Monday, August 15, 2011

“Curricular vs. Extra Curricular Activities” - Professor M.S.Rao

“We need a sense of the value of time - that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.” - Arnold Bennett

Students must emphasize both on curricular and extracurricular activities in order to excel both academically and non-academically. It helps them excel as successful personalities as academic activities emphasize on hard skills and non-academic activities emphasize on soft skills. However, these days students in India don’t find adequate time to focus on extra-curricular activities as they are beset with their academic activities resulting into partial development of their personalities. In this context, let us learn the importance of extra-curricular activities that promote soft skills apart from developing other skills.

Extra-curricular activities save time and help in time management. They remove negative thoughts from mind thus staying highly focused on productive and constructive activities. They help in enhancing mental, physical, spiritual and emotional energies among the individuals thus making them as well-rounded personalities.

Extracurricular activities such as games and sports are extensions of academic activities that help students unlock their creative talents. They are the extra ammunition to students who have already been equipped with academic competence. They provide recreation to their minds thus providing break from their academic activities. Playing games promote various qualities such as leadership, team spirit, fraternity, camaraderie and physical fitness. It helps in keeping sound health. Presently students are highly influenced by technology resulting into updating their knowledge and upgrading their mental sharpness. At the same time they must also keep themselves physically fit apart from acquiring life skills that are not taught in classroom through extra-curricular activities.

During interviews the selection committee also insists on extra-curricular activities. It provides clear idea to the prospective employer about the interests of the candidates thus enhancing prospects of employment. Hence, educational institutions must emphasize equally on sports and games and other extra-curricular activities apart from curricular activities. Parents must also encourage their children to pursue their passions apart from academics. To sum up, both curricular and extra-curricular activities are two sides of the same coin and one without the other has no meaning.

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder and Chief Consultant,
MSR Leadership Consultants, India
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