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“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”
Swami Vivekananda a name that does not require any sort of introduction. He is an influential personality who is credited with enlightening the western world about Hinduism. He represented Hinduism in the Parliament of Religions in 1893 in Chicago and due to this an unknown monk of India suddenly leaped into fame. National Youth Day is observed on 12th January to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
“All the powers in the universe are already our. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”
Swami Vivekananda has a unique place among the great men who conceived the Renaissance in India. He was born on 12th January, 1863, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Kolkata (earlier…
No, seriously. Do nothing today. Sit still, focus on your thoughts, feel your emotions and maybe practice mindfulness but don’t do anything that is generally considered productive.
Confused? Read ahead.
The Art of Doing Nothing
In this world of constant commotion, pressure of being productive and being busy is valued highly. Working long hours, being on the grind is what takes you forward in life and makes you successful. While there is truth and value to be found in working hard and consistently, it shouldn’t come at a cost of other things that increase the value of your life .
I first encountered the phrase ‘Dolce Far Niente’ in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ starring Julia Roberts. The Italian phrase means ‘the sweetness of doing nothing’ and the concept of finding pleasure from not doing anything is quite interesting.
What’s happening in Afghanistan today is going to put this country 200 years back.
Mahbooba Seraj (Founder of Afghan Women’s network)
Petrified men, wailing women, clueless children, for people in Afghanistan life came to a standstill with the withdrawal of American and NATO forces in the predawn hours of July 1, 2021. With this long suspected withdrawal , the Taliban swiftly took control over the large parts of the country, now including the capital city of Kabul. The country of Afghanistan has now fallen at the hands of the Taliban. The impotence of Afghanistan to combat is reflected in the fact that the President of the country, Ashraf Ghani fled , leaving his people to die at the hands of Taliban.
Heartened by their success, the Taliban has geared up its oppression drive, with women being the most predictable targets.
Feminism, in simple terms, means that no sex should be treated with any injustice. They should receive equal treatment. But, off late, there is developing a new type of feminism that is rightly called pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo-feminists have a deep desire to remedy all the injustices inflicted on women, often by lashing out and demeaning at men.
What they forget is the fundamental essence of the movement towards feminism: equality.
Another form of pseudo-feminism is comfort feminism. We often don’t realize it, but pseudo-feminism is all around us, clandestinely hiding behind feminism.
The women are crying everywhere for fair rights, but don’t waste a minute telling a guy sitting on a Ladies Reserved seat to vacate it. that women’s income tax slab is higher than men’s. A woman who earns till 3,00,000-3,50,000 is exempt from tax payment.
If both men and women earn the same account, why should it only be…
IP ( INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY) is a result of the human intellect i.e., human mind or intelligence), which can be someone’s invention, artistic or literary work, symbol, etc. IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) is the rights awarded by the society to individuals or organizations principally over intellectual property. It protects your creation against infringement.
There are types of intellectual property
GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GI)
Have you ever heard of Nagpur oranges or Banarasi saree or Nasik grapes and, Bikaneri bhujia? Do you know what’s similar in all these? The answer is that they all depict their specific place of origin. They all are geographical indications. A geographical indication is a sign on different products that depict their specific geographical origin and, it holds its reputation and quality because of its place of origin. A geographical indication (GI) has the name of…
As virologists and epidemiologists all over the world are making efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, another evil is going largely unnoticed- the mental health pandemic. Ironically, the measures that are being taken to shield the public health from the threats posed by the global health crisis, are in turn, aggravating the mental health disorders, thereby leading to an upsurge in anxiety, depression, insomnia and suicidal tendencies. Vaccines are being increasingly made available for protection against the virus, but the future of the mental health pandemic seems bleak.
The mental health pandemic owes its existence largely to the ongoing global health pandemic, or rather the measures that have been taken to contain it. The lockdown that was imposed in most countries all over the world greatly reduced social interaction, which greatly aggravated the pre-existing mental health disorders in people. The state of isolation, reduced face-to-face communication and feeling cut…
Elon Reeve Musk ( born June 28, 1971) is an entrepreneur and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer at SpaceX; early stage investor,CEO, and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. A centibillionaire, Musk is one of the richest people in the world.
