[MTC Global] Leading Non-for-profit sector demands different leadership style

Taking the leap into the non-profit sector

By Elaine Varelas| GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   JUNE 01, 2014

 

 

Q. I’m a proven executive with more than 20 years of successful for-profit experience. My experience also includes consistent board service for socially minded organizations I believe in. I am committed to making a change to a full-time role in a service organization. What are my chances, and what tips for success can you provide?

 

A. Making a career change from a successful, senior executive role in the private sector to the social sector is not as straightforward as one might expect. A successful business management and leadership career does not automatically make a person a great candidate to lead a nonprofit.

 

There are several specific, nonprofit leadership skills sets necessary in mission-based organizations that are distinctive from those in the private sector. These include domain and technical knowledge in the organization’s area of practice (e.g. global or public health, education reform). Visibility, contacts, and a network that can be leveraged in the organization’s operating domain are highly valued as well.

I consulted Mike Humphries, president of Waldron, a Career Partners International firm. He said, “One of the greatest challenges is adjusting to a different style of leadership.”

Motivating and inspiring all stakeholders to put their resources behind the mission willingly is essential. Strong, fundamental leadership skills transcend sectors, but the style needs to be adapted. Holding people accountable for their product and performance is often among the most difficult skills to transfer effectively.

To make this kind of transition, it helps to have a consistent thread of community service and philanthropic board service. This work can also showcase your fund-raising experience. Taking a leadership role in a major campaign is even better; this shows initiative and the ability to make big requests of new donors. It helps to have depth in the domain on which the mission is focused. Relationships and contacts help, and stellar executive brand and notable success and reputation are critical.

Elaine Varelas is managing partner at Keystone Partners, a career management firm in Boston, and serves on the board of Career Partners International.

 

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[MTC Global] Think before you judge

A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block.  He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor.

On seeing him, the father yelled, “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor smiled and said, “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came as fast as I could after receiving the call and now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”.

“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies while waiting for doctor than what will you do??” said the father angrily.  The doctor smiled again and replied, “We will do our best by God’s grace and you should also pray for your son’s healthy life”.

“Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” Murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy, “Thank goodness! your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running by saying, “If you have any questions, ask the nurse”.

“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.  The nurse answered, tears coming down her face, “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery.  And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

 

Moral: Never judge anyone because you never know how their life is and what they’re going through.

 

 

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[MTC Global] [Sunday Power Thought] Thougth for the day

Dear All,

Happy Sunday Morning.

 

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." ~ John F. Kennedy

 

Have a great Sunday………

 

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[MTC Global] Voting line closes on 15.06.2014

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Greetings!
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RE: [MTC Global] A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homework

Now a days students join coaching classes straight from class IX and continue till XII and their 5/6 hour school engagement practically stretches to 10 hours or more. Is it not more stressful than the summer home work? Schools have nothing to do with coaching fad! Whom do you blame? Projects are an essential part of learning – if some projects are done at leisure during summer holidays, would it not reduce the pressure of regular school days to do projects?

Regards

Virendra Goel

 

From: join_mtc@googlegroups.com [mailto:join_mtc@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of kiran paranjpe
Sent: Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:40 PM
To: join_mtc@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [MTC Global] A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homework

 

Dear Sir, All this commercialization has led to poor learning
outcomes of the pupils. With the rise in huge volume of information
on the internet, the material for learning is freed from the teacher
and become impersonal. Student activities are no longer confined to
the classroom. Learning is spilling over into the other areas such as
the playground, the home, in travel or even on a holiday.Learning and
its delivery needs to be revisited and the new modes adapted.

For example, the evaluation of homework project should be done on the
basis of a viva or a class presentation rather than mere correction
of the homework notebooks.
Best Regards,
K.Paranjpe.

