Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

It’s totally okay if you sometimes, go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or worry that you might be infected by germs, or even have an occasional unpleasant, violent thought. However if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so consuming that they start interfering with your everyday life. Obsessive-compulsive disorder or more commonly known as OCD is a mental health characterized by distressing, intrusive, obsessive thoughts and repetitive compulsive physical or mental acts. People who have OCD, will probably recognize that their obsessive thoughts and their compulsive behavior are irrational yet they can’t resist them and break free. A 2001 World Health Organization (WHO) mental health report estimated that OCD was among the top twenty causes of illness-related disability worldwide for people aged fifteen to forty-four years. The report also suggested that OCD was the fourth most common mental illness after phobias, substance abuse, and major depression. OCD is associated with a wide range of functional impairments and has a significant impact on social and working life.

Just like a needle getting stuck on an old record, OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge. For instance you might wash your hands until they are scrubbed raw for fear of germs. Though you don’t derive any sense of pleasure from performing these repetitive actions, they may offer a temporary sense of relief from the anxiety created by these obsessive thoughts. Common obsessions include contamination fears, worries about harm to self or others, the need for symmetry, exactness and other, religious/ moralistic concerns, forbidden thoughts or a need to seek reassurance or confess. Common compulsions include, cleaning/washing, checking, counting, repeating, straightening, routinized behavior, praying, touching, tapping or rubbing and avoidance. Unlike adults, children need not review their symptoms as nonsensical to meet diagnostic criteria.

OCD is segregated from other mental health conditions by the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both. The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, and are time-consuming. Signs of OCD can occur in children and teenagers, with the disease usually beginning gradually and worsening with age. Indications of OCD can be mild or severe. Some people come in contact with obsessive thoughts only, without engaging themselves in compulsive behavior. A few who experience OCD successfully hide their symptoms for fear of embarrassment or stigma. Friends and family may, however, notice some of the more physical sign.

Over the past three decades, OCD has moved from an almost untreatable, life-long psychiatric disorder to a highly manageable one. This is a very welcome change to the 1% – 3% of children and adults with this disorder as, thanks to advances in both pharmacological and psychological therapies, prognosis for those afflicted with OCD is quite good in the long run, even though most have comorbid disorder that are also problematic. We still have a long way to go, anyhow, until OCD can be described as either easily treatable or the effective treatments are largely known about among clinicians. Successful treatment can significantly improve and even cure OCD.

CAREER FOR INDIAN STUDENTS IN DRDO

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation which was Established in 1958, with currently having 50 Laboratories has been one of the Dream for many Youngsters of India to Pursue a Career in the DRDO as a Scientist. The DRDO which provides oppurtunity for almost all the Engineering and Science branches even for the Specialisation of the Branches.The Laboratories such as: Advanced Systems Laboratory Hydrebad, Aeronautical Development Establishment Bengaluru are popular Laboratories of Students Interests. All the Laboratories over the Country Contribute in one or the other way to the Nation.

Currently there are around 5000 Scientists in all the Laboratories around the Country, and almost in total there are 30000 Employees. The DRDO serve in all Domains such as:Aeronautics , Materials, Metallurgy, Biomedical e.t.c. The Students are Inducted by conducting Exams by Recruitment and Assesment Centre of DRDO. The Expeected to have a Valid GATE score and also with an Aggregate of 60% in their Undergraduate Degree in any Branch either in Science or Engineering. For the Scientists Post, they Seperately Conduct an Exam and People finished their HSC are Assessed by DRDO CEPTAM as DRDO MTS(Multi Tasking Staff) exam.

The Students are Ranked in the order of their Performance in the Written Test and Interview. The students are Qualified Generally in the Order as:(Valid Gate Score+Written Test+Interview).The Students are selected according to the Number of Vaccancies and the Ranking List Prepared by them for the number of Vaccancies according to their Performance. The Students are then indulged into the Training held at Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) at Pune. There the Students are given a Training for a Period of around 16 weeks termed as the Post Induction Training.

There the Students are involved in General Organisational Orientation Training (GOOT) for a period of 08 weeks and General and Advanced Technology Training (GATT) for a Period of 08 weeks, and only Scientists are incorporated in this Training. Apart from the Training the Students are also made to involve in Group Activities such as Presentations and Communication Skills, Material Design , Manufacturing Technology, Research Methodology. Faculties from Premier Institutes such as IIT, NIT and other Premier Institutes Recognized by the Country will Deliever Lectures.

The students are also made to Involve in Group Research Projects during their Training Period. The Students after the Training Period they are inducted in one of the DRDO labs from the Country with the Designation as Scientist B .The Students are Provided with good Grade Pay and also with many perks and also they provide accomodation for the Scientists. They also Provide Mtech and Phd Courses from Premier Institutes like IIT by using Screenings from the Institutes . You also get a Stipend from the DRDO. Otherwise you are like a normal Mtech Student from the IIT. The procedures are same as per the Institutes Norms. Thus Students who have the Real Pssion towards DRDO can make use of the oppurtunities provided by them in all Fields and I hope the Information I provided here helps you in one or the other way to know about the Career in DRDO.

