes out declaring an ironical fact that the mankind knows how to be a part of genocide or dying together but has not yet learned how to live together! Community life during education offers solution to come out from this dilemma. Lokbharti has attached prominent significance to community life in the chhatralayas. The founders of Lokbharti had rich experience of decades of educational community life, where it was found that chhatralaya is a nursery of peaceful-cooperative citizenship and the best medium of holistic and balanced personality development students. Hence community life has been inevitably linked to all academic activities and sections of Lokbharti. Even if student has got first class in his subjects, but his community life is found unsatisfactory and, in-spite of our enough guidance with the help of his family member, if desirable changes are not seen in his behaviour, he is not promoted to the next academic semester. Except in Lokbharti, this community life in a chhatralaya is not regarded as an integral part of syllabus in any college or faculty anywhere in India. It teaches us how to live together, keeping aside our own ego-centric likes and dislikes, sharing our pleasures and sorrows with one another, reducing the conflict and unhappiness and thereby developing harmony and lively brotherhood.
Therefore, the hostel life is in the center of our educational system. In a hostel, the students learn to live and work together in harmony, doing socially useful productive work on campus. Thus, whatever knowledge and skills student acquires is in the context of a close contact with society and its healthy development. The unique quality of our system is to educate the students in such a manner as thereby to achieve holistic development of our rural community. This institution is a residential one and it is compulsory for every student to stay in hostel. various house-hold duties of the hostel are rotationally performed by the inmates themselves, which provides good training to them. Every hostel has its own separate kitchen and store, which is also managed and looked after by the inmates of the hostel themselves. A unit of 30 to 40 students stay in one hostel as a joint big family, under personal care and guidance of a rector (Gruhapati). Not only that, there exists a committee (Gruhapati Mandal) of all the rectors headed by the chief-rector (Mukhya Gruhapati). This committee, comprising of rectors and even includes principals, the director and other managerial persons, which not only takes care of physical infrastructure regarding hostels but also lays more emphasis upon the character-building, personality development and shaping of students’ attitude by continuous analysis of the related factors. The compulsory residence on campus for the faculty members is proved remarkably impressive for the students’ overall development and happiness. Besides , all family members of faculties fill the emotional vacuum of the students through love, warmth and guidance as well as removing home sickness among them.
Co-education is a natural and compulsory requirement for our educational activities and emotional healthy atmosphere on the campus. It is necessary for a full and balanced development of the human individual as a unit of society. It is natural to have mental-physical attraction between boys and girls at this age but the relationship between them should not be got perverted. The sublimation of such kind of feelings should be done for the healthy relationship. Boys and girls work together in so many activities of community life. We believe in “Have a fence between boys and girls but don’t build a wall”. Thus, co-education prepares students to comprehend gender equality of man-woman as natural, mutual, essential and healthy.
3.3 Students Counseling
It is a well-known factthat as the development of the individuality of a student takes place, it gives rise to some emotional and behavioral problems in his life. Proper care is taken that personal, skill guidance is given to every student with utmost love and concern in the development of his emotional-behavioral life. Along with it, competent teachers-family members give advice and discourse at the time of group prayers in the evening, regarding various aspects of behaviors in personal and community life.
3.4 Students’ Council
This governing body of students easily creates a sense in the minds of the students that they are responsible members of a family. This body manages all the activities of the students and executes various programmes with the help of elected secretaries, who are elected for one term by students. Messing, sanitation, co-operative store, finance, festivals, literary activities, reception and hospitality of guests and nursing of the sickall of these is looked after by sub-committees one under each elected secretary. The general secretary is elected unanimously by the representatives of all hostels.