Anthony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, life coach and self-help author
Anthony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, life coach and self-help author
Central Information Commission (CIC): “Thesis submitted to a university is not private or personal information of the candidate who submitted it, but the property of the University, which has to discuss and decide whether it deserves the award of Ph.D or not”, held CIC while directing ARID Forest Research Institution to provide the copy of thesis sought by the appellant. The Commission was hearing an appeal filed by a researcher who alleged that her co-researcher cunningly took the theme and her work from her research work and submitted it as her thesis to the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, and hence, she must obtain the copy of the submitted thesis to prove her allegation. The appellant through RTI application sought copy of minutes of meeting of pre-thesis submission seminar of the researcher, copy of her thesis, all correspondence related to research work, rules and regulation of research work and related records. The appellant also submitted that she was denied information by ARID Forest Research Institution on the ground that the said information was third-party information. After perusing the material on record and hearing both the parties, CIC observed that, “One of the purposes of seminar of pre-submission and viva voce of Ph. D candidate is to ascertain whether research work of candidate is original and the work done by the candidate only. It is not third party information. Moreover, there is a public interest in knowing the originality of otherwise of the thesis, especially when a serious allegation of appropriating the research work is made by the co-researcher, it is the duty of the academic institution to clear the allegation after due verification.” While ordering the disclosure of the required information, CIC also directed the Institute to treat the RTI application as a complaint against the researcher, against whom allegations were made and to carry out inquiry in the matter. [Meeta Sharma v. PIO, ARID Forest Research Institution, 2015 SCC OnLine CIC 606 , decided on 30.03.2015]
Source | www.scconline.com/
Adobe Study Reveals Indian Educators Strongly Support Adoption of Mobile Technology in the Classroom
In a study conducted by an American software company, 78% Indian teachers support the idea of incorporating mobile technology in the education system. Titled 'Transforming education with mobile and digital technology', the survey was conducted among primary, secondary and high school teachers in 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC). India constituted 22% of the study sample.
According to the survey, 78% of Indian educators felt that the increase use of mobile devices will have a positive effect on the students. While 83% felt that accessibility to digital facilities while making lesson plans will help students comprehend information and concepts better. Among the other findings, 86% felt that institutions need to be equipped with better infrastructure to use the digital facilities.
The main aim of the study by Adobe was to assess the state and importance of mobile technology in classrooms.
Source | http://www.adobe-eduforum.com
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If you need more proof that our phones keep getting smarter but our brains keep getting dumber, just try to remember someone's number other than your own. And no, your mom doesn't count.It's easy to forget things that our phones do for us everyday , which is just one of the myriad reasons why we have separation anxiety whenever we (God forbid) leave it home. You can't get anywhere, you can't reach anyone and now your friend thinks you hate her because you didn't wish her a happy birthday . It's a mess.
In the spirt of being self-aware -and hopefully to prevent these things from leaving our minds forever -here's a look at just seven things you probably forgot how to do.
1. Phone Numbers
The most obvious one. You used to be able to cite all your closest friends' and family's phone number by heart. Now you have to look up your own significant other's number in your phone when asked to write down an emergency contact.
Facebook has taken all the guesswork out of remembering when people are born. Does a generic `Happy birthday' message on someone's wall really mean anything when a push notification made you do it? Or how about when Facebook tells you it's like five people's birthdays and you just wish them all a happy birthday at once. Where's the genuine sentiment in that?
3. Long Division
Remember when your middle school math teacher said you need to learn this stuff because you're not going to carry a calculator around with you at all times?
Well, try remembering how to divide numbers on paper and you'll be thankful that literally every cell phone comes with a calculator app. Figuring out the tip? There's an app for that. Dividing bills between roommates? There's an app for that. Until the day comes when someone threatens to kill you unless you tell them the area of an isosceles right triangle, you're probably going to be okay.
4. How to Write a Check
Thanks to Paypal, Apple Pay and apps like Venmo, paper checks are becoming part of the analog past. Do you have to write `and zero cents' on the amount line?
And you're telling me I have to physically go to the bank?
