Message from the Hon'ble President, Governing Body
What is a College for? About a hundred years ago, a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, John Alexander Smith, told the newcomers: "Gentlemen," he said to the incoming class (the students were all men in those days), "Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life-save only this-that if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole purpose of education." Contrary to this philosophical view, the most common answer to "what is a college for?" is that the college provide more people with an education, leading to graduation, that is likely to help in getting some kind of a job. It definitely improves the economic competitiveness of a student and many people think that the College prepares the students for jobs.
At a slightly higher level, some people think that theCollege opens up the student's senses as well as his mind to experiences that would otherwise be closed for him. Not only his capacity to read well-known works of literature and science,and to grasp fundamental ideas in various disciplines, but also his alertness to his surroundings in all the relevant aspects, will be sharpened and deepened during his education in the College. Ideally, the College should provide an education that is a hedge against utilitarian values with no room for dogma, open to debate about the truth in every experience. The College has an obligation to leada student towardsthe truth and reality in everything.
While joining a college, a student must understand the benefits of college education for his future life; must have clear-cut career interests with a planning to prepare him best for his future; must be aware of all the personal traits of a successful college student;must know how the learning process functions in a College and make an effort to maximize his learning during each day at the College; must pay attention to gain the most from the classes; should be aware of the resources of the college (including the teachers) that can help him succeed both academically and personally; andshould take all the steps every day to ensure that he is successful in every aspect of the college experience.
A hearty welcome to all the newcomers to Dimoria College, Khetri