Why is Surya Veer Sang (SVS) important?
The United States, particularly New York, is called a cultural melting pot. What is often ignored is the fact that it is also a cultural mosaic, where cultures/identities meet and lend their respective greatnesses to construct the American Identity.
It is our strong conviction that the great teachings of Hinduism can lend tremendously to building a greater United States, not through proselytism but by Hindus just being comfortable and confident Hindus.
Knowledge is Confidence! The objective of SVS is to educate Hindus to build that confident Hindu Identity and be model Americans.
Our births in Hindu homes are not by chance! We are harmonious with the cosmic principles when we become knowledgeable insiders of our own culture rather than when we become the perfect outsiders of other cultures.
Where and when are SVS classes held?
Fridays 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Shri Surya Narayan Mandir (SSNM) 92-17 172 Street, Jamaica NY 11433. Visit us online or get a copy of the mandir’s calendar for semesters’ opening and closing dates. SVS Classes often falls around the New York Public Schools semesters’ dates.
What are the criteria for admission?
A desire to learn more about Hinduism is expected. Parents should ensure that students are punctual, encourage discussions at home about the materials learned and verify that all given homework are completed.
Is there an age requirement?
No one is denied! We do recommend from age six and up. However, if parents wish for children younger to be a part of Level I class then they must personally supervise them.
Is there a tuition fees?
There are no fees for the classes. Instructors volunteer their time and knowledge. Your donations will help to cover the cost of using the utilities of the mandir. You can also help with printing class materials, organizing or assisting with graduation, end of semester gatherings and other class and mandir seva activities. See your child’s instructor for details.
Is there a structured syllabus?
Yes. Every year the instructors work towards streamlining and bettering the curriculum. The aim is to present Hinduism to SVS students the same way they are exposed to secular education.
Can parents join the classes?
We encourage parents to join the classes. Parents, unlike SVS students, have the freedom to be in any of the four classes.
There have been parents that chose to be class cohorts with the SVS students. These parents climb the Levels progressively in the way SVS faculty structured the program to work. These parents have found this approach quite rewarding.
How long is one Level?
Each Level is two years long. SVS students are not exposed to the same topic over their two years stay at their Level, unless they repeat that Level.
What are the criteria for moving to the next Level?
A passing score of 75% is a must. However, it is not the only criteria for promotion. SVS students must have excellent attendance.
Hinduism values knowledge, action and devotion equally. So good behavior and commitment to Hindu related activities are required. In other words, the knowledge gained must be put into practice.
How difficult are the classes?
The curriculum is designed for students who have been doing fairly well in their secular education classes. SVS faculty consists of a group dedicated Hindus with teaching experiences. The faculty aims to address the individual needs of the SVS students.
Are there required books?
Only for the Level IV class. Books can be obtained from SSNM bookstore at very minimal costs. The bookstore is on the mandir’s premises.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Students must wear SSNM T-Shirts. These T-Shirts are available at SSNM bookstore at very minimal costs. The other alternative is simple Hindu clothing.
I want to join, what do I do?
Do one of the following and a faculty member will reach out to you:
1. Complete the online registration form @ www.shrisuryanarayanmandir.org.
2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Complete a printed registration form and submit it in the SSNM mailbox. Forms are available at SSNM bookstore.