Fun is the beginning of anything fundamental. Fun even exists as the first three letters in the very word 'fun-da-mental' itself! For anything mentally stimulating 'fun' must be the essential ingredient. This is how learning begins and also learning ends. The day you miss out the 'fun' element in education delivery, learning will come to an end. For beginners at school, the teachers' biggest challenge is how to make learning fun.
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A British education has become a commodity bought by wealthy foreigners » The Spectator

A British education has become a commodity bought by wealthy foreigners » The Spectator
There are several ways to measure the scale of the cultural changes in the English private school of the last few years, but one schoolmistress with a robust, old-fashioned outlook realised things had gone awry the other day when one of the Russian new girls went to complain to matron.
The girl was annoyed that though she had slept in her bed for three nights, the maid had not yet been in to change the sheets.
The cultural clashes do not end with bedlinen. The girls, this teacher says, don’t understand the prefect system and won’t participate. A housemaster confides that there is no point in choosing a head of house as that side of the school ethos has vanished. The Chinese won’t even come out of their rooms and socialise, and prefer to play computer games on their beds (just like children at state schools). The Russians object to being parted, even momentarily, from their iPhones or being told that some of their designer outfits and Louboutins are inappropriate for the English countryside.

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Bad data used in British Council’s Inside India report: Enrolment and Fresh Student Statistics has been used interchangeably.

Bad data used in British Council’s Inside India report: Enrolment and Fresh Student Statistics has been used interchangeably. Should I just say LOL! | RLS's Blog

While the U.K. and U.S. are the top two destinations of choice, students are increasingly applying to universities in Canada and Germany, where they perceive education to be cheaper and employment opportunities to be robust. Canada stands out in terms of perceived opportunities for permanent migration, while students see Germany as offering world-class opportunities in the automotive, engineering, and manufacturing industries. The number of Indian students in Australia, meanwhile, appears to be rebounding after a precipitous fall following a series of violent attacks on Indian students in 2009.

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UK degree equivalence issue in India; New Bridge course solution & why it is still a half measure… one destined to fail

UK degree equivalence issue in India; New Bridge course solution & why it is still a half measure… one destined to fail.
At this time, some students desperate for a job in India with the government or to pursue PhD in India will have this new option of the bridging course but over a period of time this bridge course is bound to fail and there will be hardly any interest. A student who has studied overseas will not want to have spent money on something that will require him to come back and then do a further study…

This brings me to the thought that what India has decided as an option for UK degrees is simply because UK lobbied. It should have just made it an option for all the less than two year degrees from around the world and then it would have had more takers. The once it has no takers, the program will be dropped and momentum lost but UK degrees will then remain branded as inferior in content to the Indian degrees. Which is far from the truth, as we all know…
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Scientists of Beauty

Dirac wrote a book on the link between Relativity and Quantum Physics unsolved for a half century. Of this his biographer Farmelo wrote that ‘everyone was aghast at its beauty, with  its elegance and power. He was a like a great poet with equations.’ On occasion Einstein who had a copy could be heard mumbling “Where’s my Dirac?” when confronted by a tricky problem. These scientists could be called scientists of beauty.  Schroedinger had a row with Karl Popper for criticizing the 2nd Law of Entropy that he  thought the most beautiful theory in Physics. Dirac said the beauty of an equation was far more important than whether it was right or wrong.   For them Beauty was All.

Strangely, this is also true of Religion. Unfortunately excess words cause a blindness to beauty suffered by many scholars who cannot see mystic beauty;  i/3rd of school children leave school having lost the ability to visualize thereby losing the ability to discern beauty. Thus lay people are  fed words stripped of beauty. Islam suffers worse for their Mutukallimun (people of words) are murderers of  Sufis and now  suicide bombers.

I got from Robert Bridges  His Testament of Beauty and have my version in using various aphorisms  that caused the Padre’s daughter of a Minister to call it absolute beauty. Here I  have Testaments of Love, Compassion and Beauty.  This is the ultimate Elixir of life that Thoreau sought.

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Creative Infinity Mind

Compared to one dimensioned verbal minds, the Creative Infinity Mind has incomparably more dimensions: Visual Images, mathematical equations, imagination and in total now 14 categories of the Map of Enlightenment. The  power of equations astonish: Dirac said that one of Schroedinger’s equations explained all of Chemistry and most of Physics.      Dirac’s equation on a wall of his old School house in Bristol is not only beautiful but it reconciled  the 50 year old problem of Relativity and Quantum Physics; he threw in Anti Matter for good measure!

Let  us not suppose that poetry is a negligible factor by  comparison; the greatest poetry ever written is called Oceanic Poetry; it is related to the hissing of the Mysteries  and is found in Mystic religion. It fills  our minds with beautiful images making them mines of jewels: a fabulous Golconda  Mine.  These are just  two ways of many that the Creative infinity mind has. Words used alone seem to besot us so that the sense of beauty is impaired. Churchmen become in love with words and overlook the beauty of mysticism; event The Acts of St Thomas was discarded and put in the Apocrypha, its wondrous beauty  of the Queen of the Orient and the Prince of the Orient’s mystic journey to regain the Pearl without Price,and  the Hymn of the soul, all went unrecognised.

