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Ethics in Education : Every Nation must change

Education :

Swami Vivekananda said ” Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man”, what kind of perfection a man has within him ? Human mind is an incredible thing, which has an incredible power, but the way we use the talent matters a lot. According to Swami Vivekananda what is perfection ? It has an incredible message , learning should be manifested which means it should be obvious to our mind. If something is obvious to our mind, then we will never forget and we will never leave that throughout our life. Perfection means the ability to address various problems human beings encounter in society. An education which doesn’t help to face the problems, which doesn’t build good character, which doesn’t build the social responsibility within us is not an education. Perfection in human means ethics.

Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, what change it is about ? History always teach us a lesson, a person like Swami Vivekananda,Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and many more always pointed ethics in education not the science. 

Why Ethics is so important ?

The simplest and best answer for this is to save humanity on planet and which means to save our planet, We humans forgetting that we are spoiling everything. The greedy human losing his control, we destroy everything and every one for the sake of money. 

Education should not be business, the most important objective of education should be to equip the students with ethical values.

“Humans are the only living being who pays to live “, of course we can not say everything is wrong but there is no limit for his act. Ethics in education might bring the change.

What kind of ethics we are talking here ?

According to Rushmore Kidder’s research , we are talking about the following ethics in education

  • Ethics of justice
  • Ethic of Critique
  • Ethic of Care
  • Ethic of profession

Moral Values in Education

The moral values in humans are going away, every generation losing some extent of morality. Rushmore Kidder pointed 5 important moral values

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion 

The funniest thing is , some has to do research to conclude that ethics is important in education

What I am talking about ? What are all these things ? Really if some one talk all about these, he will become priest, Swami because a normal man can not talk like this in society. The way people look towards you will be totally different when we talk about moral values.Have you ever tried to live your life with all the above ethics ? You will struggle, yes you have to struggle. It is not an easy go. 

Okie how can we change ? 

Let us start first with our profession, if you apply ethics in your profession then slowly you can change yourself and people around you. What is ethics in profession ? If you are a civil engineer, then think before you take the work, think before you start it, because one big project might destroy environmental balance in the future. If you are a government employee then first think about your country, how can you bring change in society? how can you serve your society ? it is not just a government employee but every one must.

But it is very difficult to change ourselves and others after certain age, we should impart ethics in our kids, teach them only about ethics till certain age, teach them how to look after seniors, teach them how to serve the society, teach them how to save our planet, teach them what is good and bad.

John Wesley said  – “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

There many more things to discuss, students should learn to respect Guru (Teacher), A guru should selflessly teach his Shishya ( Student ) , these days the bounding between Guru-Shishya is going away, there is no respect on guru. Education becoming a business rather than a media to change the society. Many people argue that I am thinking only in one direction, but that is the reality, that is the fact. Dr K. C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, RBI has done enough research on Indian Education System and he pointed the importance of ethics in education.

How can we impart ethics in education?

Keep on educating kids on ethics, talk good , show good and ask them to do good. The best way to induce good qualities in kids is by telling how human destroying the nature, how our freedom fighters struggle for the sake of people, most importantly we should teach kids that we should never give importance to money, we should tell them how money will change human mind and how people do mistakes for the sake of money.

Give less money to your kids, do not give too much comfort life to your kids, teach them to accept difficulties and to overcome from difficulties, because when human face difficulty, he will realise the true meaning of life.

Also Read – http://knowledge-cess.com/a-bird-eye-on-education-system/

http://knowledge-cess.com/guru/

 

 

Reaching the Red Planet – MOM, ISRO’s successful mission

Journey towards space, Journey towards Mars

We are about to reach Mars, a planet which attracted the mankind from several hundred years, NASA says ‘Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further.’ So far there are 9 robotic probes launched around the orbit of Mars and seven unmanned rovers on the surface of the Mars, the biggest success in exploration of Mars is when NASA launched Curiosity rover in 2012.

ISRO Mars Mission

Now its the time for ISRO , no doubt ISRO is did this in its unique way. Talented scientists of our country achieved this in a very low cost of 450cr which is almost 4 times less than NASA’s mission. ISRO can launch 4 such Mars mission with the budget what NASA spent.

