Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

I was really amazed to know about Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  I have some interesting incidences to share. I am from India and I did my under graduation and graduation from Delhi, which is the capital city. In my college, university staff and administrators used to send letters to parents in case their “child” was not performing well or was “misbehaving” in or around campus. It was weird to be labeled as a child when you are 22 or 23. You are expected to vote and choose who will have the nuclear codes for your nukes at 18 but you cannot be trusted to take corrective actions for bad grades or your misdemeanor is reported to your parents instead of police.

They were particularly harsh if they see a boy or girl migling too much.



What it means to be a Faculty : My Philosophy

Being a faculty member goes beyond teaching or research. It gives am individual a chance to make a difference in society and bend young lives. A faculty member has many responsibilities. Teaching is one of them. A very old and revered saying in India sums up the importance of a teacher in a person’s quest for knowledge and excellence:

“Guru Govind Dono Khade Kaake Lagoon Paaye Balihari Guru Aapne, Govind Diyo Bataaye.”, which means –If My Guru and God himself were to stand infront of me, to whom should I bow first. Well, I choose you my teacher.

Teaching is certainly the most important duty of a faculty member. He is expected to prepare fine professionals who will serve the society with their skills. Teachers play the most crucial role in shaping up the mind and ideology of young minds thus, unconsciously or consciously determining the path civilization is to take.

A faculty member’s duty is to impart knowledge to students. In order to perform this duty he should be actively engaged with the community and fellow faculty members and should keep himself updated with latest trends and developments in his field of expertize. He should guide a student and fan his curiosity to learn more by giving him practical exposure. He should be able to communicate and collaborate with other faculty members in order to develop an interdisciplinary thinking among students. Other than that he should also contribute to his field and help his peers in doing so by sharing his expertize with them. He should be able to gauge current trends and weaknesses in order to determine future course of direction. In Industrial and Systems Engineering, for example, a faculty member should not be merely confining himself to traditional areas of application and constantly attempt to explore new disciplines to apply System’s Thinking tools. Other than that he should be able to create awareness amongst students about how their work can contribute to the society and ultimately improve lives. And most importantly, he should instill in students a mindset of sharing their knowledge, ethical conduct and ultimately keeping the greater public good in their mind while doing any research.