From the Principal's Desk
It gives me immense pleasure to share my thoughts through this column which I can share with everyone, especially those with whom I do not get to interact often. All of us sharing this magazine have one thing in common: the welfare of the JVM students and, in a wider perspective, that of today's youth.
It makes one wonder how, in today's chaotic world, can our youth be guided in the right direction so that they will take a stand which benefits the country and the world in the future. When we discover that the lone terrorist arrested for the Mumbai catastrophe is found to be only 21 years old, it troubles us. For nearly all of these hardcore youngsters, this kind of violent behavior has become a way of life.
It has often been cited that poor economic conditions and unemployment are the reasons that today's youth becomes wayward. But recent surveys give us a very scary report: many of the spearheads of such actions are neither from poor economic backgrounds nor unemployed. What do we - those who have taken up the mantle to educate - do to create a society that will help in the overall progress of the nation and for future generations?
We, the teachers and parents, have this task before us. The onus lies with us to keep our young brigade moving in the right direction. A big thing missing is the time we need to spend with our children, either as a teacher or as a parent. Our responsibility does not and can not end with simply doing what is expected of us. It must go beyond that. A teacher cannot limit his or her interaction only within the classroom. A parent cannot end his duty by providing only the basic needs to the child. We have to keep in mind that this generation has far more exposure to worldly surroundings than its previous generation. We should interact with them, always keeping this in mind. We can provide through example, so that they can related to us through experience, allowing them to choose their path of life. When in school, we must frame a curriculum that is more than text books for out children. At home, the atmosphere needs to encompass not only the immediate family but the extended one also.
I once again thank the parents and the management of the school who have provided support whenever requested. I am certain that we - together - will be able to send out into the world citizens who will become the ideal for future generations.