M.Shantaram Shetty, Pro-Chancellor of Nitte University, tells Mangalore teachers to spend time with ‘problem’ child than resorting to punishment

Pro-Chancellor of Nitte University M. Shantaram Shetty said here on Monday that it is the responsibility of teachers to mould their students to become responsible citizens.

Addressing a meeting of principals of various schools as part of ‘The Hindu In School’ initiative, Dr. Shetty said the head of institutions should be role model for their students. “You have an important role to play if the future of our country has to be good. Mould them, chisel them to make them a good human being.”

Dr. Shetty said there were many doctors and engineers in the country. “We require good professionals and that depends on you. Turn out to be an inspiring teacher,” he said.

Dr. Shetty, an orthopaedic surgeon, who has been teaching for over four decades, answered several questions from the principals. On the question of punishing students, Dr. Shetty said it would be better for teachers to spend time with the troublesome child. “Speak with the child, tell him/ her what is bad. If there is no change then punish him/ her in a subtle manner,” he said. Dr. Shetty said it was necessary for schools to have counsellors for students. “They should be result-oriented and should go deep into problems that a student is facing.”

Dr. Shetty said he was happy with the initiative of ‘The Hindu In School’ in moulding students aged between 10 and 16. The higher primary and the secondary school was an important phase in the life of a student. The Hindu has taken a step forward in moulding students. With such initiatives, Dr. Shetty hoped that around 10 per cent of students will change themselves and take the country forward.

‘The Hindu In School’ is an eight-page all-colour broadsheet priced at Rs. 3. This broadsheet newspaper has a mix of news, views, contests, fun facts and other interesting information that students prefer.

The value-added programmes under ‘The Hindu In School’ include Mastermind – a programme to enhance administrative skills of principals, an online IQ contest, psychometric test ‘Bodhi’, musical evening ‘Dhwani’ and young journalists meet. Those who want to be a part of the programme can call the circulation department at 0824-2417575, or email: mlrcir@thehindu.co.in

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