Not every school in a town is great. |
Not every school in BHEL townships across the country is great.
Not every institution run by Montfort brothers achieves the greatness
that RSK is.
There are thousands of school in a city like Chennai, only a handful
of them will come in the reckoning of greatness.
RSK is great. RSK is a great institution. Montfort brothers and the
leaders in BHEL made this greatness possible.
We are all the results of this greatness.
A institution reaching a position of greatness and being there for a
long time, is not a common occurrence. Many a factor have to come
together for greatness to happen. Management, teachers, students ,
parents, in all their diversity , have to come together and a
ecosystem , a culture has to come about where such greatness becomes a
possibility and a norm. This happened at RSK and remained there for a
very long time too.
For those of you who are not familiar with happenings at Trichy, Even
today if you happen to ask a general person, who is aware of the
education scenario in Trichy, for the best school in town, the answer
happens, to be RSK.( It is another matter that general standards of
excellence is not the same as in earlier times, in almost all
institutions, which is a bane of our present times. Quite a lot of old
students of RSK, who stay in Trichy town, who can put their wards in
'any' school of 'their' choice, have chosen to put them in RSK)
Every great instituition or person will have its own cycles of
greatness and lows too. Greatness has to be nurtured in spite of the
failings due to the low ebbs, of the institution or the persons
presently handling the day today matters, and seen through the
difficult times. Great institutions take a long time and very many
great people to build it. Breaking it is quite easy. Building requires
a lot of attention and involvement from great minds. Breaking requires
lack of attention and negligence from impersonal ordinary souls who
happen to be in responsible positions of the day.
BHEL has nurtured the school, giving it attention, priority and the
personal involvement by the great minds that donned the leadership at
BHEL. I am sure RSK is very close and dear to their hearts. I am also
sure that RSK is very close to the hearts of the many great
brothers who built RSK to this position of greatness.
Every problem is solvable. Reckon that we are not talking about
ordinary people. Montfort brothers as a institution has great people
in it. BHEL as a institution has great minds . In times of difficult
relationships, we should be the ones to show to them that "it was and
it is" worth their while for them to have accorded the kind of
attention the BHEL leaders and Montfort brothers bestowed on RSK. We
should use whatever personal access we have with both of them, for
both them to put in personal attention and care, to get to the table
and resolve all matters, however irksome and thorny they are.
We as RSKites should look beyond and do the needful to put the
institution back on the tracks.
We, each one of us, in whatever small or big way, take that extra
step, walk that extra mile , to get BHEL and Montfort brothers to get
back to working together and make them both take ownership for the
heritage and legacy of RSK.
The step could be as simple and varied as calling up a school time
friend of yours and talking about RSK, writing in this newsgroup,
speaking to the present parents of RSKites, speaking to BHEL
leadership, past and present, speaking to Brothers. I am sure, out of
this consciuosness will evolve the way. Though we are all away in
terms of physical distance from Trichy, giving a certain mind share in
this critical times, outside of our routine can make a 'big'
difference to the outcome. This consciousness can lead to a critical
mass of RSKites to come together physically and make things happen.
Though not a contributor to all the good things that has been
happening in this newsgroup, I have been a passive reader, read the
postings with avid interest and a sense of identity with a lot of
expressions, over the years in this forum.
With all the warmth of being a RSKite,
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