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Sports now has more acceptance

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author02 25 Mar 2016 2

Making of adolescents into artisans

Holistic development
author02 19 May 2016 5

Interview with Ms. Kulpreet Kaur

Holistic development
author02 15 Feb 2017 14

Interview with Ms. Shalini Singhal

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author02 06 Apr 2017 0

Sports now has more acceptance

author02 Atul Wassan 25 Mar 2016 1

Do you also feel we have a teeming number of arm-chair sports enthusiasts who would rather cheer for their favourite players than attempting to play a sport? We may not have definite answers here but it’s a development that needs to be addressed. Children and youth need to step out and play to understand a sport.

“We have sports enthusiasts who would rather watch a football premier league than play the sport. You need to play a sport to know about it. Till I played golf, I didn’t know how difficult it is,” says Atul Wassan, former Indian cricketer.

Ask Atul, a cricket commentator who has academies to provide training in the sport in Delhi, if cricket was his first love, and this is what he has to say: “Not really. Growing up in India you play seasonally. In winters, you play cricket and in summers you play some other sport. And in our times, there was no TV or internet. The only thing was to go outdoors and play. So, it was more of a seasonal thing.”

It is in school at the age of 12 or 14 you realise which sport you are good at and you play better than others. “I was lucky at the age of 14 I was playing for the school team and then there were trials for the Delhi team. I was at Guru Harkrishan Public School in Vasant Vihar, Delhi. I went for Delhi under-15 school boys trial and got picked up. And then, I went for a professional club. I started my training,” says Atul, who feels, those children who are good in a particular sport should go for regimented training where they get to see senior players and learn from them by interacting with them and observing them.

While sports has found its place in classrooms, there are schools which give more weightage to academics which many feel leads to single dimensional growth of a child.

“Things have changed. With football premier league becoming so popular, schools now have professional footballers. All the colonies have cricket academies. So, if somebody is interested, even if he doesn’t reach the top level, there are various levels where he can survive and make sport a profession.  You don’t have to become world famous to become successful,” Atul adds.

In cricket, if you play first class cricket, you get a job. If you are good, you may get an IPL contract. So, you don’t have to become a test player to become successful. Sports has got more acceptance. Parents also feel if the child is good, they can pursue it.

However, all said, parents still wonder how far their child will go.

“You have to keep it open. Everybody will not become a test player. In 80 years of the Indian  cricket history, only 260 players have played for India. So, at least pursue it. Sports will teach so many things in your career. Team spirit, discipline, peer pressure and also how to live with people. These are the core qualities you will gain which will help you in corporate career,” Atul says.

Sports has to be taught and inculcated in a way where one is encouraged to give it one shot and start diversifying once you hit a brickwall. But the training has to start at the right age.

“The bar is getting lower and lower. In cricket, 9-10 years of age is good for structured training. Same in football too. Swimming and gymnastics have to be learnt early. However, a child must enjoy the game. (Andre) Agassi hated tennis but he became the best. You have to leave the child to his fluency, talent and joy,” says Atul.



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Making of adolescents into artisans

author02 Bhagyalakshmi Padaki, Editor, Fairgaze 19 May 2016 0

Making of adolescents into artisans

Once the parents admit their children to the school, they will start focusing only on their academic performances. They normally tend to shift their attention from their wards’ pranks and funs to their scholastic achievements. They view and review his or her role as a student than as a child with talents. In the modern world, by the time when children go to 5th or 6th standard, they are immersed in their formal learning process. There is hardly any time and energy for them to look into their hobbies, interests, talents and skills. Hence, the parents should identify their children’s passions and potentialities at an early age. As the saying goes- ‘Catch them young’ holds good with the children’s potential …….When the kids are into pranks and plays, observe them carefully in which activity they are good at. Provide them materials and let them exhibit their talents in their own way without any guidance. Try this repeatedly. Your child may be multi-talented. After this ‘diagnosis’, make a list of your child’s latent talents.

For all the talents a child has, parents or teachers can not guide them. It requires special training. Hence, it is always better to send the children to various types of classes conducted by professionals. The art classes, music-dance, etc., can make children amplify their interests, skills, passions, hobbies, and talents. The skills the children are learning today can become their profession one day. Make the adolescents into artisans.

Due to the present day life style, the world is becoming more and more competitive. People are running after materialistic comforts. It is only when they want to relax, they realise the need and value of arts and culture. Arts and culture not only give entertainment to the strained bodies but also rejuvenate energy levels. The artistic expressions such as music, drama, dance, drawing-paintings, sculptures, and literary expressions such as stories, poems and discussions can expand the creative minds of the children thereby making them perfect personalities.

Arts always broaden the hearts, when hearts are broadened, the body and mind go hand in hand. Hence, the adolescents should be encouraged to take up arts and flourish not only as artisans, but also as perfect human beings.


Interview with Ms. Kulpreet Kaur

author02 Editor 15 Feb 2017 0

Kulpreet Kaur is a skilled counsellor in Career Development, HR Consulting, Coaching, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Psychological Assessment. An academic consultant, Kulpreet is also known as a strong professional with a MA Psychology focused in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

When did you know that you wanted to be an academic counselor?

