PM Narendra Modi tweeted on 25th July 2012 perhaps confirming about his first bullet train travel. It was only in Sep. 2013 that he was officially announced as BJP’s PM candidate. Among several agendas that the historic 2014 elections were contested on, his rallies and speeches covered that India should have high speed trains. In Jan. 2014, he said that he wanted bullet trains to connect India’s 4 major metros by India’s 75th Independence Day (in 2022), calling for new “railway universities” to be opened as centres for engineering innovation in the process. It is encouraging to learn that as soon as he won the elections, his team was working towards his vision and the PM wishes to have the first high-speed train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai running by end-2017 (covering 543 kms at Rs 70000 crores). Many of us believe that his vision is achievable, thanks to the PM’s own implementation ability, work attitude and more so because of his strength in selecting / appointing the right people for the job. His intent in responsible delegation and accountability is noteworthy through the Gujarat model of development.
Status of the unfortunates:
Let’s categorize students based on their 10th std. and 12th std. scores in India and their reactions:
93% or higher: I could have got better in that subject. A couple more percentile would have done no harm. Surely, there was a problem in checking my papers. I am likely to take Science. I might study engineering. You see, others cannot get admission (more…)
How many around you are actually building a career based on what they have studied?
The funny side of a great education is that it allows you to break rules to grow. In reality, breaking a rule as the very reason should be the optimal necessity if you think you are earning a top education. Strange? Here’s why I think so:
Enjoy external texts
Textbook (Indians can read it as ‘digest’) was the last good product that education made. It is a waste to only prepare for your exams. Scoring high (cracking the test) does have its benefits, but the fact is, you are studying now to ensure you make a great career (earn money or change/develop systems). Your employer or your future business is smart enough to find you a dumb-ass if your (stagnant) wits do not show them a good future. Read external texts, take suggestions from a pro or a lecturer on books / case studies to read. 1000s around you are doing exactly what is asked of them to do – learning academic curriculum. Take that additional step to read what you (may) like and you will find your academic curriculum easier. Believe me on this!
Remember, professors love learning from you. In reality, except for whatever they are reading, their only source of learning is from your smartness. Read everything!
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In Sep. 2011, I wrote a post about “Smarter Literacy: Taking a break while studies – a phenomenon unheard in Bharat“. The article talked about why vocational education was important and why taking a break while studies was essential for Indian students (if not for all students).
Nearly 3 years from then, we finally hear that Vocation Education does kick off in 92 Indian Colleges (4 in Mumbai) as this Mumbai Mirror article confirms. The new approach (applaud) is welcome and will allow students to take a break after the first year and also do some internships. The number of courses as of now are limited but this is a great start. (more…)
Relevance is in–execution of thoughts, clearing of any hurdles, (constantly) improving and delivering. While ‘measurable quality’ sounds unreasonable, the doer of the distinctive is aware of the larger picture (and oftentimes, also the repercussions). That’s how perhaps they go on to be claimed as geniuses by others. Unfortunately, most (self-proclaimed) constant learners are so ungenerous to their own value-notion. Take for instance career hoppers (can be read as industry hoppers). I mean, they are great people–gutsy, learners, accumulators of sense and knowledge (cross-functional training and adaptability mean some are serious fat pay-check earners too). But notice their terrible justification of consistent mistakes, indecision, boring jobs, work-life imbalance–the blame’s conferred upon time, circumstance and incredible lack of innocence around them! (more…)
Pep talks are great. They bring a high in some, allow some to vent out their under-realized passions. Encouragement in any form is an incredible advantage. All seems enthusiastic when you’re bolstered with a celebrated speech. Conversely, rendering pep talks as a substitute to solutions – never make that silent resignation.
The reward will only be a real result when you – collaborate, communicate, (crucially important) plan with past experiences, facts and figures, establish timelines to achieve, execute the plan (keeping everyone updated timely), track the movement, watch it all happen! Appreciation is a better replacement to ‘pep talks without real solutions and timeframes’. (more…)
Food. Not restaurants, lights, menus
Hugs and time. Not promises
Open space with nothing to do is his best playground. Not the honking streets where they’re shewed off (more…)