Friday, 3 November 2017

Strengthen Basics


If not, how are we to march towards ‘World-Class Education’?


Our Prime Minister addressed a gathering at the centenary celebrations of Patna University. Announcement of the plan to create a world-class education in India was made. “He said the government has developed a plan to make 10 private and 10 public universities world-class by granting them autonomy from the constraints of government rules and freedom to grow”, reported a leading newspaper in print and online on 17th October, 2017. The investment was reported to be Rs.10,000 crore. Wonder what? Bihar was the state that had lowest literacy rate by 2011 with 63.8%. What can a five year or six year plan do to the state? Was an effective education policy put forth? Did it have a direct impact?

It reflected in the speech of Mr. Modi. He added that "In every state, the top level of the civil services has people who have studied in Patna University. In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar”. Only some super power has to validate the truth behind the growth (if any). How many of us are aware of the education policies that were formulated by the Indian Government?

There had been two National Education Policy formulated by the Government of India; one in the year 1968 and the other in 1986. Presently, the Government had appointed a new nine member committee under K. Kasturirangan, space scientist, to prepare a draft on new education policy in 2017. Further the second policy was modified in the year 1992. Each education policy had unique focus from envisaging the learning of regional languages, conduct of common entrance examination, removal of disparities and equalizing educational opportunities, and various other factors. It is vital to know that the Government of Tamil Nadu had published a website titling Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education. 

“Traditionally Tamil Nadu has held a pre-eminent position in the world in a number of fields of basic sciences, mathematics, literature and economic sciences. At the same time, the Government is aware of the recent declining trend in quality of education in arts and sciences in the country. Many of the postgraduate programs in arts and sciences, even in prestigious institutions have failed to attract the brightest students. This has become a matter of great national concern”, extracted from the website mentioned in the above paragraph. Does it not embarrass to comment on the quality of education and charge that the prestigious institutions have failed to attract the brightest students? 

To review on the higher education, the foundation should have been strong. The Literacy rate in India was reported as 74.04% in 2011 and especially that of Tamil Nadu amounts to 80.3%. Personally, I feel that more emphasis was given to the grades and marks than that of the quality gained or offered. Well, of course it decided our fate in pursuing graduation and the caste system, reservations had its own impact too. Making education accessible by all class of people is appreciable. But the quality of primary education should be put to check. Because that helps the student community in competing since world-class education would demand tougher entrance examinations in the years to come. Consideration of government schools? Smart classrooms! And yet caged? 

Open up! With wide range of opportunities coming up, it should be brought to the attention of the students. Because our dream for future begins from school. Exposure to practical knowledge can be spoken at the primary level. But in an encouraging manner than stressing the students for higher results that does less good. Learning should be made fun. It shapes the future. 





Thursday, 8 January 2015

Resolutions are not episodic


It was the time when most of the educational institutions had closed for Christmas vacation. It had left me at home though it was not any big event at least for me. After doing some daily chores, pondering for relaxation, I switched on the television with the daily newspaper held in hand.

As any of the peer group teens of this modern era, I did skip channels and tuned for a music channel. The coming of yet another prosperous year became the topic and talk for that day. Queerly that did not stop with people greeting each other.

Usually the video jockeys raise questions to the callers to germinate some discussions that would engage time and its viewers. The callers would enthusiastically react like they had been blessed with some kind of wizard on call. At times, they do go mad when they their favourite video jockeys on call. To my surprise, the jockeys questioned the callers about the resolution they had set for this New Year. More astonishingly, the callers revealed every daily chore possible as their resolution for the year like being good at work and education, being punctual and many more. They sounded odd. Questions like what can vitally be named under resolution and are they meant to be occasional rose in my mind.

Peeping into a daily newspaper held in my hands, with all my interest, I read a story titled “What can be your New Year resolution?” in its supplementary sheet. Comically, that was the day I realized being affectionate to people and falling in love can be called a resolution too.

My grandparents and parents lived in the era where they celebrated occasions of togetherness and took resolutions whenever (possible) they had to survive a hardship. They also took resolutions then and there from the experiences and lessons they learnt from life. It was like as immediate as they were punished for a wrong doing; they set themselves to a resolution as not to commit it any longer. But the people of today think of resolutions occasionally and their follow up have become episodic.

