Is your ward studying in any professional college outside?
Dr. A.K. Raina, Nagpur
BITS Pilani, India
here was a time when we thought that there is no moral obligation towards the students studying in our place, Nagpur, that has the most population of professional colleges and of course Kashmiri students. This was probably due to our casual nature while admitting our child in such colleges without looking for local guardians and local people who can be of use. But a single event produced turbulence in whole of my thought process. It was after we returned from an official tour to Nagpur that we learnt about a Kashmiri boy who was studying in Nagpur, had met an accident and was in coma for past few days. We rushed to the hospital and were surprised to see that there was none of our 30 odd Kashmiri families living here to give moral (not to speak of financial) support to the parents. This was the reason for creating the Students Forum of Nagpur Kashmiri Sabha that is now an active and coherent body of dedicated students.
The aim of this story is to bring out some hard facts to fore for guidance of parents whose wards are studying outside the places of their residence. The points brought forth are compiled out of experience and constant interaction with the students. The idea is to provide guidelines to the parents as we are seeing very timid boys and girls getting wasted or just wasting the time for lack of guidance. There are ample examples where such students get frustrated without any valid reason and none of their faults. There is significant feedback available on the negative side of such students but we are deliberately ignoring that. Before we make my points serially, it is my earnest request to all such parents to realise the fact that their ward belongs to the common folk and is not an angel. Also, we too are commons anyone of our wards or us can commit mistakes that may stake our lives or their future. We should accept the fact that our children are prone to fall into traps that can spoil their bright future prospects. The guidelines are as follows:-
We fully understand that children of our community are bright, their parents are well educated and understand most of the intricacies of their ward staying out in a new city where parents are not around. But still let us think for a while we are leaving our tender, fresh, wards in conditions not known to them before and there is every chance (barring few mature and intelligent ones) that the murkiness of the local conditions will overpower them, sooner or later. Do not put a lid on the growth of your child, but give a shield all around him so that evil forces do not even approach his/her aura.
Dr. A.K. Raina is a geologist with specialisation in Rock Excavation and blasting, application of IT in mining, application of controlled blasting techniques, fragmentation optimisation and digital image analysis techniques. He is working in Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research, CSIR India, at Nagpur as Scientist - since 1997.
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a very good article thanks.people really need to keep this in mind as times are very different .
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