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Guru : Sishya – the Relationship Beyond Classrooms Essay

Introduction This article is an outcome of the survey conducted by the I MBA students of our institute (RLIMS, Madurai) on the student-teacher relationship. The group name of these budding managers is “Aspire”. The moment we talk about the guru-sishya relationship the flash that comes first is the historical guru Dronacharya and his disciples; Swami Vivekananda and his guru Ramakrishnar; and the list continues… The guru-sishya relationship is a social binding on both the students and the teacher.

Either one or the other fails to perform their duty with due diligence the loss is not only for them but also to the society. If a student fails to perform his duties the ultimate loser is himself and his family… but a teacher fails to perform his duty the loss for the big mass of the society. Objective of the Study * To study the present status of guru-sishya relationship. * To suggest ways and means to improve the relationship better. Limitations of the Study * The study was restricted only to Management Teachers and Management Students.

Summary of Findings – Students’ Viewpoint * Majority of the students suggested that the faculty should share his views on the current affairs and general knowledge aspects to the students. * Students also suggested that their faculties should motivate and encourage them, which would help them to improve their mettle. * Few students are much concerned about the syllabus coverage. And few others felt that it should be partly on a self-study basis. * Doubt clarification – yet another key driver inside the classroom. A part of the students are not clarifying their doubts immediately – reason is “Shyness”.

The other part of student feels the doubts to be clarified then and there itself. * Students feel that a feedback should be got at the every session to find out their understanding level. But still few students feel that feedback is not required instead we could spend the same time for some other productive thing by learning more from the faculty. Summary of Findings – Teachers’ Viewpoint * Students’ classroom behaviour should be more matured than of what they have now. * Student should be interactive during the class to make the sessions livelier.

* Student should be prepared for every session – they should do their home work for healthy thought provoking discussions. * Student should be updated with the current affairs and general knowledge – as the availability of library and internet is good they should use it productively. * Student should avoid procrastinations and should learn punctuality, commitment with conscious focussed efforts. Relationship beyond classrooms… * As someone rightly stated “Parents are first teachers and teachers are second parents”. * Every faculty should be a mentor to their wards.

* Basically faculty should trust the student and the student should trust the faculty – if this is done there becomes a good mentor-mentee relationship. * The student faculty relationship could also help in career building. * The student faculty relationship could also help in building better nations. Conclusion The student-teacher relationship is not just like… any other accidental or incidental relationship rather it should be like a blossom of a flower. If these two have a better relation then we have a better citizens and better country tomorrow.

About the Co-Authors Ms. Deepika, Ms. Susma, Ms. Shalini, Mr. Jeyaraj and Mr. Premkumar. [I MBA (Batch 2007-09), RLIMS, Madurai] – The co-authors of this article are the real backbone of this brief write-up. These students have a great future as they “aspire” to be a better citizen rather than a better manager. Definitely those who want to be a better citizen or better human being will have focus to serve the mankind with all their sincerity and commitment. The companies which recruit these students should be lucky enough to have them in their team.


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