Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell defines education as the “inculcation, by means of instruction, of certain mental values and a certain outlook on life and the world.” He was echoing Plato who insisted on bringing out what is the best in the learner. Aristotle too held almost the same view. He said that education should create curiosity in the scholar. Numerous educationists defined education in their own ways. But every definition reached almost the same point. Learning is not a process limited to schools or colleges. It goes on until one’s last breath. Education plays a key role in moulding one’s character. Everyone has heard the saying, “Wealth lost-nothing is lost; health lost-something is lost; character lost-everything is lost.” Character leads to self-respect, which in turn leads to self-esteem. Education would be pointless if it does not make one optimistic. An optimist sees the rose and forgets the thorn and a pessimist sees the thorn and forgets the rose. Always remember that even the darkest cloud can have a silver lining. Leave footprints on the sands of time when you leave the world so that some ship-wrecked fellow may take heart. The founder President of Yeshwant Rural Education Society Late Shri Bapuraoji Deshmukh held the view, “Although schools and colleges impart education in their own way, it is more imperative to educate the rural masses.” Our college is rural in every sense and many a student is ignorant of even the three rs. However, we leave no stone unturned to make such students learners with a thirst for knowledge. English philosopher Bacon says that knowledge is power. Ignite this power in you.
I wish you all success in all your endeavours.