Monthly Archives : April 2015

There were times when academic institutes used to go with traditional methods of school administration but that has started to change. Cloud-based technology has entered the world of education making school management fast, convenient and effective for all academic institutes thriving to flourish in the education industry.

It’s a huge responsibility for any school admin to maintain the school’s overall productivity. Everything in an academic institute is inter-linked. If schools and colleges have a well-organized administration system, the teaching staff won’t have to be bogged down with hectic work schedules. This will automatically improve the student’s productivity to a greater extent.

All schools and colleges no matter what size or academic curriculum have to manage and control multiple areas such as student attendance, enrolment, examination, accounts and so on. In order to organize all such departments, the admin feels the need to bring cloud-based technology into the system. It not just improves the entire administration system, but also saves the admin a fortune.

Students and teachers are the most important asset of any academic institute. Good teaching staff helps maintain a better learning environment which improves the student productivity in the long run. That is why schools have started to take extreme measures regarding administration. Admins have realized that the administration network of any school works as a foundation and if the foundation is weak, the entire academic institute may end up collapsing.

How Is Cloud-Based Technology And Education Gelling Together Effectively?

As mentioned above, student productivity depends on the quality of teaching and the quality of teaching can only improve if the teaching staff is being provided with stress-free working environment…

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Online learning and its pedagogy have to be engineered in a specific manner to meet the aspirations of a range of learners.

States of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh see a strange conundrum. While almost all students who complete class XII and all those who can afford to pay, end up getting into some higher education programme, tens of thousands of seats go vacant every year in professional and arts/science colleges in these States. Very few youngsters, who can afford it, choose not to enter college.

So, although seats are available, lakhs of students do not pursue higher education as they cannot afford it. Alternatively, the problem may lie in not having access to a college or university. Or the learners feel the quality of education is not up to the mark.

Enrolment crisis

Look at the other side. The Union government wants to increase the gross enrolment ratio to at least 30 per cent in the next five – six years. (Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) is the ratio between youth population in the 17 – 25 age group and the number actually enrolled in higher education institutions). Overall, only about 20 per cent of the relevant age population in India is enrolled in higher education. Tamil Nadu is relatively better off, as its GER is already 30 per cent.

A GER target of 30 per cent translates into bringing 35 million young people within the higher education ecosystem — a mammoth task in terms of cost of infrastructure, systems, processes and recruiting the faculty. Still, there is no guarantee that the education that’s delivered will be affordable and accessible for all rural students, or be of reasonable quality.

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கோடை விடுமுறை குழந்தைகளுடைய சுதந்திர காலம். ஒவ்வொரு ஆண்டும் ஜூன் முதல் ஏப்ரல் வரை தினமும் முழுமையான தூக்க மில்லாமல் அவசரகோலத்தில் எழுந்து பாதி வயிற்றை மட்டுமே நிரப்பிக்கொண்டு பள்ளிக்கூடங் களுக்கு சென்று பாடங்கள், தேர்வு, டியூஷன், வீட்டுப்பாடம் என வீடு முதல் பள்ளிவரை குழந்தைகள் ஓய்வின்றி உள்ளனர்.

இந்த குழந்தைகளுடைய மூளைக்கு சற்று ஓய்வு கொடுக்கக்கூடியதுதான் இந்த கோடை விடுமுறை.

ஆனால், பெரும்பாலான பெற் றோர்கள் கோடை பயிற்சி, அடுத்த கல்வியாண்டுக்கு முன் தயாரிப்பு என மீண்டும் குழந்தைகளுடைய சுதந்திரத்தை பறித்துக்கொள்கின்றனர்.

அதனால், குழந்தைகள் மன அழுத்தத்துக்கு ஆளாகி அவர் களின் மூளை நரம்பு செல்கள் பாதிப்படையும் அபாயம் ஏற்படும். அத்துடன் நினைவாற்றல், கற்றல் திறன் குறையும் என திண்டுக்கல் காந்திகிராம கிராமிய பல்கலைக் கழக கல்வியியல் துறை பேராசிரியர் ஜாகீதா பேகம் தெரிவித்தார்.

இதுகுறித்து அவர் `தி இந்து’ விடம் கூறியதாவது: ‘‘மூளைக்கு ஓய்வில்லாமல் தொடர்ந்து வேலை தரக்கூடிய அறிவார்ந்த பாடங் களைப் படித்து குழந்தைகள் சலிப் படைந்திருப்பர். கோடை விடுமுறை குழந்தைகள் மூளையை புத்து ணர்ச்சி செய்ய உதவுகிறது. மூளையில் `நார் எபி நெப்ரின்’ எனும் வேதிப்பொருளை அதிகளவு சுரக்கச் செய்து மனதையும், உடலை யும் உற்சாகமாக வைத்துக்கொள்ள உதவுகிறது.

மேலும் படிக்க…

Learning to work as a team is essential for an individual’s overall development.

Imbibing the right attitude and the skills required to work in teams is an important part of education. In college curriculum, besides knowledge testing through examinations, group projects and presentations form a core part of the evaluation process. These may either have two individuals working together or groups of four to five or more members. Such work demands sharing mental space and communicating at multiple levels.

The initial enthusiasm` to work together begins to fade as one gains some experience of working in groups. It isn’t uncommon to find students expressing their disillusionment with group projects. But, while working alone may allow the autonomy to shape one’s work according to one’s will, it does not expose one to multiple perspectives which are necessary for growth.

K. Seshadrinathan, adjunct faculty member, Department of Management Studies, University of Madras, points out the significance of group work in the development of a student’s personality. “In a group, a few members may be highly involved, a few others may be less involved and play supporting roles, yet others may be just observers. An important purpose of assigning group projects is to help and motivate shy individuals overcome their inhibitions and interact with and learn from each other,” he says. But several times, as many students would testify, things take a sour turn.

Strike a balance

Differing motivations, commitment levels and temperaments of individual members give rise to different problems. The group may have lethargic members who are perceived as taking a free ride on others’ efforts. Then there may be those who try to do the entire work by themselves and consider the presence of others in the team to be a mere formality. Neither of these two extremes is right for the smooth functioning of the team. “What we have observed over a period of time is that people build several barriers within themselves and in relation to others.

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The US’ prestigious Harvard University is set to open its international offices in India…

 

The US’ prestigious Harvard University is set to open its international offices in India, China and South Africa to facilitate research and academic work for its affiliates in those regions.

Harvard is awaiting approval from the Indian government for its School of Public Health to open an office in Mumbai, a report in the college newspaper The Harvard Crimson said.

Apart from Mumbai, Harvard has authorised the formation of new international offices in Cape Town and Beijing and each office is in a different stage of development, Vice Provost for International Affairs Jorge I Dominguez was quoted as saying.

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