The IPM Social Committee organized an interactive session with the Indore District Commissioner, Shri Sanjay Dubey on March 2, 2016. The discussion revolved around education and the roles of students and managers in the same field. The Commissioner also offered an opportunity to all the students to do a live project directly under his own office in his initiative ‘Vidhyadaan’. The project is about designing and exploring further possibilities for setting up a career counseling cell under the existing initiative, or extending the initiative’s reach to students with special needs.
Mr. Dubey while interacting with the students mentioned that according to the Annual Survey of Education Report, the status of education has been deteriorating since the last few years. Not only the quality of education but also the teaching skills in the teachers have been falling down. This condition is more prominent in government schools, where teachers are not quite interested in teaching and the students don’t have any motivation to come and learn. ‘Not failing any student till the eighth class is a major reason why we are lacking. When the student doesn’t have a strong base, which he should have gained till eighth class, how you expect him to perform well in class 9 or 10?’ he said.
Discussing about his project ‘Vidyadaan’ he mentioned that we believe that each one us should contribute positively to the growth of this country. ‘And for this, via Vidhyadaan, we are providing an opportunity to each one of you to come ahead and work in a way you want, at the time which is convenient to you and teach student the subject you like’, he mentioned. He said that the volunteers who have been teaching at government schools find their work satisfying and energizing.
‘Teaching at a government school is tougher than teaching at big institutes like IIM or IIT. The students who are admitted there are selected after rigorous screening but the students at government schools are living in very different circumstances, their parents may not be having time to take care of them, and they might not be taking admission after a tough exam, unlike the students who study in IIT or IIM or any other B-School. Teaching them is like trying to adjust with all mindsets of students, with different capabilities and different aims’, he noted.
Discussing about Vidhyadaan, he said that along with the volunteers, regular teachers are also teaching the students, so that the child is able to grasp the concept easily which is taught that week. This in turn helps the volunteers also to learn and develop skills, i.e. the volunteers are getting in-site training as well.
The talk concluded with a Q&A session wherein the students discussed their initiatives and various innovative teaching ideas.