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PSU Award 2014

Won award ..

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I Salute Teachers

So proud to hear from national award winning government school teacher.
a) One school principal took challenge to shut down a private school started in front of his govt school.Hard work of teachers resulted in better performance of students. In 3 years private school was closed as locals preferred govt school to private school.
b) Locals in village collected 40 lakhs to provide better amenities to local students in schools.
c) Govt school teachers claimed that they are more capable than private school teachers as usually they have to manage students from students from usually backward section of society where parent involvement is considerably less as compared to students of private schools.
d) Teachers are concerned of the new rules of no pass/fail concept up to 8th class.This has resulted poor quality of students eventually drop out after 8th class.Statistically drop out rates would decline up to 8th class but sharply increases thereafter.

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Dark Ages

My reply to a professor who posted a status on Facebook regarding bad days ahead after election result.

Vidyanand Jha: I think we are now in some sort of dark ages where church used to condemn those who use to challenge its religious or political authority in those days.Church use to misguide masses by suppressing the need to attend the immediate challenges before humanity or any intervention of science etc.Only when we embraced science we ourselves helped mankind.Saved millions from untimely death.Man started flying and what not.We attended present and looked up to future and see where are we today.

Same is the case with India today where few intellectuals like Mr Aiyyer and company are misleading the masses and minorities that catastrophe is before us.We ourselves are undermining the constitutional setup and bodies by disregarding the verdict.We are the strongest democracy in the world and all checks and balances are in place.World is changing fast out there see Syria,Iran and Egypt etc etc which reinforces the faith that people are supreme and with tools like media ,social media please be rest assured.

We need to be more constructive as a society and onus is more on vigilant civil society.Please give this verdict one chance to address the present problems and see where we go from here.Looking back and carrying a baggage won’t help us in moving forward.Lets be more positive and constructive.

AAP can never succeed here coz like all of us they just critisize,they just blame others they don’t have solution actually of immediate challenges before nation.We both can disagree with each other but it should be constructive.We need to ask right questions and yes onus is on every one of us from all section of societies especially from intellectuals and academicians like you but in constructive manner.We all have to find answers of many unanswered problems but by asking right questions not by demeaning the verdict,by collective action but not by sharing opinions like church which of no use.

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Reading to Write

Agree

Quoth The Wordsmith

663092_26111643 You’ll often hear that in order to write, you need to read. Many prominent authors stick by it and advise aspiring writers to make a practice of always having a piece of literature on the go. It’s good advice, as long as you know that if you are reading to write, you need to look at the writing that you are reading differently. Here’s how I do it:

-Accept and note the areas that you have trouble with, whether they include dialogue, structure, characterization, setting, etc. Know and embrace the fact that you have room to improve.

-Pick a story or a book (or a few!) that really made an impression on you in terms of style, tone, and connection. It should be something that you don’t mind reading again, and that you would give a glowing review.

-Read the story slowly. Take your time. Figure out how that story…

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Secular State

I was trying to understand the concept of secular state and I found an interesting observation on wiki. “Not all legally secular states are completely secular in practice.”Two nations are mentioned under this criteria namely France and India.

In France for example, many Christian holy days are official holidays for the public administration, and teachers in Catholic schools are salaried by the state.In India, the government gives a subsidy in airfare for Muslims going on Haj pilgrimage. In 2007, the government had to spend Rs. 47,454 per passenger.

Secularism also has various guises which may coincide with some degree of official religiosity. In the United Kingdom, the head of state is still required to take the 1688-enacted Coronation Oath swearing to maintain the Protestant Reformed religion in the United Kingdom and preserve the established Church of England.

Today a party which proposes reservation on religious grounds which is unconstitutional to lure the vote of a particular community.Which definition of secularism should we buy today ?

People prefer to go abroad to ( for study or work ) a developed state/nation but from there they want secular state back at home first but not developed state.Why?

