In the backdrop of growing violence amongst adolescents, Amity Institute of Education(AIE), Saket organized a day long National Seminar on "Effect of Present Environment on Adolescents: What to do?" at Amity Campus, Saket. The seminar aimed to discuss the problems posing a threat to the sound, mental and physical growth of the adolescents and also, to find out constructive solutions to them.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. B.L Mungekar- Member, Planning Commission; Prof. A. K Sharma- Formerly Director, NCERT; Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Universe and Dr. Ranjana Bhatia- Principal, Amity Institute of Education, Saket.
Dr. Ranjana Bhatia- Principal, Amity Institute of Education, Saket provided bird's eye- view of the seminar and appraised the distinguished gathering of the special projects undertaken by AIE and also the special achievements of the students of AIE for the academic year 2007- 08.
Talking about the relevance of the theme of the seminar, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Universe said that growing violence amongst the adolescents is a matter of great concern, it's a very "burning and serious issue" which needs immediate attention. Dwelling on some statistical figures, he said that in a country like India, adolescents (12- 19 years) form 22.5% of the population. This young population is full of energy and has tremendous drive. But, unfortunately, due to the changes coming into the society and its institutions, the young generation has become victims of drugs, violence, sex and deviant behavior. He hoped that the seminar will set the visionary brains to think about the problem seriously and work out strategies which would contribute to the healthy development of the adolescents.
Talking about adolescence as a distinct and unique phase in human life, Dr. B.L Mungekar said that adolescence is a very tender phase and it leaves indelible impact on one's life. Adolescents have to face a world of uncertainties which leaves them confused and bewildered. They are susceptible to be influenced by emotions. It's an age of transition- biological and physical, which has a direct bearing on a child's behavior and inclinations. Focusing on family as a major factor to ensure sound mental and physical growth of adolescents he said that with the concept of joint family diluting, nuclear family leaves very less outlets for a child to express his emotions, fears and insecurities. He called upon the parents to not to over- expect from their children as every child has a different caliber and not to impose their likes or dislikes on adolescents. He remarked that adolescents should be given enough space to decide for themselves, parents should only make them discreet enough to take decisions.
The sessions were presided over by eminent personalities including Prof. A.K Sharma- Formerly Director, NCERT; Ms. C Gurumurthy- Director (Academics), CBSE and Dr. B. N Bajpai- Director, SCERT.
Ms. Annie Koshi- Principal, St. Mary's School, Safdarjung Enclave; Prof. Aruna Broota- Dept. of Psychology, University of Delhi; Dr. Jitendra Nagpal- VIMHANS, New Delhi; Dr. P.D Nayar- Project Director, YUVA; Ms. Namita Rangathan- CIE, University of Delhi and Dr. Indrani Bhaduri- Reader, NCERT presented their views on areas of topical concern including "Violent Behavior in Schools", "Substance Abuse: Fighting Addiction" and "Peer Pressure: Battling for Existence."
Several important suggestions were mooted during the seminar to combat the deteriorating growth of adolescents including meditation classes, counseling sessions, patience listening on the part of parents and teachers, prioritizing emotional intelligence rather than intellectual intelligence, re- structuring of institutions of society with a special emphasis on family and schools, harnessing the energy of adolescents in extra- curricular activities like quiz, debate.