This is an excerpt taken from Dr. Devdutt Pattnaik’s article on Leadership published in The Economic Times on Oct.24, 2015.
There was once a gigantic 100-year-old tree in the middle of the great forest. When woodcutters came to chop it down, the tree said, ‘If you can be patient, wait for the spring to pass, so that my flowers can feed the bees and butterflies, and maybe for the summer to pass, so that my fruits can feed the bats and squirrels. When you do cut, cut me branch by branch, for there are birds who live on these branches, and monkeys too, and snakes. Make sure I do not fall where there are saplings germinating so that they do not die before they have a chance to live. Yes, take my wood, but with least problems to all those who depend on me.’ The woodcutters were impressed by the tree’s wisdom.
A leader is like that ancient tree, who thinks about others who are dependent on him for his decisions. Often the corporations take small policy decision which benefit only a small group but ignores the larger impact it would have on the market. Their decision is like falling of the great tree, and when the tree falls the whole ecosystem is destroyed. You, being the future Managers should be capable of taking correct decision at correct time. One small incorrect decision can destroy the entire system and hampers productivity. Therefore decision making skill has become a very important tool in today’s scenario.
Ms. Charu Singla
Engineering is the most popular profession these days. Being an engineer; youbecome a pride for your family, caste, creed and the society in which you live. Engineering is the most flexible stream in the whole streams we know so far.The benefits of engineering goes from completing perfect 16 grade studies to allowing the student to pursue towards higher studies in foreign countries.
One can opt for MBA, M.tech or go for doing jobs. Some make engineering as a aim because their parents are engineers.Some make it because they are influenced by some books, while some make it because of friends or the whole group is hypnotized by some movie. Be it any case, when it comes to engineering, one has to be very cautious in choosing engineering colleges.
My friend was making a list of engineering colleges in Haryana, as we resided there. And she also asked for my help for the same. We together worked our asses off and finally made a list of engineering colleges in Haryana. As soon as we finished it, she asked me to choose out the top engineering colleges in Haryana. Again we both searched and made the amendments to our previous list to finally settle into the list of top engineering colleges in Haryana. We both were very happy with our work.
As soon as we finished with our semester exams, we handed our list to our brothers who were still struggling in choosing a career for themselves. Seeing that their siblings have found everything for them, both were happy. They thanked us for making the list and asked us for further help. We were happy to solve their problems finally we uploaded that list on various engineering forums.
Now nobody needs to make a list like us, instead they can search and find list of engineering colleges in Haryana at anytime and anywhere. Not only they can find list of engineering college in Haryana but they can also find top engineering colleges in Haryana too.
Even in the scorching heat in summer, the green campus of JMIT appears like an oasis. Whenever I come little early to college, I never miss an opportunity to take a walk around campus viewing Ficus, Croton, Jacaranda and tall bottle palm & Cycus palm trees. Such a treat to mind, body & soul! It reminds me of good old days, when our teachers used to sometimes conduct classes in the open. Every semester I have this dilemma whether to take my class outside or not because being outside also means being distracted, both by nature and passers-by. It really pains to say straight NO to the students requesting for a class outside. But if you think of breaking a monotony of classroom teaching, interacting with nature, understanding our connectivity with cosmos and engaging the students in active learning then there could be no better idea than this.
Recently I was reading an article in “THE WEEK”, where Professor John Varghese, Principal of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi mentioned that sometimes their teachers hold classes in different ambience like in Qutub Minar or Industrial setting which gives different exposure to learners. One of the professors of Vanderbilt University says, “Instead of letting the outdoor be distraction, perhaps our true distraction is our own notions of what a classroom can or should be. If we redefine our notions of classroom, we can find new pedagogical tools to meet students where they are at.” Classroom outdoors is an experiential learning which broadens the horizons of self, others and nature. It aims at improving survival skills, problem solving skills, reduce recidivism, encourage team building and develop respect for nature. I remember my first meeting of creation club at multi- purpose hall, the second one in café and third one in amphitheatre of the campus. In the last two meetings the students were more chirpier, the ideas were flowing free, their energy level was high and their body language showed the swings in their moods. Perhaps it was the ambience or their comfort zone, which they naturally identify with or the openness of the place which opened their faculties of mind.
Where most of the educational institutions stick to the syllabus, prescribed by the university, the elite colleges offer unconventional approach towards teaching methods. At Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi most of the lectures are not based on books. The professors discuss the business strategies of large companies and how they are designed and implemented. SRCC has an entrepreneurial innovation cell and the college takes up many projects in order to boost entrepreneurship among students. “In one of the projects, the students helped puppeteers to showcase their puppet show at corporate events”, said the principal, Dr. R.P.Rustagi. “This initiative got the puppeteers more exposure and handsome money.” The aim of going beyond classrooms and books is to raise the critical thinking skills, decision making skills and problem solving skills of the students so that they can think, interpret, analyze and evaluate any situation.
Ms. CHARU SINGLA
Today, we all are scurrying for success. No matter how old you become, where you’re from or what you do for a living, we all share something in common in our life— yes! You are right it is a sheer desire to be successful. The definition of success varies from individuals to individuals. Some says that success is just a state of mind. For some people success means earning lavishly and sustaining a wealthy life whereas some define success to live a healthy life. However, success actually means to put your life in a blissful state where you do not get trap into the vicious circle of earning wealth, fame and power.
People want success so that they can live a comfortable life—a life where there is no financial problem, where you can drive a luxurious car, and live in a bungalow. However, these materialistic things can be easily achieved but one should never compare achieving the luxurious things, earning well with success. It’s not that typical but the definition of success is much different than this. Success is when you start following your passion. When you stop following the footsteps of others. Success is when you try to explore and do something new, totally different from others. It is only possible when you’ll start following & working as what is demanded by your soul.
CURRENT PHASE OF EDUCATION
We all consider that education is a powerful tool and it unveils the doors of successes. I really feel humorous when I see people confidently accosting themselves as a Doctor, Engineer and Manager just because of their credentials. In fact, it is the degree which exalts us not our inner consciences. The more we are keeping the high expectations from our education system ‘the more it is echoing the problem of unemployment in the country’. Especially, I feel & pity for all those degree holders who by their constant hard work gained the education to excel but now unfortunately sitting idle.
People generally get confuse while defining the success. Some define that success is a result achieved when we fulfill our passion, and some say it is a state when our desires and dreams come true.