On Sat, 31 May 2014 15:45:53 +0530 wrote
> A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homeworkShivani
Singh, Hindustan TimesLast summer, my friend decided to give her
seven-year-old a lesson in self-reliance. She insisted her daughter
complete her holiday project all by herself. She was there to help--
got her the material, offered guidance with the internet research and
also checked if she got her concepts right. The girl was hoping to
turn in a decent project.But she came home all teary-eyed after the
first day back to school. Mostchildren submitted projects of
professional quality while hers looked amateurish. "If you can't make
it for me, let's just buy a project like others do," she told her
mother.Completing their children's holiday homework is an annual
summer ritual for many parents I know. They take off from work or cut
short their vacations to complete their kids' holiday projects. Many
sheepishly tell you how it is more convenient to just "buy"
homework.There are enough freelancers, college students and
homemakers to do holiday projects for you. In fact, it is a mini
cottage industry in Delhi and suburbs. These "homework makers"
advertise on the internet, social networking sites and send out
flyers to homes or just tie up with neighbourhood textbook shops.Last
week, Hindustan Times reported how Delhi's schoolchildren were
shopping for homework online. The advertising portals offered deals
with taglines such as "Leave Holiday Homework Worries. Get Holiday
Homework for all classes done by Experts" and "School Projects and
Chart papers without your mother getting disturbed (sic)."ForRs.250-
2,000, you can pick up anything from a revolving solar system, a
model of a human body, weather systems, plant experiments to collages
on wildlife, climate change, people and places; or a readymade
PowerPoint presentation on any topic for a price. They even provide
book reports, articles and poems at competitive rates.Most schools
issue warning to parents against seeking professional help for
holiday homework. Some even threaten to give negative marks if such
projects are found to be done by anyone else but the student. But
some of these assignments are not age appropriate. How can a four-
year-old, who is yet to handle scissors, be expected to make
complicated photo frames? Or a seven-year-old make accurate model of
a monument in Delhi, with only eco-friendly materials? In fact, even
parents often struggle with their kids' assignments.At a time when
the authorities have tried to de-stress students by making Class X
board exams optional and introducing Continuous and Comprehensive
Evaluation pattern that aims to shift focus from testing memory alone
to judging a range of abilities such as imagination and creativity,
it is surprising that few talk about the practice of holiday
homework.Experts believe that holiday homework is necessary to ensure
retention of concepts over the long break from school. Activity-based
projects assigned to kids during holidays can encourage productive
interaction among the parents and the children. But nobody except for
those "homework makers" stands to gain if the projects are just too
intimidating.But if schools are loading children with age-
inappropriate homework, parents are making it worse by outsourcing
something that is meant to develop their ward's independent learning
skills. This is an early lesson in dishonesty. Lying to her teacher
and friends that she did the project herself also teaches her that
money can buy anything.Instead, parents could suggest projects that
would interest their wards. For this, they need to open communication
channels with the school. The best holiday homework is what stokes
the imagination in young minds. Why not simply ask the children to
maintain vacation diaries, and maybe also prepare a scrapbook of all
the activities. They don't need help with logging their own stories
which, say schools that encourage such simplicity, often turn out to
be surprisingly original and creative.Educate, Empower, ElevateProf.
Bholanath DuttaFounder, Convener & President



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RE: [MTC Global] Management for life or management for living?

Good Universities abroad ask for an SOP (statement of purpose) along with application for admission to get answer to the same question – ‘Why do you want to pursue MBA’.

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Management for life or management for living?

Arun Sharma, HT

Why an MBA? Answering this question has always been a confusing task for the students. Not because they can’t answer it, but because they don’t fully understand how to answer it. They have so much to say on this topic yet they fail to make a statement. A coherent and structured thought process is required to answer this question of “Why MBA?”

Talking about one’s professional life, everything that a person has done and whatever they are planning to do are based on certain experiences in their lives or else it is worthless. Knowledge gained in any manner is never a waste. Be it an article that you might have come across in any newspaper, magazines or the internet or be it anything that you have studied in your curriculum. Whether you pursued science or commerce in your school days, whether you pursued engineering, medicine or any other course for your graduation and whatever you eventually choose to take up in your Masters, everything needs to have a specific purpose in your life. In short, what all you do throughout your professional life, is all inter-related.

Now, 100 people have 100s of reasons to pursue MBA. The main reasons that they may give are as follows:
* It adds value to us in terms of knowledge acquisition. 
* For my personality development.
* For nurturing my managerial skills.
* For better career opportunities
* For building a good network
* Last but not the least – for getting higher pay packages.

