STUDENTS AND THEIR DUTIES
“Student Life is the Happiest Life”. It is a sheltered life. It is a privilege. Every privilege comes with certain responsibilities. The students can happily discharge these responsibilities, if they take up the following four duties carefully.
1. Duty you owe to yourselves
2. Duty which you owe to your fellow-students
3. Duty which you owe to those in authority over you (or Duty to parents and Teachers)
4. Duty which you owe to those who are around you, not students, but people of the wider world around you.
I. Duty you owe to yourselves:
To acquire knowledge not merely to help you in the examinations, but to help you in later life. Knowledge is an exacting mistress; she needs devotion; whole-hearted devotion on the part of the person who seeks her. Such whole-hearted devotion is possible only in the days of studenthood.
But knowledge will not merely help all alone for the success. Along with knowledge one must acquire character. The success depends more on character than on knowledge. Therefore, you should acquire a character which must show earnestness, which helps to raise the life of people around.
II. Duty which you owe to your fellow-students
Your duty to your fellow students is to teach and support. This duty will secure the habit of cooperation which is required in later life. It helps to use the opportunities properly and sometimes to stand for others feelings and regard their views; sometimes standing out for your own views. In later life one cannot acquire the habit of cooperation because of closed mindset.
III. Duty which you owe to those in authority over you (Duty to parents and Teachers)
It is the tradition of the East to obey the parents and treat the teachers with reverence. If this is ignored, it is a national calamity. This duty is a pre-requisite to acquire knowledge which in turn helps to make use of fullest advantage of opportunities available.
In the process of fulfilling the requirements of wards, parents shall sacrifice their needs, comforts and if required ‘life’ itself. Therefore obeying parents has become part of the tradition of East and a pre-requisite to acquire knowledge.
Reverence to your teachers helps to build discipline in the interest of common good. If the teacher objects to something, it is your duty to abstain from doing it. It helps students to build and strengthen their nature, not to deviate from the right path, and to develop judgment and discretionary abilities in later life.
IV. Duty which you owe to those who are around you, not students, but people of the wider world around you.
Suffering and struggling is a part of life; it is your duty to sympathize with the people around who are suffering with their problems and struggling to surmount. May be you cannot immediately redress their problems, but you should observe and study the problems and struggles of the people around. This knowledge helps students to face the society in later life. One should not venture to face the life without this knowledge. Therefore, this is your duty to lead a better life in later part of life.