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Mount Everest and its people: Photographers offer prints to raise money for those affected by landslide

Tribute to Sherpas…

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Sherpas-fund A Sherpa returns down the Khumbu Icefall. Photo: Aaron Huey

The epic beauty of Everest has long enchanted photographers Aaron Huey (watch his TED Talk), James Balog (watch his talk) and Teru Kuwayama (read more about this TED Fellow). The three now turn their lenses on the quiet heroes of the mountain, to raise money for the families and community of the 16 Sherpas killed in a landslide last week.

Huey spent last weekend pulling together the Sherpas Fund, asking Balog, Kuwayama and seven other photographers who’ve worked closely with Sherpas in the past to donate prints of them and of Everest’s breathtaking landscapes. The fund has raised $115,000 for the Sherpa community so far and will continue through Tuesday, April 29.

“I have been at a loss for what to do in these days after the Everest tragedy,” writes Huey, who got help from Outside’s…

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Because the problem is us. Me, you, all of us…

This one …pushed me to silence…

Mohan Bhargav: I’m only speaking of things I’ve experienced while living here. And that is that we keep fighting among ourselves when we must fight against illiteracy, over-population & corruption. Everyday, in our streets & homes, each one of us keeps saying their is no future of this country. This country is on the path of destruction. If we keep saying this, we will one day actually land up there. You’ll need to do something about this. You too! Not just the members of the Panchayat but everyone in the village. You’re blaming Panchayat for your problems. But when you step into their shoes, you’ll do the same thing. This applies to me too. The dalits blame the brahmins and brahmins claim that their piety is despoiled by the dalits. The blacksmith & potter blame the moneylender. The land owners blame the peasants, but they don’t give them their rights. In what way are we great then? If we have problems in the village, we point our finger at the State and the State at someone else. We all are finding fault with each other! But the true fact is that we’re all to be blamed. Because the problem is us. Me, you, all of us…

Fir hum Mahan kaise hue…?

Why we are stuck on 1984,Godhra,Gujarat, Muzzafarnagar….? We have arrays of issues in front of us and we are raking these petty issues and for whom..?? Why don’t we just come together and solve all challenges before nation…we need to do something…but problem is us,Me,You,all of us….

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Awards, Appraisal and Ambitions

On Career front, I got promoted to Assistant Manager by the firm.But hey what is so unique about this promotion. ? Well, I got promoted with in 24 month after joining the firm as Senior Consultant.But I got promoted even without a basic discussion with my manager.Sound Stange.Yes.

Appraisal are of two kind one is theoretical and other is practical. Theoretical appraisals are those which we read in HR Management during our MBA courses or in theory from HR managers mailers or sessions.Practical appraisals are those which happens with all employees in reality. There are other differences as well. Theoretical Appraisals strives towards objective assessment but practical assessment is when everything turns up subjective and relative. TA are rational and transparent whereas PA are irrational (supported by scientific/management jargons). TA objective is to ensure talent precedes hard work where as PA it could be anything other than Hardworking or Talent.So bottom line is TA is myth and PA is reality.

I got opportunity and went to say thanks to my Manager and where I also shared my aspiration regarding future promotion. He flatly refused to even consider the subject that I have chance to get promoted next year as well.I changed the question and asked what you expect me to do so that is I achieve those objectively I should be considered next year as well. He told me that many parameters are at play like business health, projects health,scenario, etc etc, which are responsible for your promotion.I wasn’t convinced.

Observation which is bothering me is that HR management concepts (Performance Appraisal, 360 degree feedback,Bell Curve etc etc) are helping management but not firm/organisations or employees.When all these HR management concepts are striving to bring the bring the objectivity into assessment rather than depending on subjectivity into assessment.Bottom line is no matter how hard you work you would get promoted in fixed tenure like Government.

Well may be I am sounding more aggressive or ambitious.But I see hypocrite attitude in organisations related to double standards on CTC ie incentives and performance analysis.Management would use the trick of keeping objectivity in salary structure but subjectivity on performance appraisal.In my opinion both are interlinked and both need to be assessed objectively.If in any firm I cannot discuss my rating with my peers or in other words I have to hide it then what is the probability that I am assessed objectively.Remember school days when we could see what other have scored and enquire on what basis marks was given to him/her.Parents used to go on teacher-parents day scrutinising answer sheets for any calculation mistake or discrepancy.That was fair system of appraisal as it sets responsibility or accountability on teachers.It means great responsibility but here in appraisal it is not the case.

