COLLEGE HISTORY / PHILOSOPHY & KEY PERSONNEL

Kanya Gurukul was founded on the principles of Arya Samaj, which in turn was founded
in 1875 at Bombay, India, by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.

The pioneers of Arya Samaj are:

• Swami Dayanand Saraswati Ji (Founder of Arya Samaj)
• Swami Shradhanand Ji (Founder of Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar)
• Mahatma Hans Raj Ji (Founder of D.A.V. Institutions)
• Acharya Ram Dev Ji (Founder of Kanya Gurukul Dehradun, U.P.)
• Pandit Guru Dutt Ji Vidyarthi (Emminent Vedic Scholar)
• Lala Lajpat Rai Ji (Freedom Fighter & Leader)

Purpose and Goal of Arya Samaj

Arya Samaj was founded in the pre-independence era of India. The purpose was to move the Hindu Dharma away from all the factitious beliefs, and go back to the teachings of Vedas.
The goal of the Arya Samaj has always been, Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam - Make This World Noble.

The Founder Acharya Ramdev Ji :

Following are the excerpt extracted from Mahatma Gandhi’s Autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth, whrein he has quoted his impressions about Acharya RamDev Ji, during one of their first meetings in Hardwar:


“Jab Main pahad se dikhne wale Mahatama MunshiramJi Ke Darshan Karne aur unka Gurukul dekhne gaya,to mujhe badi shanti mili.Hardwar ke kolahal aur Gurukul ki shanti ke beech ka bhed spasht dikhai deta tha.Ramdevji se bhi usi samay mulakat hui aur unki shakti ka parichay main turant pa gaya.Yadyapi hamein apne beech kuch matbhedh ka anubhav hua,phir bhi hum paraspar sneh ki gaanth mein bandh gayen.Gurukul mein audyogik shiksha shuru karne ki avashyakta ke baren mein Ramdev aur doosre shikshako ke saath maine kafi charcha ki.Mujhe Gurukul chodte hue dukh hua”.

(The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Autobiography by Mahatma Gandhi )

Acharya RamDev Ji's Sacrifice, Idealistic principles and immense Hard work and Passion towards building Kanya Gurukul educating and empowering Women in order to build a noble and progressive Society, lead to the foundation of Kanya Gurukul in Dehradun on 1st May 1927.The Institution, later on culminated into Mahavidyalaya, solely due to his sole persistance, immense dedication and hard work.

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Acharya Vidyavati Seth : Kanya Gurukula Mahavidyalaya was set up in Delhi on 8th of November,1923 under the Guardianship and tutelage of Acharya Vidyavati ji.She dedicated her entire youth towards building a strong foundation and her contribution in establishing Kanya Gurukul has been invaluable.

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Acharya Damyanti Kapoor : Known and described as the Worthy daughter of a Worthy Father, Acharya RamDev Ji, Smt.Damyanti Kapoor has been running the Institution since the last 57 years.She has been serving Kanya Gurukul, in the capacity of Acharya since 1953 and her dedication and devotion towards the Institute is metaphorical of the Ideals and principles, advocated by Acharya Ramdev ji.

She was felicited and honoured with the “Doon Ratna” Upadhi by the Nagrik Parishad,Dehradun,on 14th August,1994.To honour her lifetime Contribution to Education, Gurukul Kangri University honoured her and conferred upon her with D.Litt /Vidya Martand Upadhi on 27th October 1999. Prior to her, the only other woman to receive this honour from the Gurukul Kangri University, was our late Prime Minister, Smt.Indira Gandhi .

She has presided over and chaired various Sammelans and Conferences in various parts of the country.She has also propagated the values and principles of Arya Samaj in India and various countries viz.,England,America and Canada.

One of the untouched aspects of her personality is that she personally is an excellent host to all the distinguished visitors to Kanya Gurukul and organizes dinners and Buffet,personally.She is referred widely, as Ammaji, by one and all and she continues to be the Role Model for all the Alumni’s, Education Fraternity and the Staff Members.

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