Exploration and  Discovery  of the Mind.  Dr Bolte Taylor scientist of the brain, discovered the Nirvana Brain, for which visual images  are an Open Sesame becoming the most important element in creativity. Of beauty, especially in break throughs such as result from Creative Rapture  seem to give access to other such experiences of the Mind  not yet understood.  

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Counseling on Careers needs to include family’s aspirations and circumstances.

Counseling on Careers needs to include family’s aspirations and circumstances. Not just student’s aptitude and grades. | RLS's Blog

Most “Career Counsellors” use a couple of key tools to maximize their interaction with the students. These tools are primarily the inferences from an aptitude testing and then a library of guides that indicate that what aptitude link up to various careers. Some also look at the grades that the student has been getting in the subjects being attempted. To most this will look as a good game plan. Now consider…

Late for class - India woos foreign colleges as population clock ticks

Late for class - India woos foreign colleges as population clock ticks | Business Standard

India's ministry of human resources and development is trying to issue what is in effect an executive order, which would leapfrog a bill stuck in parliament since 2010, one casualty of a legislative logjam that has paralysed Indian policymaking over the last two years.

Despite scepticism from many institutions that India will be able to change its game with elections looming by next May, some foreign universities are keen to push ahead with campuses.

"A campus in India has always been our vision and that is our plan," said Guru Ghosh, the vice-president for outreach and international affairs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as Virginia Tech.

It is due to launch a research centre near Chennai in spring 2014 and hopes to set up a campus within 3-5 years if the rules change, Ghosh said.

Under the proposed rules, non-profit foreign universities in the top 400 worldwide would be able to open campuses. The rules need a final sign-off from the law ministry, which will take up to three months, according to R.P. Sisodia, joint secretary for higher education at the Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

Not enough quality institutions to educate next generation: President - The Times of India

Not enough quality institutions to educate next generation: President - The Times of India: "India had dominated higher education for 1,800 years from 6th century BC to the fall of Nalanda University in 12th century AD. "I don't find any reason why India cannot go back to dominating the higher education scene. We have the talent, capacity and dedicated teachers who can inspire and rekindle the interests in the minds of students," President Pranab Mukherjee said. Expressing satisfaction over making right to education (RTE) a reality in the country, he said the focus should now be on imparting right education."

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The genius is within

Every child is gifted, as teachers, mentors, parents and those who have the responsibility to help us learn need to find the 'gift in the child'.

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein
When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces. But they were sorely, extraordinarily mistaken.

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BBC News - A Point of View: Why embracing change is the key to happiness

BBC News - A Point of View: Why embracing change is the key to happiness
New situations, new people, new languages - we can interpret any of these as an unwelcome, if not threatening, change. Which is bad news for how we police crowds, carry out overseas peace-keeping actions, or treat unfamiliar people. Our overreaction to what can feel like chaos may actually produce real chaos. When change finally overwhelms us we can get so scared we forget other humans are human and behave badly. Why not? We're in chaos.

Even if change-avoidance forms a prison, walking outside it can seem appalling. Being without love, or novel interactions, might be awful, but their presence might change us. And when something, or someone we already love is taken, by accident, by bereavement, by changes we can't control - we're not only hurt - their absence changes us. This does nothing to make change attractive.

We may try to control our own superficial alterations - buying the latest iThings, taking risks, not only swimming with sharks, but with sharks we've never met - seeking what's new and then newer. But that's just as rigid a behaviour as my sad clinging to defunct electrical goods, neat solitudes and tales of doom involving shark attacks. Real change will still happen.

Change is inevitable...

Thank you Dr. Amrita Dass for the link to the story.

People remember us for our deeds

People don't remember us for what we do for ourselves-for the size of our bank account, the car we drove or how big our house was. They remember us for what we have done for them. Leadership, after all, is a relationship, and the quality of that relationship determines how effective we are and how we are remembered. When we talk about legacy, people often think about what they are bequeathing to others, in terms of material goods. But, in fact, the legacy you leave is the life you lead: it's what you are doing right now that determines how you will be remembered.

Good CSR Strategy

By: Ashish Dhawan

The Parliament approved the new Companies Bill, which mandates that companies of a certain size spend 2% of their three-year average annual profit towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), is a landmark one as it makes India among the first nations to have social welfare spending as part of company statute by law.

