Shri ram global school Mukesh Singh, Treat people with generosity, handle matters with strictness
Created on: 2020-09-25 06:12:05 | Author: Sanjeev Mishra | Interviews
An Interview: Let us introduce Mr. Mukesh Singh (Head of the Institution, Managing Director, Shri Ram Global School, Bangalore) We had an interview with him when he told us his background, his aspirations, expectations, and his vision of the future development of his school.
Siksha Today: What makes you take up educational work? For how many years have you been teaching? Have you worked on other jobs besides?
Mr. Singh: I started my career as a teacher at St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, where I taught Physics and Mathematics to I.Sc. (+2) while pursuing his Physics Honors. I took up education for two reasons. When I was studying Form 6, I was Chairman of a voluntary group and had to teach in an evening primary school for adults. For self-enhancement, they studied after work. Their eagerness and persistence in learning and their respect for teachers deeply touched me and inspired my enthusiasm in education. As a result, I took up teaching after graduation.
Siksha Today: What are your educational aspirations?
Mr. Singh: I had a very good teacher whose words have been guiding me along. He said, “ teacher does not teach books; he teaches people.” Information and knowledge are concrete and passing them onto students are easy. The difficulty lies in the inculcation of propriety and morality in students. To achieve this, I suppose teachers should set good examples and always do their proper duties so that students can model their exemplary behavior. Besides, I also firmly believe that a person should possess both intelligence and virtue and have training in the five aspects of education namely, the moral, intellectual, physical, social, and aesthetic aspects. Only then can students have all-round development before they can contribute to the well-being of the community.
Sikha Today: What is the school mission under your leadership?
Mr. Singh: My goals as M.D coincide with our school’s original mission and goals, which emphasize “Respect, Humility, Progress, Sensitivity” I hope that students can have self-respect and respect for others, learn with modesty, progress with the times to enhance themselves, be active and responsive in doing things and fulfill their proper duties.
Sikha Today: What do you think is a good secondary school, and what are the essential conditions for its successful operation?
Mr. Singh: A good school must, in computer terms, possess the relevant hardware and software. The “hardware” refers to the school facilities, the environment, and resources. Ample resources and a favorable environment can produce conditions conducive to learning. The “software” refers to manpower. An excellent school must have quality participants. First about the leadership. The school management is like a beacon guiding the entire school. School leaders should have farsighted educational ideals. They should improve with the times and possess the courage to assume responsibility. On the teachers’ part, they need dedication and take it as their ultimate duty to educate students to be learned and moral people. As for students, they should persist in working hard for progress, relate with others according to our school motto: respecting others, being modest and polite, progressing with the times, and being prudent in speech and quick in response. Other stakeholders like parents also have an important role to play. This is because a spirit of cooperation between the school and the family can encourage parent-teacher communication, which is beneficial to the upbringing of children. The advancement of an excellent school cannot just rely on the leadership: it requires the support and concerted effort of all teachers, students, and parents so that our school can create more miracles.
Sikha Today: What expectations do you have for yourself, your teachers, and students?
Mr. Singh: My motto is: “Treat people with generosity and handle matters with strictness”. I always think that in getting along with others, we have to learn to be understanding and considerate and put ourselves in others’ shoes. Only in this way can people have close cooperation with one another. In handling matters, we have to be serious before things can be done flawlessly. Unfortunately, young people nowadays are often generous to themselves and harsh to others, and this is surely something to avoid. That is why I expect myself, our teachers, and students to understand the necessity, to be frank, sincere, and modest with others, and spare no effort in doing things.
Sikha Today: What is our future direction for development in terms of academic work, curricular and extracurricular activities? Can you tell us your plans and strategies?
Mr. Singh: Academically, enhancement of students’ English ability is a major concern. Regarding public exams, besides assisting the more outstanding students to achieve even better results, the school will also focus on the average students and those who lag and provide them with more support to help them realize their potentials. Often, students may not be doing too well academically, but they can excel in other fields like sports, art, etc. The school intends to cater to the needs of different students and arrange for the various forms of training so they can be best equipped for entry into society.
As for extracurricular activities, I know our students have long been doing very well such as in handball, singing, recitation,. They often have distinguished results in public contests. In addition, the school will also diversify such activities to broaden the students’ horizons and experience and to benefit a greater number of students. The development of a school lies in the advancement of its students’ academic work, extracurricular activities, and moral character. I believe with the concerted effort of all the stakeholders, S.R.G.S will scale new heights!
We reporters were deeply impressed by Mr. Singh who was very amiable. The whole interview was like a friendly chat which made us feel free and easy.