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Mission To spread education among the underprivileged sections of the society as the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts rather it is to teach them to think.

Vision Every child in India gets excess to the best education and has a bright future. Education with values given to our society is the best remedy to all societal evils.

Promoters  

Mr. Debi Prasad Satnalika, Chairman Mrs. Deepa Satnalika, Vice Chairman

Message from Chairman “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Message from Vice Chairman “With the increasing demand and importance of Education in every sphere of Life, I have started this Foundation. The foundation would provide monthly financial assistance to bright and needy students who are deprived of basic educational facilities which they should get. The idea of starting the foundation came with the learning from my own life and sacrifices me and my family did to bring my children who are now successful Individuals.”

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Jaspreet Kaur Editorial Committee:

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Adult Education For any nation to progress, the most important resource that it needs to invest in is its human capital. Intelligent and efficient citizens add great value to the nation’s success. This does not mean that every citizen must be a genius; it only means that every citizen must have the basic knowledge of what is happening around, and is able to apply his own brain as to his own betterment. If each citizen works towards his/her own betterment it results in a domino effect that ultimately benefits the nation. So what is it that makes any person capable of thinking about self-advancement? The answer is Education. Any democracy without education is meaningless. When the leaders try to explain the rights and duties to such citizens who can’t even recognize the difference between a buffalo and a black mole, it renders the whole activity a waste. At present, approximately 60% of the Indian population is still illiterate. This statistic is pretty shocking when regards to 65 years of Indian independence. Adult education as the term suggests, is educating people above the age of 18 years. The country does not only face the problem of lack of resources for provision of primary education to students, it suffers a major issue of adult illiteracy. Adult education is utmost essential as it is a powerful auxiliary to primary education.

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When the parents of a child are knowledgeable enough, only then they will be able to understand the importance of education for him and will encourage him to learn better. And such education not only upgrades the mental capabilities of an adult, it also liberates them off the shackles of ignorance, and stale thinking that benefits none. Thus, the government needs to bring about revolutionary change in the system, apart from the already introduced ones like ‘The Right to Education Act’, for even now it isn’t too late if the programme of Mass Adult Education is undertaken in the right earnest as a large-scale movement. Lastly to quote the words of Swami Vivekananda: “So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor, who having been educated at their expense, pays not the heed to them. Our great natural sin is the neglect of the masses and that is the cause of our downfall. No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses are well educated, well fed and well cared for.”

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SALE OF SCHOOL SEATS IN DELHI ― HELPLESS GOVERNMENT So, in the early days of this month, nursery admissions in many prestigious schools in Delhi have opened up. It’s a bit shocking because according to the guidelines of DOE nursery admissions are not supposed to happen till January. But, have rules ever stopped the elites in ‘India’ from getting what they want? A sting operation by IBN Network showed principles of two prestigious schools in Delhi: Mother’s Pride and GD Goenka La Petite discussing the procedure of “registration” of children in school’s software so that the name appears in the cut off list. These schools are claiming direct admission of children if parents are ready to give donations up to ₹ 2 lakhs out of which up to 75% amount has to be paid in cash. Moreover, seats reserved for Economically Weaker Section of the society are openly being offered to children in general category in exchange for lakhs of rupees. The school also suggested that the parents can get a fake income certificate made for merely 3000 bucks. These so called jugaads are strictly against the government guidelines regarding admissions. More surprising is the fact that government is aware of these activities but has taken no action so far. Kiran Walia, the education minister in Delhi has said that it cannot do much because there are no complaints filed against these schools. According to Mr. Sumit Vohra, founder of nurseryadmissions.com, thousands of complaints regarding donations and such problems have been filed with the government but it is just not ready to take any action. So, even though education is everyone’s right on papers, Delhi schools and government has ensured that this right remains with the kids of rich and wealthy families. Education is a necessary instrument in development of an economy. India hopes to be a super power by 2020 but it cannot even ensure education to its children. This might not be happening only in Delhi, but in other cities as well. The low quality infrastructure in government schools and almost no efforts of the government to invest in education leaves parents desperate to get their children in the best school, which means the school which has 5-star infrastructure and a brand value. According to experts, all schools are at par when it comes to education in nursery. Thus, parents might block a seat for their children in some not so renowned school, and then apply for admission in their “dream school” in second or third grade. If even then they are not able to get in, then continue in the same school and make sure that their child understands and learns well in school so that he can have a shot at good educational institute during his higher education because brand value of school plays almost no role during the admissions in colleges. But the main task lies with the government who, in spite of being aware of everything, is feigning helplessness. It must take actions against such schools to ensure equal opportunities in education and also try to improve the educational infrastructure in government schools so that parents don’t have to rely only on private schools who are only hoping to mint money.

