Akal Academy is the First IB authorized school in Himachal Pradesh, set in the serene valley of Baru Sahib,100 kms off Shimla. As an international residential school, it advocates a unique approach to education combining spiritual and multicultural experiences with academic and creative opportunities. Akal Academy upholds the IB education philosophy and standards; at the same time adopts methodologies and advantages of traditional Indian Education System.
Sant Attar Singh Ji, the founder of this unique institution Akal Academy was committed to modern scientific education that was duly tempered with spirituality. In order to implement his vision, he identified and inspired Sant Teja Singh Ji, the former Principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar (1904-1906) to acquire the most modern scientific education from the West (1906-1913). Sant Teja Singh Ji visited a number of countries including France, England, America, Canada, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore and Africa, to spread the Divine message among those people. He acquired training in teaching education from Columbia University, New York and later got an AM degree from Harvard University, Massachusetts. On his return to India, he started several High Schools and Colleges, and worked as the Principal of many renowned educational institutions
To fulfil the vision of Sant Attar Singh Ji, Sant Teja Singh Ji discovered Baru Sahib, a serene and picturesque land in the lower Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India as it had been the Tapo Bhoomi (place of meditation) since times immemorial, saints and sages having meditated there on the Divine Naam (Sacred Word). Accordingly, he established The Kalgidhar Trust to further the mission of spreading Guru Nanak's message of universal brotherhood by combining spirituality with modern scientific education and laying the foundation of Sant Attar Singh Hari Sadhu Ashram, Baru Sahib in 1956.
The Kalgidhar Trust established its first school at Baru Sahib in 1986 and has established 129 more branches since then, besides undertaking various other charitable projects in the areas of healthcare, woman empowerment, relief & rehabilitation. To know more about Baru Sahib's ongoing charitable ventures, please visit www.barusahib.org