The Vidyalaya attaches great importance to this and has devised many programmes for imparting leadership training, chief among them being our students’ Executive Body. From Class VI onwards, pupils in each section elect six monitors (once again guided by the policy of maximum participation rather than minority elitism), each incharge of six different areas such as discipline, cleanliness, etc. The class section by secret ballot, are like our Assembly Elections at the state level.
All elected leaders attend week-end camps where through games, role-play, simulation exercises and other such experiential activities, children are helped to arrive at a definition of the role and responsibilities of leaders, traits that they must possess and how to grow into such a role. Those elected from their classes then vote for a General Secretary.
Those who are class monitors of Class XI can stand for General Secretaryship. Candidates for this position present their manifestoes at the school assembly. They are then allowed to campaign for four days abiding strictly by the rules laid down by the school. Once elected she/he chooses her/his cabinet comprising of the following area-representatives:
- Literary Affairs
- Art & Culture
- Pragramme Implementation
- External Affairs
- Current Affairs
- School Facilities
- Coordination of Class Representatives
- Bulletin Boards
The Executive meets regularly for two hours after school on Saturdays. It helps the school community in a number of ways such as maintaining discipline and regularization of traffic, checking late comers and uniforms, organization of cultural activities and Activity Week. Young leaders learn to set goals, plan and work accordingly, foresee problems and take care of them, develop resourcefulness and courage to tackle unforeseen situations, acquire communication skills, understand people and learn to get along with them, learn to be sensitive to other’ opinions and respect them.
In 1997 a mini Student-Executive was established in the Junior School. Leaders of Classes IV & V constitute this, and are headed by a ‘Mukhya Pratinidhi’ from Class V.