Distance Travelled by MOM

Distance Travelled By MOM

Distance Travelled By MOM

 

Heliocentric Path of Mars Orbiter

Heliocentric Path Of MOM

Heliocentric Path Of MOM

So far MOM completed its 98% journey , on 24th September 2014 exactly at 7.30 ISRO performs Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI). Mars Orbit Insertion is not an easy go, it is challenging task because there many things need to be considered especially the speed control of Mars Orbiter. According to NASA official site the speed must be reduced to 3200mph, every precision matters a lot. The most challenging task for scientists is to handle the unpredicted challenges .

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.php?id=28

Challenges in Mars Orbit Insertion –

1) The communication round trip time is 22 minutes, the signals sent from earth to orbiter will take 22 minutes to reach orbiter and return back to base station. Due to this time delay , every command should be preloaded with time tags

2) An amount of 290Kg of fuel is available on board and this maneuver is estimated to consume 241Kg of fuel leaving 50Kg for later mission life. The precision at which the firing should perform is really important

3) The key motor “Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM)” which gives 440N thrust was shutdown some 300 days back after the trans-mars-injection. Even to test this motor for 5 seconds means the mission will be out of path for over 100Km. We are expecting this engine to perform within 2% deviation of performance to achieve the desired result.

4) Most of the operation is carried out when the mission is not visible to the Earth

5) All the operations now onwards will be carried in the shadow of Mars itself. So, the whole operation should be based on battery power and not on solar power as well.

Source – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140915100738-15133503-challenges-in-mars-orbit-injection

Planned Events by ISRO

Planned Events for MOM

Planned Events for MOM

 

 Soruce – http://www.isro.org/mars/pdf/press%20briefing%20on%20MOI.pdf

Journey towards Space – http://knowledge-cess.com/journey-towards-space-isro/ 

Dr K Radhakrishnan Chairman of ISRO  Interviewed – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPKTEitvrg&list=PLVOgwA_DiGzqMeD9X9LnC9SINtosOgE5W

Guru –

The disciple must worship the Guru as God Himself – Swami Vivekananda                    


Today you are YOU because you met a Guru, He taught you what are ethics, he taught you what are values, he taught you what is justice, science and everything. A Value based education is a gift by a guru, Acquisition of knowledge and skills without acceptable moral values and discipline is meaningless. You know how to lead your life , you know how to face problems in your life, you know what is within you, you are made by your Guru, without a guru you are not you, you are just a body with no moral values. 

Respect your guru, a devine power acting upon you by your guru which will put a light on your life. 

Our Ancient Indian education system was a meaningful education system, Guru-Shishya were having strong bounding, but when English education system introduced by british our education system lost its originality. Today we never see that wonderful relationship between Guru and Shishya. Think for a while what you are today and why you reached this state of your life. 

Guru will show you the right path, according to Swami Vivekananda , The first lamp is the Guru, and the lamp that is lighted from it is the disciple. The Guru must teach me and lead me into light, make me a link in that chain of which he himself is a link. The man in the street cannot claim to be a Guru. The Guru must be a man who has known, has actually realised the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit. A mere talker cannot be the Guru. A talkative fool like me can talk much, but cannot be the Guru. A true Guru will tell the disciple, “Go and sin no more”; and no more can he sin, no more has the person the power to sin.

Swami Vivekananda is the man who realised what a guru is for a disciple, we learn the true meaning of guru if we go by his life , only a guru can transform your life. 

Happy Teachers Day –

 

Journey towards Space – ISRO

                    

The most wonderful and most mysterious thing in the Universe is the Universe itself. No one can say exactly how it started its journey, when it came into existence. Thousands of people from several thousands years trying to understand what exactly it is, though it is mysterious the god has given an incredible gift to human, yeah that is mind. Human mind is next mysterious thing in this Universe, Human mind is capable to reveal the secret behind the Universe and its existence. Every nation is in a race to do something for the first time when it comes to revealing something about Universe, but human first look towards the moon and in late 50’s and 60’s humans started exploring the Universe and ofcourse the Moon first.

America and Soviet Russia were in competition to reach the Moon first. It was Americans who landed first on the Moon, ofcourse they are proud to say about it, but being an Indian I am proud to say that all the knowledge of Universe, planets is given by Indians several thousands of years ago. Sadly from past few centuries Bharat was unable to do great inventions, innovations due to many reasons, but no doubt those glorious ancient days will come soon.

