REALIZING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Fulfilling the dream of a digitally-empowered India, educated and skilled India, and a tolerant, harmonious and
peaceful India where the last person feels to be a part
of the narrative of the nation, requires prioritized focus on
the youth as they constitute the major as well as substantial
component of the Indian society. It is they who will lead the
nation towards achieving top place in the world order.
However for achieving this goal a sense of social responsibility needs to be systematically inculcated in them. Though
primarily they are expected to get good education to
become better citizens of tomorrow yet the process and
moulding is complex one involving multiple factors especially for a nation like India which is known for diversities of all
sorts including the economic disparities. The way we nurture
the young minds into confident, capable and committed citizens will ultimately determine our nation’s future. It needs to
be realized that the key to prepare youth for nation building
is making them aware about their social responsibilities.
While social responsibility is a very wide phenomenon but
keeping in view the current national and global scenario,
there is need to focus mainly on its four main aspects namely Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, Direct
Philanthropy, Ethical Business Practices and Economic
Responsibility. Environmental sustainability initiatives enacted by businesses generally focusses on two main areas i.e.
limiting pollution and reducing greenhouse gases. As the
awareness of environmental issues grows, businesses that
take steps to reduce air, land and water pollution can
increase their standing as good corporate citizens while also
benefiting society as a whole. Philanthropic initiatives
include the donation of time, money or resources to charities
and organizations at local, national and international level.
These donations can be directed to a variety of noble causes including human rights, national disaster relief, clean
water and education programmes in underdeveloped areas
across the nation. The primary focus on Ethical Business
Practices is to provide fair labour practices for businesses’
employees as well as the employees of their suppliers.
Economic responsibility focuses on practices that facilitate
the long-term growth of the business, while also meeting the
standards set for ethical, environmental and philanthropic
practices. By balancing economic decisions with their overall effects on society, businesses can improve their operations while also engaging in sustainable practices. In this
context it is pertinent to mention here that sustainability and
corporate social responsibility initiatives will continue to be
prevalent in all times to come. While focussing on social
responsibility our education system needs to gear up to
develop our youth viz-a-viz character-building, healthcare,
ability sharpening to improve learning and last but not the
least use experience for attainment of goals. The system
must teach them to understand life through analytical study
of its each and every aspect. Moreover, value-based education can prove to be the best handy tool for inculcating in
youth the spirit of democratic behaviour which calls for an
appreciation of the rich diversity of our nation, assimilation
of ideas, and accommodation for divergent or contrarian
views. It is high time that both youth as well as the teachers
proactively play their respective roles in the said direction
which will definitely result in moulding them into model citizens of future. It is hoped that those at the helm of affairs in
education sector especially the teachers who have a greater
responsibility will soon initiate a series of measures to transform the system in order to ensure a clean and healthy
nation that will be second to none in the world order.