Musk was born to a Canadian mother and South African father and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada aged 17 to attend Queen’s University. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received bachelor’s degrees in economics and physics. He moved to California in 1995 to attend Stanford University but decided instead to pursue a business career, co-founding the web software company Zip2 with brother Kimbal. The startup was acquired by Compaq for $307 million in 1999. Musk co-founded online bank X.com that same year, which merged with Confinity in 2000 to form PayPal. The company was bought by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.
A single wise decision can take your
organization to great heights. You can always make sure that your business
grows and prospers. You can introduce some concepts and methods in your
organization that are effective professional, dynamic and most importantly
well-organized. There are many tools and instruments that can be employed to
make sure that your business grows significantly.
Talking about one such tool called 360 performance appraisals,
there are amazing benefits attached to it.
It can significantly impact leadership, teams, and even the entire
organization immediately. When an organization takes a decision to launch a 360
degree feedback program for the foremost time, some leaders are unwilling to
take part. Great leaders might have a bias towards action, and in case you
want something that can form results starting by the time you end up reading
this piece of write up; nothing could be more tried and true than employing 360
degree feedback in your organization. It would definitely get you a vision and
insight and you would get to know a lot more about your organization and the
employees working therein.
It is not necessary to tell that 360
degree feedback surveys will benefit leadership, teams, and the whole
organization right away. It does so by providing a safe, intimate, and reliable
way for colleagues to cater feedback. With
the help of this tool, a business can gain valuable insight into present day
leadership, teams, and entire health of the organization. This feedback surveys
caters the heads and leaders with robust knowledge and feedback into what is
working and what is not really. Once you
use the data provided by this instrument correctly, you can swiftly take
action, by helping staff members improve and become better contributors and
leaders in the company. Of course, once you work on the weaknesses, they turn
out to be strengths.
Ah, it is unfortunate that even today,
when an organization takes a decision to launch a 360 degree feedback program,
there is that bunch of individuals who is reluctant to participate. They say
that they have heard it all: and further
keep their point like why do they need feedback? Can’t they just ask others
instead of taking a complete survey” these people simply say they know what
they are doing and they don’t want to know what others have to say. It is equally true that such are not bad
responses, but they are not wonderful either. The reality is that the future is
feedback. Gone are the days where working as per gut instinct and good
feelings are satisfactory. And while employee insights aren’t perfect pointers
of the truth of the matter, they are one of the most valued bits of feedback a
staff member or leader can get.
But fetching honest feedback about
performance is difficult. As employees move up in the organization, frank
feedback about their performance or leadership style actually gets down. Many
people are often afraid of displeasing individuals in leadership positions and might
give less than candid feedback on the performance when asked face to face. The
point is that when the name of the person giving the feedback is open and
known; feedbacks get painted. But when
the names of the feedback givers are not known, everybody gives a fair feedback.
Remember a 360 degree feedback
program offers others a chance to give heads, leader’s accurate and helpful
feedback in a proper, constructive and confidential manner. In a 360 feedback program,
the leader and a bunch of other raters give answer to specific questions about the
performance of the employee. These raters are picked from those with whom an
employee or head of the department or leader works day-to-day and
characteristically encompass supervisors, direct reports, customers and peers. In
this way, there remains proper procedure of feedback beyond partiality or fear.
If you carry out the program of 360 degree feedback: properly, you can
real excellent benefits like:
Self-awareness simply means
understanding your personality, encompassing your strengths, beliefs,
weaknesses, motivations, thoughts, and even emotions. And self-awareness
is mainly vital when talking about leadership. If you carry out this program on
your leaders or department heads; it would reap you even deeper benefits.
Leading people needs a careful balance of competing primacies. Various leaders
having good intentions might make mistakes because they make continuing
improvements in the wrong direction.
Everybody thinks they have a great
handle on how other individuals see them. But there has been research that
shows people usually score themselves lower than their manager and their proper
reports score them. Don’t you feel it would be great to know individuals think
higher of you than you think of yourself?
It would certainly give a person more confidence.