Inspite of many hurdles Bharat struggled and succeeded to come out from all the difficulties and started its space programme in 60’s. It was successful because we had dedicated scientists who worked very hard to achieve the planned missions.

 Prof Vikram Sarabhai who lead the team of ISRO in 60’s , a very energetic leader and under his able leadership Bharat started its journey towards reaching the space. Then dedicated, enthusiastic scientists like A P J Kalam joined the group of pioneers.

 I wanted tell how our scientists worked dedicatedly to achieve the best thing in space programme even after facing hardest hurdles. A picture is worth a thousands words. So I just wanted to post images here which will tell the story of our journey towards space.

A P J Kalam working on Rocket payload at Thumba in 1964

A P J Kalam working on rocket payload

A P J Kalam working on rocket payload

Rocket parts carried by Bullock carts 

 

Rocket parts carried by Bullock carts

Rocket parts carried by Bullock carts

Scientists transporting rocket parts on a bicycle 

Scientists transporting rocket parts on a bicycle

Scientists transporting rocket parts on a bicycle

Our scientists using muscle power to lift a rocket

Our scientists using muscle power to lift a rocket

Our scientists using muscle power to lift a rocket

These images tell the story and shows how our scientists enthusiastically worked even though there were no facilities, but they were determined to achieve the mission.

 Look where we are today? We reached Moon; We are about to reach Mars in a unique way. Our Mars mission is very unique, we used a best technique called “frugal engineering” to cut the cost. I will explain it in simple way, NASA will prepare atleast 4-5 test samples and then will launch the final satellite, which cost more for all test launches, but ISRO tries all possible way by simulating it and then analyzing every possibilities then trying with a final launch. It is possible only because we have best minds, who can analyse, who can calculate everything without even doing a prototyping and without even real testing.

 I call every young Indian, get inspired by people like A P J Kalama, Vikram Sarabhai and look towards core sciences, Do something for the nation; we are born to serve the nation.

 I am happy that we are reaching Mars in couple of days, Let us wait and say proudly that we are one among those who reached Red Planet.

It is not so easy to cross the orbit of earth and put our satellite outside earth orbit. Every minute calculation matters a lot, every small part will be very sensitive.

How important to consider every minute thing in such a mission ? Let us consider few facts from the history which shows the sensitivity of such missions.

Why some missions failed:

Bad timing: Though the Russian Kosmos 419 (1971) reached Earth’s orbit, it never reached Mars’ orbit because of a wrong ignition time setting. Instead of being set for 1.5 hours after launch, it was accidentally set for 1.5 years after launch. The spacecraft soon re-entered Earth’s orbit and disintegrated.

Faulty software: Bad mathematics may not kill you, but they can kill spacecraft! NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter (1998) disintegrated because at one instance, its software used the wrong units (pounds, instead of Newtons). This caused the spacecraft to be placed too close to Mars where atmospheric stresses destroyed it.

Mars orbiter failure : Microsoft’s Research

Software Stability – How The Mars Path finder mission failed just because of improper setting of thread priority. ( http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/mbj/Mars_Pathfinder/Mars_Pathfinder.html )

Solar flares and fuel shortage: The communication systems of Japan’s Nozomi orbiter (1998) were disrupted by powerful solar flares. It also damaged the heat control system causing the fuel to freeze. It was unable to attain Mars orbit and operation was terminated.

Nobody really knows: Just three days away from Mars, all communication was suddenly lost with NASA’s Mars Observer (1992). For months, scientists could not explain what became of the spacecraft, but investigations finally concluded that a fuel and gas leak had probably sent the spacecraft into an uncontrollable spin damaging critical electrical circuits.

