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Our Student's Students
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

How Effective are you in Communicating?

How Effective are you in Communicating?
How can you improve your thinking skills? How can you improve your ability to put your thoughts into words? How can you improve your ability to communicate your words to other people? And yes how can you make your voice more easier to understand. These are the questions each individual must ask oneself. As an Educator or Teacher, one must improve in all these areas to be an effective leader.

'Yes, we teachers are not in it for the income. We are in it for the outcome.'

How an English teacher became a role model
"(She taught us)  to write to express and not to impress, avoid bombastic language and be simple -- writing what we mean and meaning what we write. 'Yes, Mrs Kamala's education was education of the heart where she positively made us better human beings. 'She didn't do it by lecturing, but by merely leading an upright life herself and setting an example for us. She became our role model. 'She surely proved that 'the good teacher teaches, the spiritual teacher preaches, but the successful teacher reaches.' 'Indeed, she did manage to reach our hearts and touch our souls with her love and compassion.

Read the full article at http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/womens-day-special-how-an-english-teacher-became-a-role-model/20180308.htm

To teach means to touch life

Creating quality teachers is the fastest way to develop any country. When we get a chance to teach, we must ensure we add as much value addition to the teaching process. Teaching is a process that involves a direct link with the soul of your student. It's a very delicate process that needs to be prepared for with great sincerity and passion.

School Level Competitions in India

This Scholastic World website catalogs more than 220 school level competitions in India.

Motivational Quote: Bruce Lee

“An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind. It is not satisfied with explanation, with conclusions. Nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion.” - Bruce Lee

The Mind laboratory

In the mind lies the mysterious connection to the universal divine core. If we don't study our mind, we remain blind. A conscious person is not just a person who breathes but also a person who understands the functioning of his reverberating mind.

It's by studying the mind inside that we are able to see the actual reality of what's going on outside. The individual mind is a part and a direct link to the universal mind.

Wow, a 13 year old with so much achievement! Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi desires and endeavours towards transforming the lives of those who are struggling with disabilities. Tanmay shares his passion of working in the field of Healthcare through Artificial Intelligence.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TajyMany/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanmay-bakshi-b15012a1/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqufIGIYauviVaKyJUzKvQw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanmay.bakshi.39

Tanmay Bakshi is a Software/Cognitive Developer, Keynote Speaker, Algorithm-ist, IBM Champion for Cloud, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor and author of Hello Swift! Tanmay is host of an IBM Facebook Live series called Watson Made Simple with Tanmay. He has over 232,000 followers on his YouTube channel Tanmay Teaches, with a resolve to help 100,000 children and other beginners on their journey to innovate through coding. Tanmay supports initiatives like STEAM, Everyone Can Code, Girls Who Code and Kids Can Code. At the impressive young age of 9, his app tTables, which helps practice multiplication tables, was accepted into the iOS app store; at the age of 12, he presented one of his many algorithms, AskTanmay, the world’s first web-based NLQA (Natural Language Question Answering) System to be powered by IBM Watson, at IBM InterConnect 2016.

Tanmay has been exploring and experimenting with cognitive computing and creating his own, custom-built Machine Learning algorithms in the fields of Audiology, Electroencephalogram Pattern Recognition and bridging numeric with image patterns.

Bakshi already has a couple apps in the Apple app store. He is also the world's youngest IBM Watson programmer. IBM Watson is an intelligence engine which handles Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as the Internet of Things (IoT). He can code in swift, VB, Java, C# among many other languages.

Spiritual Literacy

Even after all the development we have had in Science and Technology, we still are yet to understand the greatest mysteries of our Universe, we still don't know where we came from and where we go to and what is the ultimate purpose of this journey. And we might never know. And the infinite demand that beckons us to search for harmony with this lack of knowledge surely humbles us. We must rediscover the link to a great supreme nature force that envelopes us all. That inner source that creates, maintains and destroys. That one source where we find ultimate strength from an absolute nothing. That which makes as content in good times and prepared in bad times. Such a spiritual understanding is necessary for a complete education.

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.
 Source: Elly Walton
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.

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