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What social/economic policy (that has been immensely successful in a foreign land) would you like to be implemented in India?
A multi-tier healthcare and education economyThis means that healthcare and education should be universally available to everyone with a minimum standard of quality and paid for by the government and citizens via insurance/CSR - the proportion of who pays how much depending on the “ability to pay”.In India our population has been our biggest problem as distributing the limited resources available to the government over a huge population has always been a problem since many decades. This being the case, the neglect that healthcare and education has seen over the years is baffling.A bad vision can hamper our ability to see rest of the worldOur country’s founding fathers and the politicians that followed have been short sighted in their vision for India. They have focussed on things that get them instant political capital like building dams, building bombs, free or dirt cheap food, free fans/fridges/laptops to the poor, temple/mosque politics, cow-slaughter vigilantism, demonetization, etc. They haven’t focussed on helping India become a knowledge economy nor a country with a healthy population. Creating thousands of unemployable engineers who need other countries (or an MBA) to hire them is not a knowledge economy.Despite his poor work on primary education, Jawaharlal Nehru did the country a big favour by establishing premier institutions like UGC, IITs, AIIMS, RECs, IIMs, CSIRs, DRDO, etc. However his successors have not made any major advancements other than improvise on existing institutions so that they can get elected next election 5 years later. The short sightedness of the planning is indicated by the unsurprising and underwhelming “5” year plans and not 10 and 20 year plans.I have lived and worked in Singapore so my comparison is going to be between India and Singapore where India clearly needs to learn from them. I have written about both these issues before, so I’m going heavily borrow content from my previous answers for this answer.Healthcare Policy- A healthy population is a productive populationThe government hospitals need to become centers of excellence so that paying patients can approach government hospitals for their healthcare needs. I worked in Singapore where the level of care is the same in government and private hospitals. I worked in a government hospital- National University Health Systems (NUHS)- where there was a two tier payment system. All citizens and permanent residents were eligible for subsidized healthcare funded by the government insurance scheme. There was a private system which was used by richer citizens and foreigners to take personalized care from specific doctors on the government hospital roll. This encouraged the best doctors to be in government service since it paid as much as being in private hospitals. The added advantage was there was institutional support for research and development which was lacking in private hospitals.I want to see the same level of pragmatism in healthcare in India. The concept of volumes driving down healthcare costs and increasing profits is not a new one in India. As one of the best examples I can give, Narayana Hrudayalaya (or Narayana Health as it is called now) in Bangalore does 44 Heart bypass surgeries a day (highest in the world). A CTVS surgeon there on an average performs about 24 bypass surgeries/week. The average cost of bypass in NH is USD$1500 (Rs. 90,000- lowest in the world). The hospital is running profits of $16 million/year (Total revenue $128 million) - just one brand of hospitals in a developing country!! It is win-win for both doctors and patients. Philanthropy has to be self sustaining to be successful. The NH now have a medical facility in the Cayman Islands where patients from developed countries without good insurance schemes receive treatment at one tenth the cost in their home country.Other examples in eye care (my own specialty) are LV Prasad Eye Institute, (Telangana, Seemandra, Odhisha) and Aravind Eye Hospitals (Madurai, Theni, Puducherry, Chennai, Coimbatore, Nigeria). Both these hospitals have used the multi tier system to provide world class care to everyone. I don’t see why the government cannot replicate this model on a larger scale.The advantage of this multi tier healthcare system is the rich can fund the treatment of the poor and yet both the rich and the poor receive almost the same level of medical care. Government hospitals should provide care for the rich, the large middle class and the very large number of poor at reasonable cost appropriate to their level of income and affordability. This multi-tier model has made Singapore’s healthcare system the envy of the world.Education- creating human capitalWhen India became independent in 1947, more than 80% of the population was illiterate. Yet our leaders did not focus on primary education which was especially cruel on the rural populace which comprised of more than 70% of our population.Currently, only 3.8% of GDP (as opposed to the 6% recommended by the Kothari Education commission 1966) is allocated to education. This 3.8% is an umbrella allocation ranging from funds for primary school education, secondary education, teacher training, Sarva Shiksha Abhyaan (SSA) to higher education centers like IITs, IIMs, 40+ central universities and other state universities. One can also see that the budget allocated to SSA- which is what funds RTE-is around Rs. 22,500 crores is grossly inadequate to pay for the basic minimum promised by the government thus explaining it’s failed implementation till date with less than 10% of the schools being RTE compliant.The current government has not prioritized education nor healthcare with very marginal increases and sometimes even decrease in budget allocation. They have missed several development goals in education already despite a new powerful government at helm. The education sector will continue to suffer neglect by the government just like our healthcare system. The wire article in February 2017 is a scathing report card on the current education reforms in the country:Unfortunately after six years of implementation of the Act, only 9.5% schools have been made RTE compliant across the country. It has been well documented that millions