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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

JUST BE YOURSELF.....

Being yourself is not easy because we all have two sides to us, the inner and the outer side of us. I have always been fascinated by this fact and have done a lot of introspection to find a balance between the two self of me. I have tried at each step to ensure that my outer self and the inner self are at peace with each other. I get the realization that the inner self speaks the truth and the outer self speaks what you want it to speak. I also find that the inner self guides me to my development and helps me understand myself. But the outer self pushes us to be what others want us to be. This is the time that the divergence in our life begins to take shape within our self.
I sometimes start wondering why people just don’t want to be themselves, what is it that makes them think of being something that they are not. There is no easy answer to this question as everyone has their own interpretation and feels that they are always right.
In recent months I have come across so many people that I feel so sorry about but then I also get to meet people that I feel so good about. I once asked a person, what is it that makes you feel good about yourself?  His/her answer was my own achievement. I got thinking about it and one thought always kept coming to my mind. Is life all about our own achievement or should some part of our life be devoted to the achievement of others as well. A very close friend told me that no one cares about what you do for others. But why should I care about others caring for what I do for them? Would this not be self defeating purpose? I was always told that you do good to others not because you want them to recognize it but because you derive a level of satisfaction from what you do.
I tried a lot with some people in the last few months but unfortunately I had to let them go because they could not get out of the situation that there is life beyond self and would not want to learn. I still feel sorry for it that I was not able to spend more time talking to them and helping them come out of their self centered nature. These are people who believe that the more problem they can create, the more they will be required.
I have always found that your best part of life is to be yourself. This is the most difficult task that a person has at hand at any point in time. To my readers I will only say that you try and develop a frequency between you outer self and the inner self. Ensure that they both speak the same language. Remember that you can win people only when you let them know what you are. Your positions, designations, the money and other things in life cannot get you want you want. Just being yourself gets you more in life than any position or designation.
Be yourself and don’t you ever demand respect from others, just work towards earning their respect by being yourself. Some will still not like you and that is ok, everyone is not required to like you. Just be natural and don’t try and play God and you will see how your world begins to change.
Kamlesh Misra

Friday, September 9, 2011

ALPHABETS OF HAPPINESS.....

                  

A-Accept:  Accept others for who they are and for the choices they've made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B-Break Away: Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C-Create: Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.

 D-Decide: Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

 E-Explore: Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.

F-Forgive: Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G-Grow: Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H-Hope: Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I-Ignore: Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J-Journey: Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you'll grow.

K-Know:  Know that no matter how bad things seem, they'll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.
 
L-Love: Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there's room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.

 M-Manage:  Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry. Then you'll be able to focus on the important things in life.
N-Notice: Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O-Open: Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there's still much to be thankful for.

P-Play: Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q-Question:  Ask many questions, because you're here to learn.

 R-Relax: Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S-Share: Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T-Try: Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U-Use:  Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's used will bring unexpected rewards.

V-Value: Value the friends and family members who've supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W-Work: Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X-X-Ray: Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you'll see the goodness and beauty within.

 Y-Yield: Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you'll find success at the end of the road.

 Z-Zoom: Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

Happy Reading...
(Author Unknown)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM IN INDIA: AN AGENDA FOR REFORM


Before I start writing this blog, I want to say that I am a product of the same system that I will be writing on and it pains when I do that. It is however important that we recognize the need for change and to work towards achieving the same.

The University System in India is going through what I call as systemic disorder where it is difficult to think of the point where we can start to make the changes. Over the last 25 years the decline in the standards that universities follow has seen a major decline. In this blog I would like to highlight these points of decline and try to list the reasons for the same. I would like to identify the path that we can travel in order to reform the existing system.  I would not claim that process of reform that I am listing are final but are just the starting point of a debate that is so much needed in this country.

Analysis of Current Situation:

If we go deep into the operation of India’s University System the first thing that we find is that with the exception of a few universities such as Delhi University and JNU, most of them have lost the academic credibility that is so much required for excellence. To a large extent this has resulted from interference from Government which has controlled the functioning of these institutions of higher learning. Today Universities do not enjoy the autonomy that they used to enjoy in the past. There are instances where IAS officers are being appointed as Vice Chancellors and registrars of Universities. In sum there is complete loss of autonomy and a collapse of academic administration. Teachers of eminence do not want to become Vice Chancellors any more as they refuse to take the rounds of the HRD ministry to garner support for their appointment.

Teachers in Universities are now a very different lot compared to those 25 years back. The profession of teaching has gone through a major transformation. About 20 percent of teachers in universities are doing their job and they have become a minority. The other 80 percent are politicians who are very active in the politics of teachers associations I universities. They do little to rescue the university from the clutches of those who are destroying it. Many of them are teaching in coaching centers to generate additional income. Universities used to have some of the best research centers; today they don’t produce any research of substance. Most teachers are now writing only text books of very inferior quality. Most of them do not come to the university except on the days that they may have classes. They hardly put in about 10 to 15 hours a week in the university. This is defined as academic freedom by them. Given the time that teachers spend at the university, they are paid even higher than the industry standard. The UGC has done a great deal of damage to the profession of teaching by introducing the concept of automatic promotions in universities. Now every teacher who enters the university is guaranteed to retire as a professor at the minimum. This does not require him to do anything other than wait for a specified number of years.

Appointments in universities have become too political. There is personal interest in every appointment from the lowest to the highest level. The state universities have become local in their outlook. About 75 to 80 percent of teachers are from the local community and a large number of them are related to each other. Vice Chancellors and heads of departments have been known to appoint their sons, daughters and close relatives in the university system. This has led to localized university system in a globalized world.

The student body within the State Universities has also become localized and each university attracts students from the districts around it. This has led to a loss of diversity among the student body which is so essential for learning. Various state governments have imposed restriction or barriers to entry for students from other states for one reason or the other. This is done in the name of protecting the interest of students from the local area. It is evident that these barriers have been created to overcome the shortage that exists in the education sector but this has destroyed the open culture of universities.

Towards a New Development Path:

Universities and colleges have multiplied numerically and expanded physically:  number of students has increased enormously, and so has the number of teachers, and employees. University campuses have grown, as have several other physical facilities. We tend to call these changes as development but the values that go to make development a reality have declined. In the world of nature, functioning precedes growth. Growth has to conform to efficient functioning to meet the objectives of the system. Each bout of growth makes the system larger and therefore more complex requiring a new set of rules and guidelines. If such rules and guidelines are not evolved, the system gets derailed. Our universities have grown but the live wires that make it functionally efficient and effective have not changed; they are the same old ones of British days.

Return to Functional Mode: It is now time for universities to return to the task of what they were created for.

Academic Audit: Quality control systems should be put in place and curriculum development should be an ongoing process.

Autonomy with Responsibility: Absolute autonomy in developing courses, shutting departments, appointments and examinations should be allowed but with a greater degree of responsibility of administrators.

Open door Policy: Admission of students and recruitment of faculty should be at national and international level and we should give up localization of universities.

Administrative restructuring: There should be complete restructuring of University administration to bring it at par with corporate performance measures in operation.