Affect of Modern Technology on Education

NEED OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY

There are plenty of mobile applications that initiate students with special needs into the learning environment through enabling and facilitating them with digital education aids. Online learning and computer technology activities hugely help to bridge the gap between regular and disabled students through making knowledge easily accessible. With technology, it is also possible for special needs students to enjoy other fun activities like playing.

GLOBAL PLATFORM

Education that is run by technology has widened. Many learning institutions currently offer online courses which students can access from anywhere they may be. Video conferencing and applications such as Skype are a platform for students and teachers share knowledge conveniently.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment process in most learning institutions is now digitalized. Learners can do tests online and they can instantly assess their knowledge base. Online assessments are impartial and flexible. Students have the freedom to do the tests when they are ready and this is very useful to those that are pursuing correspondence or distance courses.

INTERACTIVE TOOLS

Most teachers are now utilizing technical aids to remain in touch with the learners. They can use services such as dropbox which allows uploading and sharing content with a huge number of people. They can also use emails.

GAMES

Video games that simulate real life problems can lead to change of behaviour in students. The games offer a huge range of information and they make students become good problem solvers. The games can be addictive but when played under good guidance they are a good source of edutainment.

ONLINE MATERIALS

E-books and online libraries are useful to learners. Google for instance has partnered with libraries and publishers to come up with an extraordinary library that is extensive, flexible and virtual. Google books offer snippets of many books and this bring together new publishers and new books to learners. With internet, readers and publishers are able to discover each other.

ADDRESSING LEARNERS DIVERSITY

Some learning tools such as visual or audio stimulus, online learning modules and animations appeal to learners with dissimilar learning styles. There are those who find classroom learning to be boring and uncreative. Such learners are effectively persuaded to study through the digital aids that offer an excellent blend of learning and fun.

MALPRACTICES

This is the main negative impact of modern technology in learning. With technology, it is very simple to cheat in exams. Students are allowed to use calculators during exams and these calculators have all formulas needed to pass exams and it is not easy to get caught.

CONCLUSION

Modern technology can be a powerful tool for cheating and it can open doors that are better left closed but all in all, it plays an important role in education.

Is Rural India ready for Ed-tech?

Many schools and universities have switched to online mode for education of their students. However, one question still remains whether the economically weaker section of the society will be able to keep pace with the technology. The migrants are jobless and farmers are in distress. They used to sustain their lives on daily wages and somehow managed to educate their children. Now, with the outbreak of Covid-19 the question arises of how these kids will avail education.

There has been a huge divide in India when it comes to education. Ed-tech may be able to provide good education but it can not be afforded by everyone at least for now. Millions of students studying in government schools and colleges specially from poor economic backgrounds have lost access to education. Though people argue that online courses bridge the gap between economically stronger and weaker sections of society, the question here is of accessibility to technology. Technology has become accessible to many people but it is still not accessible to many rural parts of the country. As per National Sample Survey report on education 2017-18, less than 15% of the rural parts of India have access to the internet, whereas for urban areas the percentage is 42%. The economically weak cannot afford internet or smartphone or a computer. 

Thus the poor students are hit hard by this pandemic because they can be left behind with this sudden change in teaching pedagogy. Many poor families used to send their children to schools because they were assured that their children would get a mid-day meal. They believed that school was a safe environment for them. Many poor students do not have such facilities like their private rooms in which they can study. The houses in rural areas are not very spacious and sometimes lack basic amenities. Therefore, even if the students get access to the internet there will be another challenge of whether they will have the right environment for studies.

Impact on education of Girls

This may have an impact on the education of girls. Many poor people have a laid back attitude when it comes to education of girls. This problem of accessibility of education has further added to the problems of education of girls. This may increase the drop out rate of girls. 

Challenge of learning in English rather than their native language

The other challenge is providing them education in the language they understand. Many ed-tech platforms are not available in vernacular languages. The students should be able to connect to their teacher through these platforms. However, many government schools and colleges don’t have the infrastructure for this connectivity and building this infrastructure right now will incur huge costs. The schools will have to invest in digital infrastructure as well training of the teachers and they lack funds for these changes. 

Electricity Issue

Even if the students tackle all the above barriers there is one more barrier which comes in way of their education and that is electricity. Though the government, through the Subhagya scheme, claims that 99.9% of Indian households receive electricity, the question is about their quality. The electricity connection is poor in major parts of the country. Electricity is very crucial for digital learning because digital devices operate on it. This leads to more cost in accessing education.

What can be immediate solution for this?

For short-term the government schools should explore other options like radio and TV. Most preferably the government can work out something with radio. It can be like setting some local frequencies for an area like one frequency for Gujarat students where they can learn in their native language gujarati. This may help them in accessing education till the situation improves. The government should ensure that lack of access to internet should not lead to digital divide.

Be a RAY OF HOPE for someone!