5. How to write in cursive
You might be able to sign your name all right, but try writing a lowercase, cursive `K' or `Z' and you'll think it looks all wrong. Kids today don't even have to learn cursive in some schools, which is a bit sad. We all had to suffer through it so why shouldn't they?
But in all likelihood, texting classes will be the next big thing and we'll soon evolve to have long, muscular thumbs as our primary communication digit.
6. Giving Directions
If someone invites you to meet them at a bar or restaurant and the first question you have is, `How do I get there?' you probably won't like your friend's response.Okay , a simple `What train is it near?' is acceptable, but you know you're just going to have to Google it to get the exact directions. The same goes for giving directions to strangers who stop you on the street. Chances are, if they're asking, they either don't have their phone on them, it's dead, or they're using some impossible maps application.
7. How to wait out someone
Instead of someone saying, `Meet me by the fountain at 3:00', and you not hearing from them until you meet them there, you now receive up-to-the-minute updates from the person you're going to meet and will know their exact location. You can barely remember what it's like to have to stand around silently , looking at nothing in particular and letting your thoughts wander because you're too busy listening to a podcast, playing Candy Crush and tracking your friend's whereabouts. Did that cute stranger just say hi to you? Who cares, you just got a new Tinder match.
8. How to spell tricky words without looking them up
Spellcheck, predictive text and its quirky sibling `speech to text' make it pretty much impossible to remember how to spell words like `Receipt', `Pneumonia', and, ironically , `Misspell' (that second `s' just always looks weird). `I before E' goes out the window when you have squiggly red lines to tell you what's wrong. Combine this with #5 and the future isn't looking too hot for the actually written word. Thanks, technology!
Source | Times of India | 7 April 2015
It is well known that merely a good degree cannot ensure one employment. To land a job in today's competitive market, you need various technical as well as soft skills that can give you an edge above the rest. Here is what you need to do to enhance your portfolio and increase your chances of bagging that dream job:
HONE YOUR PERSONALITY
With institutes churning out graduates in large numbers, the emphasis today is on soft skills. These skills, which include one's business and cultural etiquette, dressing sense, body language and coordination skills, make a huge difference during a job interview.Concurs Sushma Rana, talent director, MSL group, “Organisations evaluate prospective candidates not only for their professional skills, but also behavioural traits. This is very often done by subjecting them to real-life situations that bring out a person's interpersonal and team management skills along with their ability to handle stress. As the selection process involves overall personality evaluation, pursuing a programme on personality development can be of much help.“
Adds Swapnil Kamat, founder, CEO and chief trainer, Work Better, “What employers actually mean when they say, “Engineer required, MBA preferred,“ is that they are looking for candidates with a certain set of skills, character traits and attitudes. These include organisational skills, ability to follow instructions and meet deadlines, critical thinking skills, writing and communication skills, research skills, and so forth.“
PURSUE AN INTERNSHIP
Internships are an important stepping stone in the process of enhancing one's credentials as they provide one an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during a degree programme to real-life industry situations. They are a platform for students to gain a realistic view of personal growth objectives and understand their strengths and weaknesses in an organisational context. Agrees Kamat, “Potential employers look at your experience before your qualifications to assess your employability.Hence, pursuing a summer internship during a degree course can hugely increase your employability prospects.“
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Employment mobility has increased as opportunities have expanded across the globe. Thus, it is not uncommon to come across people who do not mind moving cities and even countries in search of a better job. Keeping this in mind, learning a new language can give the much needed boost to your profile. Additionally, with companies continuously trying to increase the diversity of their teams, working knowledge of a foreign language is considered an asset by hiring managers.
CREATE A GOOD ONLINE IMAGE
Employers these days very often use your public profiles as a tool to assess your personality. Thus, it is crucial to create and maintain a positive image on social media. Advises Rana, “Appropriately frame and add relevant details which you want the employers to focus on, on websites that require you to put up your professional profile.Testimonials from your current as well as ex-colleagues also matter. Your presence on social media by means of an interactive resume also helps. Also, joining the right groups and associations too can improve your chances of employability.“
Continuous education is important in today's job market. Training and education show potential employers that you take your professional life seriously. Opt for weekend courses, enrol for a distance learning, online programme or a MOOC (massive open online course) to expand your knowledge base and increase your employability.
