No child shall be deprived of Education because of Hunger

By Ishita Agarwal This is the vision of one of the largest NGO- run school meal programs in the world, the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Often economic restrictions force young children into child labor. In order to avoid such tragedies, Akshaya Patra has utilized innovative technology, as well as effective management to provide freshly prepared nutritious meals to students every day. The Akshaya Patra foundation recognizes the importance of education in a child’s life. They also recognize that not only do some families need an incentive to send their children to school, but children are also unable to achieve their full academic ...
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Conquering Distance – IGNOU and Distance education in India

The most crucial form of technology in education is the print material; particularly in the field of distance education in India led by IGNOU. In IGNOU, quality print material is the fundamental teaching tool that has cardinal importance for a distance learner. The self-instructional material is a via media between the teacher (the academic counselor) and the taught (the learner). The teacher or the tutor, popularly known as the academic counselor, mediates between the printed text and the students. Yet this is simple apparatus of the textbook is an integral part of conventional educational system and “classroom teaching”. Unfortunately, in ...
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Exclaim to Abolish Casteism

Kanchan Banerjee recounts the WAVES seminar where vedic scholars have discussed on a multitude of aspects of India’s ‘Caste’ system. Recently in New Jersey, WAVES (World Association for Vedic Studies) concluded a well-attended three-day conference on Varna, Jati and Kula (Caste) that featured prominent scholars worldwide and robust youth participation from high school, college and graduate school students, including members of Gayatri Pariwar, HSC and Youth for Sewa. For three days, scholars from various institutions and with diverse backgrounds presented historical, anthropological, social, and spiritual aspects of the Caste system in India. ...
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Applied Research for Envisioning Change

New Global Indian recently launched its research and policy studies for work related to developmental policy and research in West Bengal with its Centre for Development and Policy Studies (CDPS). A report by Dr Lopamudra Maitra. There is a growing need for understanding how research can be propelled towards understanding the needs within the modern global world and thus a significant initiative towards the direction for a holistic understanding can help to further highlight the process and its implementation. Keeping this significant aspect of knowledge-sharing in mind, Boston and Pune based New Global Indian Foundation (NGIF) held the inauguration of ...
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Teaching goes on…

Teachers across six continents share their experiences from their growing years, which helped them to mould thoughts, to observe and perceive and most importantly remember the one person who inspired it all- their respective teachers. The last paragraph of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie read- “The last class of my old professor’s life took place once a week, in his home, by a window in his study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink flowers. The class met on Tuesdays. No books were required. The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience. ...
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Daring to Dream Big

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Luck or Pluck? Chandran Iyer talks to top Management Gurus and also some young entrepreneurs and tries to find out what is it that makes them choose a risky road of entrepreneurship instead of taking up a good and secure job that fetches a regular monthly salary. Do for a Year What Others Won’t , Then Live for a Lifetime as Others Can’t — an unknown entrepreneur In 1981, a South Indian guy working as an employee in a computer firm decided to chuck his job and become an entrepreneur . His ...
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Boon for NRI Students

Meghna Agarwal talks to top educationists in Pune to find out why Pune is the most preferred destination for the foreign students. Pune, the educational hub for the entire India for the last 100 years, the seat of education from the times of the Peshwas, the city which has been thronged by lakhs of students across the nation, which has been more popular than Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, or any other city of the country and is labeled as the Oxford of the East, seems to have become the educational hub for multitudes of NRI students as well. “Out of 40k ...
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Abuse of Responsibility

Youth, Independence, Generations and Issues walk like lovers, hand-in-hand, finds out Kritika Ajmani. Youth and independence are a state of mind. Both come along with zeal and passion for living life to the fullest. The blast of energy that the young ones experience after getting f r e e d o m i s generally not used for most positive outcomes. This, in turn, takes the form of a widely used term, ‘generational issues’.A good rhetorical question that clicks is that, ‘Why is the whole concept of generational issues associated so typically with the independence of youth?’ Do we, the ...
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Redefining Education

Redefining Education

World Education – Arts, Sciences and Education Culture Congress will commence from January 12 to 15 2011 in New Delhi, India. A sneak peek by Deepti Chaudhari… The World Education Culture Congress, WE-ASC 2011 adopts a two-pronged approach: 1. To influence the evolving culture of education and educational pedagogy, with the objective of deep systemic change. 2. To examine representation and application of cultural/traditional knowledge and their dissemination in education systems with a view to developing practical solutions and formats for training, application, sustainable development and human empowerment Lady Shruti Rana, an educationist, an acclaimed musician, a scholar and a ...
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Write off Rote

For the new generation of Indians to be truly global, one needs to go to back to the basics. The Indian education system has long been in the need of overhaul, points out Abid Hassan. Education builds the man, so it builds the nation. Today, we claim to be the biggest human resources supplier to the world. But are we concerned what quality of human capital we are building, and for whose needs? We supply bureaucrats to the government, software engineers to IT companies around the world, highly paid managers to multinationals, engineers and science graduates as researchers to foreign ...
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