We are in the midst of a catastrophe. So much has been happening around lately that it has become really difficult to cope up. In the middle of this hardship, we often forget how badly our mental health can be affected. There are people who have anxiety problems, maybe depression, having a pattern of excessive overthinking , is stuck because there is no one to show them a positive viewpoint. Sometimes people who don’t undergo such vexatious things are so busy in their own little world with the petty issues that they often tend to forget to help the people who are actually undergoing agony.

Hope is the most important part of any individual’s life. Hope can be for anything, a hope for a good future with a better job, a hope for a person who thinks you are worthy enough to spend a lifetime with, a hope of getting good grades, a hope of owning a house one day, a hope to travel the world, a hope to build an empire and several more. Hope is the thing that keeps us going. Sadly, in the middle of this crisis, there are many of us who had lost their hope, desire, confidence. They think so low of themselves sometimes that they start to loath themselves which someday can even lead to taking their own lives.

Everyone needs a supporting hand whenever they feel low. A right person or right guidance at the time of darkness can bring a ray of sunshine in anybody’s lives. So it is very important to have a heart that is ready to give. One doesn’t need to do some extravagant things for being that ray of hope. It is the small gestures that count.

Appreciate such people once in a while. Ask them what is bothering them and talk to them about it. Give them time. Tell them how their dreams and goals are waiting to be fulfilled. Tell them of how worthy they are of every ounce of love. Tell them how their presence affects your life. Tell them that they are beautiful in their own ways. Tell them they are perfect and need not change for somebody but themselves.

Be a ray of hope for someone. You don’t know you might just make someone’s day better with your tiny gestures.

Rural Education in India

How many one of us remember those pictures of farmers cultivating a field and distressed kids looking after the field? Or a child dreaming about entering a normal school for learning new things and exploring about the world? Well, some of the dreams have come true and rural India is improving when it comes to education as a whole. With new schools opening in the villages and Government schemes being implemented properly, the results are astonishing.  But there is still a way to go before the urban-rural gap of education is limited.

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The purpose of education is to keep oneself updated about the present day situation. Literate and educated people help in keeping the economy blooming and are actually a pre-requisite for developing economy. Education in rural India has improved a lot where earlier this section was on the verge on being ignored due to multiple factors. Today, younger generation is actually surpassing their parents when it comes to being educated in rural areas. An astonishing yet powerful transformation has taken place and there is indeed a rising trend of education in rural India.

According to multiple surveys, there is a rise in students going to schools but the plight of the educational quality is questionable as there still exist a problem of low learning among the students. Whose fault is it? Is it because of lack of teachers or are teachers not able to deliver lectures properly?

Let’s explore some of the reasons of why rural education is still not prominent enough to be counted as an example for an ideal educational system.

  • Inadequate Infrastructure: One of the major reason of lacking quality education is due to poor infrastructure of schools in rural India. There is lack of expert teachers and hence the knowledge that is imparted to students is not up to the mark.
  • Schemes not implemented properly: The Government tries to make laws and schemes to up skill rural India but somewhere those schemes are not implemented properly on the ground level and there is still lack of transparency on who is to be blamed.
  • Employment opportunities: With the current unemployment rising, if an educated person does not end up in having a good job or experience, it sets a negative example on fellow people of rural India and they see education their children as a waste of money. With their investment not giving fruitful results, this also leads to not sending their other children to schools in future.
  • Lack of number of schools: Though the number of schools at various geographical location in rural India has improved, there is still lack of schools at multiple location. The roads to schools are also not in a good state and students have to cross hurdles to reach. This problem restricts girls going to schools after a point as they face some physical changes and lack of proper sanitation and required commodities.

“Padega India, Tabhi toh badega India”

(When people of India will get educated, India as a country will prosper).

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This is definitely true. With advancement of technology and economic development, there is always a bright future in store for rural communities. When rural India will progress, ultimately the whole India will progress and it has to start with quality education, innovative methods used in teaching, use of edutech tools and technologies and proper implementation of multiple schemes.

 

Improving the quality of Education

5 Ways Policy Makers Can Improve the Quality of Education:

* Acknowledge and address overcrowding.

*Make funding schools a priority.

*Address the school-to-prison pipeline.

*Raise standards for teachers.

*Put classroom-running and curriculum-building decisions in the hands of the community.

Increasing graduation rates and levels of educational attainment will accomplish little if students do not learn something of lasting value. Yet federal efforts over the last several years have focused much more on increasing the number of Americans who go to college than on improving the education they receive once they get there.By concentrating so heavily on graduation rates and attainment levels, policy makers are ignoring danger signs that the amount that students learn in college may have declined over the past few decades and could well continue to do so in the years to come. The reasons for concern include:College students today seem to be spending much less time on their course work than their predecessors did 50 years ago, and evidence of their abilities suggests that they are probably learning less than students once did and quite possibly less than their counterparts in many other advanced industrial countries.Employers complain that many graduates they hire are deficient in basic skills such as writing, problem solving and critical thinking that college leaders and their faculties consistently rank among the most important goals of an undergraduate education.Most of the millions of additional students needed to increase educational attainment levels will come to campus poorly prepared for college work, creating a danger that higher graduation rates will be achievable only by lowering academic standards.More than two-thirds of college instructors today are not on the tenure track but are lecturers serving on year-to-year contracts. Many of them are hired without undergoing the vetting commonly used in appointing tenure-track professors. Studies indicate that extensive use of such instructors may contribute to higher dropout rates and to grade inflation.States have made substantial cuts in support per student over the past 30 years for public colleges and community colleges. Research suggests that failing to increase appropriations to keep pace with enrollment growth tends to reduce learning and even lower graduation rates.While some college leaders are making serious efforts to improve the quality of teaching, many others seem content with their existing programs. Although they recognize the existence of problems affecting higher education as a whole, such as grade inflation or a decline in the rigor of academic standards, few seem to believe that these difficulties exist on their own campus, or they tend to attribute most of the difficulty to the poor preparation of students before they enroll.

