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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inside story of IIMB : Sexual harassment, gender discrimination

Bangalore: the spiritual atmosphere at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore hide the rot that grows at the heart of the regime. Although the Institute to throw out the quality of corporate executives, year after year, on its premises is a growing dissatisfaction of putrefaction, which is a regulation, particularly in the rampant sexual harassment and sex discrimination, which is the victim of a worker to the prestigious institute.


Manjula Cherkil, senior executive at the Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship, IIMB, delivered a lonely battle against the big guys back of  IIMB.


She has been allegedly victimised through a demotion and suspension over her 32-year work experience at the institute.Her efforts to obtain justice were unsuccessful, they comprise a series of letters to IIMB directors over the years. This is the current director Pankaj Chandra, who finally said she call January 23, 2010 ... but it was not reassuring.



It states: "It is not appropriate on your part to make unsubstantiated comments against anyone of the institute (IIMB). I would strongly advise you to refrain from making such comments." (The copies of the letter as well as documents relating to Manjula's case are in DNA's possession).
And her fault: speaking out against sexual harassment and gender discrimination, besides fighting against clear violations in promotion/selection processes within the institute which have favoured the undeserving and the under-qualified.
Having suffered sexual harassment "at the hands of a few of the officers of the institute", Manjula had filed a complaint to the then IIMB director on February 23, 1993. The letter describes her predicament over being asked to "hold the fort" in a new assignment at the institute in the absence of her bosses, and how she had feared taking it up following an earlier case of sexual advances by IIMB's senior officers on female staffers in the executive block of the institute by "summoning the lady staff to the guesthouse".
But her efforts to get justice culminated in her being demoted from senior stenographer to a position of junior stenographer, allowing some of her subordinates to be promoted over her.

She was also suspended for 22 months through an intra-institute order dated August 8, 1994, and also suspected for authoring a derogatory letter (dated August 4, 1994) addressed to the then chief administrative officer (CAO), Brig Ramaswamy—a charge which was never proved.

Her demotion and suspension impacted not just her professional and personal life but also set her back financially due to loss of remuneration that was earlier due to her, which she has till date not been compensated for.
As if that was not enough, her representation of appeal to IIM-B director to seek justice (dated June 18, 2006) culminated in her being issued a show-cause notice from IIM-B's current chief administrative officer, Indushekhar CV, who himself is involved in sexual harassment of several women staffers of the institute, as alleged by some of them.
Manjula's travails at the IIMB include being allegedly forced to withdraw a writ petition (No 20074 of 2001) filed in Karnataka high court based on IIMB director's oral promise that the issues would be settled in her favour only if she withdrew the case from the court.
Manjula has withdrawn her request, a request to the High Court of Karnataka in 2004, but the promise has not been fulfiled. There is no respite of a quarter, Manjula, February 9, 2010 filed a complaint with the Women's Commission of the State of Karnataka and is awaiting justice.


Right to education have to wait even after July 5


Bangalore: Right to education (RTE) in Karnataka is likely to remain stalled even after July 5, the day fixed by the state government to implement the RTE Act.
The implementation is certain to run into a plethora of problems as the state is waiting for a response from the Centre on sharing the financial burden of enforcing the law.
Primary and secondary education minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said, "We have brought the financial implications of implementing the RTE Act to the notice of the Centre several times, but it has been of no use. The Centre is not bothered about it.
Without financial support from the Centre, it will be difficult for us to implement the RTE Act in a full-fledged manner."
Officials from the education department said hundreds of crores of rupees is needed to implement the RTE Act and the state has communicated this to the Centre several times, but to no avail. The state has blamed the Centre for the failure to implement the RTE Act in a full-fledged manner.
"We have enforced RTE provisions which are not a financial burden for the state government. But to implement some rules we need financial support from the Centre," said a senior education department official.
"From the day we received draft RTE Act rules, we have been communicating with the Centre on the financial burden it has to share. The Centre should make known what exactly is its idea about the financial support as soon as possible to avoid further delay in the implementation," Kageri said.
Among the RTE provisions implemented in the state are: proclamation of a complete ban on corporal punishment, changing of the teacher pupil ratio from earlier 40:1 to 30:1, directive to schools not to deny admissions and not to conduct entrance test at the time of admissions.
A major RTE provision pending implementation in the state is the neighbourhood concept under which private schools will have to earmark 25% of their seats for children from economically weaker sections in their vicinity with funding from the state government. According to department officials, the state will have to spend at least Rs800 crore to implement this provision.
According to department officials, the government needs to spend at least Rs12,000 per child every year under this concept. "We have arrived at this figure based on the expenditure being incurred for children in government schools. If these calculations are extended to private schools, the expenses will only be more," the official explained.

