Message from our President  
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Dr. Ing. B.V. A. Rao, President A spirit of change and innovation pervades educational activities all over the world.  Old curriculums are being continuously updates to suit the present developments and emerging technologies.  It is said that the best gift one can give to each succeeding generation is 'effective education'.  In this context, child education at pre-primary level has become a very important subject to mould the child to face the challenges of the present day world.
We have to remember today the significant contributors to the child education in the last two centuries such as Jean Jacques Roussea,
Pestalozzi, Johann Friedrich Herbart, Firedrich Wilhelm August Froebel, Dr. Maria Montessori (known by Montessori Method), Caldwell Cook (for his methodology of education), John Dewey (for his democracy in education by of and forexperience), Rabindranath Tagore (for his concept o n 'in time' with nature), Mahatma Gandhi (for his advocating basic education in the east).
The influence upon Indian education of this galaxy of prominent educators is so interwoven both in spirit and method into the fabric of education, that it would be almost impossible to isolate the contributors of all these.  Further Educational Technology has made tremendous progress in the last decades and is continually making great strides in the developing countries of the world.

Both the kindergarten method of Froebel and the Montessori Method of Maria Montessori, which concentrate education between three to six years have points of resemblance such as child as center of the educative process, great emphasis on the development of the inner nature of the child, importance of sense training in the early education, application of special apparatus and materials, creation of a beautiful environment etc.  Both the methods have got universal recognition and world-wide fame.  One can see the commonsense of Montessori and the wisdom of Froebel.  Yet there is a difference, where Madam Montessori was an environmentalist and her method dealt with the individual child (compared to group activities as followed in other practices) with no formal class room teachings or time tables.

In the Nursery, the teacher is supposed to interfere sufficiently to guide his pupils, whereas in Montessori the teacher remains in the background and free discipline is inculcated for the child to develop.  In Kindergarten, children carry on group activities, in Montessori the individual child is to do its own task in its own way and at its own speed. In Kindergarten, heavy emphasis is on socialisation, whereas in Montessori Method, the Directress is an observer of individuals to select their own activities and decide for themselves when to change.  Nursery can easily be introduced anywhere, whereas in Montessori Method it requires elaborate planning and apparatus (much more than Froebelian).  However, in both the methods, the child is the centre of education process and further, great emphasis is laid on the development of the inner nature of the child and that the inner must be made the outer.

Thus, education all over the world has changed from teaching paradigm to learning paradigm.  Earlier, it was 'Behaviorism' (do as I say, teacher centred).  Later, it changed to 'Cognitivism' (think and do, learner centered).  This changed over to 'Constructivism' (discover and learn, technology centered, teaching being only a facilitator).  These paradigms have changed since 50's of the last century to the present 'Electronic Learning' (learning centric) and now it is 'e'-izing era.

As Swami Vivekananda said, 'Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man' we try to cater to this thought-stream. Earlier grandparents were a source of moral stories and value education.  I learnt Aswini, Bharini and moral stories from epics and Panchatantras from my grandmother.  She tried to bring me to senses whenever I committed  a wrong through her moral stories rather than 'beating practice' of those days.  Our first teachers were our parents and the grandparents, who introduced us to this world, the moral, social and religious values.  Any parent would wish his child to acquire knowledge and wisdom and should develop good character but  with the fast paced rush hour life and nuclear family at present, this sort of education to children from grandparents and parents are no more available.  To compensate this absence we give high priority to value-oriented education in our institution.  We at Hymamshu strive to inculcate the values of discipline, co-operation, social sensitiveness and tolerance.

Changes are periodically necessary to meet the human demands and the advancement of knowledge.  After all, we are human beings and not human doings.  Changes are therefore necessary in every walk of life.  People will be happy with no changes (status quo and no confrontation).  But 'change' is what takes us forward.  What is change?  It is an event or a series of events which challenges the status quo and makes it an imperative to leave the current state behind.  It is said that when the rate of change in the market place exceeds the rate of change in an organisation, the end is in sight.

There is thus atleast one point or state in the history of any civilisation, when one has to change drastically to rise to the next performance level.  One misses that moment, one starts to decline.  It is in this context that one should remember Madam Montessori.  She was well ahead of times to introduce the learning paradigm by realising the child's capabilities.  Research is therefore necessary in education technology to keep abreast of times and compete in this globalised world.  From this view point, even the Montessori system of education needs good number of changes considering the present child, which is much more knowledgeably than its counterpart during Montessori period.

Finally, I wish to quote a few great sayings:

When planning for a year – Plant corn
When planning for ten years – Plant trees
When planning for life – TEACH Children 
                                                           - Kwan-Tsu 

Open a School and close a prison.
                                                          - Victor Hugo

Dr. Ing. B.V. A. Rao from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and
 (Dr. Ing) TU Dresden, Germany
Former Pro-chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology



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