Get involved in extra circular activities that offer the platform to develop various skills and that add to your CV. Learn to work as a team and help the community.As a student, one can be part of the student council or volunteer with NGOs and clubs. This will not only highlight your compassionate nature, but also instil a positive attitude and self confidence within you.
BE WILLING TO MOVE
As businesses expand, mobility is an important factor for companies. So be open to shifting to another city for a good job. While most people do not want to move out of their comfort zone, taking a chance on relocation can lead to unthought-of career growth and new opportunities.
Source | Mumbai Mirror | 2 April 2015
One of the first committees set up by Union HRD minister Smriti Z Irani to review the working of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said the regulator has not only “failed to fulfill its mandate, but has also not been able to deal with emerging diverse complexities“.
Headed by former UGC chairperson Hari Gautam, the panel has said any “reshaping or restructuring “of UGC “will be a futile“ exercise and even amending the UGC Act won't help much. Instead, it has recommended the setting up of a national higher education authority through an Act of Parliament. It has also prepared a draft of the bill, but said till the time such a body is set up, the ministry can bring about changes through executive order.
For instance, it has suggested a national research aptitude test for admission to Ph.D and doing away with 10 years as professor criteria to become vice-chancellors. It has also stressed teaching of yoga and transcendental meditation. Sources said, “The recommendations are far-reaching and will be looked into seriously. “ A two-volume report on UGC submitted by a panel set up by HRD minister Smriti Irani says the commission is “plagued in the main by reductionism in its functioning“. It further states, “It (UGC has side-stepped its function of being a sentinel of excellence in education, and embraced the relatively easier function o funding education.“
The report has specifically pointed out that the UGC staff is unhappy as only “few find favour and are delegated with powers to perform in important areas while many of them are left out with hardly much to contribute“.
“It is said that they are pushed around through an element of fear and threat. The overall impression is that there is a man-made crisis which seems to be the cause of un healthy ambience and poor performance of UGC,“ the report said, adding there should be pay parity with central government employees. Advising reform from the top, the committee has said UGC chairperson “should be advised to strictly keep a vigilant track of the various performance areas of the commission and assess contributions at all levels“.
It has further recommended that the chairperson spend more time in his “seat“rather than go around the “country and the world on occasions that have not much relevance for the system he governs“.
The panel has pushed for the chairperson to be held accountable and “his performance be assessed once after three years and then at the end of his tenure of five years by a committee constituted by HRD“.
Slamming the appointment of “all kinds of people“ as UGC members, the report said, “Eminent educationists or men of eminence in any field should have been the natural choice, but at times it is observed that businessmen, hotel owners and even readers in colleges have been made members.“
Source | Times of India | 1 April 2015
New York: No matter how many email addresses you have, a new Gmail app makes it possible to see all your mail accounts (even @yahoo and @outlook) on Gmail itself.
The new app, part of an endeavour by Google to be a one-stop email shop, is available for Android devices. The new upgraded Gmail app lets users see mail even from non-Gmail accounts, GMANetwork reported.
The upgrade should be convenient for students and workers with multiple email accounts, software engineer Regis Decamps was quoted as saying. “However many email addresses you have, today’s improvements to the Gmail app for Android make it easy to manage all your mail from all your accounts while you’re on the go,” Decamps said.
Also, he said one could view and respond to all emails from other accounts using the “All Inboxes” option — without having to hop between accounts. Even better, the new app allows threaded conversations even for non-Gmail accounts. This keeps messages organised and gives a user the context needed to reply to long email threads.
“Now messages from your Yahoo, Outlook.com and other IMAP/POP accounts will get the same special treatment, appearing neatly stacked as one conversation,” Decamps said.
The new app also features smarter search and better auto-complete. Other features include larger attachment previews and the ability to save to Drive with a single tap.
Source | Free Press | 6 April 2015
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