I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. .
It can never be wrong once we say that lap of the mother is a first place where a child learns to speak the initial words. Yes, it’s the same place where the basic learning starts which includes the decision of right / wrong and basic social norms and behaviours. However, it is more pertinent to mention that the enhancement of this learning is being done by the teachers in schools, colleges and universities. After parents, teachers are the role model for the student which contribute a lot in transformation process of making him / her a useful member of the society. In recent past I have seen decline in overall attitude of our young people towards basic norms and ethics. I have seen them hurting others on societal grounds of religion, sectarianism, class difference etc. This attitude and pattern is at rise with each passing day. Corruption, whether financial or ethical is not being taken seriously by our younger generation. This somehow depict that there is a gap in grooming process of these minds and should be examined at all tiers by the researchers of social sciences. In my subsequent thought process, I would highlight my point of view.
I have seen number of universities coming up in the country but alarming thing is that mostly these are privately owned corporate structures which are coming up as good profit earning organizations not meant for lower and lower middle class people like us. There is hardly any sign of government universities for the marginalized community of low income tier. Due to good salary package and allied facilities food Human Recourse flows to the corporate oriented universities and remaining left out is absorbed by government institutions.
Its bit natural that what we see, we do get its effect. May be that effect is negligible but at some stage it does reflect in the conversations and actions. Being affiliated for quite some time with academia for pursuance of my higher studies, I have experienced some critical flaws which if addressed may be able to bridge the gap of grooming young generation. Here I don’t say that complete academia is flawed because there are people who can be taken as example of perfection. Its bit natural that whenever we see problems, we tend to compare those with other elite cadres of the country with whom we are or were affiliated like Armed Forces and bureaucracy. In my opinion there is a difference in process of training which leads to grooming which in turn give edge to these elite institutions in presenting themselves in general masses. I have observed that there are some serious discrepancies in personality development of academia. They may be good teachers but their conversational skills in terms of using words, their dress presentation and informal student-teacher interactions definitely need improvement. Yet another pertinent aspect of academia is their intellectual ability / integrity in grading and doing justice to submitted student work. Senior management was seen taking no notice or deliberately overlooking these aspects was also not understood.
Human Resource Management of academia needs to be revamped. Merely teaching them pedagogies and curriculum management may not solve the issue. There is a need to give them dedicated personality development and presentation skills which may not be possible without dedicated hard work of management tiers. In December 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced formation of National University in Prime Minister House. University will house the Institute of advanced studies in its initial phase, which will promote research opportunities in Pakistan. I suggest that some faculty development institute should also be developed in this university which should work for personality development of university faculty. This institute should only concentrate on non-teaching aspects like speaking skills, conversational skills, dressing pattern for on and off campus activities. In addition, basic personality and character assessment should also be done here and recommendations should be given in keeping or relieving the faculty members. The training module should be of at least three-month duration and trainees should not be allowed to leave the institute. Living and dining facilities should be provided at same place. Their activities and conduct should be observed 24/7 in this duration. Training staff should include ex bureaucrats, armed forces officers and psychologists.
HEC has to play a positive role in making such things possible. Proposed solution can be amended as well to make it practicable. I am sure that if this aspect is looked after, we will definitely see a change not only in faculty standards but also in overall conduct of our younger generation. We need to tell our younger generation what is right and not what is flawed. Youth follows what their ideals do, not what they say. So the teachers have to DO what is correct so that wrong message should not spread.