Message from the Principal
October is the month of the Mahatma and the Shastri. In my school rapid reader there was a line to the effect that freedom of India was achieved through the sacrifices of millions; nevertheless, if one has to single out one person as the architect of India’s freedom struggle, it was the Mahatma. Then, if a slogan could be a great motivator, Shastr-ji first said “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and then there was no looking back for us. With the Mahatma, my mind travels to South Africa, probably his firstfield of work. The following quotation is from the entrance of a university in South Africa, sometimes attributed to Nelson Mandela, the first President of independent South Africa who spent 27 years in jail, came out and became the President:
“Collapsing any Nation does not require use of Atomic bombs or the use of Long range missiles. But it requires lowering the quality of Education and allowing cheating in the exams by the students.
The patient dies in the hands of the doctor who passed his exams through cheating.
And the buildings collapse in the hands of an engineer who passed his exams through cheating.
And the money is lost in the hands of an accountant who passed his exams through cheating.
And humanity dies in the hands of a religious scholar who passed his exams through cheating.
And justice is lost in the hands of a judge who passed his exams through cheating.
And ignorance is rampant in the minds of children who are under the care of a teacher who passed exams through cheating.
The collapse of education is the collapse of the Nation.”
In my last message, I used a line from Mandela without acknowledging. Unlike many other countries, we, in India, maintain a strong bond with our young adult sons and daughters. Even we teachers refer to our students as our children “bachhe”. I would appeal to these two sets of guardians to interact more frequently in order to chart the best itinerary in the lives of our children.
Prof. (Dr.) Avijit Kar
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