Some immediate improvements:

Many colleges provide a formidable array of courses, majors and extracurricular opportunities, but firsthand accounts indicate that many undergraduates do not feel that the material conveyed in their readings and lectures has much relevance to their lives. Such sentiments suggest either that the courses do not in fact contribute much to the ultimate goals that colleges claim to value or that instructors are not taking sufficient care to explain the larger aims of their courses and why they should matter.Other studies suggest that many instructors do not teach their courses in ways best calculated to achieve the ends that faculties themselves consider important. For example, one investigator studied samples of the examinations given at elite liberal arts colleges and research universities. Although 99 percent of professors consider critical thinking an “essential” or “very important” goal of a college education, fewer than 20 percent of the exam questions actually tested for this skill.Now that most faculties have defined the learning objectives of their college and its various departments and programs, it should be possible to review recent examinations to determine whether individual professors, programs and departments are actually designing their courses to achieve those goals. College administrators could also modify their student evaluation forms to ask students whether they believe the stated goals were emphasized in the courses they took.In addition, the average time students devote to studying varies widely among different colleges, and many campuses could require more of their students. Those lacking evidence about the study habits of their undergraduates could inform themselves through confidential surveys that faculties could review and consider steps to encourage greater student effort and improve learning.The vast difference between how well seniors think they can perform and their actual proficiencies (according to tests of basic skills and employer evaluations) suggests that many colleges are failing to give students an adequate account of their progress. Grade inflation may also contribute to excessive confidence, suggesting a need to work to restore appropriate standards, although that alone is unlikely to solve the problem. Better feedback on student papers and exams will be even more important in order to give undergraduates a more accurate sense of how much progress they’ve made and what more they need to accomplish before they graduate.

Animal Cruelty


It’s June 2020 and currently, we are dealing with a plethora of crises around the world, but I believe that not the majority of people have deciphered that yet properly. The irony of the time is that at each point, where some of us are trying our best to give reminders or bestowing proposals to overcome the plight of the situation, the rest are busy acting despicably.

This is concerned with human civilization and it’s preceding and long-term support system, acting no less than any ‘ancillary’ – Animals.
We often overlook a very common thing, which ends up being stigmatic- every existence on this planet counts.
How could we act so cruel?

If we go back in time or could recall the memories of our childhood- watching animated shows on TV, and most of the time marking some of them as our favourites for the reason being that we could hear animals talking, like us. (at least it was mine for sure)
That was the time when we wanted to hear them and now, few of us are showing the barbarity towards them because they can’t talk!

We are witnessing these shameful acts for a long time and still waiting for the juncture that one day, things would change around us.
I still wonder at times, why the ruthlessness of humans is being compared to the savagery of animals? Because as of now, humans are less humane!

Recently, we heard the news of a pregnant elephant who died in Kerala because of eating a pineapple which had explosives inside.
People who were accused of feeding her had another angle of their tale. They explained that to protect their agricultural land from wild boars, they had planted those.
But the question that arises here is, who was at fault? The innocent animal or the rural people who did so for the protection of their only way of sustenance?
If the government of that state has allowed shooting the boars or killing them with any means, then how far it’s justified that the innocents get trapped unknowingly, get killed in the name of protection? Who will ensure their safety? We can’t just put an end to lives.

Laws aren’t just meant to be made, they need to be assessed well in the first place that how far their execution is going to be favourable to most of the beings.
Something similar had happened once to blue bulls (antelope) in Bihar. The government had the same reason to pass the order of killing them. 200 of them were killed.
We can’t just opt for the easy way out rather than making sensible decisions and then finding the ways in which we can protect all.

We have seen numerous incidents where humans have shown their heartlessness. Some of them are mentioned below-

Case of thrashing 20 stray dogs to death in Dehradun came out.

A Dog was beaten up brutally by a guard in Hyderabad.

In Himachal, miscreants blew off cow’s jaw with crackers.

It doesn’t end here, 49 people were arrested in Bareilly, U.P for illegal slaughtering of animals.

The list is endless but just hearing about the incidents is of no avail, it never was.

