Wednesday, June 23

‘Children must be enabled to make right choices in life’

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Principals and teachers along with parents play a crucial role in mentoring students to help them make the right choices in their lives, said National award-winning filmmaker Ashoke Viswanathan. He was speaking at the Times NIE Principals’ seminar on Saturday.

“Children have the talent within themselves, but that talent needs to be nurtured with great care to make the future generations successful,” Viswanathan said. Held in association with Vellore Institute of Technology at J W Marriott, the event saw a packed hall with heads of institutions from over 70 schools.

Apart from Vishwanathan, anchor and radio jockey Mir and journalist and former sheriff of Kolkata Utpal Chatterjee, who was also the chief guest, were part of the experts’ panel. The three panellists who were deliberating on ‘Successful career options for students’. Painter Ashok Haralalka was the anchor for the event.

Urging his audience to inspire their students in class to take the path less trodden, Viswanathan pointed out that a philosophic backup was lacking in physics and maths teaching. He spoke of the importance of introducing film appreciation and theatre classes at the school level to expose the best of world cinema and stage to the students. “Remember, Satyajit Ray never went to any film school. So read about films, watch movies, converse and interact on the topic and attend seminars. Film is a media, using which you can make a difference and survive fairly well,” he added.

Lacing his speech with wit and humour and sharing anecdotes from his life as an RJ, Mir in his inimitable style had the august gathering floored the minute he took the stage. “A hands-on experience is must. We plan a lot but seldom create. We need to have the patience to teach our kids and nurture them. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the patience to listen,” he said.

The last speaker for the day was Utpal Chatterjee, who pointed out that 37.5% of illiterate adults around the world are from India. Praising the state-funded education system in Finland he stressed the idea of vocational training for children in schools. “It is sad that mobile games, and not outdoor ones, dominate a student’s life nowadays,” he said. He emphasized the need to be a friend to your children and talking to them.

Prof Sudipto Bhattacharya from Vellore Institute of Technology gave a short presentation that stressed on the need to motivate and inspire students.

 

Source: Times of India

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