First IB Primary Years Programme authorized school in Northern India beyond NCR Delhi
In 2013, the Kalgidhar Trust established Himachal’s first IB authorised residential School at its headquarters in Baru Sahib, District Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.
Akal Academy is proud of its unique 'IB Advantage': a 21st-Century approach which educates children to be global thinkers. The IB-PYP is a world-renowned educational programme for students in Nursery to Grade V.
Through inquiry-based learning and hands-on experience, the IB offers challenging classroom syllabi delivered by specially trained educators and prepares students to be committed, creative and compassionate citizens of the world.
IB nurtures a commitment to learning as a life-long process, challenging students to take thoughtful action with their newly-acquired knowledge and skills.
Journey of Akal Academy
Sant Attar Singh Ji, the founder of this unique institution Akal Academy was committed to modern scientific education that was combined 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 barusahib.org
Evolution of Baru Sahib in Pics
Evolution of Baru Sahib
Sant Attar Singh Ji (1866 – 1927)
Sant Teja Singh Ji (1877 – 1965) MA, LLB, AM (Harvard)
Akhand Paath Sahib being carried out in tents by the pilgrims.
A small cottage constructed in place of tent.
Sant Teja Singh ji along with other devotees.
Pilgrims visiting the divine valley.
Pilgrims from Punjab visited, loaded in buses.
Two storey house was constructed for the stay of visiting pilgrims.
Laying of foundation stone of building of Akal Academy by ‘Five Beloved Ones’ (Panj Pyaare).
Construction of Akal Academy in progress.
First phase of construction of Akal Academy completed.
Four storey building of Akal Academy completed.
Additional floors in Akal Academy constructed.
Additional wing of Akal Academy being constructed.
Play ground of Akal Academy is carved out.
Construction of staff quarters in full swing.
Construction of main Gurdwara building started.
Few more storeys of Gurdwara were constructed. The construction of Akal Charitable Hospital started.
The carving of play ground completed.
Building Construction of Eternal University completed.
Foundation Stone Laid in 2012 and Construction Started.
IB school building construction completedin 2014-15.
Inner view of new building.
Beautiful Aerial view of Baru Sahib in 2017.