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Obsolete Mode of Education A week before, a questionnaire was being circulated in the major educational institutes of India asking people’s opinions on India’s stand on its economic and foreign policy. The questionnaire was prepared to collect the first-hand information for a study by the students of the University of Pennsylvania. Strange! This happens in almost none of the educational institute in India. True admissions to Harvard are a lot easier than admissions to IITs or the top 6 colleges of Delhi University. There are so many students who didn’t get admissions in the best colleges of India but they are studying in some very good universities abroad which are way ahead in the ranking in the list of best universities in the world than the universities in India. India boasts about its first class education system in schools but is way behind the foreign universities when it comes to higher education. To tackle the situation, Indian government has invited the Ivy League and Britain’s Oxbridge universities to open their colleges in India. The main problem with the higher education system in India is the high working hours. The best colleges in Delhi Universities have 6 to 8 hours of working days which sums up to 30 to 40 hours of working week while most of the foreign universities have much lower working hours which leaves with the students enough time to take up an internship, do a research work or participate in some other extracurricular activity. This obviously results in the overall growth in their personality. In India, the working hours are long which does not let students to devote their time to other important activities. Most disadvantaged students are those who travel great distances for two hours or more and then reach colleges. For them, reaching college and then going back home on time every day is a big thing, they are barely able to revise what they studied in college so doing a research paper or experiment is out of question. Now the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee has called a meeting of deans of major educational institutes to reflect upon the situation and find out the feasible solution. During a convocation ceremony, he raised his concerns over Indian universities not in any international rank charts and has urged the private sector to take up the task of improving the education system due to unlimited demand and limited supply of resources with the government. Private sector has the potential to play an important role in this scenario as many premier universities like Harvard, Yale, Stanford are an effort of private sector but people in India want to study not in the new private colleges but in the old, reputed and government college. Now, Indian government is in talks with these premier institutes to open their campuses in India to tackle the problem of reputation. But this is not the solution. Even if these universities have their campuses in India, they are going to charge very high fees for their educational programmes. This is the very problem we have with the existing private institutes which charge 10 folds more fees than the government colleges for the same programme. Everyone knows to be a doctor, especially from a private institute costs a lot with almost 50 lakhs of donation and then lakhs of fees for a single semester. How will the high fees charging private institute help raise educational level?

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Of course, once Oxford comes to India, everyone will be willing to get an admission there but the problem is not with the people who can afford the expenses. Majority of Indians barely make their ends meet after paying for education and health and they will continue to study in the old colleges with the obsolete methods that too if the teacher comes. The need is to improve standards in the existing institutes; lowering fees in the private institutes may be through a public private partnership. This will have its own problems but it would be a start. Lowering working hours and encouraging students to take up a study or a research project which involves a minimal prospect of copy and cut from the Internet would be a pleasant change. Otherwise, students of other countries will write the research papers, undertake studies at their graduation level and gain all types of experiences and we in India will just learn those papers and pass the exams.

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JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS B-schools increasingly loosing shine in India, ASSOCHAM says Barring graduates from IIM's, the B-schools are losing fast shine of attracting corporate India Inc. for campus recruitment and are increasingly facing their survivals; only 10% of the graduates are actually employable despite the robust demand for MBAs.

UGC asks universities to teach moral values The reason for this is a missive from University Grants Commission (UGC) which has asked the colleges to organize seminars, quizzes and plays on moral values and patriotism throughout the year.

Software to help blind students in exams In 2006, Satvir, a student with visual disabilities, became the first in the country to take the board exams using the Braille-enabled assistive software.

UGC nod for study on khap panchayats The style of functioning of khap panchayats, which have been notorious for issuing bizarre diktats has become a topic of research for a scholar of public administration at Chaudhary Devi Lal University at Sirsa.

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The government had convened a meeting of state education departments to deliberate upon a panel's recommendations on improving teacher education programmes which include pre-entry testing of candidates for admission to training institutes.

‘46% of Std V students can’t solve simple calculations’, a report said. Delhi University students to spend more time in classrooms in 4-year-structure Management enhancement programme ends at IIM-Indore National Advisory Council approves monitoring mechanism for RTE The National Advisory Council has given in principle approval for the monitoring and grievance redress architecture from local to national level for effective implementation of Right to Education (RTE)

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STEREOTYPING: LET IT GO Oh, so your son took humanities as his subject stream in class 11, but your neighbour’s daughter got science! And he flaunts this in front of you just to undermine you. Well, why do you get jealous? Over the years there has been a hierarchical preference that has been established as far as the three streams of education are concerned, it is not rare to hear people attach prestige with the subject that you plan to pursue. Why is it that even in today’s world, where so many new opportunities are mushrooming for the youth to take up any career of their choice, and do well in it (read earn handsomely: another stereotype), that even now science is a stream that is the prime choice for students with higher grades, and humanities is chosen by those who couldn’t get science or commerce. Not that everyone thinks alike, but even today most people do carry on this notion. Why isn’t that all subjects are recognized equal in worth and every student is respected for the choice that he makes? If a person decides to take up humanities, then it is considered that he is going to become a teacher. If a person does commerce, then MBA is the ultimate goal, and of course for the brightest of all, engineering or MBBS are the correct paths. When are we going to get free from the clutches of such clichés? To brighten the future of education in India, one step that is imperative is getting rid of these established thoughts and letting the child choose what he/she actually wants to do. It is not rare to see an engineering student, going on to do an MBA and then landing a job as an investment banker. Or a B.Com. student to pursue a major in English and then become a writer, or even a Sociology major to take up Human Resources as a career. In today’s age, your prior education plays a comparatively lesser role in deciding your future. What decides it is your actual interest and passion that you show in the field of your choice. Also the effort that you put in to prove your mettle in the work that you choose to do. Only when such a complacent environment exists that supports the dreams and ambitions of the youth, will we be able to witness a growth in the human capital.

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B N Satnalika Foundation February 2013 Newsletter