The Dayalbagh Educational Institute is located amidst the tranquil environs of Dayalbagh, a self-contained colony renowned for its serene environment and secular establishments, in which its inhabitants lead an active, disciplined and co-operative community life dedicated to service, conforming to the high spiritual ideals of their faith. On the outskirts of the historic city of Agra, the campus is situated in garden settings, away from the din and noise of the city. Nestled between lush green fields, it provides an excellent ambience and academic setting which is in harmony with nature. This, along with a simple, disciplined and principled life propelled by Sigma6Q model, undoubtedly contributes to the strength of the social, moral and spiritual fiber of the institute's educational system.
The Institute has introduced a scheme of innovative and comprehensive education at university and non-university general and technical education levels which aims at excellence but not at the cost of the relevance, which inculcates dignity of labour, encourages initiative and creative work, which is multi-disciplinary, which prepares men for the increasingly techno-oriented society of tomorrow without uprooting them from their agricultural moorings, which will generate in the alumni the basic values of humanism, secularism and democracy by exposing them to the principles of all the major religions of the world and to their own cultural heritage, thus developing in them an integrated personality of well-adjusted men whose world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
In pursuance of its mission objective of evolving a ‘complete man’, DEI’s curriculum includes core courses and co-curricular activities which encourage the well-rounded development of the individual. These include the following: Cultural Education; Comparative Study of Religion; Scientific Methodology, General Knowledge and Current Affairs; Rural Development; Agricultural Operations; Social Service; and Co-Curricular Activities (cultural and literary activities, games and sports). It also includes work based programmes that takes the form of practical training in areas related to the major subjects.
The distinguishing feature of DEI’s education policy is its emphasis on combining excellence with relevance to contemporary needs. Recently, a high power committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development ranked DEI 8th amongst 126 deemed universities in India.
The Distance Education programme of DEI was launched in 2004 to extend the benefits of its high quality, innovative, and value based education system to all sections of society via distance mode and in particular, to the weaker sections and women in remote, backward and tribal areas in various parts of the country for their empowerment and economic development. Towards fulfillment of this objective, a number of employment-oriented vocational programmes are offered with nominal fees. In addition to these, higher level programmes are also offered which are helping students from backward and tribal areas to join the mainstream. The Distance Education Council (IGNOU) has given recognition to the Distance Education Programme of DEI. On the recommendation of the Joint Committee of UGC-AICTE-DEC, approval has been accorded to a number of programmes for being conducted in distance mode.
The Quantum-Nano Centre is a multidisciplinary centre at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra set up under MHRD National Mission on Education through ICT, with partners as IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Madras, besides several international collaborators. With a focus on the rapidly growing area of quantum-nano computing and quantum information sciences, the Quantum-Nano Centre provides an environment for scientists and mathematicians to explore the fundamental physical characteristics of quantum systems, to devise and implement prototype quantum computers, and to develop quantum algorithms and novel applications. Through a vigorous program of lectures, seminars, and workshops, the Centre stimulates intellectual exchange among students, faculty, and academic partners.
Dayalbagh Educational Institute has just established Centre for Consciousness Studies with the Inaugural Workshop CONCENT 2011 held in October 2011. Since then, the Centre has been host to leading luminaries in the field from across the world such as Prof. Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona; Prof. Jack Tuszynski, University of Alberta; Prof. Elizabeth Behrman, Wichita State University; Prof. Anirban Bandyopadhyay, NIMS Japan and Prof. Vlatko Vedral, Oxford University.
The centre involves researchers from all crosssections including Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology,Management, Languages (English / Hindi / Sanskrit),Theology, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Medical Science.