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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birthday, let’s delve into his educational profile and discover how he made his way from a cobbled school to the university in England, and how he built himself up to be the loved Bapu, the respected Mahatma and Father of the nation.
The nation celebrates 2nd October remembering Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the man who laid the foundation stone for freedom. Who worked day and night barefooted, to lead a struggling nation and brought together people from different caste color and creed. Every year when the day we learn something about the life and struggle of this national hero, but did you know about his education profile?
We all know he went to South Africa but do you know about his schooling? No? With NYOOOZ let’s slip in the educational profile of Bapu.
M K Gandhi was born in 1869 in Porbandar and gained his primary education in the same city. Surprisingly, he was not the bright topper student you’d imagine. In fact, he used to learn by writing with his finger in the dust. During his early school days, he was neither measured to be very gifted in the academics nor in sports.
At the age of 9, he moved to Rajkot after his father took on the role of a counselor to the ruler and later the Diwan. He was admitted in Alfred High School in the city at the age of 11. Gandhi was married at a very tender age of 13, with his early marriage and school he also struggled through school due to his father’s ill health.
During his high school days, it was noted that he was good at English, fair in arithmetic, weak in geography, good in conduct but for bad in handwriting. After enriching students for 164 long years, the school was later renamed to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi High School in his memory and was shut down in May 2017, making way for a museum.
After completing his schooling in Ahmedabad in 1887, in 1888, Mahatma Gandhi registered himself in Samaldas Arts College, which was one of the few degree-granting institutions in the region at the time. Along with Gandhi, it was also the college of Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Though, Gandhi dropped out of the course and made his way back to Porbandar.
After taking a break from his college midway, he stated on pursuing law, and do to do he made his plans to cross the sea and reach England. Before leaving for England to study law at the University College London’s (UCL) Faculty of Law, he promised his family that he would abstain from women, meat and alcohol. At the age of 22, he had to return to India on news of his mother’s death.
This is how he made his way from a cobbled school to the university in England. Certainly, he built himself up to be the loved Bapu, the respected Mahatma and Father of the nation.