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This social work project wishes to carry out a quality-in-literacy oriented, rural-based socio-educational movement in the troubled regions of India. We work tirelessly against various kinds of sectional-hatred. We wish to emerge a new class of youth that is well-informed, intelligent, courageous and well-rounded in character. This project also includes the releasing of a documentary that would expose the main fallacies of our current global education system. It’s aimed to surely change the educational establishment and shatter the status-quo, protecting the youth and allowing them to rise up freely yet with the right aspirations for human values.

Allowing the Youth to Rise up 
Freely with Human Values

Illiterate Rickshaw Puller of Assam who started 9 Schools for Village Children.

Illiterate Rickshaw Puller of Assam who started 9 Schools for Village Children.

Ahmed Ali, a rickshaw-puller from Madhurbond of Karimganj district, Assam.The very first school he established was in 1978. Over the course of forty years, this septuagenarian established nine schools in Madhurbond and its nearby regions. For his laudable efforts in fostering education in the village areas, Ali was felicitated by Patherkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul.

The 100 Most Useful Websites

The 100 Most Useful Websites
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7 Books to Make You a Better Critical Thinker

7 Books to Make You a Better Critical Thinker
by Johnny Webber

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Learn about the two systems that make us think. There is the fast, intuitive, and emotional side. Then there is the slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

2. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler – Learn to look at a piece of text and analyze it critically.

3. Manufacturing Consent by Herman and Chomsky – Become a skeptical thinker. Question media. Question politicians. Question everything.

4. Plato’s Dialogues – An introduction to Platonic philosophy.

5. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan – Learn to differentiate between pseudoscience and the real thing.

6. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely – An argument that refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways.

7. The Art of Deception by Capaldi and Smit – How to win an argument, recognize a fallacy, persuade a skeptic, and more.


New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. By Elizabeth Kolbert

The society owes much to its teachers.

The society owes much to its teachers.

Dreams of the Bottom Billion - A New Approach To Curing World Poverty | Anik Singal | TEDxUBIWiltz

Dreams of the Bottom Billion - A New Approach To Curing World Poverty | Anik Singal | TEDxUBIWiltz

Why has the readily available and continuous wide-spread access to information not yet eradicated poverty in much of the world? Anik Singal explores how one initiative is currently accelerating social & economic mobility in slums of India, and offers a framework for how this could accelerate the dreams of the bottom billion.

Anik is the CEO and founder of multiple companies, having received awards and recognition by reputable and global publications. Anik is now dedicating his life to his dreams of providing education to those who are not currently receiving that birth-right.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

President Pranab Mukherjee on higher education

Inputs from the President:
  • There is urgent need of focusing on higher education system in the country
  • Institutional governance needs immediate attention to raise academic standards
  • He praised the role of private sector in education and academic growth of the country
"Private institutions constitute about 60 per cent of students enrolled in higher education. Starting from 20 universities in 1950, we have come a long way as there are 712 universities in the country currently. However, there is a need to highlight and rectify the declining quality in standards, particularly in the areas of higher learning when it comes to private institutions," he said.

Infographic on the state of Higher Education in India

Comparing Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies

Here's a wonderful Infographic from Quill that compares the Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies.

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The Big Three: Comparing Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies
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Indian Education System can climb to the elite tier

India’s passage might not be simple, but it can climb to elite tier. The country’s ambitious goals for its universities can’t be hit quickly or cheaply, says Philip Altbach, but they can be achieved 
February 18, 2016 By Philip Altbach


Late last year, India’s president, Pranab Mukherjee, told a conference on industry-academic interaction that if India provides “enough funds to [the] top 10 to 15 institutions for the next four to five years, these institutions will certainly storm into the top 100 of global academic rankings within [the] next few years”. Unfortunately, his optimism is misplaced. That laudable goal will be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in the short or medium term.

India’s higher education and research sectors have, for decades, been underfunded, especially in view of the tremendous growth in student numbers. Compared with the other BRIC countries, the proportion of Indian gross domestic product spent on education – 4.1 per cent – is second to Brazil. But India is bottom for research expenditure, committing just 0.8 per cent of its GDP, and it educates the lowest proportion of the relevant age group. So despite now having the largest higher education system in the world after China, the public and political clamour for more expansion is immense.

Indian higher education is also poorly organised to create world-class universities. No state government has a vision to do so, and none provides adequate funding to maintain high standards. The central universities are better funded and do not share with the state universities any of the immense, globally unique responsibility for supervising India’s 36,000 colleges. But they are still beset by a range of factors that make institutional change extraordinarily difficult. These include excessive bureaucracy, a promotion system that pays little attention to productivity and the occasional intrusion of local politics on to campus. This explains India’s tendency, when it wants to innovate in the sector, to create new institutions, such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research or the Indian Institutes of Management. But doing this requires time and immense resources – and leaves the vast majority of the system wallowing in mediocrity.

Whatever the approach, creating world-class universities requires careful thought and planning, as well as considerable funding over the long run. India will need to consider whether it has the resources. If recognition in the global rankings is a goal, the challenges are even greater because the rankings are a moving target. There can be only 100 institutions in the top 100, and several other countries, such as Russia, Japan and China, are also spending big on their top universities. India is very much a latecomer to the world-class party.

Jamil Salmi and I analysed the experiences of 10 successful new universities in our 2011 book The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities. We found that while money is necessary, other elements are just as vital. One is a governance model that involves significant participation from – but not total control by – academics. Another is strong leadership: not only a visionary president but also competent administrative staff able to implement the university’s mission. A third element is enough autonomy to prevent the interference of governmental or private authorities, combined with reasonable accountability to external agencies. A fourth is top academic staff who are committed to the university’s mission (including teaching), paid adequately and provided with appropriate career ladders. Also important are academic freedom, highly qualified and motivated students, and a firm commitment to meritocracy at all levels.