I liked teaching from the beginning. The first time when my grandfather held me in his arms he told my mother that he would want me to a professor. Somewhere the nature of the nurturance brought me in this field.

What strategies did you use to be successful in this career?

I have an intrinsic interest to learn and it is easy for me to express it in a way that the other person understands. This was the core quality and then these things added to my success.

What are the challenges that you faced while choosing this field?

Not much! It just happened for me, somebody was going on a leave and there was a casual conversation over a cup of tea where I expressed my interested for it and fortunately got selected.

Did your friends and family supported you in your decision?

My family including my parents and husband always wanted me to be in academics so I have always got lot of support from them.

What changes you advocate in today’s education system?

The place from where people come to study is not always an intrinsically motivational, they fall apart before completing their program. They are not sure of what they want to study sometimes there is just peer pressure or people telling them what to do. I think there should be a sufficient time wherein people should be able to explore of what is their inner calling then it will become easier for everybody.

Do you agree that new technologies have changed the map of education?

Yes! It is easier. Because the communication has become fast, we do not have to wait for the session to begin. Students can begin to talk on whatsapp and can communicate through email. They can easily send their stuff and get a response and proceed on. So yes, absolutely, it has become much faster.

What is the best thing about being a professor?

When students come to study something and sometimes they do not know the road map how to reach. When you see a person completing a project and being happy that happiness reflects on their life which in turn reflects on my life. So I think happiness is the most important thing I get out of teaching and counseling psychology.

Do you think mentoring students is different from teaching them? How?

Yes, teaching is a one way traffic wherein a teacher gets up and says or discusses a topic. On the other hand in mentoring the person is also an active participant in the entire process. It should be both ways there are times when a counselor has to become a teacher, likewise a teacher has to become a mentor. It can be changed between the two.

In your opinion, what personal and professional traits are desirable for mentoring students?

Begins from intrinsic motivation and then it spreads depending on the subjects. I do psychology and I have a motivation to do it for people then I am willing to learn, willing to adapt to wherever it goes in terms of counseling students. The knowledge of the subject is like a personal trait. Second thing is the knowledge of the subject sufficient information so that you can impart it to the students in a way they can understand. These things are necessary for the entire thing. From the students’ end we also need the person’s willingness, need and necessity to do it and for it to become formal stamp or system for them. Then the student can take it and use the knowledge in their daily life.

Would you like to share the success mantra among students?

Your interest to do it. Why you have to do it and the skills if you have them.  Of course your intrinsic variables, if these two things match there is no stopping for a person.

Do you have any special plans for your future?

I would do some research, post doc studies and I would publish some papers of what I have been thinking about. I don’t want to plan too much in advance as things change but yes would like to see myself doing post doc studies. Let’s see how it is destine for me.




Interview with Ms. Shalini Singhal

author02 Editor 06 Apr 2017 0

A Doctorate in Nutrition, Dr. Shalini Singhal started as a business head but later came up with the idea of opening her own clinic and guiding people towards good health. She has worked in the nutrition industry for the last 19 years. She contributes to the society with her expertise which has come from working in well-known institutes like VLCC, Pritkin etc. She has also been involved in teaching budding dieticians and nutritionists. Read the exerpt below to know more about Ms. Singhal through our correspondent Ms. Srishti Anand.

What attracted you to this career?

I always wanted to take up a career in Preventive Health Care. I chose B.Sc. Home Sc. for my graduation and then pursued Post graduation in Foods & Nutrition. Thereafter, I took up a research project on heart patients in a leading hospital in Jaipur and that study won me UGC Research fellowship and my Doctoral degree.

Why is a proper diet necessary for a growing child?

Nutritious food and proper dietary habits play a pivotal role in the physical, cognitive and psychological health of a child. A growing child needs nutrients for physical growth, mental development, for protection from various diseases and for energy purposes.

What is that one diet tip you swear by?

Eat More ‘’Food Right from the Kitchen Garden’’ and Eat Less ‘’Processed Food’’.

Do you think children should consider becoming a dietician?

Yes certainly. Preventive health care is the need of the hour. With rapid modernisation and urbanisation the world is facing an epidemic of lifestyle diseases. Nutrition & Dietetics is a field which is going to have an increased demand in the years to come.

What still keeps you attracted to this career?

It’s my passion now. I feel blessed to have got an opportunity to study Nutrition and guide people towards better health and longevity.

What is the common problem that people come to you for?

Obesity and other associated lifestyle problems like Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kidney ailments etc.

Who has been your guide/mentor in the entire journey?

Dr. Rajeev Gupta, Chairman of Interventional & Preventive Cardiology, Eternal Hospital, Jaipur has been my guide since my graduation days. My husband was the one who pushed me into entrepreneurship and has always been very supportive.

Do you think the supplements that teenagers take to substitute real fruit are fine?

No, I do not recommend anything of this sort. Processed food cannot be compared with natural food at all.

What is your advice to students who are planning to take up this career option?

Just go ahead. Get your concepts right, get the right work experience and practice with ethics.



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