Who we are
Setup amidst serene and picturesque ambience in the lower Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, the Akal Academy New Campus at Baru Sahib, is a globally renowned educational institution imparting high quality value based education.
The Academy , inter alia , offers two most sought after academic streams, International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). Akal Academy has been the first institution to set up an IB authorized world school in 2013 in Northern India, which also has the Cambridge International affiliation. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is available for the age group from 3 to 11 years( Nursery to Grade V) and the Cambridge Programme is available for the age group 11 to 19 Years (Grade VI to XII) .The IB School , the first one so far in Himachal Pradesh has undergone two successful evaluations in 2017 and 2022.
The IB PYP emphasis on inquiry based learning and hands on experience where specially trained educators follow challenging classroom syllabus and prepare students to be committed, creative and compassionate citizens of the world. It nurtures a commitment to learning as a life long process, challenging students to take thoughtful action with their newly acquired knowledge and skills.
The CAIE curriculum prepares school students develop strong curiosity and Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19.The Akal Academy New Campus at Baru Sahib offers Cambridge Primary, Cambridge lower Secondary, Cambridge upper Secondary and Cambridge Advanced Programme covering a wide range of subjects and using flexible ways to offer them. This helps our students discover new abilities and a wider world and gives them the skills they need for life so that they are able to achieve excellence at School, university and professional world.
The CAIE programme at Akal Academy, New Campus adopts active learning as classroom approach. This acknowledges that students remain active in the learning process by building knowledge and understanding in response to the learning opportunities provided by the teacher.
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Akal Academy aims at preparing youngsters through modern education with spirituality to develop them into global citizens striving for the spirit of inquiry and reform to serve humanity at large with dedication and devotion.
The above divine hymn is incorporated in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and refers to that, the ones who are educated will always have a universal outlook and will use education for the betterment and welfare of human-kind.
Our founding saints have propounded education to be of three types:
This is defined as learning of ‘ABC’ of any subject. The Literate person who has no spiritual values are mostly egoistic and self-centred. Such humans have led to erosion of human values. This has led to awful situations like wars, crime against humanity, exploitation and hatred towards each other, which threatens the very existence of humanity. The prevailing current world scenario is an example of the same.
VALUE BASED EDUCATION:
Whenever Literacy is amalgamated with moral and spiritual values, it becomes Education (VIDYAA). Thus a person with value based education has a broader outlook and is believed to work for the betterment and welfare of society and humanity at large, contributing in creating universal brotherhood and permanent peace in the world.
For spiritual enlightenment one does not have to go to any school, college or university. This is inherently revealed on recitation of Divine Name with complete Love and Devotion with the association of pious souls.
T hus we need Gurukuls which can strengthen the roots of our children, expose them to the spiritual realm, teach them to have respect for values and morals and develop in them the uncanny ability to discern right from wrong
We at Akal Academy, Baru Sahib believe in empowering young minds with Value Based Education, alongside exposing them to the best of educational Pedagogy (Worldly Scientific Education), moral and spiritual values.
We are also of firm belief that exposing the young minds to a value based education system would surely benefit in soothing the already raging world, bringing in permanent peace and thus creating global citizen.
Our Journey So Far...
2003Awareness of IB programme as model of excellence in pedagogy through education journal by Head of school.
2004The president of the Kalgidhar Trust takes decision to adopt IB pedagogy at Akal Academy Baru Sahib(flagship school). Dr. M S Atwal(founding Vice-Chacellor of Board of Directors) plans study tour USA.
2004Head of school Dr. Neelam Kaur undertakes visit to USA for 3 weeks to understand the functioning of IB schools vis-à-vis government, private and science schools in USA.
2005Dr. Neelam Kaur & Dr. Davinder Singh secretary Kalgidhar Trust conduct study tour to delve into IB pedagogy in schools in USA.
2007Feasibility visit by Ms. Farzana Dohadwala(South East Asia Pacific head IB).
2009Candidate status awarded to Akal Academy Baru Sahib.
2011Acquainting the parents with IB philosophy and programme.
201115-20 schools established each year taking the number of Akal Academy to 101 in 2011.
2012Pre authorization visit by Kathy Derrick(IB PYP School Services Associate Regional Manager).
2013On November 20th 2013 School is declared as an International School.
2017First Evaluation by IB Evaluation Team Seema Bhati from Delhi and Elaine Lam from Malaysia.
2022Second Evaluation by IB Evaluation team Elaine Lam from Malaysia and Vandana Lulla from Mumbai.