Making resolutions occasional, it has almost lost its momentum, spirit and value. Timeliness speaks the worth of it. Much before we set a resolution for the upcoming year to be punctual, we had been late to work for almost two hundred days of the preceding year. Much before we set a resolution for the year to be loving and affectionate to people around, we already ended up earning lot of hatred from our neighbourhood. Resolutions are meant to serve its purpose when developed and more vitally followed. Do you still want your resolutions be occasionally set and followed? Don’t let your resolutions be episodic. Wishing you accomplish timely resolutions in all the years to come.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Game Changer

Time cannot be paused. Knowing it is irreversible, we have invested them in battling for life. We also created a tomorrow overcoming the battle. Would we attain hearts-ease/serenity finally? No. Instead we would experience desperate state of mind counting the non-material loss incurred. But in our later age, we never regret to conceive that time had flown. Day after day, we doubt if we had lived our life to the fullest. It is all because the Time has driven us.

Now, Why have we missed to appreciate the painting of nature that is exhibited all around us? Why haven’t we awarded oneself for the betterment that incurred within? Why have we squandered the chance of understanding ourselves? Why have we taken to play a ‘stranger’ role among family? Time had been the game changer. It has been spinning us through ordeals of life, much before we realized we were into the battle. We had spent all our time to run behind the material needs that could satisfy the greedy mind.


In the midst of the hectic traffic that had cost all our energy, we missed to witness the first drop of rain that fell in the hand of a little girl. In all occasion times, we were engaged with updating wishes in the network. Did we take time to greet people with us? We were busy-working to escape some current state of affairs. Did we spare time to analyse and cherish our own growth? Haven’t we lost the spirit of life being goaded by time? Even when the spirit of life was lost, we still continued to battle.

We battled with ourselves. We fought with the inner soul within us. The purpose of seeking calm state of mind, after losing all possibilities of acquiring it, will always remain a magical mystery, not reached. Let us hold. Let us take a pause. Let us loan our time.

Let us loan our time like abundance can happen in one’s life. Let us appreciate the nature for being so systematic. Let us prosper understanding the inner soul within. Let us spend time enriching the relationship we are gifted with. What time did to us is huge, but what we could do with time is immense. Hereby the question of being carried away by time all through life fails.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

First maiden targeted for Corruption

The first maiden is set by the RBI to withdraw the circulation of currency notes printed prior to that of 2005 as an advancement to curb black money. RBI assures exchange of all the currencies printed prior 2005 for new notes.  A study revealed that huge number of corruption cases are enrolled before 2005 and are yet to be brought before the finance ministry. The control of its circulation is expected to act as an agent in preventing the flow of black money in India. However, the most corrupted parts would remain seclude from this ideology. It is also revealed that currencies signatured by former governors such as S Venkitaraman, C Rangarajan, Bimal Jalan continue to be in circulation till today.
              
The currencies printed decades ago continue to be in circulation. The stipulated period of time granted for the exchange of currency notes may head troublesome situation for the public even when it rewards healthy financial transactions from thereon. RBI Governor Raghuram recognised and vindicated the fright of common public addressing them that this it is not a matter of demonetisation to be apprehensive about.  This is considered to be the motive of RBI to vandalize corruption from existence. Intrinsic value of the paper doesn’t add any value for the note, only the number printed adds for the cost. Economists factorize money is just a matter of four functions; a medium, a measure, a standard and a store. The value of notes remains standard and cannot be demonetised like that of gold without BIS mark.  The factor of demonetisation need not indulge panic in the hearts of public.
                
The hardship of the initiation is from July 2014, all the transactions with the issuance of 10 pieces -Rs.500 or Rs.100 notes should be enclosed with the details of the customer. This will not only shake the privacy of individuals and also award time consuming criteria for getting into exchanges. The Financial Ministry had also suggested that the new notes must have better security measures.


