FHDAF Foundation for Holistic Development in Academic Field
Today’s youth is tomorrow’s nation, and as you read this, today’s youth are our in classrooms, living out their duties as students. Students play a pivotal role in any nation’s growth. From Japan to Western Europe, the results of investing in students is not just evident, but resounding. A nation is not shaped in a year or decade; a nation is shaped over generations of constructive efforts adding up to a big change. The root drivers of change here are students, and they alone can weave a virtuous society which in turn builds a strong nation.
Imparting quality education is the prime responsibility of society, so that our students get nurtured to become a strong foundation for the nation. Education develops character in students and helps develop a personality that balances their emotional, social and intellectual growth. In the recent past, due to eye catching incidents, the harmony and sanctity of academic institutions has been disturbed. If social equality is questioned, it threatens social stability and this can be avoided by promoting social balance.
Most academic institutions have on-campus activities and programs to encourage a balanced approach to academia, and ensuring social understanding and inclusion. Campuses provide counsellors and champion mentor-mentee programs to help troubled students to cope with the various stresses of new-age education. Faculty members also make themselves accessible and help students wherever possible.
Despite all this, there are gaps begging to be filled. In most academic institutions, heavy workload creates a mechanical atmosphere and fosters an impersonal and materialistic approach to life. Such an environment is far from being conducive to troubled students opening up to teachers, mentors, counsellors or even their peers.
Allow us to introduce a unique concept we’ve developed – “Role of the First Lady”.
In our context, First Ladies are the spouses of the heads of institutions or organisational departments – wives of Director, Principal, Deans, H o Ds, and wardens and so on. Most of them live on campus, and hence are very accessible.