Around 8,000 companies would fall under the Bill's ambit and this mandate would translate into an estimated CSR spending of Rs 12,000-15,000 crore annually. In order to maximise the impact of their CSR, Indian corporate houses need to look beyond the traditional lens of "charity" and develop succinct CSR strategies with potential for large-scale social and economic impact. Private philanthropies set up by India's business leaders can be looked at as models for CSR. The first step towards developing a CSR strategy is to define a maximum of 2-3 social issues.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a benchmark for a focused socially-relevant enterprise, chose just two areas of effective and measurable action: education and healthcare. The foundation then made worldwide eradication of polio akin to a business goal and is confident of achieving it in the next six years. In India, the Azim Premji Foundation chose to focus on improving the quality of primary education, and has maintained this effort for over 12 years.

In order to ensure organised and successful CSR initiatives, companies will have to identify and hire an appropriate team of professionals: Tech Mahindra hired Loveleen Kacker, a former senior IAS officer and a domain expert in children's education, to lead its foundation. The Azim Premji Foundation recruited Dilip Ranjekar and Anurag Behar, senior executives from Wipro, to lead efforts towards large-scale impact in education.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has Barun Mohanty and Debashish Mitter, former senior executives with McKinsey & Co and American Express, to help children living in urban poverty. Even at full scale, India's CSR spend will be a drop in the ocean when compared with government expenditure on social schemes. However, even these funds have the potential for large-scale impact as there has been limited scope for innovation within the government system. Corporates should view CSR efforts as R&D by piloting innovative models and gathering evidence of the impact.

Government resources can then be used to scale up smaller operative models. Businesses should not feel pressured to take on the operational responsibility of every initiative they undertake. It is wiser to operate CSR initiatives that are tightly linked to the core line of business and outsource other initiatives to non-profits with expertise.

The Piramal Foundation operates its healthcare initiatives internally, but for its education-related activities, it backed two highly capable social entrepreneurs, Madhav Chavan of Pratham and Aditya Natraj of Kaivalya Education Foundation. For giving to be ingrained in a company's culture, employees must be involved with CSR. At Tech Mahindra, associates engage with communities through partner NGOs. Their CSR goal is to get 10% of company associates to volunteer 10% of their time by 2015.

At HDFC Bank, over 5,000 employees contribute around Rs 1 crore a year through payroll giving. Successful businesses are all driven by measurable goals, strong monitoring processes and data-driven decision-making. Bill Gates has said, "From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand." Businesses need to extend these principles to their CSR work.

The new Companies Bill should galvanise companies into collaborative action for real change. For instance, many companies focus on education in their CSR but there are few instances of collaboration. Corporates, who have a vested interest in the quality of education as that is the most powerful tool towards the creation of adynamic workforce, can come together to change the Indian school education system.

The writer is CEO and founder, Central Square Foundation

India’s New Companies Bill Mandates Social Welfare Spending

India’s New Companies Bill Expected To Boost Mergers With Foreign Firms, Mandates Social Welfare Spending:
The bill also requires every company, which has a net worth of 5 billion rupees (almost $82 million) or more; or a turnover of 10 billion rupees or more; or net profit of 50 million rupees or more during any financial year, to spend at least 2 percent of its average net profit earned during the three immediately preceding financial years, every year on social welfare programs.

“Strictly speaking, the CSR (corporate social responsibility) requirement in the new bill is not mandatory, because there are ways out for companies, who can cite compelling reasons to avoid earmarking 2 percent of their profits for social welfare programs,” Christopher Krishnamoorthy, an associate partner at Majmudar & Partners, an Indian law firm based in Mumbai, told IBTimes.

“On a personal level, I find the CSR spending requirement unusual, and I am not aware of  similar laws internationally, apart from tax-breaks and incentives provided toward CSR expenditure. The Indian provision is akin to a sort of tax,” Krishnamoorthy said.

The Bill is expected to be enacted to a Law shortly after the President signs the same.
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Catalogue and Order Form for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

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Catalogue and Order Form
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award  for Young People

Welcome to the catalogue of materials from The Duke of Edinburgh’s
International Award Foundation (the Foundation), available through
The Award Scheme Ltd (ASL), our trading arm.

Several of these items, as well as numerous other promotional and
operational materials and resources are available to download free
of charge from

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Rupee slide hits foreign study plans

Rupee slide hits foreign study plans
Saloni Murari had begun applying to British universities in January. A few days ago, she suddenly dropped her plans to study overseas this year.

“With the rupee falling so fast, I’d have had to shell out much more. I have put my plans off till September next year; I hope the situation would have improved by then,” said the Delhi University graduate and MBA hopeful.

The rupee has lost about 13 per cent against the dollar since January, when Murari began working on her plans.
A one-year MBA course in a British university costs £12,000 to £17,000 in tuition fees while accommodation and other bills can come to between £6,000 and £10,000.

Saloni said Britain’s recent move to introduce a £3,000 cash bond for “high-risk” Indians (and some others) applying for six-month visit visas had worsened the problems for students.


Students to create Mumbai's noise map

Students to create Mumbai's noise map - The Times of India: "MUMBAI: Students from two south Mumbai schools will record decibel levels during the upcoming festive season and post the figures on a social networking site to create a noise map of Mumbai.

