They insult teachers. In examinations, they insist on copying. If any invigilator checks them he is threatened. All this clearly proves that our students are indiscipline.
We cannot blame the students alone for this growing indiscipline. There are many other causes of indiscipline. The most important one is the political cause. Students were encouraged by our leaders to take part in the freedom struggle. They followed all the methods that were useful for this end. Now they use those very methods against their elders, whenever attempts are made at disciplining them. Besides this, the various political parties make use of students for their own ends. For example, students were used as tools in Gujrat, Punjab, Assam and Bihar. Indeed, politics is the most important cause of student indiscipline to-day.
Our-education does not suit many of the students. They do not find of any use. They fail to get suitable jobs after completing their education. This makes them unhappy. So they behave in an indiscipline way. There is no personal touch between teachers and students. Classes are generally over-crowded. So students do not learn many things which they ought to learn from their teachers. Moreover, the educational institutions have become a means of giving employment to the unemployed. Even people who have no taste for teaching take to this profession.
In society, immature youngsters find their elders behaving in an indiscipline way. As they see so they do. Many things which they see in cinemas, they practice in the class room. In fact, social conditions are responsible for student indiscipline all round. They must be taught to shun violence and cultivate the spirit of harmony. They must learn to respect the religious views and principles of each other. This would improve the atmosphere in educational institutions.
Though the problem is a difficult one and indiscipline is fast spreading yet it is not such as cannot be solved. Only we need a will to solve it. Here are some suggestions which, if followed, will go a long way towards solving this problem.
First, politics in every form must be kept out of schools and colleges. Teachers too indulge in politics. They use students against each other. This increases indiscipline. No one should be allowed to take part in politics. Political parties must agree that none of them would use students to achieve their political ends. That politics is the chief cause of student indiscipline, is clearly brought out by the fact that during the period of emergency there was complete peace in educational institutions. Students and teachers must remain busy in their work. Student Unions should not be allowed to take the form of political parties. They must work only as literary organizations.
Only first class persons must be appointed as teachers. It is a happy sign that attention is also being paid to this aspect of indiscipline. Grades and salaries of teachers have been raised, as also their academic qualifications. Over-crowding in classes must be avoided. Varied courses should be prescribed, so that students may choose only the subjects which really interest them. All this will help in solving the problem.
Students should be kept away from the dirty life of cities. Schools and colleges should be located away from the busy cities. We should try to follow the example of the Gurukuls and Rishikuls of ancient India. There in lies salvation.
If we want to solve this problem, all of us must co-operate. Government alone cannot solve it. It must be tackled at the earliest. Growing indiscipline is poisonous for the nation. It is the interest of everyone to help in solving this problem.