Many of us aren’t even aware of the laws that have been made for balancing the animal-humane society.
Here I am writing down six of them:

  1. Under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, it is a criminal offence to feed toxic food to stray animals.
  2. Sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 make it unlawful to maim or cause injury to any animal. It is also illegal for vehicles to intentionally injure dogs, cats and cows on the streets.
  3. Stray dogs are safeguarded under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and rules enacted under Section 38 of the act, particularly, the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001; Indian Penal Code, sections 428 & 429 and Article 51A (g) of the Constitution.
  4. It is the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures. Article 51A(g).
  5. Animal sacrifice is forbidden in every part of the country and considered illegal. Rule 3, Slaughterhouse Rules, 2001.
  6. Under Section 11(1)(i) and Section 11(1)(j), PCA Act, 1960, abandoning any animal for any reason can put you behind the bars for up to three months.
Enough of killing ‘humanity’ in the name of different motives at different times. We’ve screamed enough for human rights while violating much of the freedom given to us, and abovementioned were few of the examples. We can become the voice of the voiceless as well.
We need to act, need to be ‘humans’ in actual ways by saving animals and humanity!

EDUCATION WITH INTERNET: MAY BE GOOD OR BAD

In this advanced age, about each study room in schools can get to the Internet. A few educators utilize the Internet with each task while others adopt an alternate strategy. Likewise with any training strategy, study room Internet utilization accompanies the two favorable circumstances / advantages and drawbacks / disadvantages.
A significant advantage of the Internet is the capacity to get to a wide range of data from library assets everywhere throughout the world, including magazines, books, papers and diary distributions, immediately. This data builds the learning potential by giving students the most recent data. It likewise extends the assets of a littler library colossally. Students utilizing web indexes can discover data snappier and increasingly custom fitted to their particular needs.
As a disadvantage, teachers may consider this data over-burden. With the entirety of the data accessible to students, they may think that its hard to pick which data is generally critical to a point and furthermore when to quit looking. Likewise, the legitimacy of Internet sources fluctuates extensively from site to site, which implies students can without much of a stretch obtain mistaken or out-dated data on the web.
Online instruction gives students the comfort of going to class and finishing assignments on their own plan. Students can take classes from a school or college not even close to their home and get training experience not accessible to them locally. Students who travel with an occupation can take a class in a house, lodging or cafe. Students save money on lodging, gas cash and travel costs.
Be that as it may, online training implies eye to eye guidance doesn’t exist, nor does the capacity to get moment criticism on class assignments much of the time. They likewise can’t hear inquiries from different students (or pose inquiries themselves), which frequently can offer explanation to a student battling with the ideas of the material.
The Internet permits students to meet individuals from everywhere throughout the world at the snap of a catch.
While these open doors give incredible subtleties and assets, they likewise can harm social abilities. Students who answer essentially on the Internet for data and collaboration don’t converse with individuals face to face so a lot; rather they simply email to and fro. This can make it difficult to create listening aptitudes, particularly while talking with somebody, or to gain fitting social abilities for eye to eye associations.

Impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Students

Covid- 19 pandemic sparked widespread realization that our way of thinking is not working. It has shattered our understanding of what culture as we know it is natural and deconstructed. Education is one of those crucial fields, where the need for improvement has become apparent. The coronavirus’ consequences, and thus its preventive interventions, have turned the lives of students, parents, and teachers upside down. The clear imbalance in the ‘normal’ workings of education has put emphasis on many questions that were previously asked and left unanswered afterwards. So, what might the actual effects of this global pandemic mean for the education future?

While coronavirus keeps spreading throughout the entire planet, many countries have decided to close educational institutions as part of a policy of social distancing to slow transmission of the virus. However, this closure of schools, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has affected the learning of more than 1.5 billion children and youth globally. It should be acknowledged that school closures are likely to widen the learning gap between the lower-income and higher-income families among children. Although many parents who have access to technology and the internet are gradually turning to online education technologies to keep their children studying at home while others may not be able to. In a survey conducted by India Welfare Trust, it has shed some light on how children endure the disproportionate burden of the astonishing outbreak According to the survey, 89 per cent of respondents believe that the delay in lifting the coronavirus lockdown will affect their children’s learning.

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Rapid Online Perception study investigates the impact of Covid-19 on Children. During the survey, 1,102 respondents from 23 states and territories of the Union were interviewed. “While children have not been in the face of this pandemic as they have been mostly shielded from Covid-19’s direct health effects so far, results from the study suggest that they have been among its biggest casualties with numerous side effects on their physical and psycho-social well-being,” said CRY chief executive Puja Marwaha.

“More than half of the parents reported their child became more flustered and apprehensive during the lockdown,” the report said, adding, and “37 percent of respondents confirmed that the child’s mental well-being and happiness had been affected by the lockdown. In addition, 88 percent of respondents said that their children’s exposure to screens increased during the lockdown, with 45 percent reporting the increase “to a large extent” and only 43 percent of parents/primary caregivers said they were always supervising the child when it was online.

The things we can keep in mind while opening educational institutions post lockdown are:

Changing the way of Learning:

The teaching method and the way syllabuses are taught can change. Aspects once deemed fundamental to education can be revised to cater the life skills of the future in large measure. Not only careers but also future residents will need skills such as resilience, versatility, collaboration, communication, compassion and understanding, originality and emotional maturity. School learning will have a new purpose, and that will be a major departure from today’s details-focused education.

