Dr G Immanuel,
We as educators have the mission of man-making and not money making, opines Dr. G Immanuel
The Association of Schools for Indian School Certificate (ASISC), a Registered Society, was founded in 1957 for the affiliated schools of the Council for Indian school Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
Q2. What is the core objective of ASISC?
The core objectives or purposes for which the Association is established are the following:
a) To assist the Members of the Association to solve educational problems and to foster the spread of educational information and techniques through its meetings and through any other medium which may be useful especially by gathering and disseminating information:
i) On trends in education in India and abroad
ii) On decisions of educational authorities which may bear upon its members.
b) To represent the interests of the Association with, to negotiate with, and to enter into arrangements with any Government or authority, whether Supreme, State, District, Local, Municipal, University or other public or private body as may seem conducive to the promotion or accomplishment of all the objects of the Association or any of them.
Q3. What are the criteria for enrolling schools as members of ASISC?
Membership to ASISC is granted to the CISCE affiliated schools only. Such schools have to sign an agreement with the ASISC that they will follow all its rules and regulations. The request has to be sent to the Secretary-Treasurer who will guide them in the process of becoming members of ASISC.
The request of the new members is placed in the Executive Committee of ASISC for discussion and final approval.
Q4. How many schools have been enrolled so far?
Till date 1421 affiliated schools of CISCE have taken membership with ASISC.
Q5. How does ASISC help its member schools/teachers in providing quality education to students?
The Association is committed to serving the affiliated schools and the nation’s children, through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society, promoting introspective living, by creating exciting learning opportunities, with a commitment to excellence. In order to realise this mission, various educational training programmes and workshops are conducted to empower the teachers and enhance their skills. Curricular and co-curricular competitions are conducted by the respective Regions and winners at the Regional level participate at the ASISC National level competitions.
Q6. Please tell us about ASISC’s Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and other regular programmes, workshops, etc.
AGMs are held in one of the cities in the country every year. All member school Principals are invited to attend the annual conference. During the conference, eminent educationists are invited to present papers on a chosen theme. These presentations are meant to empower, enlighten and motivate the delegates to go back and implement what they have learnt. Guests of honour of high repute are invited to address the congregation and encourage them to impart quality education in their schools. For easy management of the affairs of the Association, President, Vice-President, Secretary- Treasurer are elected by the members of ASISC. The Association consists of 11 Regions, and every Region elects its officers – President, Vice-President, Secretary- Treasurer. The Region wise Secretary- Treasurers and ASISC elected officers (President, Vice-president and Secretary- Treasurer) form the EC of ASISC. The EC of ASISC appoints various sub-committees to conduct various activities of the Association.
Q7. What are the changes you look forward to bringing into Indian schools or education system?
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ said Nelson Mandela Education plays an important role in the progress of an individual’s mind and country. People are made aware of what is going on in the world and can understand these issues and take necessary measures, if they are educated. The purpose of education is to develop skill and character, and impart knowledge to students. It is the most potent source of material and human development.
Quality is a cherished goal in human endeavour and especially in the field of education. However, the present day school education is going through a series of changes. One of the major changes taking place in school education is that it is highly competitive and focuses only on scoring high marks. In this rat race, parents wish their children to score highest marks so that they get admission into professional courses.
Nowadays, students don’t want to attend regular schools; they attend coaching academies for engineering and medical entrance examinations. Because of this, talented teachers join the coaching centres to earn better money.
It is our endeavour to change this scenario and get our students back to regular schooling. Achieving this task requires amendments to be made in decreasing the number of students in every section and increase at least an hour of instruction per day.
Q8. Share some landmark achievements of ASISC.
1. To empower our member school teachers, special in-service training programmes are conducted during the year at different cities in the country.
2. After a prolonged struggle, we were successful in getting exemption from implementing RTE only in Minority Schools/ Aided & Unaided and Boarding schools.
3. We are able to conduct competitions of Literary events (Debate, Declamation, Creative Writing), Drawing and Painting, Quiz and all the Sports & Games at the National Level.
Q9. Please tell us the next level plan(s) of ASISC (if any).
ASISC plans to approach various Sports Authorities of India and request them to recognize the certificates we issue to the winners in various competitions so that our students will have an opportunity to participate at the international level also. Our students will have an opportunity to get admission into colleges on sports quota and also will be able to participate in international competitions.
Q10. What is your message to the teaching community?
I sincerely wish to reiterate to the teaching community that ‘Teaching’ is a noble profession, and it is essential that every teacher accepts this fact. We as educators have the mission of man-making, and not money making. We are to realize that God has entrusted to each one of us the responsibility of nurturing the students in our care to be worthy citizens of this world contributing to the peace and harmony. I, therefore, exhort every teacher to take initiative, be creative and develop a passion for teaching because you are the nation builders.