Get to know about behaviors
When you carry out a feedback
program, you get to know what type of behavior a person has and what is
expected from him. The feedbacks would
allow the individuals to know if the tasks they are performing are actually the
way they should have been performed. What their behavior is or how it can be
changed. Once there is feedback, one can
know which type of behavior is required and how they are performing. Now if a person asks you what behaviors went
into forming a great leader, would you be in a position to write down even ten behaviors
off the top of your head? Well, when
these behaviors are asked in a feedback system, a lot of behaviors come to
Dialogue is the foremost step in
moving from measurement to enhancement. Self-awareness, explained behavior, and
process feedback blend to provide a natural chance for dialogue. In an ideal
manner such a dialogue starts with a warm discussion between the program
administrator and the surveyed leader wherein strengths are highlighted and
weaknesses are discovered. The point is
once there is a dialogue, there begins a procedure of improvement.
Thus, you can try out this program
of 360 and you would definitely relish the outcomes it has to offer. Whether you are a SME or a huge multinational
organization, these feedbacks are absolutely effective and productive.
The National School Climate Center (NSCC) (1996) defines school climate as the quality and character of school life. School climate constitutes patterns of students’, parents ‘and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures. Schools differ in their climate and this climate has definite role in determining the well-being and happiness of students. When we notice considerable difference in the educational stress levels of students studying in government, aided and public schools there is enough reason to trace for its causes in the school climate of those schools.
A survey was made in two Aided, two Government and two Private schools of Thrissur district in Kerala state. 261 higher secondary school students participated in the survey.
Aleemul islam higher Secondary school,
Chaldean Syrian Higher secondary School,
Nirmalamatha Central School CBSE,
Sandeepany Vidhya Niketan ICSE,
Anchery Govt Higher Secondary School,
Government Model Boy’s School,
Contrary to the usual norm prevailing among parents and teachers, private school students exhibited comparatively lower levels of stress than their counterparts in Aided and Government Schools. Aided school students had highest level of stress.
The survey which conducted during September-October 2017 probed five dimensions of educational stress namely pressure from study, workload factor, worry about grades, self-expectation and despondency. The standardized tool used for the study was a five point Likert scale developed by a group of educational researchers presided by Jiandong Sun in 2011. Before the survey it was translated into Malayalam and all statistical procedures for asserting validity and reliability were duly performed.
The mean value of stress level was “above average” for the entire sample of students participated in the study. Graphical representation of school wise comparison are given below
Why this difference?
School climate or culture will have a serious role in the educational stress of adolescents. Research findings back this perspective. At the same time socio-economic status of parents is another major factor affecting the educational stress of students. For example, there are studies showing academic anxiety is significantly low among students whose parents have higher educational qualification. Also academic stress and examination anxiety of students usually exhibit an inverse relationship with educational and income levels of their parents. Findings of researches going on in many parts of India keep on reiterating this claim.
Socio-economic status of parents is more or less same
In Kerala, private schools are where students from high socio economic status flock. In search of better avenues for excellence both in life and education the creamy layer of society opt for CBSE or ICSE syllabus for their wards. At the same time, lately, there is a trend for this group to shift into Kerala syllabus thanks to the differences in the criteria with which the grades scored by students following two syllabuses—Kerala and Central— are estimated at the time of admission for various courses for higher studies. Due to this, affluent parents too are willing to send their wards to aided schools provided; these schools maintain a reputation for their pass percentage. For this reason, one may consider that the socio economic back ground of students studying in aided and private schools are more or less same.
So there is enough reason to assume that increased stress levels noticed in the students of aided educational institutions is not exclusively due to socio-economic status and related individual differences. It might be due to some peculiarities constituting the very culture or clime of those schools.
School climate can be the reason
School climate has the potential to permeate into overall well-being of the students. For a student, school climate enters into his psychological makeup through teacher-student interactions, peer interactions, class room experiences, parent-teacher communications etc. All these interactions will be laden with the ethos for which school stands for. Educational vision/mission of the institution determines the very texture of all experiences students meet within the school. So difference in educational stress can be a difference in the educational attitude schools foster.
An in-depth enquiry into the matter will uncover the facts. Educational ministry of Kerala which is hell-bent on raising the standard of educational institutions cannot avoid this angle of exploration. Educational stress among students can jeopardize any well crafted educational policy.
In all the five indicators of educational stress, aided school scored highest which included pressure from study and worry of grades. The competition among schools to secure 100% pass in board exams and teachers pressurizing the students to meet this end is one of the salient features of working culture of teaching professionals of schools of Kerala. So whenever dealing with student educational stress the role of school climate in it must be probed into.