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Social Networks Revolutionising College Admission Scenario

fbPic1Each generation has had its own mode of communication, with each novel version out-rivaling its immediate predecessor both in pace and perfection. Right now, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are being widely embraced as the latest trend in communication technology. With the world going after such networks with augmented zeal, they have slowly been carved out as an inexpensive marketing tool. Gone are the days when educational institutions depended on the relatively ‘snail-paced’ (more…)

Satya Nadella – Another Son Of The Soil Makes It Big Abroad

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It is indeed a moment of glory for all Indians when one of their kind made it big in the world of Information Technology (IT). Satya Nadella did India, the country of his origin, proud when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the world’s most cherished IT giant.

No wonder news of Nadella’s elevation brought cheers and a sense of both vindication and déjà vu to most Indians. Vindication because as an Indian Nadella proved that Indians has the potential to do it and Déjà vu because like Nadella there were a host of Indians who could achieve success in the past as foreign nationals after leaving shores of the country. (more…)

Vocational Education in India

Vocational educational in India aims to develop skilled manpower through diversified courses to meet the requirements of mainly the unorganised sector and to instill self-employment skills in people through a large number of self employment oriented courses. Vocational education is imparted through Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics.

One of the weaknesses of Indian education system is that it does not give due importance to vocational education. As a result there is a mismatch between the skilled manpower required and skilled manpower available. (more…)

Mid-day meal: The casual fill up

The Government might have succeeded in luring the kids from backward and poverty stricken families to schools with the promise of mid day meals, but is it actually successful in doing justice to what it serves up at break time is yet another tale to be told.

Across India in most of the states, the mid-day meal programme of the government primary schools has turned out to be more or less a casual carrying out of a formality. And thus, be it the rural or urban primary schools, the need for introspection is too grave to be ignored.

Whether it is the way the food is cooked, or the way it is stored. Whether it is the way children are fed, where they are fed or when they are fed, hygienic conditions, nutritional requirements, sufficient amounts served, all need to be looked into; for the mid day meal programme across the country lacks in one or all of these aspects.

Whenever the programme has been checked via surprise visits, there have been lacunae so vast that they can hardly be over looked. Somewhere you find teachers too busy to supervise the food distribution and at others the infrastructure supporting the programme is found missing. There are schools in many states which do not even have a proper kitchen to make it possible to cook meals. Many have make shift arrangements and at others the food is cooked in neighbouring villages and sent to the school.

Children are not even directed to wash hands before eating and worse still; some schools even lack chairs and tables or for that matter enough utensils. With children eating with their hands, from dirty utensils, sitting on the dusty floor, one really wonders what purpose are we serving here.

The incidents of lizards and cockroaches finding their way into these break time meals of children have been many. But even if one decides to overlook these exceptional cases, there is nothing to put the mind at ease.

There is a lot that needs to be done. To begin with the government needs to understand that just providing meals is not enough. Schools need storage as well as cooking space, in order to ensure that the food is cooked hygienically to avoid food poisoning or other unhealthy conditions.

The infrastructure needs to be built to ensure children eat properly, sitting on chairs with tables and have spoons. Guidelines need to be issued for teachers and sufficient staff needs to be recruited to supervise the children at meal time. Built away from the classrooms the kitchen should be safe and all should be equipped with fire extinguishers and inflammable materials and chimneys.

With numerous stories surrounding the mid day meals at schools, highlighting the callous and insensitive attitude of one and all concerned; it is time this vital aspect of primary education is taken care of more seriously.

 

Ethnic violence against N-E students points to a deeper malaise

K. Rasheed

This is the worst kept secret of the society we live in. India’s record of ethnic relations has never been unblemished. In fact, racism runs deep into our culture. What is intriguing is that while other societies recognise racism as an issue, in our country the problem is often glossed over using semantics or simply brushed under the carpet even as incidents with racist overtones like the death of Nido Tanial have become a recurring phenomenon as a reminder that all is not well on ethnic front.

Murder of Nido Tanial at the hands of a lynch mob in Delhi is a case in point. While racist attacks have not been uncommon in the National Capital of the country, this is the first time that a clash triggered by racial intolerance culminated into the death of the victim. (more…)

Post Graduate Fellowships For Study Of M.S. Courses In Science Communication

With an aim to train science graduates as skilled science communicators and equip them to present science intelligibly and effectively to the masses, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) intends to offer Post Graduate Fellowships (10 Nos.) for a period of two years commencing from July, 2014.

NCSM is an autonomous scientific and research organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India engaged in popularisation of Science and Technology among the people at large. (more…)

CBSE Vocational Courses For Senior Secondary Students

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To help students start a career of their own, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a number of vocational courses for Class XI students. The courses will give the students an opportunity to choose from various career options.

The courses will be on legal studies, theatre or gender studies as an elective course. Besides, subjects offered to class XI-XII – senior secondary students are human rights, NCC and the unique Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India etc. they will last for one year, from 2014 to 15.

The board is keen to introduce to the students Chinese language. A language course is a pilot run subject for middle school students at 25 schools currently. The first batch with the elective courses in these subjects option will be able to appear in the board exams in March 2015. (more…)

English Overdose: How Much Is Too Much?

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With an increase in English medium, public and international schools the country, the emphasis on English as a spoken medium of interaction in the educational institutions is increasing like never before. Parents too are keen on seeing their little ones chatter away in the much preferred language, just as they hop out of the cradle. It all might sound good, the fact that this whole concept of English speaking has a less noticed yet strong flip side as well.

While English is a language accepted globally and its mastery is a skill which needs to be acquired naturally, we forget the basics of child rearing here. If the acquired skills are making children acceptable in the society in general, an overdose of the same might end up curbing their innovative and creative sides. For, it is a known fact that creativity is best addressed in ones native language or the mother tongue. (more…)