In 1976 it was demolished by the Delhi Government for the construction of a building, and new land was promised. 40 years after its demolition, the Qaumi Senior Secondary school in Sadar Bazar continues to function out of classrooms made of tin.
About the initiatives to be taken to make English interesting, Ms. Khushnawaz Havewala says that the teachers should stop ordering the students to learn because children may question “why am I doing this.” The children should be involved in more activities than fill up worksheets, comprehensions, or reciting poems. Things should be discussed with them. They can be asked to watch a movie to know the books from where the movies have been taken or taken on field trips. She says making and realizing connections will make the subject interesting.
Ms. Nivedita Ganguli has been the Principal of the school since last one year though she is associated with the school for the past 17 years. She is the proud recipient of two awards – Dr. Zakir Hussain-The Great Teacher Award and Outstanding Life Skills Award.
"when students do well, they email us saying this is where I am, this is the starting salary I am getting, my cabin is bigger than yours in your office, etc...the satisfaction and gratification of having enabled an individual build their life is just what keeps us going. It is incredible.”
"when a student gets admission in one of the top institutions like IIT or IIM in India, he can think of staying in India. But in the next level institutions the quality suffers a lot. It is better to be abroad. The quality control is very high in abroad. And between the first and sixth tier abroad there is not much of variance as there is in India.”
Piyush Khandelwal is the co-founder of Rocksport and has a master’s degree in tourism. His love for adventure and nature helps people develop leadership skills and get rich experience going out on camps.
Riya Education offer guidance for overseas education to students. Many of its students are studying in countries like New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Sweden, UK, and Switzerland. Mr. Thomas Mathai is the director of Riya Education, which has been in operation for the past five years.
The man who took Indian Badminton to world stage by winning All England Badminton Championship in 1980. "I did my schooling in Bangalore. That was when I started playing Badminton at Canara Union courts in Malleshwaram at the age of 7. During 60’s Badminton was not that popular in southern India. Another game called BALL BADMINTON which was an outdoor sport was very popular in the south. In the whole Bangalore there were only 5 or 6 Badminton Halls. That was how popular this sport in the 60’s and 70’s. It was only after my All England victory in 1980 that badminton became a popular sport with lot more media coverage and sponsorship. Today it is one of the most popular sports in the country after cricket."
Mr. Mahendra Singh Chauhan has been working as Sports In-Charge at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, a residential school, since 1996 and has become the head of the sports division in 2008. He has studied in the same institution and after having taken up Physical Education in 1996, has been working with the school since then.
The story of Mumbai’s Malvika Raj Joshi, who shown that “merit” has more weightage than “marks”, is about self-belief and a mother’s conviction to break stereotypes.Seventeen-year-old Malvika doesn’t have a Class 10 or 12 certificate but has made it to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), thanks to her computer programming talent.
The Urdu school number 6 of M East Ward in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, is the first municipal school in Mumbai to install a digital classroom thanks to the efforts of school teachers. “The classroom has become popular with the children. We are now working towards making the service available to students of all classes,”
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recommended that schools replace the word ‘homework’ with terms such as ‘practice work’ and ‘self work’. But this attempt to erase homework from the lexicon of our education system may not be a cosmetic change. Solving puzzles, writing letters, putting together household lists, cooking, reading newspapers and watching documentaries and natural history programmes: that is what the board wants upper primary students from Classes 6 to 8 to do after school.
Recently I received this letter from Mr. Nitya Matthai, my old school teacher at Lawrence School, Lovedale (Tamil Nadu). Mr. Matthai has been teaching at Lovedale for 35 years now..I post this letter for the benefit of fellow teachers in the Indian schools.
Voice Snap, an innovative niche technology company specializes in bringing unique solutions by combining Telephony, Voice Technologies, Web and Mobile Technologies with proven expertise in Business Process Engineering. Connect to Schools is one such flagship innovative product that has made a great impact in the market. This unique solution helps schools across India to connect parents by means of a comprehensive Voice based solution.
With the power of portable computing in the hands of everyone, the time has come to consider using tablets in preschool education. Presenting…The Wee tablet - a powerful tool that can create fundamental change in early education!!
