For National Growth – Level the playing field with Accessible Education


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The growth and wellbeing of a nation, state, city, village, community or a family rests on pro-active planning and follow through execution. It’s important to execute flawlessly and before even that, to plan insightfully and with a larger vision in mind.

And most importantly, yet altruistically, it runs a parallel with the human life-cycle.

When you breakdown our life-cycle, we pass through four phases in life –

  • Childhood – The all too important formative years where the foundation of future life is laid
  • Youth – The fragile years when the direction of where we are headed and what we shall become and achieve in the future is decided
  • Middle Age – The years where we leverage the learnings of the past to become productive members of society, follow dreams and aspirations we shaped over the years and strive to accomplish and succeed and in the process, shape our perceptions of the future
  • Old Age – Years of hopefully, blissful retirement with satisfaction of having done what we set out to do, of a life well lived and eager to pass our experiences to future generations

Its said that a nation’s potential is its human capital and at any point in time, its they who determine the progress, the developmental stage and the happiness and welfare quotient of that land.

For instance, a population with a highly skewed youth number, is poised for productivity and rapid growth in the coming couple of decades, if that youth is well-educated and trained. A higher older population paves the way for care opportunities for that population, however there are higher consumption metrics to serve them. A population skewed toward the younger lot, has a couple of decades of caring and training before the fruits of productivity of that population can be seen.

What’s important in all this, is the strategy embraced to prepare for optimum productivity, growth and eventual rewards of such executed strategy.

It’s a universal truth that a strong affinity to quality primary education prepares today’s kids to be inquisitive youth of tomorrow and eventually, productive citizens through several decades of their life before retiring as happy elders. The basic tenet of quality education pervades throughout the life of any person and helps shape their wellbeing, prosperity and happiness throughout their life. Yet, a quality primary education is a pipe dream for several millions of kids.

Education is every kid’s right, however, its violated blatantly among the poor and underprivileged in the developing countries.

Let’s compare and contrast US & India. The public school system is so strong and of such great quality in the US, that the majority of the kids make their way through it. It’s almost free for everyone since, taxes collected contribute to support it. Some of the best schools in the country are public schools thus, ensuring everyone has equal access to the system, irrespective of their  economic status. There are private schools that come at a price and only a privileged few use them. However, you can debate that they are in no way any better than the public schools.

On the contrary, in India, there are several government schools and private schools. However, there are a large number of private schools that charge exorbitant fees to enroll students. The government schools lack basic infrastructure, have ill trained teachers who are on a government payroll and for all intensive purposes, irrespective of performance, may keep their jobs. The education quality is also not at par with private schools. As a result, those who can afford it, flock the private schools and the underprivileged, if they can afford to not work and study, are left to attend the government schools. With the education, they get there, not many may have the option to blossom to their true potential. Government is a large entity in India and can support the best of infrastructure and support system for education, with the kind of funds they have. Government should look into a total turnaround of our education system and schools to turn government schools to the defacto places, every kid should flock to, irrespective of their economic status. That is how, you level the playing field and equip entire generations to be at their best, eventually taking a nation forward. The private school system should not be the default, but a choice for those who still want to go there, although it may be comparable to government schools. It can be done and that mindset and culture change needs to occur in India. After all, when we can have internationally renowned government sponsored Engineering and Management schools in India that attract even international students, why can’t we set our government schools to be these enviable facilities imparting the best of education? Much can be done through strategic private-public partnership to accelerate that change in evolving the Indian primary and secondary education system. What do you think?

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It takes a village to raise a child!


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It takes a village to raise a child, they say.

Whether on a job, running a business, when in school or even when raising a family, any pursuit demands constant self-analysis in comparison to the environment around to assess where and how you fit in, to make the most effective impact on what you have set out to do. I have come across many that pay more attention to what they do not know or aren’t the best at than what they do and rock at.

For instance, those with strong technical skills question the business acumen they possess while those with a strong business background, question their technical knowledge. Financial whiz’s’ are uneasy with specific business domain knowledge they work in. Operations stalwarts tone down when it comes to business development.

This is something that I have seen to be very dominant in our times. Being aware of your shortcomings is wise and essential. But, to fret over it is not. Not everyone can be a star at everything they do. What is important is that they make an effort to know about things the best they possibly can so they are, in the least informed, when it comes to understanding how that fits in the big picture and this gives them the ability to make good decisions, many a time in their own work realm.

When you know your preferences, likes and strengths, focus on being the best at them. Do not worry about the rest. In fact, find the best possible help you can get on things that you are not very good at. It’s smart to surround yourself with people who are better than you so that you have that part of what you want to do covered. Now, you can focus on what you are excel at and trust others to focus on what they are good at so, all around, you come out successful. Remember, everything in life is a team effort; no one person did it all!