Implementing innovative methods in education system:

Aside from the upheaval faced by the novel coronavirus, there have been some major changes in schooling in our developing nations. Yet, even in the face of rapid innovation, the way we deliver education still needs to be shifted. Learning is knowledge acquisition, but it doesn’t have to occur primarily through age-old methods that don’t leverage the highest brain potential. Can students get an experience that shapes their learning, rather than being taught? Approaches such as integrated learning and experiential learning, with greater digital transformation, will fuel the future of school education.

Strengthening the bond with technology:

New technologies such as Zoom and Google Meet have been identified as a prominent life-saver in the face of a crippling pandemic. Communication is crucial to our interconnected existence, and the driving force that maintains our connections is technology. For education, that means creating content and delivery systems that make full use of and harness technology. Maybe education can become more flexible and accessible, giving up on its excessive-reliance on rigid structures that we consider necessary at the moment. They are generations identified by their use of technology; it has become an extension of their consciousness and without it, they don’t know a planet.

The future of education should find no room to ignore the use of technology as it can very well be the best platform for empowering learning in an age which integrates technology as a way of life. Such generations will have an effect on the evolution of education because they are the ones most impacted by the pandemic and are in the best place to learn from it and evolve from it.

WHAT A STUDENT PREFER SELF STUDY OR PRIVATE COACHING

One of the biggest question that confront is to decide whether to go for self – study or for private coaching. Personally I feel that self – study is the best option for every student because without self – study it is very difficult to clear any examination. The main reason behind this thinking is that coaching also involves a remarkable amount of self – study. Another reason to go for self – study ids the confidence factor involved in it. Successful self – study may give us an incredible amount of confidence to deal with any kind of subject. There are many students who have cleared their exams quite easily jist by doing self – study and some of the students who have taken coaching ar still struggling. So, the main decisive factor is our honest efforts and commitment towards our preparation and nothing else. Another reason to go for self – study is money saving. We waste lot of money on private coaching, evn then we are not able to score good marks, the reason being, that our mind has limited capturing power. We go to school in the morning so we wake – up early, we spend around six hours there, then we come back home and take lunch, we do our homework (school/coaching) and go for coaching . where is the time for our mind to rest? Our mind too is a machine that needs some peace/rest. We waste a lot of time and money whereas we can spend both on ourselves by doing self – study. Actually even private coaching is incomplete with self – study. But the point is, some students find coaching usefull it is systemized our preparations which many students are unable to do themselves. On the contrary we may find our times being wasted only on a few chapters as coaching works according to entire batch and not as per an individual. So, in context of the above views I thing self – study is more important than private coaching. We can achieve our goals without private coaching but not without self – study.

Career Counselling in Today’s World and its progress in India

Counselling is a term which is expansive. In general, counselling relates to the procedure of helping a person by making recommendations, support and encouragement, and exploring solutions to the problems that are facing them. “Counselling” is generally associated with a professional who helps out a needy person. This specialist is someone who acknowledges human behavior, their personalities and knows how to deliver their thoughts the right path. This professional is a person to whom you can turn in times of confusion, and who maintains confidentiality of your identity and concerns.

What Is The Need And Importance Of Career Counselling For Students ...

A counsellor’s association with a counsellor is based on a good mutual relationship. This is crucial in therapy because it helps to accomplish the ultimate goal, i.e. helping the client find the answers to his issues. Career counselling is a method that specializes in helping one to understand one’s own self as well as job patterns so that one can make informed career and education decisions. Profession therapy helps address a number of problems such as low attention rates to poor time management, trusting family issues and conflict between parents and children over which profession to choose from.

The benefits of Career Counselling are as follows:

  1. Helps to choose the right career:

Career counsellors are experts in evaluating your ability, personality, interests and other aspects of yourself. Using this evaluation, they recommend the best career choices from all available and appropriate alternatives.

  • Assists the providing of expert resources:

Counselling provides access to the information and knowledge available to a career expert. From the perspective of a parent and child, this knowledge of careers, their applicability and the pathways to pursue them is most important since most of the time parents or guardians do not have this kind of knowledge.

  • Helps to build confidence and insight:

Career counselling helps a counsellor understand his / her career path of hurdles. This awareness helps create confidence in overcoming those hurdles. It is a good counsellor’s duty to provide the counsellor with such insight and confidence.

  • Helps change patterns of undesirable behaviour:

Students and instructors have hard-to-break habits, such as procrastinating, not keeping up to date with latest developments in their lives and careers, neglecting emotional and mental health, not trying to motivate themselves, etc. A Career Counsellor helps break down such behavioural patterns that lead to unproductive activities at home as well as in school / college / work.

  • Helps to reduce job pressure:

Choosing a career can be an arduous task for parents and children alike. A lack of any source of defusing out emotions and thoughts can add to the frustration there. Career counselling provides the opportunity for reducing such frustrations, and focus is redirected to selecting the best career opportunities.