The students of J B Petit and Navy school, on Friday, got lessons on noise pollution. Noise levels are expected to hit a high during the season.

The kids, who study in classes IV, V and VI, learned how to measure noise levels using an application on their or their parents' smartphones. "Phones and gadgets excite kids. What better than creating awareness among them about noise pollution by using phones," said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor, Awaaz Foundation, which conducted the session at the schools. The students learned to download the app and use it to record noise levels.
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Tough times for Indian students going abroad

It has been very difficult last few days for Indian students. US, UK and Canadian intakes are around the corner and the rate at which the Indian rupee has lost value, it has ruined the plans for most Indian students already... It is time for institutions to step in and help out the students who […]

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Get skilled and earn reward of Rs 10,000 from the government

Get skilled and earn reward of Rs 10,000 from the government - Hindustan Times: "A youth who has been trained by an accredited institution will be required to appear for a national skill test before getting a certificate and reward of Rs. 10,000 from the government for getting skilled.

“It is a sort of subsidy for people who are able to get proper skills,” Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia said at the launch of the scheme, called student training and assessment award (Star).

The government estimates to skill a million youth with an annual cost of Rs. 1,000 crore. “I want to assure there will be no shortage of funds if more youth gets skills for employment in the industry,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram added."

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Proud to be a Tata Scholar

Proud to be a Tata Scholar
It is one of the oldest trusts in corporate India. The J N Tata Endowment for Higher Education is 112 years old. From students wanting to go abroad to pursue medicine, law and humanities, the changing times has the trust being flooded with applicants wanting to go abroad to pursue computer science. The endowment set up by the late Jamsetji N Tata ... to lift up the best and most gifted so as to make them of the greatest service to the country, has over the years nt had many wanting to return but stay put in greener pastures. 
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STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward)

Union Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram unveiled the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme that will be implemented on pan-India basis, in New Delhi today. This is a first of its kind scheme to be launched in the country. The scheme was first proposed by the Finance Minister in the last Union Budget to allocate Rs 1,000 crore for a scheme that will motivate the youth of this country to acquire a vocational skill. The scheme is expected to benefit a million people in the first year of its implementation.

The scheme that is branded as STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward) for promotional purposes envisages that a monetary reward that will in essence financially help those who wish to acquire a new skill or upgrade their skills to a higher level.

Launching the Scheme, Shri Chidambaram said that the government is committed to improving the skills of the youth in the country. The STAR scheme that is being launched today is yet another proof of this government’s commitment to leaving no stone unturned in achieving the National Skilling Mission target. Shri Chidambaram said that during 2004-05 and 2009-10, 20 million jobs were created in the country and unemployment rate declined from 8.3 percent to 6.6 percent.

He said that with the advancement of technology, the youth need to upgrade their skills for better opportunities. The Minister assured that for skill development of our youth, money will not be a constraint. Shri Chidambaram emphasised that assessment and certification should be based on rigorous norms for ensuring true value to it. He urged the youth of the country and all key decision influencers like parents, teachers, mentors and employers to come forward and make best use of the benefits of this scheme. Shri Chidambaram also presented medallions to three winners of the World Skill Competition (WSC).

The National Skilling Mission envisages adding 500 million skilled Indians by the year 2022. While 150 million are expected to be contributed by the private sector working under National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), 350 million will be contributed by 18-odd ministries at the Centre.

National Skill Certification & Monetary Reward Scheme

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) 
Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram launched the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme here today. Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia will also present on the occasion.
This scheme is likely to benefit about one million young men and women in the next 12 months. Chidambaram had first announced the scheme in Parliament in his budget speech for this fiscal, and set aside a provision of 1,000 crore rupees towards this.
He said the National Skill Development Corp will set the curriculum and standards for training in different skills and any institution or body may offer training courses. Upon completion the candidate then has to take a test conducted by authorised agencies.
In his Independence Day address yesterday, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh promised a new scheme soon, targeting some one million beneficiaries, under which trained youth will get some form of financial assistance.

India brings down the max limit on forex purchase from $200K to $75K, a year. WHAT IF… India puts restrictions on foreign exchange for overseas study!!! | RLS's Blog

India brings down the max limit on forex purchase from $200K to $75K, a year. WHAT IF… India puts restrictions on foreign exchange for overseas study!!! | RLS's Blog: "Today is INDEPENDENCE DAY and one of the few days in a year when all of us feel proud of relatively young nation. However, this morning, newspapers talk of the RBI’s increased restrictions on foreign exchange for resident Indians. It prohibits purchase of properties overseas and also changes the limit of forex use from $200,000 a year to a much reduced $75,000 per year. (See newspaper article here)"

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Edinburgh Festival - Edinburgh Festival Guide

Edinburgh Festival - Edinburgh Festival Guide
Three exhilarating weeks of the very best in classical music, theatre, opera and dance.
With 12 DIFFERENT FESTIVALS to choose from and as many as 2,500 different events on offer, some simple planning will help you make the most of your Edinburgh Festivals experience. Whether you’re looking to visit in August, Edinburgh’s most action-packed month, or at another time of the year this section contains key information for anyone planning a trip to the festival city. 
Be sure to make use of the ITINERARY tool on this site, which you can use to put together a day by day plan of action complete with walking or driving directions between venues.