My question to all of you here is – why do you want to pursue the MBA degree?

The answer to this question lies within you only. No one can tell you to pursue this degree unless you want to. Though the reasons are very similar to those mentioned above, you  need to try and determine what is relevant in relation to you.

To cut short, one must answer the question of “Why MBA?” in accordance to the following points:

* To develop new skills and acquiring knowledge to become the future leaders: You may think it sounds trivial and may say to yourself - isn’t that what any study programme is supposed to do? Yes, it is, but an MBA education is usually pursued in a very specific situation by a young professional with a few (2, 3 or more) years of experience and sometimes even by senior employees who want to embark upon the challenge. After spending some time in one’s professional life (even as little as 2 years) you tends to   become repetitive in many ways and stagnate within a comfort zone. This limits your disposition for learning and new skill acquisition. One tends to think -Why should I learn something new when what I know works just fine; it’s safer to stick to what I know best. Studying a master of business administration forces you to get out of your comfort zone, deal with the latest issues, apply the newest management techniques and just constantly challenge yourself, your practices and your approaches. And that will continue after graduation as well, as an MBA also provides you with the channels that will keep this challenge alive and push you to continuously improve.

* A holistic perspective of the business world: As mentioned before, through studying an MBA you become part of a great network of professionals and companies and you constantly challenge yourself with the newest problem-solving techniques. These things together give you a great overview of the business world, a deep understanding coupled with a certain kind of receptiveness to the slight changes of this environment. This type of overview and sensitivity is very hard to achieve. Also, as regular employee, your access will be restricted to much of the relevant information. As an MBA student or graduate this insight comes with the territory and is a great asset, not only to you as a manager, but also to any potential employer. If you are the type of person that can handle the challenge of holding a leadership position, of having a lot of responsibility and of being in a constant learning and development cycle, then you are probably a good candidate for an MBA.

* Building up a better consolidated network: As an MBA student you have great networking opportunities. Through this type of study you get to know and interact in a relevant manner (in a context that accentuates your business management capabilities) with colleagues (future high level managers), professors and teaching staff (usually former or current potent business people, with great on-field experience). Furthermore if you are not doing a part-time MBA next to your job or within your company you have good chances to meet potential employers through the various internships that are part of most top MBA programmes. Last but not least you gain access to the extensive alumni network of that particular MBA programme and of others (professionals with key positions to whom you already have a direct link through the MBA education you possess). This extensive, well consolidated business network is bound to pay off throughout your whole career making you the first-hand recipient of all relevant information in the field and giving you better chances at seizing the best opportunities.

* Aiming at better career opportunities: Graduates of an MBA programme have, due to their qualification, higher chances of obtaining and holding a high level management position. It is estimated that 70% of the MBA graduates worldwide are senior managers or board directors. This type of position brings along a higher salary but of course also a higher responsibility and longer working hours. Whether you wish to further your current career by advancing in a leadership position, or you want to pursue a new career, an MBA is definitely going to boost your chances of achieving these goals.

* You get a treat for your hard-work: The average salary for an MBA graduate is considerably higher than that of an employee with a regular master qualification. So it is not an exaggeration to say that an MBA degree crowns your academic rigours with financial success. For MBA graduates the average salary ranges from 10 lacs (in governmental or non-profit Institutions) to 25 lacs (in consultancy, finance or healthcare). That is almost twice as much of what you can expect to earn with a regular university degree. In this case, in 2-3 years, you cover the investment made in your MBA education which is estimated to cost, for a 2 year MBA at a top business university, 12-15 lacs on an average.

Hope you find the inputs useful and practical enough to make sure that you are able to answer the Easiest Questions of all – “Why MBA?”

The author is CAT Guru and bestseller author of Mac Graw Hill Education India

 

 

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[MTC Global] SIT on black money: If there is political will, it should go for gold and a big haul

 

SIT on black money: If there is political will, it should go for gold and a big haul

By Prof R. Vaidyanathan    First Post—FirstBiz—31-05-2014

More than six years ago, in February 2008, the German authorities had collected information about illegal money stashed away by citizens of various countries in a Liechtenstein bank. The German Finance Minister offered to share the names of these account-holders with any government interested in them. The UPA-1 government, unfortunately, did not act for many months and, after much prodding by the Opposition, asked for the list in late 2008.

