Sunday, 29 July 2012

“Students must Emphasize on Extra Curricular Activities” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” - Dale Carnegie

Students must focus on both curricular and extracurricular activities equally as both can be compared with two eyes of an individual.  Often students focus too much on academic activities and ignore extra curricular activities. It is a retrograde step leading to lopsided personality.  For Indian students, there is a lot of pressure academically, and as a result, they ignore extracurricular activities. Here are the advantages of emphasizing on extracurricular activities:

Playing games and sports enhances team spirit and leadership qualities. Students will be able to build more energy levels thus getting relaxed and focusing on academics effectively. As it is rightly said, “All the work no play makes the Jack dull”. Hence, involving in physical activities has innumerable advantages for them.

Extracurricular activities help manage time effectively apart from building various skills that are needed for overall personality development. They remove negative thoughts from mind as people are engaged with various other constructive activities.

During employment interview the HR people often ask questions about extracurricular activities to assess the suitability of the candidates. It shows the importance attached to extracurricular activities.

If curricular activities develop hard skills, the extracurricular activities develop soft skills. Hard skills are about technical subject and competence, and soft skills are about interpersonal skills, personality, attitude and behavior. Right chemistry between the hard and soft skills is an imperative not only at the campus but also at the corporate world. There are a number of employees who are fired due to lack of soft skills despite being good in hard skills. In fact, people rise in organizations due to hard skills and fall due to dearth of soft skills.

There is no meaning to life when people focus too much on regular activities neglecting others activities that promote spiritual, mental, emotional and physical faculties. Hence, students must blend both curricular and extracurricular activities to eat the cake and have it too.

“We need a sense of the value of time - that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.” - Arnold Bennett

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