The Fabindia School

Mr. Sandeep Dutt - Chairman
Bhadrajun Artisans Trust (BAT) Advisory Board Members
A diverse and talented group of advisory board members are dedicated to creating a visionary school which continues to be a model for high-quality rural education in India. Sandeep is the BAT Chairman, visits the area frequently and is working to build the school from 'good to great'.

Over the years Sandeep has addressed students and young people in over 100 schools and colleges; attended workshops, conventions and policy groups. Leader for young people on outward bound / adventurous journeys, travels around the world  to empower people.  
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YOUth can make all the difference in the world

YOUth can make all the difference in the world - Academy - DNA
India has one of the largest proportion of population in the younger age groups in the world. So, it wasn’t a surprise that on International Youth Day a good number of young people turned up to celebrate the day, sending an appeal to the youth of the country to change the mindset of its people and empower themselves for a better tomorrow.

“Youth are the future. Fifty per cent of India’s population is youth as compared to 48 per cent in Japan,” said Kumar Iyer, British Deputy High Commissioner.

Rajiv Chandran, national information officer, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan addressed the youthful gathering, asking them to start unlearning discrimination, reduce stigma and abolish all kinds of discriminatory practices.

Focusing on the issue of youth migration, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message was read out on Monday evening in which he mentioned that “of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more  than 10 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences.”

42.6% of young, urban Indians believe corruption is the biggest challenge - Hindustan Times

42.6% of young, urban Indians believe corruption is the biggest challenge - Hindustan Times
the spirit of community service is not completely lost among the youth;  42.2% of the respondents said they had donated books or clothes to the poor. One-third of the respondents from Kolkata have given food to the homeless. Delhi’s youth came out on top (32.3%) among those who had participated in a cleanliness drive in the past one year even though almost 40% of Kolkata’s youth confessed to having littered. Only 11.8% of the youth said they were guilty of drinking and driving while 21.6% confessed they had broken traffic rules in the past. So while serving society may not top the agenda of the urban youth, their acknowledgement of what they are doing wrong is a sign that there is hope for change.


Young and fit? Just 22.5% youth exercise daily - Hindustan Times

Young and fit? Just 22.5% youth exercise daily - Hindustan Times
According to the HT-MaRS Youth Survey 2013, 46% youth in India log onto the networking sites daily. In 2012, 35.1% of the respondents had said that they accessed the internet at least once a day.
Interestingly, this year’s survey shows that when it comes to accessing social networks, there is not much gap between the percentage of users in metros and non-metros. It’s Pune (59%) -- not Delhi (52%) or Bangalore (55%) -- that tops the table in this segment. Even Ranchi and Indore are at a healthy 40% and 48.6% respectively.

Understand the needs of your child

The parent knows the child’s temperament, personality, ability, talent, special needs and the little quirks and foibles which make him or her the unique individual whom you care (and worry) about so much. Choosing the most suitable educational environment is probably one of the most significant decisions you will make on behalf of your child. This book, Guide to Good Schools of India is the first of its kind in India, provides information to help weigh the available options.

Students to USA, be cautious

After more than 2 years of media reports, US Authorities finally act and order closure of University of Northern Virginia… leaving Indian students searching for answers…
by Ravi Lochan Singh

In March 2011 itself, The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article Little-Known Colleges Exploit and covering the Tri-Valley  University  Scam wrote… More than 30 students are squeezed into a classroom at the University of Northern Virginia, located in a series of office buildings in the suburbs of Washington. Soft drinks have been provided, along […]

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Education is the only way poor can aspire to a better life: Raziya Sultana

Education is the only way poor can aspire to a better life: Raziya Sultana
The United Nations has given 15-year-oldRaziya Sultana of Nangalkhumba village in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, a Special Envoy Award for Global Education. Announced recently on Malala Day, Raziya, a former child labourer, has been awarded for stopping child labour and enrolling children in schools. Speaking withSwati Mathur, Raziya discussed how she went from stitching footballs to heading a bal panchayat, why child labour exists - and how everyone needn't be prime minister but must aspire to a better life:

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Revamped e-textbooks to fight used mkt

Revamped e-textbooks to fight used mkt | Business Standard: "A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a tonne of cash.
But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don't make a cent unless students buy their books new."

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TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge re-start your lobbying

TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge re-start your lobbying. 
Your test disadvantages as only IELTS suits Aussie bound International students.

It pains me when I write this. There was a time when IELTS and OET were the only English proficiency tests accepted by Australia for visa purposes. Several years ago, I and my colleagues at AAERI had led the battle for acceptance of other tests as equivalent to IELTS. The efforts had resulted in successful acceptance of the other tests for the “student visas”. The immigration site announced in 2011 that…


WHICH CITY offers the best return on investment to an International Student?