A German intelligence agency appears to have paid an unnamed informer more than $6 million for this confidential and secret data about clients of the LGT group, a bank owned by the Liechtenstein Prince’s family. The revelations have already led to the resignation of the head of Deutsche Post, which is currently the world’s largest logistics company. Liechtenstein leaders were furious and have focused all their ire on the theft of the data rather than on the facts of the case.

The German list contained the names of 1,400 clients of the Liechtenstein bank, of whom 600 were Germans. A spokesman for the German finance ministry, Thorstein Albig, had said in March 2008 that information on the other accounts would be shared without charging any fees. Finland, Sweden, and Norway quickly obtained the data, but  our government began pussyfooting around this issue. If it had genuinely wanted to act against black money, it should have immediately despatched senior officials/ministers to get the names. Pushed and prodded by the Opposition and the media, when the government finally moved, it got nearly 100 Indian names – but those names have been kept a secret.

This writer, who has been studying tax havens for more than a decade, wrote in April 2009 (in the journal Eternal India, published by India First Foundation) about the need to get back the illegal deposits kept by Indians in various tax havens, including Liechtenstein. A public interest litigation was then filed by Ram Jethmalani and others in the Supreme Court, to which the government responded that it was taking steps to recover such amounts. It had also mentioned that the German government had given a list of people who had kept money in the LGT Bank of Liechtenstein (May 2009). The government's response also said that steps were being taken in the case of Hasan Ali Khan, a Pune horse-breeder, who was alleged to have indulged in several illegal transactions through the UBS Bank of Switzerland.

In the meanwhile, the then Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, LK Advani, had constituted a committee consisting of S Gurumurthy, well-known Chartered Accountant, Ajit Doval, the current National Security Advisor, lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, and this writer. The report of the committee was also used by Ram Jethmalani in his PIL filed with the Supreme Court.

The government maintained that it cannot reveal the names received from Germany since it had obtained the same under the double taxation avoidance treaty. The point is: why did the government ask for information under the double-tax treaty with Germany when the issue – stolen data from the Liechtenstein bank by Germany – was unconnected to the treaty? Where is the issue of confidentiality vis-a-vis criminals? Actually, it is wealth kept illegally in the bank in Liechtenstein, and the money does not even concern Germany.

The double-tax treaty generally prevents the use of information supplied under the treaty for any purpose other than the levy and recovery of tax. It is doubtful whether the income tax department can share the details it has secured under the treaty with the Enforcement Directorate or the National Investigation Agency which tracks terror cases, or the NSA. That is why the Supreme Court had refused to regard it purely an issue of tax evasion.

The finance ministry says it has the names but will not reveal them. But is this right? The accounts are those of international crooks who have deprived our land of huge financial resources through capital flight. It is an unpatriotic act which can be equated to financial terrorism. Domestic black money (that is untaxed income) is merely a no-confidence motion against the government's tax policies, but black money in tax havens abroad amounts to no-confidence against the country - which is akin to treason.

A report in The Economic Times dated 4 June 2009 said that of the 50 Indians who have stashed funds in LGT Bank, 25 belong to Mumbai. The tax authorities have reopened assessments of these 25 tax evaders under section 148 of the Income Tax Act. This implies that the government is treating it as tax evasion and not capital flight and a crime against the country. But on 19 January 2011 – after two years of waiting - the Supreme Court made a historic observation about this shameful phenomenon of Indian funds being kept illegally abroad and the obstructionist attitude of the central government in unravelling the truth.

A report in The Hindu quoted the court as saying that black money stashed abroad by Indians was “pure and simple theft of national money.” The court “questioned the Centre's approach to tackling this menace and retrieving the huge amounts kept in foreign banks. When Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam furnished in a sealed cover a list of 26 names who had accounts with (the) Liechtenstein Bank, a bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar was not convinced of the steps taken by the government for getting back black money. Justice Reddy, after perusing the list, told the SG: ‘This is all the information you have or you have something more? We are talking about huge money. It is a plunder of the nation. It is pure and simple theft of national money. We are talking about mind-boggling crime. We are not on (the) niceties of various treaties.”

