"Character building" starts with self-conduct

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''To have a cultured student, we should in the first place have cultured parents. Teachers too need to understand the process of inculcating values, '' said senior computer scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar as a keynote speaker, at the inauguration of the three-day conference on EDUCATION organized by Manashakti Research Centre. Conducted between 20 and 22 Jan. 17 a total of 400 teachers, professors, principals, head of educational and yoga institutes etc. participated from across Maharashtra and India. Inspired by Manashakti’s first thinker Swami Vijnananand, the main topic of the conference was ‘Holistic Thought for Character-building of the Next Gen of 21st century'. The entire conference was broadcasted via live streaming on Manashakti's educon.manashakti.org and YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LM6zmd2jA1Mw-E18P0coA/

The inaugural ceremony had a galaxy of stalwarts like senior academician Dr.P.L.Gawade, former Information Commissioner Mr. Vijay Kuwalekar, Nanded University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Pandit Vidyasagar, Prof. Ramesh Panse, Deepak Gangoli Sir, Manashakti Trustees Mr. Prahlad Bapardekar, Mr. Gajanan Kelkar, Mr. Pramod Shinde on the dias. A summary booklet (Smaranika) of the conference was also inaugurated on the occasion.

Dr Gawade said, “'Moral and ethical values are learnt through the environment and the company one keeps. Ethics are learnt right from the entrance of the school. Hence moral education should take precedence in a teacher’s thoughts. The school being a part of a system to build moral values, it is imperative for principals and teachers to be role models through their conduct for students”.

A book authored by Dr. Varsha Todmal ‘Swami Vijnananand- a Visionary, Empirical, Educationist" was published the next day. Excellent lectures, discussions, sessions on Ethics, Moral Values, Sanskars etc. were conducted by educational and social experts.
In his concluding speech, committee chairman Mr. Vijay Kuwalekar said, “Make the society strong and enrich it morally through education. Teach students humility and selflessness. Education has the power to make society strong by constructing the lives of children. A student is in the company of his teachers for the longest duration in childhood. A teacher has a tremendous potential to culture a student. Hence good teachers are the need of hour.” Former Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ram Takawale, Mr. Shantilal Mutha, social worker and head of the Shantilal Mutha Foundation and Manashakti’s Mr. Kelkar and Mr. Shinde were present on the dais.

Dr. Takawale observed, “This is the age of technology. All over, there is a rising influence of gadgets, machines and artificial intelligence (automation) on all of us. While all types of information are being available to children on a single click, it's extremely important to educate them about what to learn and what needs be ignored, through elderly conduct. For this, teachers should shape the child’s emotional world. Causality and scientific viewpoint have been a part of the education system, right from the Vedic times. Science and rationalism should be the base of all future progress. All paths i.e. Buddhi (intellect), Karma (action) and Bhavana (emotions) should be brought in education. In fact education should move ahead on the basis of knowledge-based action and action-based knowledge. Character building will not happen by just lecturing, but through our own actions and conduct.”

Shantilal Mutha said, “Children are moving towards materialism and enjoyment. We cannot change the global environment; hence we should try to culture the children in such a way so that they can face the ill-effects of the environment. Today’s children’s intellect being faster than computers, it is necessary to make efforts to channelize their talents constructively. Values are passed on through the environment, they cannot be taught. Our thoughts, behaviour needs to change for that.”

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