"Guru-G is an android app which acts as an on-the-job companion for teachers and allows teachers, teacher trainers and content publishers to design and deliver personalized lesson plans for effective in-classroom teaching and planning. We focus on improving the overall classroom experience and believe that the biggest impact in formative education can happen by empowering teachers."
"When I accepted the position as Head of the International School of Hyderabad three years ago, I did so knowing that the Advisory Board brief was to bring ISH to “Greater Heights”. In order to do this and embrace new ideas and approaches, the status quo has to be challenged. This leads to change and change management. So, over the last few years, ISH has been looking in depth at its curriculum and its co and extra curricular activities to strive to prepare our students for a happy, successful and ethically responsible future, equipped with all the necessary tools. It is an on-going journey." says, Dr.Tooher-Hancock, Head of School
Santhosh, founder & director of MERAenglish.com is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and author. He has trained over 40,000 people across 44 institutions. He quit a thriving career in Google to pursue his passion for training and entrepreneurship.
Sanskriti, the Gurukul, located in the outskirts of Guwahati amidst natural scenery and green hills, is the first of its kind in North East India and aims at making its students outstanding global citizens. Ms. Radha Baruah, the Principal of the school, endorses the vision of the school and says that the students cultivate their analytical skills to take up the changes and challenges of life.
Mrs. Shanthi Ramanujam has been the HOD of English at DPS, Vijayawada, for the past 8 years. Says, “students should be more focused and apart from the important C’s – character, commitment, and courage, the most important is communication in this present world.”
When asked why they opted for IB program, Mrs. Parikh says that since she herself is a student of ICSE school, she knows what happens in IB schools. In her school days, it was more of rote learning and memorizing. Not many questions were asked to the teachers. At Edubridge International School, students are given a simple topic to learn it in their own way. They must understand how it works and present it in the form of PPT or model form. By doing so, they research on their own than learning from text book for exam and it directly goes into their head.
EasyShiksha.Com is an endeavour of HawksCode Softwares Pvt. Limited which was started in the year 2012, with an aim to provide world class free education to students. Founder & CEO of EasyShiksha Mr. Sunil Sharma is a well - known name in North India e-Learning & Information Technology industry.
"Avanse is creating an impact in the education loan sector in India with over 4000 students attending 1700 universities all over the world. We are becoming a popular education loan institution all over India because of our student-friendly nature and new age attitude."
The institute is the authorized trainer for TOEFL and certified by ETS the largest education certified body. They are certified trainers for teachers and British Council. Apex teaches TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, and SAT,
Abraham Keita was born in West Point, the largest slum of the Liberian capital Monrovia, in 1998. When he was a year old, civil war broke out for the second time in a decade. Between 1989 and 2003, a quarter of a million people are estimated to have been killed during the two conflicts, with thousands displaced and child soldiers recruited at an unprecedented rate by guerilla leader Charles Taylor. Life for Keita in this environment was unimaginably hard. When he was five, his father was killed while working as a driver for a humanitarian organisation, leaving Keita and his mother to fight for survival in the slums where poverty, disease and sexual violence are still endemic. Now aged 17, Keita has just been awarded this year's International Children's Peace Prize for his work to reduce child violence and his fight to bring perpetrators to justice.
“We have the gurukula parampara. We are trying to develop once again the bond between the parents and children, and children and teachers to get a holistic and well-grounded growth.” The school sponsors girls’ education to a great extent. Vatsalyahas 25 students per class whereas the other schools have 50 children at least. “We are trying to find the difference of having a class of 50 and a class of 25” and to “see if we can do a better job with less children.”
Kids Campus Education, Bangalore is headed by Mr. Vickaash Agarwal, who has been associated with the school for the past 10 years. He wanted to do something for education after his college and started with preschool and kindergarten classes. The school currently has 150 franchisees.
"..the company has two types of groups – one is from schools directly approaching them with specific requirement and the second one is for kids from different schools. The company publishes the summer camp dates for the second group to sign in. For both groups the requirement and main learning are totally different. While the first group will focus on the schools’ requirement about leadership skills, the second group for public gets exposure to outdoor. People come in search of them after getting to know about them online."