Interesting observation was made by a professor on TV today stating his observation that in our country after a billionaire there would be only few millionaire say 10-12 in number.So point is wealth is not getting distributed equitably.I don’t know what my top boss is earning what is bonus % in same financial year in comparison with in middle level management or lower levels.Company must have obligation to bring these figures in public of each practise which could be debated.It is not ethical for few to claim big chunk of margins where few struggle make their ends meet.

Silence….!

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Economics,Berkeley and India

Someone shared an article from Business Insider which was about a graduation speech given at Berkeley by Noble Prize winner in 2007.So what was so great about it ? Well it was very crisp 12 point speech with lot of economics into it like incentive,cost,taxes etc but I found it quite relevant in context of my country I.e. India.

Few points which just made me think are below:

1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible.

This point is more philosophical than the rest but it has deep message in my opinion.World tour,Ambitious career goal,hefty pay check,great home etc etc are desirable but not feasible for me.Perfect.What about you ?

3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do.

This line is more in context of people who thinks who are saviours in context of a project /politics .Especially I could relate it with my Consulting domain where people thinks they have more information about clients in just one or two good meetings. well, that’s not true. Similarly all those agencies including political parties who thinks they have true understanding of people in given geography.But it is not always true.

Common point of view is that community is poor as they don’t know what they really need and how to fix it.But my field work and job has taught me exactly same what this point sums up.Other people have more information about their abilities,their efforts, resources more than us.

4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended.

So here is a challenge to common theory that NREGS,SGSY and all social incentive schemes are great for poor people in villages.Actually it is not.In villages almost many social incentive schemes are extended to poor like free food,free house, free education,free health care,assured job, assured pension, assured loan waiver etc etc.Few are justified like education and health care but giving unemployment assistance or assured job is bogus and detrimental to labor market of our nation as eventually skills are ignored.Our country don’t have any Vocational framework yet, huge unemployment statistics are screaming but still Congress takes proud ownership of extending social incentive system to poor so that they stay poor.

5. There are tradeoffs between equality and efficiency.
Reservations for backward classes or minority is the context here.Reservations in private sector would be another blow to all equality and efficiency. I have read the Govt resolution about performance appraisal of Govt employees belonging to certain classes. It clearly states that no bad feed back should be given to employee otherwise it would attract action against such officer.How could you expect efficiency from them ?

7. In the future, you too will respond to incentives. That is why there are some promises that you’d like to make but can’t. No one will believe those promises because they know that later it will not be in your interest to deliver. The lesson here is this: before you make a promise, think about whether you will want to keep it if and when your circumstances change. This is how you earn a reputation.

This is self explanatory

8. Governments and voters respond to incentives too. That is why governments sometimes default on loans and other promises that they have made.

Voters especially poor voters responds to incentives which are as petty as 2000 bucks or alcohol.Many political party or it’s representative knows this that’s why they lure them with incentives during elections.Dont expect any such government to fulfil all their promises as “Jaise Praja waisa Raja” i.e. Citizens only deserve kings like them only.

10. When a government spends, its citizens eventually pay, either today or tomorrow, either through explicit taxes or implicit ones like inflation.

That’s why CAG is very important today ,why we must take every corruption scam seriously as eventually it’s taxpayer who pay it from his hard earned money. this become more cruel in country like India where only nearly 4 percent citizens are paying taxes to run the country.I feel so frightened when I see taxes every where on from salary slip to restaurant bills.Service Tax, Education cess, higher education cess etc etc.What about remaining 90 percent of population and strangely no one is asking these difficult questions today.

11. Most people want other people to pay for public goods and government transfers (especially transfers to themselves).

Why rich are getting richer and why poor are getting poorer.

12. Because market prices aggregate traders’ information, it is difficult to forecast stock prices and interest rates and exchange rates.
Great message to all my young stock Turks who have beliefs that they would fathom the market and make money in quick time.No boss it is just like gambling don’t amuse us by using financial jargons.

Complete article is available at following link:
http://readbi.in/rymGea

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