  • Offers a role model:

Career counselling helps students connect with experts who share sufficient life experiences. They are role models who have accomplished a great deal, and have supported others throughout their lives. That’s why career counselling can be an inspiration to those who need it.

  • Helps to bring in peace of mind:

Career counsellors can help you stay calm when making a career decision. Counselling helps bring focus to our activities, and keeps that focus throughout. They try to make your life more efficient by proper scheduling and preparation

  • Scenario of Career Counselling in India:

India has a counselling deficit when talking about the educational system that presents a crucial challenge. We have an approximately 1 lakh professional career coach particularly in comparison with the need for 15 lakh career coaches to cater for a strong student market of 315 million people. In comparison, for 56 million students the U.S. has about 2.6 million student career advisors.

Only now is professional development and mentoring beginning to acquire the recognition it deserves and is witnessing exponential growth as a profession. Although the developed nations have recognized the criticality of career counselling, and a large number of advanced schools in India are also waking up to the truth, in reality the scenario is soberer. More than 90 per cent of Indian schools do not have career counsellors and the nation today has a massive shortage of qualified career counsellors.

Career counselling in India before pursuing a career has yet to become the most important discipline. But the awareness regarding career counselling has certainly increased due to technology and the internet. Online job therapy is certainly a convenient way to get your home easy therapy done.

EDUCATION SYSTEM IN INDIA

India , the word describes heritage where in here from ancient days it has started its own education system. Various temples and religions spread the education very well.
It had its 1st University Nalanda till 13th century. Not only Indians it had also attracted students from other countries also.


PRESENT SYSTEM
It comprises of primary, secondary, senior secondary and higher education. Here there are also world class educational institutions like IIT , IIM and IISN for higher education.
Here the seats are allocated according to the caste system.
According to the 2001 census total literacy rate is 65.38%. But the female literacy rate is only 54.16% . This gap is very significant and this also forms a evidence that only 59.4% of the total population are only literates.


PRIMARY EDUCATION IN INDIA
Here early childhood education is very difficult because most of us are in low income groups. And even 40% do not qualify primary schooling. But whereas in private sectors the people in middle and upper community pays and makes their children learn. Moreover here along with studies playfulness curiosity and eagerness also gets increased to the students. In order to balance this government has taken various steps.


GOVERNANCE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION
Those various schemes are
STATE WISE ALLOCATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SHARE MADE and
UNDER SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN IN INDIA(2007-2007).
State wise amount spent on elementary education from compartment of prambik shiksha kosh in India and similarly state wise targets are achieved.
Similarly various funds are also allocated to the eastern states as well for the operation blackboard and non formal education (1997-2001). Efforts are also taken severely in order to improve the women education and seeing up various ecational institutes exclusively for them.


DEVELOPMENT SO FAR UNDER SSA
1.47 lakh primary schools have been opened
Large numbers of teachers have been employed.
Free text books were provided to the school children.
Mid dat meal for school children.
Government and government aided schools.


GOVERNANCE OF SCHOOL EDUCATION
The national council of educational research and training (NCERT) provides support and technical assistance to various schools in India. Some of them are
The state government board
CBSE(CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION)
ICSE(INDIAN CERTIFICATE FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION )
CISCE(THE COUNCIL FOR THE INDIAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS)
NIOS(THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OPEN SCHOOLING)

GOVERNANCE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Like primary schools government also planned for this too.
Over 17000 Colleges 20 Central universities 217 State Universities 106 Deemed to be universities were formed .
And 8 new IITs 7IIMs and 5 new IISs are now proposed.

The Advantages of Earning Your MBA

Are you thinking about going back to school for your MBA degree? These degrees have been subject to a lot of chatter in recent years. Herzing University’s dean of graduate programs, Ron Kern, already explained on our blog why the MBA market is not flooded, despite some critics saying otherwise.
Online MBA programs are seeing especially good results with a quick return on investment for graduates. As Ron points out, more than 95 percent of Herzing’s 2014 MBA graduates found employment in their field of study within six months of graduating.
So what are the real advantages of an MBA? We’ve compiled a few of the top benefits.
Network with other motivated people
Meeting the right people can make all the difference in your career. One of the most valuable parts of an MBA program, whether online or on campus, is having the opportunity to talk with others advancing their careers. You’ll connect and learn from leaders in business and practice the skill of making meaningful connections. It’s not just that you’ll learn how to network more strategically, but also that you’re doing so with other ambitious people.
Increase your salary
Individuals who own master’s degrees yield an average of $400,000 more over a career span, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What’s more, many graduates see a return on tuition in as little as three to five years.
Learn the intangibles
It’s not easy to be a successful business leader. Learning how to manage teams, spur innovation, contribute to an organization’s culture and motivate colleagues requires both practical knowledge and critical thinking skills that are fostered in MBA programs. Mastering these skills will build your ability to lead.
Broaden your business knowledge
While it’s easy to see all the career advantages of an MBA, don’t forget the most important part. You’re there to learn. MBAs provide insights that are challenging to pull out of your day-to-day work, especially if you’ve been stuck in the nine-to-five routine for a while. You’ll gain knowledge of business operations across departments, which is invaluable to succeeding in leadership roles.
Dr. Jon Outland is the System Division Chair of Business and has over 20 years of experience helping businesses meet their strategic goals. He has been teaching online and on-campus classes for 18 years in the areas of management, e-commerce, project management and information systems.