A journey To Mars –

This small video clip will give clear picture on how a satellite will reach Mars

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.php?id=1038

Update – http://knowledge-cess.com/reaching-the-red-planet-mom-isros-successful-mission/

Dr K Radhakrishnan Chairman of ISRO  Interviewed – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPKTEitvrg&list=PLVOgwA_DiGzqMeD9X9LnC9SINtosOgE5W

Independence Day – Bharat

~~~~~~~~~~~~~                   Happy Independence Day             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

I remember my childhood days , I use to ask my dad to help me to prepare a speech for independence day, I use to prepare myself to give a nice speech on Aug 15th

Those moments are memorable , the interest within us to prepare for speech, the enthusiasm within us to keep everything ready for the day, our white colour uniform, a small flag on our chest , getting up early and going to school and helping workers to keep everything ready for the flag hosting.

I still remember how our teachers use to tell stories of our struggle to get independence, stories of Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose and many more. I might have missed those days , but I never missed flag hosting ceremony , even while working I always tried to visit my native and celebrate our independence day as a school boy 🙂

Today I wanted to give my message to every one and hence posting this article here. 

We are celebrating 68th independence day , its been 67 years that british left our country and we became independent. If we look back to history and think about freedom struggle and sacrifices of our freedom fighters we feel heaviness in our heart, we will feel resentful (angry), we can’t express our emotions, some of you may cry, some of you may become speechless. We lost our wealth , we lost our culture , we lost our unity, we lost our values. Bharat is a land of inventions, Bharat is origin of civilization , Bharat is the land where a language and a script is invented first time ever on the planet, but later things got changed just within few hundred years because of british rule.

That was about the past , but the present of Bharat is showing a rays of hope , future is getting clear to every one . The journey of post independence was very challenging , we have faced every challenge, we have overcome from most of the problems. Inspite of all the challenges our country has achieved great, we have shown the world what is the capability of our nation. We reached Moon, Mars in a unique way, We have shown the strength of military to the world, we have 4th largest and strongest military power in the world, We have shown our capability in technology and science. We are unique in science and technology, today most of the Indians are leading most of the big MNC companies in the world. Sundar Pichai in Google, Satya Nadella in Microsoft, Indira Nooyi in Pepsico,Shantanu Narayen in Adobe, Sanjay Kumar Jha in Motorola now in Global Foundries and many more.  

The word’s most powerful countries are looking towards Bharat, we are strong enough to beat every one in many aspects. Everything is great and I am proud to say about the glorious vision of our nation, but My concern is our culture, my concern is about values , my concern is about education system of our country, my concern is about our language, my concern is about our patriotism, my concern is about unity within us. Even if we don’t reach moon that is perfectly OK, but unity within us, a value based education are primary focus.

I feel somewhere we are loosing the track in that manner, Education system in our nation became a business rather than becoming a value based education as said by Swami Vivekananda. According to me we are complete if we are able to get back to our glorious ancient Bharat. We should reconstruct our education system first, We should bring back our solid gurukula system back , our ancient Bharatiya education system was awesome, it was a meaningful education. Today our kids love to talk in english than our own language, today our kids talk more about hollywood movies and other fascinating stuff rather than talking about our freedom fighters, somewhere we are losing values and losing our track in this materialistic life. 

Lal Bahadur Shastri ji said “ The preservation of freedom, is not the task of soldiers alone… The whole nation has to be strong.” Being a software engineer , I use to ask myself always, what I am giving back to my nation? Am I developing something great for my nation ? 8 hours in a day we use to work for foreign clients, weekends most of you spend time in shopping malls, in theaters to watch Hollywood movies. I really respect government workers, some of them might be corrupt but at least they are working for our own people. 

I read somewhere that in ancient Indian education system Gurukula, the Guru and Students together use to do innovative activities, a bridge somewhere near Vishakapatnam was constructed by Guru and students thousands of years ago and still it is in great conditions. That was the bounding between Guru and Shishya but today we hardly see respect towards a guru . According to me a perfect education system is the one which we teach humanity first rather than science and technology, a perfect education system is the one which teach ethics of every profession. 

A Civil engineer must consider an environmental consideration first before constructing a building, he should not construct if its harmful to the Eco system. An electrical engineer must consider what he can do best to the nation, constructing a huge dam to generate power may not be a good idea than establishing a huge solar power station. a computer science engineer must think first about the nation and make things better by giving something great to our nation. In every profession one must be ethical , one must think about our planet first, our nation first, our system first. Earning money should not be a primary concern, but that is not happening in today’s world. For everything money is the biggest factor which change the human mind, which spoil everything.

