Pune: As a part of the school’s Experiential Learning Programme (ELP), the students of Sanskriti Group of Schools from class 9 to 12 on Friday, spent a day with Siddharth Shirole, Director of PMPML and MP Anil Shirole, and took lessons of governance.
Impressed by the level of interest and involvement the students showed, Anil Shirole said it is necessary that all such programmes be carried out by all schools.
The ELP by Sanskriti Schools is giving students an opportunity to interact first-hand with officials and spend an entire day with professionals, entrepreneurs and decision-makers of the outside world.
“The hands-on experience and internship opportunities are usually limited to senior college students. However, a school student is mandated to make their career choice at an early stage. Creating the opportunity for a student through ELP, we are empowering children to make informed choices,” said Devyani Mungali, Director of Sanskriti Group of Schools.
Before kicking off the programme, a form was circulated among the students giving them information about the ELP.
A total of 22 children were selected from the three campuses of Sanskriti Schools at Bhukum, Wagholi and NIBM Road for a day with Shirole. The day began with students having an introductory session with Siddharth Shirole, who guided the children on preparations needed before entering public life and the right qualifications.
The students then accompanied Siddharth Shirole to the PMPML office at Swargate where they witnessed how meetings are conducted with common people, then met PMPML CMD Nayana Gunde who explained to them aspects of PMPML bus services. Students were also able to pay a visit to the PMPMP workshop and store. They saw the Intelligent Traffic Monitoring System (ITMS) first-hand. Later, back at the MP’s office, the students interacted with him and asked him several questions.
“Parents do not encourage children to choose politics as a career. It is important that people are aware and involved in politics because every important decision which affects a person’s daily life is taken by a politician. Hence we need intelligent, well-educated and good people in politics and governance,” MP Anil Shirole said.
“The students, today, were very involved in the programme, they were listening to me very carefully, and asking the right questions. They will certainly become responsible, vigilant citizens of tomorrow,” he added.