The court then insisted on the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) with ex-Supreme Court judge Jeevan Reddy as Chairman, assisted by Justice MB Shah, and asked the government to share details about the Liechtenstein list. The UPA government dilly-dallied and used every ruse in the legal book to buy time. But the Supreme Court was very upset and told the government that it can be hauled up for contempt of court. The court, in its order of 1 May 2014, had given the government three weeks' time to issue a notification for setting up an SIT to be presided over by Justice MB Shah (since Justice Jeevan Reddy had declined to head it for personal reasons), with retired Justice Arijit Pasayat as vice-chairman, to guide and direct the investigation.

The three weeks ended on 22 May and extended to 27 May due to a change in the government. Hence, the first decision of the new government was about the SIT. It was a decision pushed down the throat of the government of India by the court due to the sustained efforts of Ram Jethmalani, represented by Anil Dhavan, and armed with reports of this writer. The SIT will consist of the Chief of the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, a Deputy Governor of the RBI, the IB Director, the Narcotics Bureau chief, and the head of the Enforcement Directorate. The group will also have access to the accounts of HSBC Bank, Geneva, details of which were given by the French government.

The SIT is essentially a group of bureaucrats with varying degrees of expertise about tax havens. This is mainly for illicit money kept abroad and not for domestic black money. Most of the double tax treaties which the UPA-2 entered into are prospective in nature and the task of looking into past illegal funds is complicated.

The group should distinguish between pure tax evasion (let us call it vegetarian black money) and funds connected to terror/arms smuggling/narcotics (say, non-veg black money). The former is easy to focus on and can be dealt with through penalties. A recent Supreme Court judgment, which says that “that Indian resident beneficiaries shall not be taxed on the income of an offshore discretionary trust as long as the trustees do not distribute income to the beneficiaries,” may help many in the first category.

The best way to proceed is to have a joint sitting of Parliament and pass a resolution stating that “any funds abroad held by Indian nationals belong to the Republic of India” unless they have been kept abroad under legal rules and regulations. Armed with such a resolution and recent agreements entered into by Switzerland and Singapore with OECD countries, the SIT can go for gold! Actually, the SIT should be willing to use the concept of sama/dhana/bheda/dhanda in achieving its task - many secretive jurisdictions, including Switzerland, can and should be arm-twisted to part with information. After all they have huge investments in India

It is also necessary to consider the gold/diamonds/precious items kept by Indians in the lockers of banks in tax havens abroad. The road ahead for the recovery of illegal money stashed abroad is full of pot holes and craters, but we Indians have a way of navigating such impediments. What is needed is the political will for the same.

(The author is finance professor, IIM Bangalore. These views are personal)

 

 

 

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Re: [MTC Global] A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homework

I remember the days when I was of 9 -10 years old that during
vacation or at the time of some festivals like Pola,
Ganeshchaturthi, etc., I used to prepare bananas, apple, Ganesh
murty (statue), bullocks, etc, out of clay with no cost and used to
write/edit a magazine during Deepavali vacation. We had no idea that
it is called a "project".

In our education system, we have borrowed this concept of Project
from Western education system, loading it on our students right from
KG to PG, with heavy cost in terms of money, time and papers and
neither the student does not know what does a project stand for,
what is theme of project, the teacher is also equally, in most of
the cases, ignorant what a student is doing and under pressure the
project is completed.

This has given births to many shortcuts. pay and obtain a
project/seminar. This is applicable right from KG to PG: BE
projects, ME dissertations and PhD theses are on sale. Even the
mini-projects, work-shop jobs, drawing sheets, etc. are readily
available in the market. There is one trend: students are not aware
of the text books (high %), they purchase before one week of exams.
the xerox notes of local authors (mostly the local subject teacher)
and get through. There exists a wonderful SCM right from supply of
materials to results for obtaining desired outcomes!

What values are we inculcating in our students? Can they build the
nation?

