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|Institution of Weekly Rice|| |
| The Institution of Weekly Rice|
© K. L. Kamat
I had heard about the system of Väränna
(translated as "Weekly Rice") system of education in India, but I
didn't know the details till now.
Basically the system works as follows.
Poor brahmin boys used to go out of town for primary education and would
typically stay at premises of a temple or a choultry. But they would have no
food to eat. To spare the student the trouble and humiliation of begging
everyday (which was also prevalent, but mostly applied to brahmin boys
who were initiated into monkhood via munji and studied equivalent of today's
high-school), compassionate families volunteered to feed the student one day of
the week. So, once the student located seven sponsors, he could focus on
learning. Dividing the responsibility among seven families reduced the burden on
them as well, since you had to play sponsor only one day of the week, yet the
the family was entitled to the respect and reward of being charitable.
in some parts of southern India -- as late as 1940s, and 1950s this was a very common way to fund education for many poor families.
Brahmanical Education in Andhra Pradesh in 1900
The Institutions of Agrahara, Mutha, and Aigala Mutha
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, July 10, 2003|
Last Modified: 7/10/2003
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