Learning christened once again!


Salla Vijay Kumar
Lecturer & Academic In-charge, IHM Ahmedaba

We need to create Learning Rooms and not Classrooms, because there exist massive, innumerable and hands-on classrooms, outside existing structures of classrooms.

School is one of the places we learn at, and we learn at so many schools. Some are individuals, some are institutions and many others are senses-oriented. It is the education that is driven by so many stakeholders as a manifestation to acquire, develop and execute. The same classroom could be represented as “This Room belongs to those who believe to use it for the purpose of LEARNING.” So we need to create Learning Rooms and not Classrooms, because everyone will agree with me that there exist massive, innumerable and hands-on classrooms, outside existing structures of classrooms.

The objective of a teacher is not teaching, primarily. It is to enable learning as the outcome of the exercise. There is a paradigm shift in the air, the way education is looked as tableau of a barely exhibited place where a teacher with or without a stick in hand, but a book is stationed to see you do your C.W. and standing in front of you asking for the H.W. and this is evident not only in the primary and secondary levels of schooling but predominant in institutions of higher learning also. These engage in more of back home assignments – this could be an underlying trend but contact hours play their vital role in the process. The shift is taking its place in the noble profession from Teaching to Learning. The clients in this case happens to be a much advanced next generation students who need to be shown just the direction and they find the light at the end of the tunnel. There can be a method of accrediting learning points and rewards suitably. Perks count for one and all.

The close-in curricular tactics against the classroom dissemination alone are indicative of the change for good to pull rather than push information into the flower vases like one great author described children’s brains. They are to be heard and acknowledged rather than interrupted and discouraged because at times I agree it seems good that they think out-of-the-box and sometimes out-of-their-shoes which make things escalated. “Use the talent you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those that sang best,” said Henry Van Dyke. The students by large are equipped with creative prominence through schools, colleges, technological advancement, and industry exposure/interface and one-touch worldly concepts, waiting for their turn to get reasoned.

The student never gives an indication to his mentoring authorities that he might have the answer to the posed question or query. The simple strategy is to quarantine the studious quotient. The conception of what is worth depicting is shifting dramatically from teaching to learning, but at a nascent stage, with awareness for a larger race of the academia in this pursuit. It is superficial that a single event at any educational organization or any level of hierarchy or any individual or a small group of teachers / facilitators, could catalyze a whole revolution.

The enablers or the facilitators – the teachers have always been in the charge since time immemorial with their academic rigor and teaching aid. It is time they give their nod for the learning made fun, equip system and syllabi, tech delivery of notes, assignments online, performance appraisal irrespective of degree of outcome, only the degree of difficulty accounted for. The best people who can do this are… guessing who? You the children!! And if why is your question. It is drawing a mind map by facilitated reflection synthesizing experiences with academic content, keeping you in the lead role will encompass inter disciplinary learning through engagement, experiential as well as explorative approach.

The dream of creating this eccentric venue in the existing history of gurukul will only take us a few steps ahead into inter cultural know-how. The learning is going to be christened once again amidst us trying to absolve an apt place for the future generation not a colloquial term global but truly developmental for to-be-learning squadron of students. It is therefore likely to make a viable proposition of the education as resource factories and cultivate LEARNING – AN OBSESSIONAL HABIT.

Salla Vijay Kumar is a National Awards’ Winning Lecturer. With a Masters in Philosophy from MKU, Madurai and pursuing Ph.D. (Management). He is lecturer & academic in-charge at IHM Ahmedabad since 2002.He is a proud recipient of four National Level Awards: National Award for Excellence in Hospitality Education the best teacher 2008-09 MoT, GOI l Aspiring Researcher 2015 IHC; and Award of Excellence in the field of Tourism & Hospitality 2018 , IHC.

His research interest pertains to areas of human resource development, food, hospitality and tourism.With International exposure to Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Switzerland,he has been instrumental through industry operations, academia and writing (in various disciplines); he is a Qualified Learning Facilitator from Ecole Hotelier De Lausanne, Switzerland and handling multiple portfolios.