Mentoring is not just a process. It is a communication, an informal transmission of knowledge, psychological and social support from a more experienced person to the less experienced.
The word 'mentor' has its origin in the Odyssey, in the characters of Mentor and Athena who aided and advised Odysseus's son Telemachus. Also noteworthy is the guru - disciple tradition practiced in Hinduism ,Buddhism, Rabbinical Judaism and Christian culture.
Mentoring at BGI is a novel idea, introduced particularly for the students of the 1st year. Amidst a new environment and unfamiliar faces, and away from home, the budding scholar may be jittery. Also certain issues may create complications. In that case whom should they go to? Who would assist them? Here comes the teachers as mentors - in them the students will discover their friend, philosopher and guide.
At BGI each teacher plays a dual role-that of an educator and confidante. The teacher keeps a track of the students' whereabouts- starting from their attendance and class performance to their conduct, the teacher attends to every minute detail. Apart from being a strict disciplinarian, the teacher deals with the students amicably so that they may open up to him/her - the students can intimate the mentor with their anxieties, and inconveniences, complications or mess that they have gotten into. Thus, on the one hand, the teacher initiates rectifications, and on the other, s/he sees to the fact that the students' troubles are resolved.
Mentoring is an enriching process. It involves a unique relationship that has direct bearing on the recipient's personal as well as professional self. And at BGI, our efforts are constantly fueled by our loving concern for our dear students...