Swami Vivekananda had said, “The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion – Is it worth the name ? ”.  We should work to achieve this and get back our glorious ancient Bharat. You might earn hell lot of money, you might have your own big house, car everything which gives you a luxurious life , but nothing you will take with you at the end, we should first think about giving something back to our nation, that is responsibility of every countrymen .

Let us think for a while and bring change within us on this wonderful day, let us start thinking about every problem what our nation is facing today and try to find a best possible solution and implement it to solve it. Let us think about the future of our nation and work together to achieve it. You make a group within your friends, discuss about our country, take necessary steps to correct the system, bring awareness within people, within your family members, within your friends. Read about Ancient India and spread the facts and story of our nation.

Country has given everything to us, Ask yourself What you have given back to country ? 

“ The preservation of freedom, is not the task of soldiers alone… The whole nation has to be strong.”
<span style="color: #000000;">- Lal Bahadur Shastri                         </span>

A Bird eye on Education System

This article is neither to judge quality of education nor to conclude on any plans or steps that have been taken by Government of India(GOI) to improve the literacy rate in the country.

The purpose of this article is just to provide certain facts and I would like to leave analysis of these facts to reader. Report on your analysis is welcomed through comments; do share your thoughts related to this article. All the data is collected from the reports which have been published by Government of India for public domain.

India is struggling with many issues, issues with respect to caste, religion, politics, languages , the mindset of people across the country varies a lot with respect to all the above factors. Despite of being such a diverse society, I would say India has achieved and reached many milestones in every sector. Considering education sector for this article, let us see what the report says.

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Achievements during 11th Five-year plan period

The result of 2011 census reveals that despite an impressive decadal increase of 9.2 percent points in literacy, national literacy levels have risen to no more than 74.0 percent (from 64.8 percent in 2001) Only 15 States/Union Territories, namely Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Tripura, Goa, Daman & Diu, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Nagaland could achieve 80 percent or above literacy rate.

The 2011 Census has shown that female literacy has increased much more than male literacy. While male literacy rate increased by 6.86 percent 279 points from 75.26 percent in 2001 to 82.14 in 2011, the female literacy increased by 11.79 percent points from 53.67 to 65.46 percent during the same period. Thus, by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan in 2012, the three Plan Targets would not have been achieved: overall literacy rate being short by five percent points.

Increase in literacy between 2001-2011 at National level:

There has been a substantial progress in literacy with the planned intervention and sustained effort from 64.83 per cent in 2001 to 74.04 per cent in 2011, an increase of 9.21 percentage points.

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Sakshar Bharat

The Prime Minister launched Saakshar Bharat, a centrally sponsored scheme of Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), on the International Literacy Day, 8th September, 2009.

Despite significant accomplishments of the Mission, illiteracy continues to be an area of national concern. 2001 census had revealed that there were still 259.52 million illiterate adults (in the age group of15 +) in the country.

Fund utilization and capacity building to achieve the milestone in education

During the financial year 2011-12, a total amount of Rs.488.50 crores was provided for Sakshar Bharat programme as Central share. An amount of Rs.429 crores was released till December 2011 to State Level Mission Authorities (SLMAs). A total of 1098.33 crores was released by NLMA to SLMAs during the last three years.

Government is keep trying and funding to increase the literacy rate within the country, in this process government has moved from SSA(Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) Program to RTE ( Right to Education ).

RTE-SSA Financial Allocation

The Governmentn of India approved an outlay of Rs 71,000 crore for SSA in the 11th Five year plan. Considering the increased requirements, ,the Government of India approved an outlay Rs 2,31,233 crore for the combined RTE-SSA programme. This increased outlay was for a five year period from 2010-11 to 2014-15 to be shared between the Center and the State on a 65:35 ratio (90:10 for North Eastern States). The Finance Ministry allotted Rs 25,555 crore for the RTE-SSA programme for 2012-13. Just check the report chart below, government has spent 19,103,22cr upto January 2012.

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Considering all the facts, percentile of literacy between 2001 – 20011, a 10 year period, the amount of money spent on it, the results may not be satisfactory, the reason is that focusing only on spending and opening schools doesn’t give the expected result, but focusing and executing the program towards quality education does bring the change. The path towards achieving really quality education is not an easy, more and more educated people has to come front to bring the change, it is not just the effort of government.

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Sources of data

http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/RPE_2011-12.pdf

http://saaksharbharat.nic.in/saaksharbharat/homePage

http://ssa.nic.in/

An yearly report

http://mhrd.gov.in/documents/term/140