President's Message

The Myth of Knowledge and the Truth of Intelligence

This time of the year is crucial for a lot of reasons, and for a lot of people. To the toiling and hard work of several months, the Board examinations results have finally arrived to greet us all. And as always, it is a yet another wonderful and proud greeting for all of us here at DAV. Our students have performed remarkably well and have garnered praises from all quarters for creating new records. I want to congratulate all of you on your success and wish you many more opportunities and victories ahead. I also want to extend my heartfelt thanks and wishes to all the teachers whose dedicated efforts have made it all possible. Keep up the good work and stay committed to your values.

What next then? Mathematics, Commerce or that best college for pursuing that dream course? As students, you all must have already weighed your options according to the marks you have secured. However, there is something we all tend to ignore while we work day and night to get those grades. Now to say that marks and grades do not matter would be a lie. The reward system as part of our educational environment has been introduced to motivate students to set certain goals, work sincerely to achieve them and at one level, to also ascertain their level of ‘knowledge’. But to say that marks and grades are sole determinants of ‘intelligence’ would be a lie. We need to bust the myth of knowledge and understand the truth of intelligence.

A knowledgeable person is sought-after by people simply because he knows more than the others. Hence, the more one studies, the more degrees one earns, the more chances one has to acquire more and more knowledge. The act of knowing is empowering in itself. Not only does a knowledgeable person get more respect, he also possesses the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. Knowledge is an asset of the mind and it is acquired through sincere learning. However, what use is that knowledge of if it is not transformed into action? It will remain a myth unless it is applied. Intelligence is application of knowledge and precisely that, makes all the difference in the world.

To quote Maharishi Swami Dayanand, “The main aim of education is to create humans aware so that they can understand the difference between the truth and untruth. Even by understanding if anyone does not practice it he is like a thief.” Once truth in the form of knowledge is acquired, it is essential to manifest it into one’s deeds. One’s good scores in English can reflect in one’s writings which may hold the potential to change the world. Or one’s knowledge in Environmental Science should push for devising innovative solutions to prevalent issues. We even have examples of people who dropped out of college but were successful nevertheless because they were intelligent, not just knowledgeable.

Marks and grades do reflect one’s hard work and knowledge but it is the action and deeds that reflect one’s intelligence. If the great sages had not used their knowledge to write the Vedas, lawyers like Gandhi had not fought for people’s rights- this world would have been different in worse ways. Go beyond your textbooks and make a mark of your intelligence. Use your learning to create a different world and only then will you understand as well as practice the Truth.

Om Shanti!

Punam Suri