_______________________________________________________

On Sat, 31 May 2014 15:46:03 +0530 wrote
> A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homeworkShivani
Singh, Hindustan TimesLast summer, my friend decided to give her
seven-year-old a lesson in self-reliance. She insisted her daughter
complete her holiday project all by herself. She was there to help--
got her the material, offered guidance with the internet research
and also checked if she got her concepts right. The girl was hoping
to turn in a decent project.But she came home all teary-eyed after
the first day back to school. Mostchildren submitted projects of
professional quality while hers looked amateurish. "If you can't
make it for me, let’s just buy a project like others do," she told
her mother.Completing their children's holiday homework is an annual
summer ritual for many parents I know. They take off from work or
cut short their vacations to complete their kids’ holiday
projects. Many sheepishly tell you how it is more convenient to just
"buy" homework.There are enough freelancers, college students and
homemakers to do holiday projects for you. In fact, it is a mini
cottage industry in Delhi and suburbs. These "homework makers"
advertise on the internet, social networking sites and send out
flyers to homes or just tie up with neighbourhood textbook
shops.Last week, Hindustan Times reported how Delhi’s
schoolchildren were shopping for homework online. The advertising
portals offered deals with taglines such as “Leave Holiday
Homework Worries. Get Holiday Homework for all classes done by
Experts†and “School Projects and Chart papers without your
mother getting disturbed (sic).†ForRs.250-2,000, you can pick up
anything from a revolving solar system, a model of a human body,
weather systems, plant experiments to collages on wildlife, climate
change, people and places; or a readymade PowerPoint presentation on
any topic for a price. They even provide book reports, articles and
poems at competitive rates.Most schools issue warning to parents
against seeking professional help for holiday homework. Some even
threaten to give negative marks if such projects are found to be
done by anyone else but the student. But some of these assignments
are not age appropriate. How can a four-year-old, who is yet to
handle scissors, be expected to make complicated photo frames? Or a
seven-year-old make accurate model of a monument in Delhi, with only
eco-friendly materials? In fact, even parents often struggle with
their kids’ assignments.At a time when the authorities have tried
to de-stress students by making Class X board exams optional and
introducing Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation pattern that
aims to shift focus from testing memory alone to judging a range of
abilities such as imagination and creativity, it is surprising that
few talk about the practice of holiday homework.Experts believe that
holiday homework is necessary to ensure retention of concepts over
the long break from school. Activity-based projects assigned to kids
during holidays can encourage productive interaction among the
parents and the children. But nobody except for those "homework
makers" stands to gain if the projects are just too intimidating.But
if schools are loading children with age-inappropriate homework,
parents are making it worse by outsourcing something that is meant
to develop their ward's independent learning skills. This is an
early lesson in dishonesty. Lying to her teacher and friends that
she did the project herself also teaches her that money can buy
anything.Instead, parents could suggest projects that would interest
their wards. For this, they need to open communication channels with
the school. The best holiday homework is what stokes the imagination
in young minds. Why not simply ask the children to maintain vacation
diaries, and maybe also prepare a scrapbook of all the activities.
They don’t need help with logging their own stories which, say
schools that encourage such simplicity, often turn out to be
surprisingly original and creative.Educate, Empower, ElevateProf.
Bholanath DuttaFounder, Convener & President



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Prof. Kiran's observations are the ground realities. On one side
huge information is easily accessible on net, even from foreign
universities. This has led to non-attendance in classrooms,
plagiarism, freely salable material for projects, dissertation and
theses. Faculty is in a confused state. The suggestions made by
Prof. Kiran are appropriate. I would like to add a few:
1. Use the flipped classroom concept.
2. Use extensively mobile and net and go on online communications,
online examinations/class tests/assignments, etc. This will save
national expenses on petrol and diesel, almost all students now use
powered two wheeler, bikes.
3. Reduce contact theory hours/subject to 25% of the present keeping
practical hours almost the same provided the practicals are
performed on machines/equipment in Labs. Presently, one will find
hardly 25% practicals are on equipment, rest are something like:
study of, assignment on, etc.
4. Reducing working hours (actual engagement of theory/ practical
classes vary from 10% to hardly 50% of targets) will need a less
number of faculty and staff reducing financial burden on parents,
making education cheaper.
5. Education needs to be of quality at affordable cost, and easily
accessible to one and all who desire to have it.

