Nestled in beautiful and salubrious surroundings with fresh water springs located far from the maddening crowd in a relatively remote corner of Himachal Pradesh , Akal Academy, Baru Sahib, is divinity personified matching the predication of one of the greatest and venerable saints of the present era, Sant Attar Singh ji who envisaged way back in the early last century that children educated at this place and endowed with the spiritual wisdom tempered with the modern scientific spirit would spread message of universal brotherhood across the geographical boundaries to the entire mankind. A bold response to the world's urgent need of healing, love and kindness, decidedly a significant step towards establishing enduring peace for posterity.
For the realization of this monumental and stupendous task Sant Attar Singh Ji inspired his ardent disciple Sant Teja Singh Ji, M.A LL.B(Punjab) AM(Harvard) , the former principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar. He studied at the University College, London and at the Cambridge University from 1906-1908. He joined a summer school in Teachers's College, Columbia University, New York in 1908. Subsequenently he joined the Harvard University in USA and took his Masters' degree in 1911. Sant Teja Singh ji being a widely travelled person took training and inspiration from various institutions and universities abroad. Upon his return to India he established various institutions including charitable trusts which presently figure at 129. He laid the foundation of Sant Attar Singh Hari Sadhu Ashram, Baru Sahib, after identifying the land as envisioned by Sant Attar Singh Ji. He established the Kalghidhar Trust to disseminate Guru Nanak’s message of the universal brotherhood by blending spiritually with modern scientific education.
The legacy of Sant Teja Singh Ji is being carried on fervently by Baba Iqbal Singh Ji,who retired after having served as a Director in the Department of Agriculture, Himchal Pardesh. He has authored a book on divinity and sikh way of life revealing unparalleled spiritual insight. He travels across the length and breadth of the country to carry the message of Guru Nanak that humanity is one and indivisible.
With the ever changing and trying times, the parampara of “Guru” and “Shishya” prevalent in ancient Gurukuls is not only maintained but being redefined at Akal Academy, Baru Sahib, situated about 100 Km from Shimla with the present strength of the students being approximately 1600.
Very recently and well deservedly, Akal Academy, Baru Sahib has been accredited with the authorization of International Baccalaureate (IB), a recognized leader in the field of real modern scientific education. IB addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. IB enables students to function comfortably to cultivate personal values as a foundation upon which international mindedness will develop and flourish. IB empowers the students to develop their own perspective. It equips them to identify, investigate and offer solutions to real life issues. IB programme offers the authorized schools to incorporate local and global issues in the curriculum and effectively allow the students to “Step Up” beyond the usual confines of learning. IB inculcates the awareness among the learning community about sharing the planet and optimum use of its resources for the larger benefits of mankind.