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Pathsala head of school How long have you been working with this institution?

I have been serving this institution for almost thirty years now. I started out in 2039 B.S. Before working as a Principal, I was Vice-Principal for four years. The future of Nepal literally rests on your shoulders, what does that mean to you? How big of a responsibility is it?

As a principal, there is a great responsibility to lead the ones who will one day pass out from this school and make a name for themselves in the world. The products from this school have earned places in the military, medicine, engineering, business and education sector, contributing their services to the country. This is a big institution funded by Nepal Army Military Fund. The logistics support and physical facilities are looked after by the liaison office from army headquarter. As a principal, I work for the betterment of the institution so that our students grow up to become bonafide citizens. They should be able to work anywhere. How hectic is your job? Your daily routine?

Shamim A. Shamim Principal, Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya, Sallaghari, Bhaktapur by Nikita Tripathi 82 Teenz | february 2012

The schedule of the hostellers begins early and so does mine. The school starts at half past nine but I look after the boarders in the quarter. My responsibility is to call for meeting of different houses of students and their moderators, seminars, parents’ meetings and managing the academic calendar. I could be called anytime for emergency which is why my cell-phone is to be switched on at all times. I work together with the Vice-Principal and Liaison officer as a committee to come up with solutions to any problem that is hindering this institution and look after the quota contracts. How often do you meet with your students? When you see them, what do you think/ are reminded of?

I meet my students during leisure periods, lunch breaks and on the sport grounds and inquire about their academic and extracurricular activities. We also have suggestion boxes placed in different places for students. We have a student group- Student’s Quality Circle (SQC) which brings forth the ideas of students to the administrative department. I interact with them every morning in the assembly and during examinations. Where do you think Nepali schools stand compared to international institutions?

We have students from far-west to Kathmandu which is why we follow the basic concept of imparting education. I think schools abroad do not give as much priority as Nepali schools to making the base of education strong. It is required to adopt the basic because not all students here have been exposed to the technology. Nepali schools, however, lack enough medium to flourish the ideas of students. Do you think schools in Nepal are shaping children to be intelligent citizens that the future needs, and perhaps deserves?

I see the lack of vocational classes has led to the problem of unemployment in the country. If management and social welfare courses were to be introduced in the curriculum, it would be easier for students to look for jobs in the future. Vocational education widens the scope for our students. On being a student of an earlier era.

I see a vast difference between my era and these days. We did not have cell-phones and internet in our days. The media gives a lot

I see a vast difference between my era and these days. We did not have cellphones and internet in our days. of opportunities to the students these days. They are no longer dependent on teachers and just books to learn. All we had was the privilege to interact with our teachers. Today’s world is a competitive one and students should not misuse this alternative. With modern technology at its best and expectations getting higher by the day, do you think it is more difficult or easier to lead a life of a student today?

I think it goes both ways. It is not just about the technology that is available, if there is no determination even opportunities will turn fruitless. Students today have many alternatives to choose from and this has invited a lot of confusion among them. It eventually depends on the attitude of a person, parents and teachers are just there to guide them. Since you are the “head of school”, a leader, what qualities you suppose should a leader possess?

I think a leader should follow the concept of decentralization. As a leader, carrying out a survey in your institution to find out about the problems among the staff and students and analyzing those problems to come up with a sustainable solution is the best way to work. A leader should always check if there is balance between demand and supply. There should be no monopoly but the prioritizations of things to work accordingly.

Teenz Magazine: Head of School