Central Government Schemes for single girl child

Girls are the future of nation. They are having an equal hand in nation’s progress and ensuring well being for the country. To keep these in mind government started various schemes for girl child along with the central and state government. Educate the girl and she will be also having a beautiful future.

Government had started schemes for any initial benefits like for farmers or for the old age but there are schemes for the girls too. The main moto of the schemes for girls is to create awareness and importance of a girl child, their education and to save a girl child. Some schemes provide free education for girls who’s parents can’t afford. Building up their better future, having enough money for their savings. Here are some benefits of launching the schemes:

* The interest rate on FDs and accounts in these schemes are higher and this allows more savings.

* The terms and conditions are clear that the savings should be used for girl child for their better future or for their marriage.

Here are some schemes for girl child and how to apply for it

1. Beti bachao, beti pdhao yojna (save the daughter, educate the daughter)

Country: India

This schemes was launched on 22nd January, 2015 by PM Narendra Modi. Its aim is to address the issue of the declining child sex ratio image (CSR) and is a national initiative jointly run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

To only educate them not to kill them. They are the future of nation. They also have the equal rights in any sections. People should celebrate the birth of their girl child and educate them with full responsibility as they do for the boy.

“Let us celebrate the birth of the girl child. We should be equally proud of our daughters. I urge you to sow five plants when your daughter is born to celebrate the occasion.” -PM Narendra Modi to citizens of his adopted village Jayapur.

Eligibility

* A girl age should be below the 10 with having a family.

* There should SSA account in bank in the name of a girl child.

* Should be a Indian citizen.

How to apply

  • Visit the bank or post office wherever the scheme is available
  • Obtain and Fill the application form for BBBP/SSA
  • The form is to be filled manually and attached with all the required documents
  • Submit the documents to the same bank/post office. The account must be opened in the name of the girl child

Note: This account can be easily transferred from one bank/post office account to another bank/post office account

2. Suknaya samriddhi account

Country : India

It is a government programme targeted at the parents of girl children. The scheme encourages parents to build a fund for the future education and marriage expenses for their female child. It was launched on 2015 by PM Narendra Modi and is a part of beti bachao beti pdhao.

Eligibility

  • Only parents or legal guardians of the girl child can open a Sukanya Samriddhi account in the name of the girl.
  • The girl child should be less than 10 years at the time of account opening. The account can be operational till the girl reaches the age of 21 years.
  • The initial investment can start from Rs. 250 and a maximum of Rs. 1,50,000 annually with further deposits in the multiples of Rs. 100.
  • A single girl child cannot have multiple Sukanya Samridhhi accounts.
  • You can benefit from higher interest rates offered by company fixed deposit
  • Only two Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts are allowed per family i.e., one for each girl child.

Process

  1. Fill the application form.
  2. Carry ID and Address proof.
  3. Good if you have Aadhaar card.
  4. Birth certificate of the girl child.
  5. Fill out the SSY Account opening form.
  6. Keep the documents ready along with photographs.
  7. Pay the deposit amount (any amount between Rs. 250 and Rs. …
  8. You can give a standing instruction at the branch or you can set up automatic credit to SSY Account through NetBanking.

3. Ladli laxmi yojna

Country: India

This scheme was launched by the Government of Madhya Pradesh on 2nd May, 2007. The objective of this scheme is to bring a change in the negative approach of the society towards the birth of a girl child.

  • The Government provides Rs. 1 Lakh to applicant’s family for her marriage
  • Girls who are married before the age of 18 will not be benefited under the Ladli Laxmi Yojana

Eligibility

  • The girl child whose parents are a native of Madhya Pradesh. The parents of the girl child must not be paying any kind of tax to the Government
  • In case of a second girl child, the parents who have adopted family planning can get the benefits of the scheme
  • The lump sum amount of Rs.1 lakh gets released only when the registered girl child is not married before the age of 18 years
  • In case the girl leaves her education in between, she will not be eligible to get any benefits of the scheme
  • Two girls from a family will be benefited under Ladli Laxmi Yojana. However, in case the girls are twins then the third girl child will also get the benefit
  • The scheme stands valid only for the ones people below poverty line
  • An orphan girl child can receive the benefits of this scheme only when she is adopted and the certificate of adoption is duly submitted by the family.

How to apply

  • Visit  ladlilaxmi.mp.gov.in and click on “Application Letter” to proceed
  • There are three options on the page- Public Service Management, General Public and Project Officer
  • Select and Click on “General Public” 
  • Read and Fill the form carefully. Click on “Save” to apply
  • The applicant is required to attach scanned copies of all the mandatory documents with the application form and click on submit to send the form for further selection process.