WHICH CITY offers the best return on investment to an International Student? A report analyses cities for precisely this information… Montreal top and Delhi at bottom of those assessed.

As the pace of globalisation accelerates and demand for higher education grows, global student mobility is on the rise. In 2010, more than 4.1m tertiary students were enrolled outside their country of citizenship, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Prospective students who want to study abroad, and their parents, face a staggering choice of locations in which to do so. Of course, the quality of the educational offering is crucial. Yet this is often not the sole consideration. Other factors include the potential for returns on financial and real-estate investments, the availability of work experience opportunities for graduates and the depth of cultural experience that an educational location will offer.

The college shakeout is overdue, and important - The Times of India

The college shakeout is overdue, and important 

India's challenge is multiple tipping points at the intersection of employment and employability. About 30% of engineering and MBA capacity is unfilled because students are unhappy with the package of quality, price and job outcomes. The big engine of engineering education of the last 20 years — Information Technology hiring — is slowing down and changing gears. Manufacturing employment — a logical home for an engineering education — is stuck at 12% of the labour force since 1991. And labour laws are forcing employers to buy machines rather than hire people. But the primary issue is quality — a survey by estimates that outside the top 20 MBA colleges only 24% of students are employable. 

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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn | MindShift

Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn | MindShift

The Maker Movement has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning.

Raw Deal for Vocational Studies in DU

NEW DELHI: Despite the emphasis laid on participation in co-curricular activities by exam boards and schools, having one as subject does more harm than good when it comes to Delhi University admissions. Students who count any vocational or non-academic subject in their best-of-fours are either refused admission or discouraged to try via forbiddingly high cutoffs.
"I called about half-a-dozen colleges to ask if they'll allow me to include physical education in my best four subjects but they refused. I was making the cut for some courses at Lakshmi Bai, Bharti and Bhim Rao Ambedkar but only if I counted physical education," said a candidate who finally took admission in English at Sri Aurobindo College.
"Some colleges are accepting such students but by deducting large chunks of marks. One college is deducting 10% from the aggregate for students who've included mass media in their best-of-four," said another student. The university has left it to the colleges to decide.
At Hansraj College, however, only those candidates who have added "informatics practices" are being allowed. Apparently, the decision to allow this subject was taken after candidates who've included it in their aggregates were admitted into one of the courses, possibly due to an "oversight" as one teacher puts it. "How is creative writing a lesser 'vocational subject' for a candidate for English while informatics practices is considered an academic subject?" asks a parent whose daughter was denied admission for this reason.
"The stepmotherly treatment of vocational subjects is an ongoing problem with DU admissions," said a teacher. "The students say if their school or board had made them aware of this, they would never have opted for it. Yet, there is no coordination between DU and CBSE on this and no attempt to redress the problem."

Education is true empowerment

A passionate campaigner for female education, Malala addressed more than 500 students at a specially convened youth assembly.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also addressed Friday's session, calling Malala "our hero".

The schoolgirl, who set up the Malala Fund following the attack, presented a petition of more than three million signatures to the UN secretary general demanding education for all.

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Australian students in India

In an interesting trend, over 400 students from Australia will head to India soon to pursue different education programmes.
In a way, it is a welcome move by the Australian Government as in the past decade, the number of students from India going ‘Down Under’, has been steadily going up. In addition, the collaborations between the two nations in education, science and technology are seeing big growth.
In a statement, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, welcomed the Australian Government’s initiative to increase people to people links with India by funding study experiences for Australian students.
The Australian Government will provide $2.53 billion (A$47 million) over four years for the AsiaBound programme with $584 million (A$10.6 million) for the programme’s first year of operation.
The first group of AsiaBound student grants will allow 3,700 Australian students to study in Asia, from which more than 400 Australian students have been offered subsidies to study in India.
AsiaBound students to India include nursing students volunteering in New Delhi based orphanages; international development studies with students engaging themselves with community based non-government organisations in Bangalore; and emerging Australian producers, writers and directors experiencing India’s vibrant television and film production.
With 390 active links between 32 Australian and approximately 250 Indian institutions already in place in the fields of joint research, student and staff exchange, joint supervision and credit transfer, Australian higher education institutions have strong linkages and partnerships with India.
The programme provides funding in the form of grants for Australian students to participate in a study experience in Asia for up to six months to undertake language study, a semester study programme, research trips, clinical placements or volunteer projects, the statement said.
(This article was published on July 11, 2013)

India leads in education, says Cornell University President

India leads in education, says Cornell University President - Economic Times
A top American academician has described the drop in number of Indian students joining US universities as brain circulation rather than as reverse brain drain.
"I call it as a brain circulation and in the past it was going in one direction. We see discoveries are coming in the field of medicine, agriculture, technology from places that we did not think of in the past.