I told the cabinet, for past thousands of years many were not allowed to learn Sanskrit. The language was confined to Brahmin or the upper class. Not fair at all! Earlier it was Sanskrit and now it is English. It should be stopped. ..Besides, the inferiority complex of not knowing English or their kids not exposed to English will disappear. This needs to be stopped. English is a language to communicate that is practiced globally hence must be learnt by every child. It gives freedom of expression.
One curious feature of Indian education system, political and bureaucratic establishment as based in Delhi, leads to a series of inequalities of opportunities and also denial of opportunities equitably to all citizens.
“Until primary level, schooling should be fun oriented. No obligation should be expected from students. Students below 10 years of age should not be penalized for not coming to school. Classes 6th and 7th are the transition stage. Regular attendance must be brought about above 8th. If school is enjoyable, children will automatically come to school without force.”
“I see more interest among boys. While the boys showed interest in various sports and games, most of the girls showed interest in basketball. The girls don’t show adequate interest in sports and games”. He said that among the students who approach him for sports training, 80% of the students are boys and the remaining 20% are girls. He added that the boys showed more interest in football and cricket more than any other game.
“The rules are the participants must be 16 years of age or above. They should have class XII academic qualification. There is an audition process to check their coordination, musicality, aptitude for dance and performance”, said Mr. Jayachandran. The course is of international standard and it is very highly sought after. He said, “Students who pass this course get great opportunities to work as teachers, dancers, choreographers, and personal trainers in India and abroad”.
Navnirmiti foundation was founded in 1995 and for the past 20 years, the team is actively working in providing quality in mathematics and science education. Ms. Jyoti went on to say that “What do we mean by quality is that students should be learning by understanding and it is possible to do and learn”. The children thrive better in a likable environment. Ms. Jyoti said that “Mastering Mathematics and Science is possible for any child”.
"Our android product, DigiMyClass, to fill up this gap and cater the prevalent problem in the field of education. We provide the classroom right in front of the parents where they can learn about their kids right on their smart phones. Be it in the board meetings or while on business tours, parents will no longer feel away from their kid and school. Not only this we also provide online educational support to the kids which no other can match. And all this at a fees that no one can even imagine (at less than INR 60* per month per student)."
Dr. B. L Shankar, President, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is veteran political leader in Karnataka. He has served as minister in Karnataka State Government and was also the Chairman (Speaker) of the Karnataka Legislative Council. He is keenly interested in education - infact while he was the speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Council he enrolled and studied M.A Political Science and later went on to complete his PhD. Dr. Shankar speaks to "India School News" about his school days, teachers, public life and different programs conducted by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and more.
Little Passports is a novel concept in the kids travel space for India. They organise educative travel tours for children aged between 3 and 15. The concept resonates with today’s parents who value ‘learning by doing. These trips are in tandem with popular school holidays. The tours designed for kids have been formulated with the founder’s travel knowledge and experiences of travelling with kids.
Udemy is one of the best platforms where you can access a plethora of online courses. There are actually over 40.000 courses covering different subjects from programming and media to communication and photography.’Courses are offered in more than 80 languages and range from free and short tutorials, to complete master courses’.
Upon the request of some of our readers here in EdTech and mLearning, we went ahead and curated for you some very good physics apps to use with your students. Besides a rich and widely varied educational content, the apps provide access to tutorials, guides, lessons and video explanations to help students understand key concepts in physics.
Learning is a complex cognitive phenomena that has been and is still the central theme of a wide variety of scientific studies. The overarching question ‘how we learn what we learn’ intrigued scientists across different disciplines and generated tons of literature on the topic.
It can be hard sometimes, when speaking, to remember all of the grammatical rules that guide us when we’re writing. When is it right to say “the dog and me” and when should it be “the dog and I”? Does it even matter? Andreea S. Calude dives into the age-old argument between linguistic prescriptivists and descriptivists — who have two very different opinions on the matter.
Mrs. Lalitha Chacko is the Centre Director at Legacy Early Years, Bangalore. In this article, Mrs. Lalitha Chacko discusses about the importance of the book ‘The Child in the Family’, by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929. She tells that how in this book, Dr. Maria Montessori encourages parents and educators to reconsider socially accepted practices and explains how her philosophy can benefit children and ultimately humanity.