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Formal education is more than literacy. It is the process of improving knowledge, attitude and skills in students ? an exercise of developing the total personality not only through regular and dedicated classroom learning but also participation in games, sports, NSS and other co-curricular activities.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 17:06 IST

Formal education is more than literacy. It is the process of improving knowledge, attitude and skills in students — an exercise of developing the total personality not only through regular and dedicated classroom learning but also participation in games, sports, NSS and other co-curricular activities.

Today, the industry looks for young persons to build its human resource rather than bringing forth immediate useable knowledge. This potential, with training and intensive exposure to key functional areas, is converted into managerial abilities and skills. Some basic traits and attitudes which the industry looks for include:
 
Self-discipline:
1 An attitude of obedience, self control, a sense of honour, norms of decency and decorum, regularity and punctuality in every walk of life. Without good behaviour and acceptable manners you are not likely to succeed in your job or in life.

2 A student learns and develops it as a personal trait by being obedient to the teachers, parents and seniors, by being punctual on all occasions may it be a classroom, a play ground or a social forum and by developing regularity in eating, reading, playing and rejoicing.

Commitment:
1 Willingness to take up the assigned work with full zeal and dedication. No hesitation or reluctance in working for longer hours to accomplish the objectives. Diligence, meticulous care and thoroughness are essential prerequisites for progress in the industry.

2 This gets inculcated by attending classes despite rain or shower, scorching heat or biting cold, remaining highly concerned about the studies, extra curricular activities as also the games. You will never get such opportunities later in life.

Enthusiasm and dynamism:
1 The young blood full of vitality ready to face situations and challenges. Always on the move to attain new heights and running about displaying organising capabilities. Enthusiasm can make all things possible.

2 Students often display this trait through their endeavour enabling them to participate and win championships in various fields bringing honour to the college by bagging trophies. Organising various functions, may be under the literary societies, the cultural clubs or the sports meets.

Initiative and perseverance
1 Capability of taking the load on ones own and maintaining it through persistent efforts inspite of obstacles. The famous story of King Bruce and the Spider enumerates continued application of earnest struggle to achieve one's goal — going on till one attains success.

2 It is often experienced at the play-field when one gets thrashed and defeated. One learns to bear with the defeat/failure and tries hard to emerge victorious in the next opportune moment.

Creativity and innovation
1 A creative mind with broad vision, new ideas, flexibility in thinking and wider exposure introducing novelties. These go a long way resulting in remarkable developments in all spheres of activity and improving the efficiency of the organisation.

2 Students while pursuing hobbies in their Fine Arts Clubs, Science Associations, Literary Circles and Info-Tech Centres, do come out with new thoughts and develop their talents of creativity and innovation.

Communication skill
1 The ability to express ideas and thoughts clearly in a few words with reasoning and continuous flow of thoughts. Successful communication means saying the right things to the right persons at the right time in the right manner.

2 Students develop this quality by participating in debates, declamation contest, group discussions, recitations etc. These activities certainly improve their perception as also their written and spoken expressions. 

These attributes constitute a potential which can be moulded by the business world to fit into their requirements for building up an effective and committed workforce through their training and development activities. And success will be yours!  

The author is Reader, University School of Business Studies,Punjabi University Guru Kashi Campus, Bathinda