Interview by Swati Mishra
Holding multiple master's degrees in Business Studies, Sociology and English, Fr. Simon Raj, the Director of SPIPS, has always been inclined towards the educational field. However, his noble soul felt the need for upliftment of the downtrodden sector of the society, and he dedicated his life towards it.
Fr. Simon Raj has been leading Indore Diocese Social Service Society for the last eight years and is managing operations in 25 parishes, 210 villages, 50 slums, 78 Panchayats in three districts of Madhya Pradesh. He held the office of Parish Priest and Development officer for six years at Chotta Bangardha, Indore and consulted the Youth Rural Life Skill Development Foundation for a brief period. Besides working as a consultant in nine Dioceses of MP, he holds extensive experience in International Relief and Development agency focused on Poverty Alleviation.
In conversation with Priti Kumari, the socialist shares his views on education field in India .
Serving in education industry instills in me a high degree of contentment at the end of the day
My experience in this sector has been incredibly fulfilling as education is a unique investment in shaping the present and future of a nation. It is invariably linked to the all-round development of a human person. The verity that education is an essential instrument of societal change forms proactive citizens is a stepping stone for an illustrious career. It is like an investment for the future that instills in me a high degree of contentment and I am part and parcel of such a contributing industry.
I follow Proactive leadership with Eagle as my ideal
Believing that true leadership lies in guiding others to success, I ensure that everyone is performing their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and are doing it well. And, as the navigator of SPIPS, training our students to imbibe a culture of truth and love, upholding the meaning of human life and building an educational climate that leads the youth to the right kind of success is my prime concern.
I follow a proactive leadership style with an eagle as my ideal, which is considered as a living symbol of power, freedom, strong vision, fearlessness, determination, vitality, and supremacy.
SPIPS enriches students with Value-Based Quality Education
SPIPS moulds the students into competent, committed, and contributing citizens of the global family. It aims to create integrated personalities with discipline and quality. Graduation at the institution has been transformed into comprehensive education with the help of initiatives such as regular classes, skills development courses, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.
The College is striving to accomplish its mission with the help of the best practices, specifically effective teaching pedagogy, dedicated mentoring, state of the art infrastructure, attributive pedagogue, academic operations, coordination with parents and selfless service towards society.
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SPIPS is a close-knit family, and I am easily approachable
Considering students as precious resources, I strive to provide an interactive, creative, and reciprocal environment to them. This has generated a deep feeling of belongingness, binding all the members of SPIPS as a close-knit family.
To build rapport with the students, I conduct open house discussions and special class-wise meetings with them. Their suggestions are valued, and appropriate responses are given to them. With the help of participative management, I encourage the students to coordinate and conduct various programs of the College. Each student is free to approach and interact with me whenever needed.
SPIPS intends to achieve autonomous status, NAAC Accreditation, and more
Our College has taken up a challenging responsibility of creating a just and humane world through the medium of education, enabling our youth to grow into intellectually mature, morally upright, and socially acceptable persons. We desire to build up human values along with academic excellence keeping pace with the changing scenario in higher education.
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Self-discipline, hard work, perseverance, and faith in God takes one to greater heights
The present education system neglects to enlighten the conscience of students and character formation. Real education is a refinement of the heart and discipline of the soul.
Consequently, dear aspirants, please realize that you should not aim to become intellectual giants, instead should learn to face life, its troubles, and tribulations. You must not run away from them but stand upright before them and bear in mind that there is no shortcut to success.
Work patiently with a hope to see the signs of growth and always remember that the foremost motive of education is not merely gaining knowledge but becoming action-oriented.