Prerequisite for Excellence in Teaching and Research
Desh Raj Sirswal 17.02.2016
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 The prerequisite for excellence in teaching and research is to study and to reflect according to one person’s interests and inspirations. Research and teaching, i.e., creation and communication of knowledge, are inseparable from one another and very important in the process of education. For me, education provides conditions for all human beings towards their divine perfection and to achieve the power, the harmony, the beauty and joy of self-realisation. Good teaching is always a passion, and good research always a reflection of one’s academic passion. I think a teacher must

 The prerequisite for excellence in teaching and research is to study and to reflect according to one person’s interests and inspirations. Research and teaching, i.e., creation and communication of knowledge, are inseparable from one another and very important in the process of education. For me, education provides conditions for all human beings towards their divine perfection and to achieve the power, the harmony, the beauty and joy of self-realisation. Good teaching is always a passion, and good research always a reflection of one’s academic passion. I think a teacher must be a student, and then only then he will be a good teacher or a researcher. I think “Philosophy is an open-ended, pioneering discipline, forever opening up new areas of study and new methods of inquiry.” Since my studentship, I got interests in various forms of philosophy.

Teaching is itself a form of learning from the students. Firstly, while teaching  we can have much clarity of the subject-matter rather than to self study. Secondly, questions asked by the students give us an opportunity to reflect more and to interact with students according to their own evaluation. As motioned above, a teacher must be a student because if he is happy and willing to more, he is always ready to learn from all sources and then he can utilise his knowledge while teaching his students. Sometimes we can have some good points from student also. Today education systems almost everywhere are utilitarian in character promoting an examination- oriented education. There goals are limited and have no intrinsic relationship with the idea of process and ends of genuine teaching learning. A question arises as to what system of education could encourage the flowering of good teachers and good pupils. A great role should be assigned to self-learning and to work on individual and collective projects. Programmes of study should be more flexible. The examination system must be thoroughly revised. Texts should be designed to stimulate the pupils to make further progress. In brief, I think a good education will be transmitted through an ideal teaching practice.

I am interested in Meta-philosophy (to talk about the nature of philosophy), Positive Philosophy, Indian Psychology, Socio-educational Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Logic and Literature as well. In order to do a thing well, a person needs to be highly motivated, to have an effective method for doing it, and to have the right attitude as he or she goes about doing it. I think “Pure rational-conceptual thought regarding different aspects of human life or a critical thought over such of thoughts may be called as philosophy.” The following points are important while conduct any research work: 


1. Read original texts. 


2. Have self confidence in your work. 


3. Do critical evaluation as per the nature of research. 


4. Have openness of mind about your research work. 


5. Leave some types of orthodox beliefs. 


6. Criticism is the best way to contribute to the Philosophical Research. 


7. Develop a attitude for respect to Critical thinking.


To accommodate my teaching and research interests, and especially to make possible the communication to others of my work and other associates, I have initiated two academic societies, two academic journals, a personal research centre, and a publishing press which are represented in various pages of our different websites. My interests in academics and publication continually shape both my teaching and research. I believe teaching and research must both be concerned with matters of creativity—in substance and form, as well as expression. We are running an online philosophy society with the named Society for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (SPPIS) Haryana. To extend the SPPIS works I also established a Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurukshetra) with some main objectives i.e., to study the nature of philosophy, its growing area in India and carry out evaluative research in Interdisciplinary approach to societal problems, to provide philosophical and academic initiatives and counselling to the students and teachers of various academic levels, to study the problems of students, researchers and teachers of philosophy in their academic and professional life, to disseminate updated information regarding seminars, workshops, conferences in India related to philosophy and other humanities subjects on a regular basis through a newsletter, to provide a platform for interaction between students, researchers and subject experts of different subjects through meetings and interaction programmes. We   also published some papers, online and print books on the nature of philosophy, philosophy in schools, Indian philosophers etc. and running an online journal “Lok?yata: Journal of Positive Philosophy (ISSN 2249-8389) and Milestone Education Review ( ISSN:2278-2168).  More details can be found at: http://positivephilosophy.webs.com