FRIEND FOR LIFE

A teacher must un­der­stand the stu­dents; be­come a friend and guide as a role model

India Today - - STAR TEACHER -

NI EN SI AO Head of Depart­ment, Fash­ion De­sign, Pearl Academy of Fash­ion

Style Quo­tient I have a good rap­port with stu­dents and in­ter­act with them eas­ily. I be­lieve that a stu­dent’s point of view is equally rel­e­vant and I re­spect them for their per­spec­tive. My unique­ness is through my ap­proach. Stu­dents view me as strict but rea­son­able and fair. I try to make any learn­ing sit­u­a­tion in­ter­est­ing for the stu­dents. I start my class with a re­cap of what has been cov­ered pre­vi­ously and present new con­tents in dif­fer­ent forms. It could ei­ther be a vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion or a film to in­volve stu­dents to elicit their un­der­stand­ing.

Voice within I joined full-time aca­demics 15 years ago. Hav­ing worked in the in­dus­try as a con­sul­tant on var­i­ous projects con­cern­ing my area of spe­cial­i­sa­tion; tex­tile, fash­ion, craft, I de­cided to ven­ture into ed­u­ca­tion and share my ex­pe­ri­ences. I had a vi­sion to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to de­sign ed­u­ca­tion needs in In­dia. On the one hand, there were in­dus­tries com­pet­ing to sup­ply glob­ally through ex­port, and on the other, the do­mes­tic de­mands were grow­ing al­beit many chal­lenges. De­sign­ers needed to be trained for such chal­lenges and there were not enough trained teach­ers. I also felt the best way to keep in touch with young minds and con­tinue to be in­volved with the in­dus­try.

Youth bri­gade In­stead of chang­ing the youth, I would pre­fer that they recog­nise their strengths and build on their achieve­ments. Stu­dents should de­velop an independent and pur­pose­ful mind. If the In­dian youths work at bring­ing about a change in their environment, so­ci­ety and them­selves they would have some­thing to look for­ward to. No mat­ter what you train as, what tal­ents you pos­sess and what op­por­tu­ni­ties you come across, each con­tribu-

tion would mat­ter and align it­self to bring about a dif­fer­ence.

Bookworm I read a lot, all kinds of books es­pe­cially his­tory, bi­ogra­phies and trade jour­nals. The must read book is, A Small His­tory of Nearly

Every­thing, by Bill Bryson. No mat­ter how many times I read this book, it still gets me think­ing about its sim­plic­ity, im­mense amount of hard- core knowl­edge, great humour and lu­cid­ity of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. I would re­ally like to adapt this con­cept to my teach­ing de­signs and ap­pli­ca­tions.

Global out­look In­dian ed­u­ca­tion in de­sign is highly com­mend­able in terms of qual­ity, prac­ti­cal train­ing of stu­dents. If de­sign ed­u­ca­tion aims to equip fu­ture de­sign­ers, it needs to align it­self with the needs of the in­dus­try, so­ci­ety, environment and stu­dent as­pi­ra­tions. Great ef­forts are be­ing made by the govern­ment and pri­vate enterprises to de­liver qual­ity stan­dards equiv­a­lent to In­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties. De­sign is a global phe­nom­e­non; its prac­ti­tion­ers have to be able to per­form at global lev­els and sit­u­a­tions. by De­vika Jeet

RAVI S SA­HANI / www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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