Duke’s Award face identity crisis, now an award for those seeking vocational careers… | RLS's Blog

Now even the Duke Awards have an identity crisis. This is natural considering the fact that the earlier route of Elite Schooling leading to Elite University Education leading to Elite Careers is giving way to the realisation that today’s workforce needs different skills and more and more are getting disillusioned with the mere degree that they receive and which still leaves them unemployed. The focus is also moving to towards “vocational education” as they are seen better as “job ready” qualifications.

The Duke said that he had never regretted not going to university and that he was fortunate that when he was at Gordonstoun School, Morayshire, the focus was much broader than exam grades.
It was “an education of the whole person, not just from the neck up”, he said. “So it wasn’t totally focused and driven, and this was the days before we had league tables and exam results being the be-all and end-all and teaching for the exam.”

The launch of the Duke of York Award for Technical Education marks a stepping up of Prince Andrew’s work supporting skills, science and enterprise, on which he has focused since quitting as envoy for UK Trade and Industry in 2011 after a series of controversies.

Social Media Marketing

Avignyata Inc.- Social Media Marketing 
Avignyata Inc. isn't the usual corporate office- here we sit in a room with movie posters, access FB and Twitter all day, order in, download apps, play on the XBox and Kinect, but still reach a milestone in number of fans and evoke a lot of response from the fans. Easy going, yet professional and committed towards our work!
Avignyata Inc. is a Social Media Marketing Consultancy founded in 2007 by Moksh Juneja and Daksh Juneja with the aim to create awareness of a brand on social networks. From being a 2 member team in 2007, it has grown into one with a task force of over 30 people.
With the growth on the internet as a medium of information exchange increasing daily, Avignyata understands the need for organizations, individuals and brands to have a presence on social media. With each client, they identify unique and effective trends and employ these trends to engage with the users over an interactive platform based on feedback, reviews and constructive criticism.
It doesn’t end here. Their comprehensive services also allow you to zero-in on potential customers, key areas of activity and check out where the buzz is created, listen to what users have to say about your brand and much more.

Guide to Top Campuses in India

Guide to Top Campuses in India
Kavita Dass
ICS & EBD Publication

The ICS Guide to Top Campuses is certain to become the most important reference book for students of Class XI and XII - and their parents too. It gives an honest insight into the campuses and courses that students can realistically aspire to in India. The sample papers will prove to be invaluable to students in the preparation not only of their knowledge and skills, but also their expectations
Jyotsna Brar
Welham Girls' School, Dehradun

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Challenges for India’s Livelihood Youth Skill Development in Rural Areas

Challenges for India’s Livelihood Youth Skill Development in Rural Areas
A critical element in India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) is the generation of productive and gainful employment on a sufficient scale. The aim of such planning is to systematically absorb the growing working population in the unorganized sector of an expanding economy. This sector contributes about sixty percent of the country’s GDP. Infact, it employs workers in micro enterprises, unpaid family work, casual labor and home based work on a mammoth scale. In addition, it also absorbs migrant laborers, farmers, artisans and more importantly out of school rural youth.

Delhi University package: Flicker of hope with fourth cut-off

Delhi University package: Flicker of hope with fourth cut-off 
Students running from college to college to bag that coveted Delhi University (DU) seat might have a reason to smile — the fourth cut-off list, to be announced on Sunday, might have reasonable lower cut-offs and some courses might reopen for admissions at few colleges. 

Affordable Quality Education

Today we seem to be prescribing 'dot com' solutions for every challenge! It is best we look at SchoolEducation.Com with a new lens. Over the years we have had schools and good schools, how does one move schools from 'good to great'?

EBD's new school management company is there to help and even handhold schools, by enabling them with process, training and finding solutions to help them do whatever they are doing in a better way. The key focus of the company is partnering with existing schools and institutions to offer 'affordable quality education'. This is no run of the mill consulting or a design enterprise, a unique company with the specific goal of not putting additional burden on the school budget, but enabling them to use their resource better.

The best way to deliver quality education and bring about the personal and social development of an individual is by empowering young people to follow their passion. The education process today is built on the 4S formula and comprises Study, Skill, Sports and Service. The CBSE, CISCE and most of the national boards all are now adding skills and activity beyond the class room to their curriculum. This is where 'The YES Way' introduced by EBD will help you use your existing resources to meet the aspirations of the youth.
    We bring together all the stakeholders to help deliver quality education. Today beyond the school, the community, business, government and even peers help strengthen the education process. The need for SchoolEducation.Com is much more than being a highway to communicate. We go the extra mile to help connect as then only will you move on to collaborate and finally to create.

    Our focus is to create solutions within shoestring budgets, and thus we consider ourselves special - not a big consulting, but a small boutique to offer custom made solutions.

    Education and Enterprise

    What better sector to show one's entrepreneurial prowess than education? Catering to an ever-growing demand for application based simplified methods of teaching and facilitating both government and private education initiatives, a slew of entrepreneurs are betting big on the sector.