of children are still out of school and that thousands of additional schools are yet to be built while lakhs of teachers are yet to be recruited and trained. Low allocation is hampering the quality of education in government schools which have a teacher vacancy of more than 5 lakh and at least 6.4 lakh teachers are untrained. Ten percent of the schools are single teacher schools, 30% of the schools are without functional toilets for girls and 20% of the schools still lack safe drinking water.India failed to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. As per recent official data, around 63 lakh children aged between six to 17 years are working for more than 180 days in a year. These figures display how the ruling party ignores the promises made in their election manifesto to enhance financing education up to 6% – which if implemented could have made education accessible to each and every child.When Singapore became independent in 1965, Singapore was nothing more than a land full of slums, fishing settlements and a sea port. It’s education levels were similar to what India was at Independence (not surprising since it was also a former British colony). In just over 3 decades, they could rise from a third world country to a developed nation. This was enabled in no small measure by being a powerful knowledge economy. Singapore owes much of its present success as an educated society to Lee Kuan Yew-their first Prime-Minister. LKY realized quite early that he was not going to achieve much without much natural resources and an economy heavily dependent on the ports.Lee Kuan Yew thus created created human capital through education.He made English the universal medium of instruction and that gave Singapore linguistic currency to deal with the west and to attract their investors into their economy. His bilingual education policy (English + mother tongue) while enabling harmonious co-existence of various races also helped keep them rooted in their culture.Right from independence, Singapore has invested heavily on education. From being a barely literate nation to having their two premier universities among the top 50 in the world within a generation is an incredible achievement. Singapore’s education spending is about 20% of their national budget where it subsidises the education of both government and private educational institutions. Primary education is compulsory in Singapore and it is a criminal offense there for parents to not enroll their children into schools and not ensure regular attendance. Singapore’s school children are amongst the best quality school students in the world. The quality of education is pretty consistent throughout the island state no matter the socio-economic status. Even their education system is multi-tier depending on the academic ability of the individual student. Singapore does all it can to ensure the good education of their citizens. Singapore regularly sponsors student education abroad, so that they can bring back new expertise to the country. In short, the education policy of Singapore is top-notch and among the best in the world.I know that many would be thinking now-“Why is he comparing India with an city state like Singapore? Clearly India’s size and challenges are not at all like Singapore”. It’s true! India and Singapore are not alike and the challenges in India are not similar to problems in Singapore. However that being said, one has to remember that Singapore has the highest density of humans in a specific country- a population consisting of several races and ethnicities living harmoniously.India just has to deal with a larger proportion than Singapore but it’s problems regarding healthcare and education are similar to what Singapore had in 1970s. We also have to remember that both health and education are state subjects and not union subjects. There is no reason why the Singapore model of healthcare and education cannot be adopted in a few rich Indian states first and depending on it’s success, can be extended to other states. The situation is so bad today that any action in these areas would be considered an improvement.India does need to take heed of several pages out of Singapore’s book. Singapore has made it’s citizens accountable for their education and healthcare while helping subsidize those expenses (but remember it’s not free). It has done so without becoming a welfare state that many resource rich developing countries have tried to embrace without success- Venezuela, Brazil, India. etc. It is not that India is a poor country. India is a rich country with a lot of poor people. We need innovative ideas to percolate into the mainstream to solve our very complex socio-political problems.Singapore has achieved success by creating more employment opportunities and investing on skill based education which in turn creates wealth for it’s citizens- this then makes the citizens less dependent on doles like loan waivers and free food (you know teach a man to fish….). They have achieved excellent healthcare outcomes by creating centers of excellence, building infrastructure, sanitation processes, efficient referral systems, investing on research and development. Education too has seen a huge investment since independence and has gone hand in hand with Healthcare outcomes as it should be. They have liberally borrowed ideas in both healthcare and education from other countries. The present Prime minister’s words captures this very idea.We have no choice as we are a very small country with an open economy. If we do not look towards the world, we will have no way to go. — Lee Hsein LoongFew Singaporeans today want to settle down in another country but many in India are dying to get out of their country....and that says a lot about the quality of their leadership and how far Singapore has come since 1965. India too has come a long way since 1947- a lot of it very positive- but we still need to do a lot better than we have.Footnotes Narayana Health has successfully married affordability, quality health care Raghuraj Hegde's answer to What are the things Indian government must do to help new medical graduates setup their practice? Extreme Neglect of Primary Education in Budget 2017 Raghuraj Hegde's answer to Should schools in India be nationalized? Government schools are in pathetic condition, suffering from a lack of quality faculty, infrastructure, and sanitation. