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CBSE chief emphasises change of mindset

CENTRAL BOARD of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Ashok Ganguly has called for a paradigm shift in outlook, attitude and mindset of the people imparting quality education to future citizens of the country.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 22:01 IST

CENTRAL BOARD of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Ashok Ganguly has called for a paradigm shift in outlook, attitude and mindset of the people imparting quality education to future citizens of the country.

Speaking at the CBSE Principals’ Meet held at International Public School, here today he appealed to those present to look at themselves as ‘Chief Learning Officer’ and think of a co-operative networking approach and act on all levels as there was a vibrant transformation taking place in education.

About 100 principals of schools from Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, Vidisha and other adjoining areas affiliated to the CBSE attended the meet. Ganguly inaugurated the meet by garlanding the portrait of Goddess Saraswati and lighting a lamp. International Public School Principal B N Trisal and IPS Chairman Mr Nanda accorded him a warm welcome.

The chairman spoke about the core concepts of leadership, and how the mindset of teachers stifled the creativity of talented students. He spoke on the three mantras of life, dream, learn, management of time. He stressed on the need to improve self by reading something substantial.

He said only those persons are considered winners who manage to deliver quality despite time, space and finance constraints. ‘Win small but win often’ was the guru mantra he offered to the gathering.In his presentation, he spoke about the major initiatives of CBSE in recent years, the new subjects introduced and evaluation methods being practiced.

The presentation was followed by an interactive session with principals and he answered several questions that were raised. Asked what changes would he like to see in the education system that could effectively be implemented in schools, he said students were very good in Mathematics, language and IT.

“The only thing required is to give hands on experience to them that will make them competent to handle any situation and they will continue to shine on the international scene,” he said.

On training for CBSE school teachers, he said it was the mandate of NCERT and training to teachers would be provided from April onwards and this could be facilitated through the co-operative network system of CBSE schoolsSahodaya.

He appreciated the pro-active and positive role being played by Sahodaya groups of schools of Bhopal and Indore. He said there was immense potential and groups must take up more activities.

He spoke at length on new initiatives being taken up by the CBSE for promoting girl education, and for the first time merit had been considered as a
criteria and not reservation or quota for awarding scholarships to deserving students.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 22:01 IST