#InConversation with Dr. Rosy Walia, Dean and HOD, Post Graduate Dept. of Commerce, Govt. College of Commerce and Business Administration, Chandigarh
Isha Pharka 10.02.2016
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Dr. Rosy Walia explains how along with being tech-savvy, having good communication skills and an aptitude for teaching, teachers also need to continuously work on learning, networking and adding to their awareness. 


                             Dr. Rosy Walia        
Being the flag bearers of education, teachers also have an added responsibility of keeping themselves updated with the latest developments in their field. This is not only helpful for the students but also aids in the growth of the teachers themselves.  

Dr. Rosy Walia, Dean and HOD, Post Graduate Dept. of Commerce, Govt. College of Commerce and Business Administration, Chandigarh, shares her thoughts on how one can adapt to these changes in today's educational scenario.  

In a Teachers Survey conducted by us, 61% teachers believed that the quality of education has improved over the years. Do you agree? 
I don’t think that the quality of education has improved over the years. We are still teaching the same subjects with little or no changes in the syllabi. We are teaching the students only theoretically without introducing any practical aspect.


You’ve attended various Workshops and Training programs throughout your professional career. How do these add value to a teacher’s growth? 

The workshops and training programmes are very important in an era in which people don’t have time to read a number of books by the experts. The trainers or speakers in the workshops, who specialise in their respective fields, have already done the sifting and selection of information from a wide variety of sources. They present the delegates with those aspects which are important for them. These workshops are thus good for learning, networking and awareness.


One very good workshop I attended in PGGC, sector 11, organised by their Physical Education Department on Research Methodology.


How tech-savvy are you when it comes to your teaching methodology?

I am reasonably well tech-savvy in my teaching methodology. I teach with the help of interactive board, PPTs and internet in addition to traditional teaching methods.

 

"Students should expect best technology savvy infrastructure, practical exposure to all subjects, co-curricular and off campus activities, approachable well-qualified teachers and placement opportunities."

As an active blogger yourself, do you feel that mediums like blogs and other forms of online interaction help better the communication between teachers and students?

Blogs and online interaction are good mediums of interaction when something is to be conveyed to the whole group of students. But face-to-face and one- to-one interaction is the best way to interact. We don’t want one way communication rather interaction and discussions with students.

 
In terms of education, what should a student of today expect when starting with his/her college?

They should expect best technology savvy infrastructure, practical exposure to all subjects, co-curricular and off campus activities, approachable well-qualified teachers and placement opportunities.


What qualities should teachers, who are making their way into this noble profession, possess?

Educational qualifications, aptitude for teaching, tech-savvy, communication skills, research aptitude and impressive personality. The present generation students are too smart to accept anything less than this.


Could you share some valuable tips for the students of class 10 and class 12 who will be appearing in the CBSE Board exams this March...

Work hard as there is no substitute for hard work.


QUICK FIVE:
A book that has inspired you:  'Making life right when it feels all wrong: Don’t say yes when you want to say no', by Herbert Fensterheim and Jean Baer
A saying you always pass on:  "Do what you love otherwise love whatever you are doing"
Teaching for you is: Passion
A message for the teachers: Be true to your profession
A student of today must look forward to: Change and growth