    For some, the large volume of business and the prestige of being recognised as a technology supplier to government-run institutions is proving to be attractive for a number of young companies.

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    The college shakeout is overdue, and important

    The college shakeout is overdue, and important - The Times of India
    India now produces more engineers and MBAs than the US and China combined. Our annual output of 15 lakh engineers and 3 lakh MBAs is way ahead of the US (1 lakh engineers and 1.25 lakh MBAs) and China (11 lakh engineers and 75,000 MBAs). This is not all dysfunctional; India's population is much larger than the US and China's lack of elections means it faces less political pressure for higher education expansion than we do. 

    Leadership: Courage, Attitude & Behavior

    Leadership: Courage, Attitude & Behavior | Sheri Mackey The Global Coach
    In addition to skills and competencies, real Leadership is about Courage, Attitude and Behavior:
    • Courage is not the absence of fear, but the absence of self.
    • A positive Attitude is a frame of mind – our perspective, as leaders, has much to do with how we engage and deal with challenges.
    • Our Behavior, in large part, determines how our people will act and react.

    Will Delhi University’s 4-year BTech make an engineer? IITs not sure

    Will Delhi University’s 4-year BTech make an engineer? IITs not sure 
    DU has converted a batch of six courses -computer science, electronics, instrumentation, psychological science, food technology and polymer science - that were earlier BSc or BA to BTech. Since the curricula for all subjects were revised to fit into the FYUP pattern, the syllabi for these courses were also changed. And to given an example of how there has been no compromise on the engineering aspect, teachers point out that the electronics course, for instance, closely follows the one at Delhi Technological University.

    Going gets tough for state board students

    Going gets tough for state board students - Indian Express

    Despite scoring 90 per cent in Class XII, Vinod Rawat from Palwal district in Haryana has been running from pillar to post hoping to get admission in Delhi University.

    A student of the Haryana Board, Rawat has not received his marksheet yet, making admission in DU an uphill task.

    Courses reopen in third list, drop in science cutoffs

    Courses reopen in third list, drop in science cutoffs - The Times of India

    The third cutoff list, released on Wednesday, offered hope for those seeking admissions in popular courses as seats in commerce, economics, English, physics and chemistry, among others are still going free at several North Campus colleges. There are a few pleasant surprises. Cutoff for English at Hindu has dropped from 96.5%-98% to 93.5%-94.5%; political science has reopened at Kirori Mal; English in several colleges including Ramjas and Gargi; and cutoffs for science subjects have dropped significantly. 
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    Next Future Magazine - Educating the Individual

    Next Future
    Good reading from Sri Aurobindo Society.

    There are times when I feel like writing nothing at all, not for the lack of something to say, but because there is immense contentment within. To write, to think, to breathe - all seems too much of a distraction. On the other hand, there is also a pressing need to share the source of this contentment for it cannot simply be consumed for oneself. It needs to go out there, be absorbed, be multiplied, be scattered in the wind to be picked by those who tend to take in their breath with a sense of expectancy.... read on the Next Future Blog

    ‘Four-year course will make DU student-centric’ - The Times of India

    ‘Four-year course will make DU student-centric’

    A paradigm shift — in approach, curriculum and structure — is being introduced at Delhi University. PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean students' welfare, J P Sharma, dean, faculty of commerce and H C Pokhriyal, executive director, School of Open Learning — all from DU — explained how things work there to a packed hall. 

    Poor English, computer skills make graduates unemployable - The Times of India

    Poor English, computer skills make graduates unemployable 
    Of the five million odd graduates that India produces annually, only a little over half are employable in any sector of the knowledge economy. Inadequate English and computer skills are key factors holding back students, especially those from smaller towns.

    The National Employability Report by Aspiring Minds, an employability solutions company, revealed this, based on the computer adaptive test on 60,000 Indian graduates. The students were tested communication skills in English, computer knowledge, analytical, cognitive skills and basic accounting knowledge.


    EBD's new school management company is there to help and even handhold schools, by enabling them with process, training and finding solutions to help them do whatever they are doing in a better way. The key focus of the company is partnering with existing schools and institutions to offer 'affordable quality education'. This is no run of the mill consulting or a design enterprise, a unique company with the specific goal of not putting additional burden on the school budget, but enabling them to use their resource better.
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    Indian Twins on Everest

    Indian women first twins to scale Everest
    Manesh Shrestha,TNN | May 20, 2013, 03.48AM IST
    KATHMANDU: Two 21-year-old Indian students from Dehrahdun became the first twins to climb the Mount Everest on Sunday.
    Nunshi and Tashi Malik were among the 135 people to reach the summit of the world's highest peak at 8,848-metre above sea level along with their two sherpas who are also twins, Gyanendra Shrestha, an official said.
    The two sisters had been staying on mountains in the region to acclimatize to the atmosphere since March. The 11-member joint Indian and Nepal army expedition also reached the summit on Sunday.
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