Pallikkutam is the name of one of the Foundational Educational Legacies of India, that originated with the Buddhist Revolution in education, which liberated education in this part of the world from its caste-based exclusivism. Buddhist education was a totally inclusive, essentially secular, profoundly scientific, substantially liberal and truly international system.
The word Pallikkutam is derived from the Pali language, the language of Sree Buddha, from the roots: Palli, meaning “Buddhist Monasteries” and kootam, meaning “something attached to those monasteries”, namely “schools”.
All the important international universities of ancient India, including Nalanda, Takshashila, Vickramsila, Jagaddala, Vallabhi and Puspagiri, belonged to the stream of Pallikkutams in this sense. Following this educational tradition, in South Indian languages, such as Tamil and Malayalam, “Pallikkutam” just means “School”.
Rajagiri Media Trust is committed to revive, preserve, and rejuvenate the legacy of Pallikkutams in India. We are inspired by the example of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who made critical interventions in the education sector of the South Indian state of Kerala by promoting a movement to preserve the Pallikkutam educational legacy of the nation, by insisting that catholic parishes build such Pallikkutams attached to the churches, as a precondition for their official approval from the bishop. He championed this movement in the 19th century, almost a century before India attained her political freedom from the colonial rulers and asserted her sovereignty!
Rajagiri Media has already developed a palette of products and services to serve its noble purpose:
Started in 2013, Pallikkutam, the Education Observer meets the information and insight requirements of different stakeholders in education, especially parents, teachers and students. Read Pallikkutam E-Magazines: https://www.pallikkutam.com/magazines/pallikkutam
Pallikkutam Educational Portal, https://www.pallikkutam.com/ is designed as a one-point destination for all educational needs.
Pallikkutam SmartBoards are developed to provide weekly research-based updates for all stakeholders in education. The six weeklies in this series are: SmartTeachers, SmartParents, SmartStudents, Smart EduLeadership, Smart EduPolicy, and Smart EduServices, providing information and insights to parents, teachers, students, education leadership, education policy makers, and education service providers, respectively. Visit: https://www.pallikkutam.com/smart-board
Pallikkutam iSchool provides exciting learning activities based on a unique and futuristic pedagogy, named the Pallikkutam Pedagogy. Learning contents of these schools are aligned with the National Curriculum Framework, being developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, the NCERT, from time to time. Rajagiri Media has developed four such iSchools: 1) Playmate, for Preschoolers, 2) Companion for Junior Schoolers from standards 1 to 5, 3) Friend for Senior Schoolers from standards 5 to 10 and 4) Mentor for Pre-University students in standards 11 and 12. These iSchools will also develop Weekly Learning Challenges, in which students of the entire nation could participate. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/rajagiripallikkutam/
Pallikkutam Publications, publishes GenNext books and learning materials for all the stakeholders in education. Visit: https://www.pallikkutam.com/magazines/condemned-to-be-creative
Pallikkutam Projects attempt to creatively solve the problems affecting the education sector, especially those related to the students and to support their holistic development as contributing members of a modern democratic nation.
Rajagiri Round Table is a monthly conference to accompany the development of global and national policies in education and to synergize policy discussions into appropriate policy recommendations. Watch previous RRTs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7cifHZhNAzWh40tMSw11mHUKPfyD0fUB
Pallikkutam Awards are meant for identifying and honoring achievements of different stakeholders in education who bring about excellence in education. Pallikkutam National Award for Innovation in Education is instituted to honor education leadership, who dare to introduce disruptive and frugal innovations in the education praxis of the nation, and to showcase the best practices of meritorious institutions in this regard. Pallikkutam National Award for Startups in Education is dedicated to recognize and highlight Educational Startups, who are instrumental in bringing about and spreading excellence in education across the sector. Watch 2020 edition of Award Declaration Ceremonies: https://www.youtube.com/pallikkutam
Pallikkutam Center for Education Technologies is visualized as a competence center for integrating emerging Information and Communication Technologies into the education sector.
All these products and services are designed and implemented with the purpose of catalyzing yet another major paradigm shift in education, to make quality education available, accessible, adaptable and affordable for every learner in India and beyond, irrespective of their financial, developmental or literacy levels or statuses.
Rajagiri Media is committed to ring in a culture of innovation and excellence in all aspects of the education sector in India.
We invite every citizen of the nation and all people of good will to join hands with us to bring about a Second Pallikkutam Revolution in India and to make quality education universal!