'Unity in Diversity' is an often mentioned phrase to describe India in a nutshell. As we know, a unique feature of our subcontinent is the aggregation of the diversity we find at micro level and the acceptance of the same at the macro level.
I was recalling this when the current year magazine committee came out with 'Culture Curry' as their theme of this year's magazine. 'Curry' means a combination of vegetables and other edible items laced with spices and served with gravy or dry. It is indeed a kind of a staple intake with rice or any other base which not only enhances the taste of food but provide necessary nutrients to the system by the way of supplying sodium, potassium, proteins, needed fat and minerals along with certain enhancers depending upon the vegetable used. In short, the combination gives more than what the individual ingredients would provided to the consumer by making a meal complete and wholesome.
As 'curry' is to food for the body, 'culture curry' is for the enhancement of mind and soul.
The dictionary meaning of culture is that it is 'the art and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively'. Culture also refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations.
We at Podar keep referring to 'PODAR CULTURE' and the need to practice it in order to maintain and enhance the legacy built over a period of 70 and four more number of years.
The evolution of Podar culture which distinguishes a Podarite from any other graduate or a post graduate is the unique transformation of their personalities which gets moulded in the right proportion during their stay at the Podar campus. The transformation which needs to be attributed to that vital ingredient is the curry consumed by the students due to their participation in innumerable co-curricular, extra-curricular activities organized and conducted under the banner of various forums of the college along with the main course of the academics.
R. A. Podar College is a classic example of the maxim 'UNITED WE STAND'. The diversity in terms of admitting the students, the diverse areas we focus our attention on and the different ways in which we handle different things portray our desire to excel as a unit despite diversity. We see our staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders in entirely under one umbrella when we put in our efforts to grow. The varied interests of the student community of Podar college, such as cultural, sports, academic, extra-curricular, are ably supported by the respective group from the stakeholders including the alumni. Students as members or as organising leaders of the myriad forums of the college, get opportunity to learn to co-exist, to adjust, to hear and listen to the viewpoint of others, to quarrel, to conciliate, to convince and to settle minor differences of opinion.
Dear students, our missionary zeal must be in unison with our vision. Our actions should complement the Institutional objectives and move alongside the national goals. Individuals and institutions are responsible for building a welfare state.
If our efforts help in the progress of each class of society as individuals and as an institution we will be contributing to the overall growth and development of the diverse population of this country.
In this effort we need to rise above caste, creed, religion, colour, class and other divisive forces. We must challenge the doctrine of 'Divide and rule' by demonstrating 'United we stand, grow and develop'.
With this culture of caring and sharing, I am but too sure that our institution will be a hallmark in the galaxy of great educational institutions of our time.