The ministry’s suggestion of notes with security measures was addressed as ‘anti-poor’ move by the political parties. Common people would suffer a period of tedium with the move of curbing old notes conferred as curbing corruption by the RBI. Corruption will live with new ideologies charged on the public.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Loss of an Unsolicited reward !!

Have you ever been into a thought process thinking you have lost something that is so precious in your coming in contact with the stage of adolescence?
One of the best supplier of wisdom 'Dictionary' that is available and easily accessible by people of any age factor defines 'Childhood as the state between infancy and adolescence'. But in reality,it is only in the period of adolescence people realise that their 'lost spring wreathed lots of mirthful spirits'.

The stage where one is surrounded with the comfortable and warm love of known and unknown people,the days biggest dream was to have free hours (no classes) at school that would assure long hours of play or chat with friends (the so called two bodies dwelling in a single soul,the relationship that is much more richer than gold,diamonds and platinum),the immeasurable fights and fun,the nature of exam hall,class,sweet home,etc..,overcoming of the pressure from school and parents and all other individual perspectives narrating the experience of childhood add up the memories of today.


Like the other side of a coin,memories are not always sweet. Experience of loneliness in the middle of pupils who are consistent in the absence of any differences,mental health projecting ill effects,failure in variety of things like the love for your people going unrecognised,inability to handle dynamic situations,etc.,the terrible last day for school where one gets into a world of fear..fear for the responsible world welcoming them and also the fear of losing people...these do pile up memories. They do frame to be the memory of the past. Good or worse,they are memories !!


'Heart and soul' together hold the memories of childhood. The 'quick look of those day's either adds 'beauty' for the people leading joy filled life or 'comfort' those who are in the middle of some tedium or suffering.


The world demonstrated as the science or the almighty designed and so was the hierarchical belief of people that it is 'impossible to get back to the days childhood'. Time and days are 'irreversible'.


When I'm sitting near the door dreaming that 'something would help me attain the impossible',words of my dear friend when we had our walk way back the last days of school that proved the harsh reality of life stroke my mind..

'The unsolicited reward (advantage) we enjoyed being recognised as child will not be given to us even we demand for the same from here on (demanding the reward of being recognised as the child).'

Yes,the truth does hurt. The best consolation i could suggest my mind was 'all frustrations in life are not because of expectations,they are because of unrealistic expectation'. So let us not live in the past,its all lost and gone with the wind of yesterday. But let us carry the past along with us to the world of tomorrow. Let us refuse to stay transfixed to our past,instead transcend into the future as the words of Ra. Memories fade only when the feelings of people and for people fade. Let our feelings not fade. Let us hold our people as we do our memories.

       

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Traditional Customs: Escapism from real routines !!!

Targeting people attracted towards traditional customs and admires how its still not out of date !!!

Walking into the line of new trendy lifestyle where people are gearing with their future with hunting routine,they do take traditional customs all through their way.

Tradition being the creator of ancestors,transmitting the heritage of particular culture have sparkled Hinduism reach its worth.

The pleasure that one seeks in the journey of life aspires the follow-up of karma's and dharma's. Shrine with icons of God and seeking their presence through poojas are not just what the tradition is all about.

The indispensable duties to perform the fruitful cultured festivals are the boon for the people today.They at times help people escape from their realistic routines.

The refinement out of shower from puranas and upanishads are not  what the youngsters seek for,but,they seek and prosper for the confinement and commitment they have in with their spiritual and cultural pathway.

It is not the cosmic force's presence that the young bloods go beyond for in spiritual pathway,bounding oneself to the laws of traditions,but for propagating the rich name of Hinduism.

 Bounding oneself to the laws of tradition helps in the formation of mankind,enriching the relationship that one has with the world.

The welcome of newborn through "Ayush-homam",charting the life with better half for long years, "Rakshabandhan" celebrating the brotherhood relationship,Diwali, Mahara Sankaranthi,Vasanth Panchami,Ramnavami,etc..(Set on with due respect seeking the presence of God and mankind) are all taken in the line of cherishing one's relationship that one has with oneself and the world !!

Redefine your pathway in the defined pathway of traditionalism !!!!!!