ELUSIVE DIGITAL CLASSROOM EDUCATION

Hav­ing spent about 18 years in an edu­ca­tion sys­tem of a devel­op­ing world, its imper­a­tive for me to see the advan­tages it brings in. Let it be at the school level or the at uni­ver­sity sys­tem, dig­i­tal edu­ca­tion has a lot of poten­tial and hope to bridge the gap cre­ated by below par teach­ing stan­dards. How­ever over the years, as this model is tried and tested, the results are not so encour­ag­ing. I feel so espe­cially after expe­ri­enc­ing the edu­ca­tion sys­tem in a devel­oped world.

I recently read a news (Source: Dec­can Her­ald) where an engi­neer­ing uni­ver­sity boats of hav­ing spent crores of rupees in equip­ping its class rooms with state-of-the art teach­ing giz­mos. Unfor­tu­nately, in the mid­dle of all this hype, an insti­tu­tion fails to real­ize that the best minds are not built with high end teach­ing giz­mos but with enough free­dom to think and also by hav­ing the right teach­ers who encour­age the young minds to think. I more so felt this when I moved over to a fairly new (25 years) uni­ver­sity in Ger­many for my Masters.

Unlike the effort being put on dig­i­tal edu­ca­tion in Indian edu­ca­tion sys­tem, the class rooms over here are fairly sim­ple with bare min­i­mum infra­struc­ture. A typ­i­cal class room con­sists of a mov­ing multi-foldable black­board, a white board, bunch of chalks, marker pens and a pro­jec­tor. The won­der­ful nature of this setup is that the wall is used a screen for the pro­jec­tor and the rest of work are done on the board (in the tra­di­tional style). This setup is good enough to stim­u­late the think­ing in us. But even­tu­ally its the pro­fes­sor who with his thoughts and per­spec­tives makes the stu­dents think. And by far too, the qual­ity of edu­ca­tion is high when com­pared to back in India. This can be gauged by the university’s research out­put and the num­ber of stu­dents option for fur­ther education.

Hence I feel the insti­tu­tions in a devel­op­ing coun­try to should stop rid­ing on the hype of dig­i­tal class­rooms but instead invest time and space in acquir­ing the right teach­ing tal­ent and in devel­op­ing a through prov­ing & stress free environment.

[Joke] Why India never gets to launch a nuclear missile

I got this as a forward mail. This should be strictly taken as a joke.
During the Cold War, if USA launched a nuke-loaded missile, Soviet Satellites would inform the Soviet army in 3 seconds and in less than 45 seconds Soviet counter-missiles would be on their way.

I got this as a forward mail. This should be strictly taken as a joke.

During the Cold War, if USA launched a nuke-loaded missile, Soviet Satellites would inform the Soviet army in 3 seconds and in less than 45 seconds Soviet counter-missiles would be on their way.

Recent studies commissioned by US department of Defenseincluded one on nuclear war between India and Pakistan :

This was the scenario….
The Pakistan army decides to launch a nuke-missile towards India .
They don’t need any permission from their government, and promptly order the countdowns.
Indian technology is highly advanced.
In less than 8 seconds, Indian army detects the Pak countdown and decides to launch a missile in retribution.
But they need permission from the Government of India .
They submit their request to the Indian President.
The President forwards it to the Cabinet.
The Prime Minister calls an emergency Lok Sabha session.
The LS meets, but due to several walkouts and severe protests by the opposition, it gets adjourned indefinitely.
The President asks for a quick decision.
In the mean time, the Pak missile failed to take off due to technical failure.
Their attempts for a re-launch are still on.
Just then the Indian ruling party is reduced to a minority because a party that was giving outside support withdraws it.
The President asks the PM to prove his majority within a week.
As the ruling party fails to win the confidence vote, a caretaker government is installed.
The caretaker PM decides to permit the armed forces to launch a nuclear missile.
But the Election Commission says that a caretaker government cannot take such a decision because elections are at hand.
The Election Commission files Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court alleging misuse of power.
The Supreme Court comes to the rescue of the PM, and says the acting PM is authorized to take this decision in view of the emergency facing the nation.
Just then one of the Pak missiles successfully took off, but it fell 367 miles away from the target, on its own government building in Islamabad at 11.00AM.
Fortunately there were no casualties as no employee had reached the office that early.
In any case, the nuclear core of the missile had detached somewhere in flight.
The Pakistan army is now trying to get better technologies from China and USA .
The Indian Government, taking no chances, decides to launch a nuclear missile of its own, after convening an all-party meeting.
This time all the parties agree.



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Alternate revenue model for entertainment industry

Internet being its worst enemy, one can take the help of the industry to increase the revenue for it. So in this endeavour who best than Google to help us out. With the help of google one can try this model.

Thousands of crores are going down the drain, thousands will lose job yet few people will make crores of money – This will be the fate of the music industry in the near future.  The present situation is no better. When an album is produced, it’s not just the money which matters, there whole lot of Intellectual Property which is involved in terms of creativity. But as the industry fails to check the piracy which has been sucking its revenue like a black hole, it seldom will make money in near future too.  Digital technology has been the main culprit till now. This leaves us to ponder over this problem and try to unearth a solution for this.

Sometimes industries worst enemy can become its lifeline.  Internet being its worst enemy, one can take the help of the industry to increase the revenue for it. So in this endeavour who best than Google to help us out. With the help of google one can try this model:

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Andromeda darshini and Milkyway milkshake

So came the idea of a fusion between the food and astronomy. Eventhough it looks being miles apart yet it has a common ground in getting youngesters attracted to it. So the end product was an ” Astronomy Themed Restaurant”

I’ve been passionate about astronomy and always been attracted to the 3 stars of the Orion constellation. Even though astronomy is a pure science and a hybrid of many fundamental subjects such as Physics, Maths and chemistry yet it has always attracted more youngesters than anyother science subjects.

Parallely i’ve been interested in my culture and wide variety of food it comes with. Let it be the Punjabi thalis or the south Indian dosas, i always get excited whenever i’m gorging it. Without any doubt it is a crowd puller and more so youngesters who are willing to experiment in trying different dishes than the ones they have daily.

Prof M V Gopalaswamy – Passion for transmission

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The boy forgot his lines and started crying. That particular sammelan may not have taken off but Professor M V Gopalaswamy nurtured his passion for radio transmission and achieved something immortal – he set up India’s first private radio station, in Mysore.

He is recognised as the first person to have used the work ‘Akashvani’ for a radio transmission. Akashvani was adopted as the official name of All India Radio in 1957, exactly 50 years ago.
The professor was caught by the romance of airwaves when he came across an unused 50 watt transmitter.

Prof Gopalaswamy set to work on it and in September 1935, his room in ‘Vithala Vihar’ in Mysore’s Vontikoppal area became a radio station. He called the station ‘Akashvani’. He invited singers to come to his house and in return for music rendered the artistes were sent off with tambula and respect.

Gopalaswamy, then serving under the Maharaja of Mysore, also invited his brother-in-law to give a talk on radio.The young man used this opportunity to vent his discontent against the Maharaja.

So levid was the professor that he threw the  relative out of the house! And it took six-months of conciliatary efforts on the part of the family to get the speaker back into the house.

Gopalaswamy soon imported a  250-watt transmitter.The station continued with support from the public and the Mysore Municipality till it was taken over by the Mysore State in 1941.

The enterprising Dr Gopalaswamy had also established the department of Psychology at the University of Mysore in 1924 after obtaining his Ph D in London under psychologist Dr Charles Spearman. The department is recognised as being the second oldest department of psychology in the country.
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