MBBS students Bribe Rs 1 lakh to get passed


BANGALORE: One lakh rupees for every mark added - that's the going rate in the fake marks scam in Karnataka. If you are an MBBS student, you could pass the university exam by just shelling out money. Evaluating officers will change the marks when they get the copies for retotalling.
Students have paid a lakh for every percentage that is needed for them to clear the exam. MBBS students from seven colleges across Karnataka were part of the scam since 2006. Karnataka police have registered FIRs against 18 students for paying evaluating officers. Karnataka officials say many students have already become doctors by paying for these marks.
Students from colleges like Al-Ameen Dental College in Bangalore and colleges from Gulbarga, Tumkur and Chitradurga are under the scanner. Karnataka's medical education minister has declared the High court can cancel these degrees if fraud is proven.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister SA Ramdas said, "We have registered a case against the students in a police station and an FIR has been registered."
So far around 18 students have been caught from seven colleges across Karanataka - including reputed colleges like Al-ameen Dental College in Bangalore and others from Gulbarga, Tumkur and Chitradurga. Officials say the practice has been on since 2006 and that many students may have already graduated with fake marks.
Ramdas added, "It's a criminal offense and I have submitted the same details in the Karnataka High Court and the divisional bench judge observed that if the inquiries in to these malpractices are proved then the court is ready to even cancel the degree."
Despite all the assurances, the question remains - how will the authorities track down such fake doctors who could cause potential harm to patients?
-Abhirr V P

indianexpressExpress News Service The New Indian Express
Posted on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:31am IST

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Best Possible Exam Results - Ten Things to Do Before writing a Big Exam


What can you do right before a big test - let's say starting the
day before a big test -- to get the best possible exam results?
Even if you are already a great test-taker you're probably
looking for that extra edge to create the best possible scores
on your exams.
Here are ten things you can do to create better results on your
exams.
The Day Before -
1. Review Key Points -- Notice the word Review -- The day before your test is less than ideal to be first learning something.
Hopefully you have already mastered the material, and it is just
a matter of giving that material an extra polish.
2. Eat Well-balanced Meals -- Remember the phrase, You are what
you eat? Be sure to keep your body and your brain in peak
condition by feeding it the nutrients it needs to perform at its
best.
3. Feed Your Ruminator -- Whatever we spend time doing,
thinking, and seeing in the 45 minutes before falling asleep is
what our brains ruminate on throughout the night. So it's to
your advantage to feed it -- the things you want to remember for
the next day's exam.
4. Envisioning Your Success -- Just before you drift off to
sleep, create a picture of yourself successfully completing your
exam. It's most effective if you do it every night, but even one
day before your exam could make a significant difference in
creating better exam results.
5. Get A Good Night's Sleep -- You need your 7-8 hours of quality
sleep to perform at your best.
The Day Of --
6. Eat Your Breakfast -- Keep your body, mind and blood sugar in
balance.
7. Do Light Exercise -- Light exercise will help you feel good
and energized, and help get more oxygen to your brain.
8. Do A Light Review -- Glance through your exam preparation
materials one more time, and do any last minute checks you feel
you need.
9. Keep the Exam in Perspective - It's just a test, not the end
of life on this planet. Allow yourself to relax and let your
worries go.
10. Breathe -- A lot of students tense up, and forget to breathe,
or take shallow breaths. Be sure to breathe deeply from the
diaphragm. This will help your muscles feel better and will help
to clear your head and allow you to think better.
So the next time you are facing a big exam, follow these tips
and create great exam results!
Copyright 2006 by Teresa Bolen. All Rights Reserved.
Teresa Bolen is a teacher at Todaiji Academy, one of the top 5 schools in Japan, and the author of Master Plan to Master Exams: How to Discover Your Hidden Abilities to Create the Success You Desire. You can get her ‘Academic Excellence Report’ at http://www.MasterPlanToMasterExams.com
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’ -- Henry David Thoreau --


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Shantiniketan- The Abode of Learning

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”
- Rabindranath Tagore

More than 100 years of excellence is no mean achievement. And when the field is education it is also a noble one. ‘Bolpur’, a small town in West Bengal, holds the unique distinction of having this university of excellence, called Visva Bharti University, giving India many luminaries.

It all started with the person who gave two nations, India and Bangladesh their national anthems. The person was the first Indian to become a Noble laureate; the person, whom Mahatma Gandhi gave the title of ‘Gurudev’- Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.

