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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cool Campus: New age 'guru-shishya' relationship

DU’s kewl gurus...…is how Novy Kapadia of Khalsa College and NK Jain of Hansraj College are known among students, for they connect with students beyond classrooms On a spree to locate a few unconventionally cool teachers of the campus, , and there were quite a few lecturers comprising the cool gang of teachers.
To select a few of them, Novy Kapadia and Naveen Kr Jain from Sri Teg Bahadur Khalsa College and Hansraj College respectively came across as the coolest teachers. They are the ones who are known for their flexi hours, playing on the ground, allowing mobiles, watching movies and sharing their hobbies with the students.
So if you thought all that goes in to making some of the best lecturers in the University is just their diverse knowledge of the subject and their ability to convey it well, then you need to rethink, revalue and review. .Teachers like Novy Kapadia and NK Jain just set an entirely diverse benchmark for other lecturers. It’s not just about how well they conduct their classroom lectures and studies; it’s their easy going attitude that brings about the connect factor with the students. They make the students remember them not just for the classroom lectures but the lessons outside class too.
Talk to the Khalsa College students about the most approachable teacher, one name that comes out in unison is that of Deputy Proctor, Novy Kapadia. So what is it that makes him so popular among the students across various courses in the college?
“Well it’s the way he shows trust in us and makes us do work without even making us realise it,” says Megha Makhija from Khalsa College.
When the lecturer was asked about the same, he had a very different view to offer. “I have never done anything to gain students’ faith; I have tried to make sure that students feel comfortable here, especially the outstation students. I understand the capital’s traffic and hence let the students enter my class even after five to 10 minutes,” says Kapadia.
So is that it! Nopes, this cool teacher prefers to catch up with the latest flicks with his students too.Makhija says, “Whenever sir asks us to do something, he gives us a deadline and till that time he never asks us for the same. This makes us feel responsible.”Equally favourite on the popularity chart is Naveen Kr Jain from the Commerce Department. For him learning doesn’t stop in the classrooms; he prefers to take his students to the playground as well. Ask the mentor and he says,
It all starts from the classroom. If I don’t take my classes seriously and do not make my students understand the situation then how will my students share their interests with me. And playing cricket is, I guess, the best connecting factor.” Well this is not all! Till sometime back, Jain had even conducted some wild life photography expeditions.
There I used to take the students to a place where they could watch the birds and practice their interest. Though I am no more into photography, but cricket continues to be a common ground where we meet,” shares Jain.
And in order to connect with his group of students, Jain prefers to keep himself updated and not just rely on the age-old knowledge of the text books. When asked about what is that one thing that he has learnt from his students, he quips, “It’s their ability to live with multiple risks in life. They aren’t afraid to experiment and believe in their potential. They are open to move out for better options with no feeling of insecurity. The mutual learning process bridges the student-teacher gap,” opines Jain.
Cheers to this new age guru-shishya relationship! Hoping this spirit never dies


Ria Taneja February 2, 2009 at 11:55 PM  

that was nice on guru shishya relationship

Ria Taneja February 2, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

Education is the guardian genius of democracy.
It is the only dictator that free men recognize,
and the only ruler that free men require.

Anonymous,  February 3, 2009 at 12:02 AM  

The most effective teacher will always be biased,
for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.

Dr. Aradhna February 3, 2009 at 12:06 AM  

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation

Anonymous,  February 3, 2009 at 12:06 AM  

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child

Er. Nidhi Mishra February 3, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.

Anonymous,  February 3, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots

Dr.Nishi Chauhan February 3, 2009 at 12:08 AM  

thats new age teaching for us..intresting post

Anonymous,  February 3, 2009 at 12:08 AM  

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars

Ashok February 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery...It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor

Rohit Sharma February 3, 2009 at 12:11 AM  

We think of the effective teachers we have had over the years with a sense of recognition, but those who have touched our humanity we remember with a deep sense of gratitude


Austeen Sufi February 3, 2009 at 12:11 AM  

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task

Alec February 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing

Alec February 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind

Shreya Rajput February 3, 2009 at 12:33 AM  

with changing time Teacher-student also has changed
This was nice post

Shilpi Verma February 3, 2009 at 2:03 AM  

thats hw gusru shisya relationship has changed....best part is its for good of both

Swati February 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

good post on changing tresnd of'Guru-shisya' relationship

Ritika Pandey February 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

that suggests every thing is changing...Eklavya is extinct....

Jyoti Dixit February 3, 2009 at 6:59 PM  

thats change 4 goog..both 4 teachers n students
good post

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