_____________________________________________________________

On Sat, 31 May 2014 16:48:19 +0530 wrote
>Dear Sir, All this commercialization has led to poor learning
>
outcomes of the pupils. With the rise in huge volume of information
>
on the internet, the material for learning is freed from the teacher
>
and become impersonal. Student activities are no longer confined to
>
the classroom. Learning is spilling over into the other areas such
as
>
the playground, the home, in travel or even on a holiday.Learning
and
>
its delivery needs to be revisited and the new modes adapted.
>

>
For example, the evaluation of homework project should be done on
the
>
basis of a viva or a class presentation rather than mere correction
>
of the homework notebooks.
>
Best Regards,
>
K.Paranjpe.
>

>
On Sat, 31 May 2014 15:45:53 +0530 wrote
>
> A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homeworkShivani
>
Singh, Hindustan TimesLast summer, my friend decided to give her
>
seven-year-old a lesson in self-reliance. She insisted her daughter
>
complete her holiday project all by herself. She was there to help--
>
got her the material, offered guidance with the internet research
and
>
also checked if she got her concepts right. The girl was hoping to
>
turn in a decent project.But she came home all teary-eyed after the
>
first day back to school. Mostchildren submitted projects of
>
professional quality while hers looked amateurish. "If you can't
make
>
it for me, let's just buy a project like others do," she told her
>
mother.Completing their children's holiday homework is an annual
>
summer ritual for many parents I know. They take off from work or
cut
>
short their vacations to complete their kids' holiday projects. Many
>
sheepishly tell you how it is more convenient to just "buy"
>
homework.There are enough freelancers, college students and
>
homemakers to do holiday projects for you. In fact, it is a mini
>
cottage industry in Delhi and suburbs. These "homework makers"
>
advertise on the internet, social networking sites and send out
>
flyers to homes or just tie up with neighbourhood textbook
shops.Last
>
week, Hindustan Times reported how Delhi's schoolchildren were
>
shopping for homework online. The advertising portals offered deals
>
with taglines such as "Leave Holiday Homework Worries. Get Holiday
>
Homework for all classes done by Experts" and "School Projects and
>
Chart papers without your mother getting disturbed (sic)."ForRs.250-
>
2,000, you can pick up anything from a revolving solar system, a
>
model of a human body, weather systems, plant experiments to
collages
>
on wildlife, climate change, people and places; or a readymade
>
PowerPoint presentation on any topic for a price. They even provide
>
book reports, articles and poems at competitive rates.Most schools
>
issue warning to parents against seeking professional help for
>
holiday homework. Some even threaten to give negative marks if such
>
projects are found to be done by anyone else but the student. But
>
some of these assignments are not age appropriate. How can a four-
>
year-old, who is yet to handle scissors, be expected to make
>
complicated photo frames? Or a seven-year-old make accurate model of
>
a monument in Delhi, with only eco-friendly materials? In fact, even
>
parents often struggle with their kids' assignments.At a time when
>
the authorities have tried to de-stress students by making Class X
>
board exams optional and introducing Continuous and Comprehensive
>
Evaluation pattern that aims to shift focus from testing memory
alone
>
to judging a range of abilities such as imagination and creativity,
>
it is surprising that few talk about the practice of holiday
>
homework.Experts believe that holiday homework is necessary to
ensure
>
retention of concepts over the long break from school. Activity-
based
>
projects assigned to kids during holidays can encourage productive
>
interaction among the parents and the children. But nobody except
for
>
those "homework makers" stands to gain if the projects are just too
>
intimidating.But if schools are loading children with age-
>
inappropriate homework, parents are making it worse by outsourcing
>
something that is meant to develop their ward's independent learning
>
skills. This is an early lesson in dishonesty. Lying to her teacher
>
and friends that she did the project herself also teaches her that
>
money can buy anything.Instead, parents could suggest projects that
>
would interest their wards. For this, they need to open
communication
>
channels with the school. The best holiday homework is what stokes
>
the imagination in young minds. Why not simply ask the children to
>
maintain vacation diaries, and maybe also prepare a scrapbook of all
>
the activities. They don't need help with logging their own stories
>
which, say schools that encourage such simplicity, often turn out to
>
be surprisingly original and creative.Educate, Empower, ElevateProf.
>
Bholanath DuttaFounder, Convener & President
>

