Connect with us


The Art of Man-making: ‘Human values encompass empathy’

Winner of the coveted Dr Stya Paul Award for Human Values says to be true to your heart



In a globalised world, values like cultural sensitivity, global awareness, and inclusivity are essential. Students who understand and respect diverse cultures and viewpoints are better equipped to thrive in a multicultural society.

Therefore, developing strong character is essential for personal growth. Values like respect, kindness, and responsibility help students build a positive character that is respected by peers, teachers, and the larger community.

Students today are not just content with scoring good grades; they know that values like discipline, perseverance, and hard work contribute to academic success. Students who understand the value of consistent effort are more likely to excel in their studies and achieve their goals.

Meet one such student – Aabhas Sahu, a class IX student at Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park who was conferred with the coveted Dr Stya Paul Award for Human Values.

Excerpts from the interview.

Tell us about yourself.

I am now in class IX. And while many students have already decided on their trajectory, I am still trying to find my feet in this world. Last year, when I was in class VIII I won the prestigious Dr Stya Paul Award for Human Values.

How would you define human values?

It is not very easy to give a definitive meaning to human values. Also, these values are subjective. For me, to be human or have human values means to have empathy. And this is not necessarily directed to just human beings – it includes all living beings.

How and when did you hear that you had been nominated?

Our class teacher picked out a few students by calling out their names. She told us that we had been nominated for the award. I was stunned, to begin with. I was not sure what kind of questions they would ask. Dr Stya Paul’s Awards for Human Values is not a test paper that you can prepare for. You are asked random questions. The only thing that you can do is answer them from the heart.

Were you apprehensive at first?

Taking any exam can be daunting and when it comes to a test that you know nothing about can be scary and it is normal to be nervous. But the only mantra to follow is: Be true to yourself and answer what has been asked in simple straightforward words without sounding that your answers are rehearsed.

How tough is it to live by these principles?

To many, it may be tough, but human values are your inherent trait. You live these. Once they are part and parcel of your life, they become your skin and you wear them with comfort.

Do you do charity work?

Not regularly. But I am the kind of person who is always there to help those around me, especially my friends. I help with whatever they may need – at the academic as well as personal level. On my birthday, I distribute food to the elderly in old age homes.

What role have your parents and teachers played in your life?

They have been amazing. Parents are your first teachers and become your role models. They are the ones who teach you how to be a good human being. My parents have been my pillars of strength. In school, teachers become your guides and mentors. You learn so much from them including how to be a good human being and lending a helping hand whenever possible.

Shalini is an Executive Editor with Apeejay Newsroom. With a PG Diploma in Business Management and Industrial Administration and an MA in Mass Communication, she was a former Associate Editor with News9live. She has worked on varied topics - from news-based to feature articles.