Eklavya-ism is a concept in learning by self. This is a principle that denotes ‘self-learning’ and ‘self-perfectionism’. It is learning by observation too. In the absence of the teacher, the disciple learns by himself.
Mahabharata conveys ‘Eklavyaism’ as a learning philosophy. It is sometimes being recognised as a sentiment or a Bhava.
In the present day of the comprehensive global learning environment, which is marked by the competitive life, ‘Learning by Self’ has become a necessity. It is not forced upon us- but we learn by observation now. We are determined to learn so much that the twenty-four hours seem less and the physical presence cannot be given at all places at one time.
The advent of Education and Learning Technology is the product of Eklavyaism. The use of technology to stay connected with the ‘Teacher’ is what we practice today. Eklavyaism is credited with making the classroom equal to life itself. The Modern-day Advanced EdTech-EduSoMedia is evidence of Eklavyaism. Learning by acknowledging the presence of KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS in someone, sitting far away across the globe is what we have been doing. This is what Eklavya did. He was the deprived one; we are the designated ones to do so.
Eklavya is known as the best disciple ever. Not because his Guru-teacher taught him the best of the techniques and skills of archery, but for the dedication, he had for the Guru-The Teacher he took. The first colour of Eklavyaism is Respect for the Guru- The Teacher. This is an age when we need to adopt and adapt to education. When resources get caught in 'conflict of interest' and all are not able to receive the same facilities, Eklavyaism can be of great value.
Sugata Mitra, the 'man with a rational Educational Mission' has established this by his successful experiments (Hole in the Wall) with the installed monitors. Various movies have also said the same: Latest Hawa-Hawai, Iqbal and even Tom Hanks's Cast Away say the same.
As said before, Eklavyaism is in the 'mind'. Eklavyaism is a belief in learning.
Let Us Celebrate Learning!