Monday, 18 March 2013
“Education is Incomplete without Extracurricular Activities” - Professor M.S.Rao
“The extra curricular activity in which I was most engaged - debating - helped shape my interests in public policy.” - Joseph E Stiglitz
Currently Indian educational institutions emphasize more on curricular activities rather than on extracurricular activities. In fact, education is complete only when both curricular and curricular activities are equally accorded with importance. Classroom education, especially curricular activities provide theoretical knowledge. Education empowers and enlightens students by opening widow to the outside world. A person without education is considered to be blind. At the same time, students must also focus on extracurricular activities like playing games and sports, and organizing events which build emotional intelligence and promote camaraderie and fraternity. They also promote competitive spirit and help understand team dynamics. As a result, students build leadership skills and abilities which are very much needed currently. Hence, it is essential to blend curricular and extracurricular activities among students to enable students to grow as well-rounded personalities.
Recently I was invited to attend a college anniversary day. One of the students outlined the challenges he encountered to organize the event with several setbacks, and finally bounced back to normalcy. I appreciated his sincerity to acknowledge publicly and the ability to bounce back with resilience and tenacity. I supported his views and enlightened the students that nobody can become a crackshot unless he loses some ammunition. Real leadership qualities can be learnt at the ground level, and especially through failing, falling and bouncing back. Hence, students must learn that things won’t work out the way they wanted but will happen the way they are supposed to happen as there are certain aspects in the external environment which are beyond human control. However, we can predict and prepare to some extent, and be able to manage external threats to execute the tasks effectively to accomplish our goals. To conclude, students must not only focus on their curricular activities, they must also emphasize on extracurricular activities as the curricular activities equip students with knowledge and the extracurricular activities equip them with skills and abilities. There is need for all students to possess knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in the current competitive world.
“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I'd discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater.” - Morgan Freeman
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