>

>

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Dear Sir, All this commercialization has led to poor learning
outcomes of the pupils. With the rise in huge volume of information
on the internet, the material for learning is freed from the teacher
and become impersonal. Student activities are no longer confined to
the classroom. Learning is spilling over into the other areas such as
the playground, the home, in travel or even on a holiday.Learning and
its delivery needs to be revisited and the new modes adapted.

For example, the evaluation of homework project should be done on the
basis of a viva or a class presentation rather than mere correction
of the homework notebooks.
Best Regards,
K.Paranjpe.

On Sat, 31 May 2014 15:45:53 +0530 wrote
> A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homeworkShivani
Singh, Hindustan TimesLast summer, my friend decided to give her
seven-year-old a lesson in self-reliance. She insisted her daughter
complete her holiday project all by herself. She was there to help--
got her the material, offered guidance with the internet research and
also checked if she got her concepts right. The girl was hoping to
turn in a decent project.But she came home all teary-eyed after the
first day back to school. Mostchildren submitted projects of
professional quality while hers looked amateurish. "If you can't make
it for me, let's just buy a project like others do," she told her
mother.Completing their children's holiday homework is an annual
summer ritual for many parents I know. They take off from work or cut
short their vacations to complete their kids' holiday projects. Many
sheepishly tell you how it is more convenient to just "buy"
homework.There are enough freelancers, college students and
homemakers to do holiday projects for you. In fact, it is a mini
cottage industry in Delhi and suburbs. These "homework makers"
advertise on the internet, social networking sites and send out
flyers to homes or just tie up with neighbourhood textbook shops.Last
week, Hindustan Times reported how Delhi's schoolchildren were
shopping for homework online. The advertising portals offered deals
with taglines such as "Leave Holiday Homework Worries. Get Holiday
Homework for all classes done by Experts" and "School Projects and
Chart papers without your mother getting disturbed (sic)."ForRs.250-
2,000, you can pick up anything from a revolving solar system, a
model of a human body, weather systems, plant experiments to collages
on wildlife, climate change, people and places; or a readymade
PowerPoint presentation on any topic for a price. They even provide
book reports, articles and poems at competitive rates.Most schools
issue warning to parents against seeking professional help for
holiday homework. Some even threaten to give negative marks if such
projects are found to be done by anyone else but the student. But
some of these assignments are not age appropriate. How can a four-
year-old, who is yet to handle scissors, be expected to make
complicated photo frames? Or a seven-year-old make accurate model of
a monument in Delhi, with only eco-friendly materials? In fact, even
parents often struggle with their kids' assignments.At a time when
the authorities have tried to de-stress students by making Class X
board exams optional and introducing Continuous and Comprehensive
Evaluation pattern that aims to shift focus from testing memory alone
to judging a range of abilities such as imagination and creativity,
it is surprising that few talk about the practice of holiday
homework.Experts believe that holiday homework is necessary to ensure
retention of concepts over the long break from school. Activity-based
projects assigned to kids during holidays can encourage productive
interaction among the parents and the children. But nobody except for
those "homework makers" stands to gain if the projects are just too
intimidating.But if schools are loading children with age-
inappropriate homework, parents are making it worse by outsourcing
something that is meant to develop their ward's independent learning
skills. This is an early lesson in dishonesty. Lying to her teacher
and friends that she did the project herself also teaches her that
money can buy anything.Instead, parents could suggest projects that
would interest their wards. For this, they need to open communication
channels with the school. The best holiday homework is what stokes
the imagination in young minds. Why not simply ask the children to
maintain vacation diaries, and maybe also prepare a scrapbook of all
the activities. They don't need help with logging their own stories
which, say schools that encourage such simplicity, often turn out to
be surprisingly original and creative.Educate, Empower, ElevateProf.
Bholanath DuttaFounder, Convener & President



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