“The Function of education is to teach
one to think intensely and critically.
Intelligence plus character that is
the goal of education”.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
As I was reading one of the works of the well known prolific writer Shiv Khera entitled ‘You can win my mind flashed to the above immortal quote of one of the greatest statesmen in history. We can safely gauge how true and relevant is this definition to the present global, competitive and social scenario. The author unravels the various facets of the definition by blending intelligence and character. He lists the ingredients- Principles, intellectual and moral a scholar needs to follow to become successful and guides him/her from dreaming about success to unlocking his/her potential for success thus giving credence to the words of Theodore Roosvelt “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society”.
The seed of St. Paul’s college was sown in the year 1957. Since then Bishops, Principals, nuns and the members of the faculty of this institution have relentlessly instilled in the Paulines the value of thinking intensely and critically. I sincerely salute and appreciate their yeoman’s efforts in furthering the objectives of the institution and cause of the students. Their tireless and concerted efforts in unfolding the innate potential of the budding scholars and moulding their character speak volumes of the reputation and status St.Paul’s enjoys today. They in their approach invoked the ever relevant words of Swami Vivekanand “As educators, we only need to loosen the soil, water the seed and nurture it. The ability to sprout and grow lies within the seed and is really beyond us”.
St. Paul’s provides a platform for the students’ holistic growth be it scholastic or non-scholastic. The college boasts of 100% result in both the ICSE and the ISC every year. An Increasing number of students make inroads in to the prestigious B schools and other institutions of repute every year. Consequently a large number of Paulines are rendering their services in and outside the country. The students are encouraged and promoted to participate in games, sports and other curricular activities in and outside the institution so that they have an edge over others in self reliance and confidence. ‘Kudos’ to you dear faculty members for your scholarliness, loyalty, dedication and commitment. I wish to laud you and your contribution and selfless service in the words of Abdul Kalam. You have been “Educationists who build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model”.
I deem it pertinent to record that the college boasts of an impressive alumni base of achievers who have carved out a niche for themselves and their Alma Mater. They have really done their Alma Mater proud by rendering their services in the corporate world in the Public Sector, Defence, Civil Services, Chartered Accountancy and advocacy etc. thus living the words of George Bernard show “Life is’nt about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself ”. They guide their younger brother and sister in the college by holding sessions on various disciplines and trades. They constantly keep connecting with the present by organizing games and matches. I sincerely applaud your indebtedness and gratitude towards the institution. Let me state dear Alumni “You are our strength, support and inspiration in good times and bad times”. Your Alma Mater beckons you. Do standby your Alma Mater all the time. Thank you Parents for giving us such wonderful boys and girls. We sincerely appreciate your understanding, goodwill and generosity towards the college and our present students for their loyalty, obedience, discipline, participation and love for the institution.
Dear faculty members the students of today are of a different breed. They respect teachers who know their subject, are well read and speak with authority about different things. Hence we need to constantly adopt and adapt to the latest innovations and the techniques of education to drive a deeper understanding or acquiring the skill rather than just a mindless transfer of information from teacher to taught. Let us stir our consciousness and think deeply and think differently about what and how we are educating our budding scholars. Let me conclude with an Oriental saying “Where the vision is one year, cultivate flowers. Where the vision is ten years, cultivate trees. Where the vision is eternity, cultivate people ”.
Fr. Vincent Pinto
M.A., B.Ed., LL.M.