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The Promise Of Hope!


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An entrepreneurial journey.

A creative endeavor.

Graduating from school.

Starting a family.

Raising kids.

Planning your future.

The promise of hope is what keeps the world going! Hope is the magical elixir that keeps the rainbow-hued horizon always bright, no matter the present or past; and rightfully so. The promise of your future should be pursued using lessons from the past and applying them in your present. And, at all times, the promise of the future is always bright!

How else would you find yourself getting up each time you fall, just to work as hard, if not harder in pursuit of your goals, unmindful of all that you have been through so far.

Sometimes, the hue of hope tends to show the future in a skewed rosy tint. Beware! It’s alright to be hopeful but not by being blindsided to the facts of the present. Hope keeps the pursuit of a better tomorrow alive but in order to make that possible, plan your present well and follow the plan, analyze each step you take, make adjustments and corrections to sustain your immediate goals and collectively, these small successes will propel you toward your ultimate goal. The best part is that all this can begin anytime you are ready and there is no better time than now!

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Innovation is an accident!


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The act of innovation and the results thereby are always by accident. And, that’s when they are the sweetest.

Innovation is the after effect, the result of creativity. And when is creativity at its best?

Well, there are two schools of thought. One believes that you need to have experienced certain hardship, been under pressure or difficult circumstances and as you toil to get out of this situation, you innovate. You think and act in creative ways to solve the issue at hand and come up with some very novel ways of doing so.

Another school of thought believes that true innovation, for that matter quality innovation happens in an environment that helps nurture creativity. True breeding grounds of creativity need to be established and encouraged where an issue to be solved is first recognized; then, those enlisted to act on solving the issue are freed up of any other responsibilities and are charged with focusing on this one thing.

More often that not, history has shown us that true innovation happens under pressure, when you are trying to solve an issue you are struggling with. However, the latter is true as well, but what happens there is not creative innovation to solve an issue, but more of solution enhancement and optimization; albeit creative.

Let me enumerate through some examples.

The invention of the round wheel was innovation that happened to fulfill a need, transport; the improvisation of the wheel to make it last longer, go faster, adapt to different vehicles, etc. falls under solution enhancement.

Connecting people through e-mail and Facebook during this Internet age was innovation addressing a need, social connectivity. Twitter, chat and the different facelifts we see of Facebook are improvisation and solution enhancement.

Generally speaking, the birth of innovation to solve an issue happens purely due to the urge to solve the issue; there is not much needed in terms of money and establishments to do that for its entirely based on frugality and the excitement to see something new. What follows after that, demands a lot more in terms of money and material to improvise and scale.

Not to say that one is righteous than the other, we all know that the world needs both.

Creativity, whether in profession or hobby is the spark that makes what you do purposeful. Where do you find your fulfillment?  In the former or the latter? Once you can answer that, you will know where your passion, your heart lies and where you can prosper and thrive.

The power of “I”


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“I will _________________.”

“I deserve _____________.”

“ I need _______________.”

“I want ________________.”

“I can _________________.”

“I am going to __________.”

“I demand _____________.”

“I” is a very powerful word. Yet, it is not encouraged & celebrated as much. Infact, it is a word that has been associated with a certain negative connotation. In environments that we congregate in, at school or at work, it is teams that are encouraged and one being a contributing member is looked upon in order for the team and everyone associated with it to succeed.

I have seen and heard so much about being humble, not tooting your own horn and no matter how successful you are, never let it get to your head. Not all, but some of it is great advise. But when it comes to the use of “I”, the general treatment of what it represents has been misunderstood. It doesn’t necessarily stand for ego, pride and glaring self-centeredness in all cases. “I” has the power to elevate you to your super self. It represents and promotes self confidence in who you are, what you do, reflects your aspirations and helps reaffirm that assuredness, showing you are thinking and doing what you deem right.

Here’s a small exercise I would like to propose that you try out to test the immense power of “I”. Every morning, before you begin your day, stand straight with your head held high in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye & say the following out loud so you can hear your own voice clearly.

“I will have a great day today.”

“I will be successful today.”

“I deserve __________.”

“I will ______________.”

For the last two sentences, you can fill in what you aspire for. Do this for a week and see the change in your attitude, your confidence, your interactions with others and the results thereby. What the repetition ensures is your belief in your own aspirations which leads down  the path of you making them happen.

You will also see a positive change in how you deal with your day to day activities. You will be more vocal of your needs, aspirations, thoughts and opinions. Your realization of what matters to you is infectious and ensures that those around you believe as well. As a result, you get more out of your life.

Go out there, be confident and fear not to use the word “I”. After all, you deserve every bit of success and fulfillment that you aspire for.