Sankalp 3 - A Faculty Development Program
10 April 2017
Vishwas - the Jain (Deemed-to-be University) Student Guidance and Counseling Center organized 'Sankalp 3', a faculty development program under the theme - Decoding the Teens.
The first session began by Dr. Jagadish, Psychiatrist, and Director of Abhaya Hospital. Dr. Jagadish spoke on biological and environmental aspects of teenagers as the theme was 'understanding the teens.' He emphasized the important role of teachers in motivating students and addressed the teachers to look out for signs of learning disabilities and the tendencies of self-harm, as these are the signs which are very often missed by the parents, also highlighted the ineffectiveness of parent-teacher meeting that involves addressing parent as a group.
He urged one-to-one interactions between the parent and the teacher, and between the management and the student, which is essential for resolving conflicts productively. He also suggested Morning Prayer and Yoga to overcome with the issue of addiction.
On this occasion, Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) spoke on the need for each one in the audience to have faith in the system and importance of perseverance and resilience, citing the growth of Vishwas over 7 years amid many adversities.
Dr. Chenraj Roychand highlighted the importance of passion for teaching and the need for teachers to touch the lives of students, by helping them to handle challenges beyond the classroom and also brought out the need for parental involvement in enabling their ward in developing the right value system.
The technical session was further continued by the speaker, Dr. Ali Khwaja, the Founder and Chairman of Banjara Academy. He spoke on how to manage teens as it is most difficult task faced by teachers. He pointed out the 'attention required by asocial students and implored the faculty to help students by changing their teaching methodology.
The participants observed that the program was a grand success in its content, organization, and implementation, and helped the faculty in changing their mindsets to become more open to understanding and managing teenagers, one of the most vulnerable age groups.