Much of the success or failure of a college depends upon its Principal. Principalship is a very arduous job, lull of responsibilities. The discipline of the college, it’s moral tone and its popularity throw light on the personality of the Principal.
On becoming the Principal, first and foremost, I shall make my college a model of discipline and order. Without order and discipline, nothing good can be done. If the students are allowed to do as they like, teaching becomes impossible, and education is neglected to a great extent.
Next, I shall insist upon making games and some sort of physical exercise, compulsory for all students. It is on the play ground that the feelings of brotherhood, discipline and social service arc created among boys. The team work becomes their habit. The Duke of Wellington once said that it was on the playing fields of Eton that the Battle of Waterloo was won. The national cry of England is ‘play up! Play up! And play the games’.
Thirdly, I will have a first rate library in my college. The works of all the famous authors of all countries shall he stored in the library. Nothing can take the place of a good library.
Fourthly, I shall like to give moral education to all the students. Moral education is necessary to make the students better, wiser, happier and nobler. They must know their duty towards their country and their fellow beings. They must be true to themselves. The true Ideal of education lies in the moral teaching.
Fourthly, I will organize extracurricular activities. I believe that youths learn as much outside the classes as inside them. At any rate, I shall do it that every student takes part in these activities. I shall introduce debating societies, dramatic clubs, walking trips and social service camps.
Sixthly, I would like to discourage extravagance in the dress and habits of the students. I would encourage plain living and high thinking among the students. They will be taught that extravagance ruins man and a penny saved is a penny gained.
And now about myself. My attitude to my colleagues will be kindly, polite and firm. I am a very hard task-muter. I don’t ware any one because I don’t ware myself. I will be extremely considerate not to hurt the feelings of my subordinates. I will treat them as a friend on terms of .quality. And this is what I will do if I become the Principal of a college.
TRAVELLING AS A PART OF EDUCATION
By traveling is ordinarily meant going from one place to another for domestic, business or similar other worldly purposes is not really traveling. Traveling, as the real sense of the term indicates, is going from one interesting place to another to see and learn mote and more. It has, thus, an educative end in view.
The world is very wide place in which prevail different cu1ture, manners and customs. So a man living comfortably at home can have no idea of these. He remains narrow in mind, narrow in thinking and narrow in appreciation. But man has a natural heart-hunger to know how others think, feel and live. This impels lm to move out of the limited sphere hi lives in. Even when there were extreme communication difficulties, these were men who left their cosy borne in search of knowledge and experience. All of them had to walk on foot and pass through perilous places Infested with wild animals. They had to pas over unsurmountable mountains and cross impassable and roaring rivers and sees. The allurement of the unknown was so irresistible with them that they went on and on with a hungry heart and without caring for dangers and difficulties.
History records examples of such knowledge-seeking and daring travelers. The Greek travelers Homer, Pythagoras, Herodotus and Megasthenis, the Chinese traveler linen Tsang, the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, the Egyptian traveler lbn-e.Batuta, the Persian traveler Sheikh Sadi and the English traveler Mungo Park were o great in their knowledge and wisdom because of their wide and adventurous travels. The works they have left are a testimony to what they saw, learnt and felt.
This shows travel is meant for the benefit of man. It broadens the outlook by bringing the traveler in contact with people of different testes, cultures, manners and customs. Our narrowness and angularities may wear away and we may be liberal in everything when, by travel, we are inclined to know and appreciate others. This gives us an opportunity to be relieved of the prejudices that we usually have about others whom we do not intimately know.
Book knowledge is often half knowledge theoretical in nature. Knowledge acquired through travel is practical. Travel thus supplements book knowledge and can make man a complete whole. It is for this reason that so much stress is laid on travel for students. It is said about Sheikh Sadi that he traveled for thirty years after finishing his education to be able to say only what was correct and his Gulistan and Bostan are a combination of his book knowledge and what he saw and learnt abroad.
The communication difficulties of the ancient days do not longer exist. So traveling now-a-days has become easier and less expensive. But its necessity has become all the more great. What the ancient travelers acquired in years we can now acquire in days. So undertaking travels during and after education is Imperative for us all. The present- day world has become smaller for communication facilities and people all over the world are eager to know one another and become closer. One who lags behind will assuredly be denied a share in the universal brotherhood that is in the offing. Like Ulysses’s our yearning spirit should ever desire to follow knowledge like a sinking star beyond the utmost bound of human thought.