Many efforts to develop world-class universities have focused solely on science and technology. These fields are certainly crucial, and they will bring dividends in the rankings because they produce many journal articles. Yet the social sciences and humanities are increasingly relevant to solving global problems and building critical and analytical skills in students. They are also becoming more recognised by the citation counters that matter for rankings.
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Elly Walton illustration (18 February 2016)
India lacks a distinguished record of allowing universities significant autonomy in policy and the appointment of senior officials. Most observers have noted that many aspects of Indian higher education have been politicised. India’s “reservation system”, which earmarks close to half of student admissions and faculty appointments to particular disadvantaged groups, may work for some institutions and has increased social mobility for these students. But it will not permit the development of world-class research universities. Nor will siting new institutions in remote locations that need a development boost: top research universities are generally located near metropolitan centres.

India does have advantages. The use of English as the medium of much of its teaching and research puts it in the global linguistic mainstream. The country also has no shortage of well-trained and brilliant researchers, at home and abroad. A truly exciting and well-planned academic development could attract the Indian diaspora.

So while the road to world-class universities may be fraught, political support, thoughtful planning and much creative thinking could just be enough to complete the journey. One thing is clear: for India to take its legitimate place as a global intellectual power, world-class universities are a necessity.

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College in the US.

Dr. Philip G. Altbach of Boston College Lynch School of Education speaks at the Boston College CIHE - "At the Forefront of International Higher Education" Symposium on 'International Imperatives, Initiatives, and Risks' on April 5, 2013.

40 Entrepreneurship Proverbs From China


40 Entrepreneurship Proverbs From China
Here we have 40 great quotes from Ancient Chinese Wisdom

Chinese Proverbs
1. “In every crisis, there is opportunity.”

2. “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

3. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

4. “If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.”

5. “A bad workman blames his tools.”

6. “A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.”

7. “A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.”

8. “A fly before his own eye is bigger than an elephant in the next field.”

9. “A jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.”

10. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

11. “A person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.”

12. “A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.”

13. “All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.”

14. “Cheap things are not good, good things are not cheap.”

15. “Customers are jade; merchandise is grass.”

16. “Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t swallow it.”

17. “Defer not till to-morrow what may be done to-day.”

18. “Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.”

19. “Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net.”

20. “Easy to run downhill, much puffing to run up.”

21. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

22. “Falling hurts least those who fly low.”

23. “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

24. “If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.”

25. “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”

26. “It’s as difficult to be rich without bragging as it is to be poor without complaining.”

27. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

28. “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.”

29. “Patience is a virtue.”

30. “Rich not gaudy.”

31. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”

32. “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.”

33. “The emperor is rich, but he cannot buy one extra year.”

34. “The loftiest towers rise from the ground.”

35. “The palest ink is better than the best memory.”

36. “There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.”

37. “To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.”

38. “We all like lamb; each has a different way of cooking it.”

39. “Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.”

40. “A smile will gain you ten more years of life.”

Free Online Courses for English Language Teaching and other subjects

Professional Practices for English Language Teaching

A free online continuing professional development (CPD) course for people who are teaching English as a foreign language.

About the course

This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

The course will be useful for teachers of English at primary, secondary or higher levels.
Each week, we will look at a different professional practice that helps make a successful teacher. Weekly topics will include lesson planning, classroom management, classroom resources and continuing professional development.

Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points of each week.
Video tutors, Suzanne and Claire, will guide you through each week’s content, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources at every stage.

You will be asked to share your own experiences and opinions as you become part of a global community of English language teachers discussing what leads to success.

The course draws on the British Council’s many years of expertise in teacher training and development around the world.

    British Council
    FREE online course
    Duration: 6 weeks    2 hours pw
    Certificates available

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The course is aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language at all levels. Intermediate level English (around B1 on the CEFR) is required.

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What underdeveloped regions lack!

The leaders and thinkers of underdeveloped regions of the world lack in two basic requirements.
1. The ability to see deeper, to read the exact insinuations behind the curtain of activities and initiatives extolled by the system policy makers.
2. The courage to counter the populist ideologies, to question dysfunctional traditions and hammer down false yet modern solutions.

Top ten tweets by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam this year on Education and Philosophy

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - the greatest President India ever had passes away.

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - the greatest President India ever had passes away.

Selected Quotes by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

Download a Wonderful Free E-book on Debate and Logical Thinking

A Story about Thinking out now

“A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.”

This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice.

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Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences theory

Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner speaks of seven distinct intelligences. He says, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains."

How helpful are survey reports to improve the educational system?

With Annual reports, we can understand which state government has done its job and which areas we need to improve on. Survey Reports of such kind should be readily available at all times to every teacher and administrator in the country.

Percentages, numbers, Incides are all mathematical symbols that can be very useful to motivate people to surge ahead and achieve a great level of social development in the country.

Never take education for granted: See Daniel Cabrera inspiring us here.

This nine year old Daniel Cabrera, young homeless boy from the Philippines, Mandaue City has something to teach us.
This picture was taken by Joyce Torrefranca and posted on Facebook recently, she said she was inspired by the child.  In another post, Joyce added: "I hope Daniel's story will continue touching our hearts so that we will always be inspired and motivated in every situation we face in life." Daniel's mother said: "He goes to McDonald's to study because there is no electricity in the food stall." His mother, Christina Espinosa, and younger brother, Gabriel, live inside a tiny stall where Mrs Espinosa sells street food.

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