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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Diktats for Maintaining Discipline?

(This article is based on the 'Rules for Girls' for a college in Chennai that took Social Media by storm)

(This post has been featured in Blogadda's Tangy Tuesday Picks)

You form a system, single-handedly. You ensure that you are the deciding authority. All workflows end with you, irrespective of whether they are in favour or against you. You decide what the rules are and thrust it on others. You use the word ‘discipline’ and tag a hundred so-called-rules under it. Then you proudly claim that this model works for all because no one has spoken against it. But wait have you ever allowed anyone to speak against it?

This is exactly is wrong with many educational institutions in the city. I’m not going to pin point just one or two, because this phenomenon is prevalent in many institutions. When you take a list of the rules and wonder what significance some of them might have, you would get the same answer from all sides – Discipline. I remember the Dean of a very popular college, which remains the most preferred colleges to pursue studies in the city, saying that they believed in self-discipline and not in inculcating discipline after almost 2 decades after being around. At least that made sense.

I’m not advocating that ‘Discipline’ isn’t necessary. It definitely is. But in what context and to what extent is what matters. For instance, it blows my mind to think how a girl talking to a guy can be considered breach of discipline (this rule is common across many institutions). Perhaps folks from the Neanderthal age are still under the assumption that if a girl and a guy speak there can be only one reason for it, and we say we have come a long way from then. Sigh!

To make things worse, there are a few supervisors whose job profile demands that they monitor the activities of the students. Though I appreciate the intention of the institutions to provide a job for people who would have served as good body guards (I’m being very polite), it is annoying when students are not given respect and are treated like filth by people who I’m guessing were not hired based on their education. Where did the Human rights commission go now! 

At times, such rules make us forget the very intention of someone joining the institution. The managements get their priorities all wrong and in the name of promoting quality education they do all this drama. I’d really like to ask those people, if despite imposing all these so-called rules for students, how will they allow the student to concentrate on studies, when the focus is always on a god-knows-what definition of discipline? 

The school to college transition is important. But what is more important is the campus to corporate transition. That is where people get to know what it is to be out there. These institutes claim to prepare students for the future. But wait, which corporate policy says that guys and girls aren’t allowed to speak or celebrations of any kind are banned? We do have birthday celebrations at work, with team lunches and Fun Friday activities. These are not any privileges, it’s just basic courtesy and the right way to treat a fellow human being irrespective of where the person is in the hierarchy. Do those management gurus know that?

Like someone mentioned, if you want to avoid students getting distracted, instead of banning a hundred things, just ensure that you improve the quality of education. Fair enough? Or are you trying to camouflage the lack of good standards in education by imposing all this on students?

The nation needs an answer! 

36 comments:

  1. All your posts are full of wisdom Ashwini.
    I thought of you when i got this award-passing it on.

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    1. Thank you Indu. Being an alumni of one such institutes, I had to write this!

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  2. Such rules are absolutely archaic and ridiculous. I wonder how would they ever prepare the students for the corporate environment?

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    1. They claim to, but they dont. And you should listen to the many other ridiculous rules that are prevalent.

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  3. All rules are meant to be broken. Do you think I followed those "rules" when I was in college hostel? No way.

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    1. Not simple SG. I am an alumni of the college mentioned. They have people monitoring every floor, and one main person in charge of discipline. People are man-handled when they break the rules.

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  4. There are some 100,000 vacant seats in engineering colleges in TN alone, every year. Soon, all their jumpings will have to come to an end.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Problem is, most of these colleges feature in the 'Top' institutes, so students will come here, and have to suffer.

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  5. First it was on Whats App circulation, then on Chennai Times and now in blogs. Really glad people taking serious note of it. There is a common defense, we get to hear in Tamil Nadu " This is Tamil Culture". I would have been more than happy if they say "its Indian Culture- but thats rare to hear".
    May be it will take time to seep in " that culture & freedom can co-exist".

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    1. And I know for the fact that it is true, because I am an alumni of that institution. As much as I a grateful for the education imparted, I cannot stand those absurd rules.

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  6. Congratulations! Your blog post was selected for Tangy Tuesday Picks edition on September 29, 2015 at BlogAdda.

    Please find it here: http://blog.blogadda.com/2015/09/29/tangy-tuesday-picks-september-29-2015

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    1. Thank you Blogadda :-) Thanks for making my day!

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  7. I better not say anything .. because i get carried away. I find it atrocious .. the people who harp on culture themselves don't know what culture is and they create these rules and regulations. and i doubt if you will get an answer.. because as i said people who make the rules themselves need to be taught what the rules are ..

    You have asked a GOOD question though...

    Bikram's

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    1. Exactly. They should be taught how and why rules are required. And you should see the third-world treatment meted out to people.Just like slaves.

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  8. Ridiculous such rules! I felt agitated reading some of those conditions.
    A good change in office bearers should bring in some relief.
    Congrats on mention from Blogadda! :)

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    1. Thanks Indrani :-)

      Only God should save more students from going through such ordeal.

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  9. These are crazy rules. It was not the case when we studied in college. Now instead of progressing we are regressing.

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    1. That's what happens when uneducated and uncivilized people are given more power then educated and civilized people!

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  10. Your last question nails it! Camouflage lack of education by draconian rules!!

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    1. More of a defensive mechanism where you divert the attention when people point out what's wrong with them.

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  11. I went to a boarding school when I was a kid- urgh! So many rules! I hated every second - it was like being in a prison... And like you ask: are they really necessary?

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    1. Exactly. If rules have a logical reasoning, make people understand the logic. If you cant find a good reason as to why those rules are up, are they even required?

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  12. Valid questions! Discipline should be such that it leads to greater freedom and understanding. Otherwise, it just becomes another of those set of rules that will eventually be broken.

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    1. I dont even mind if these rules are broken, when you have people watching your every move, it becomes difficult.

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  13. The world, it seems to me, is regressing and not progressing in the 21st century. But then that's what happens when education falls into the hands of politicians and their divisive politics.

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    1. Well said Lata. Very well said. When it becomes education and when you have uncivilized people in power, this is exactly what happens.

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  14. Congrats on the Pick of the week :) yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  15. What a coincidence.I too wrote on discipline today but on a different note..You are right here, this sort of disciplining doesnt work, bring better quality in everything..

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    1. Exactly. Gone are the days of Forcing people to obey rules!

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  16. I like the point you made - instead of banning 100s of things, one should just focus on improving the quality of education so no one misuses their freedom and develops values that don't become vices....

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    1. I dont see why it is such a task to focus on the prime motive behind running an educational institution! Thanks Divya :-) good to see you back!

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  17. Hey Ashwini, well-written girl! Beyond a point, you get so furious about such weird rules that you find them funny and start laughing! Focusing on the right things, like quality education is really the need of the hour in our country.
    Congrats for getting selected for Tuesday picks, mine got too :-)

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    1. Hi Leena, welcome to my blog :-)

      It's sad how people get these priorities all wrong!

      Congrats on the Tuesday Pick :-)

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  18. You said it right and especially when you say that we are no longer in the Neanderthal age!! Only wish those people realized that!!

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    1. I've given up on that, because they seem to lack common sense!

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