In 1862, when Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath, was taking a boat ride, he came across a landscape of red soil and lush green paddy fields. Rows of palm grove and chhatim trees charmed him. He built a small house there and planted some saplings. Then it was called Bhubandanga, named after a local dacoit called Bhuban Dakat. Debendranath Tagore decided to call this place Shantiniketan after the serenity it brought to his soul. He turned it into a spiritual centre where people from all religions, castes and creed came and participated in meditation. In the year 1863, Debendranath Tagore established an ‘Ashram’ at that place and he himself became the initiator for the Brahmo Samaj. 



In the years to come Maharishi Debndranath’s son, Rabindranath went on to become one of the most formidable literary forces this nation had ever produced. However, Tagore was not content with his poetic and literary influence on this nation alone. He seriously wanted to nurture quality education for the people of India. For this noble purpose, he decided to open a school in 1901. He opened a school in Shantiniketan and called it Brahmachary Ashram. He gave an entirely new meaning to the word education. He took education system to the glorious old days of Gurukul system. The aim of this school was to blend the new Western and the traditional Eastern system of education.

In the words of Tagore, “Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” He believed that children’s minds are extremely sensitive to the influences of the world around them. Their minds are always imbibing some lessons and they actually realize the joy of knowing. He believed that children’s minds are absolutely malleable and so it is easy to infuse them with knowledge so that they can attain greater heights in their life. He believed that children should be surrounded with nature which has an educational value of its own. So he established a school where the students would be free in spite of being in a school.

In his school students were not only imparted the everyday subjects but emphasis was also given on vocational education. It prepared the students for what lay out there in the future outside the realms of the school. Tagore himself had dropped out from school as he felt claustrophobic in the enclosure of four walls. He found his mind getting stuck in them. In that era it was a path breaking step in the arena of education for a country which was slowly getting hitched to the European mode of education in closed classes, where knowledge was only textual and exam oriented.

In the year 1913, Tagore was presented with the Noble Prize for literature for his book of poems ‘Geetanjali’. It not only enhanced India’s position but also upped the prestige of Shantiniketan. After this, in 1921, he converted the little school into a university and called it Visva Bharti- where the world makes a home in a nest is how Tagore chose to define the institution. Whereas the university gives degree courses in humanities, science and the more regular streams of knowledge, it on the other hand hones the latent talents in their students. Its art college, Kala Bhavan, is considered to be one of the best art colleges in the world. Tagore believed that, “In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.” Although it has adapted to the changing times, the essence and ambience of the University is still maintained as Gurudev wanted it to be. Visva Bharti is a true reflection of our cultural heritage and what wonders education can do to society if taken on the right path. 



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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Booming Education in South India say experts

Bangalore Dayananda Sagar Institutions Bangalore is spread over 29 hectares, has 10 schools in one campus and 8000 students in all. Educational scene in Bangalore is just a small example of how universities are developing rapidly in the south. Cities like Chennai, Hyderabad and Coimbatore are also witnessing a boom in education.

These cities have seen the ; privatization ; of education than ever before. Each institution has used a variety of schools run as demand grows. And the numbers speak for themselves. In a huge 260 Faculty of Engineering in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, 216 and 120 in Karnataka.
"We've had a big boom, 300 institutions in the last one and half years. You should have heard that in nursing education. If we are the Silicon Valley of India, the government’s contribution to that has been just one engineering college in 50 years. The remaining is from private sector," spokesperson, consortium of medical, engineering and dental colleges, Dr S Kumar says.

One of the main reasons for a growing number of private universities is that very few universities in states like Bengal, Bihar and north-east. And when the need for a private group of students are met, there are very few places available for mature students. That's why they are in the south.


"About 45 per cent of students are non-Karnataka, from the rest of India and rest of world. This campus represents full India and the world. We see a mini-India in this campus," director, business strategy, Dayanand Sagar Institutions, R Janardhan says.
"Job prospects are good here, moreover in Assam, education facilities are not good. We have education facilities but higher education is simple and slow," an Assamese student, Trishita Borthakur says.
"It is not so easy to get a seat. I sat for an entrance test, scored well and got in," BMM student, Sonu Luniya adds.
However, states like Tamil Nadu have seen so many deemed universities that the business of education is taking its toll.
"Quality has definitely suffered. When you have such large numbers, quality will go down. I wouldn’t deny it," spokesperson, Dr S Kumar says.
There is no doubt that the proliferation of universities have their own quotas.

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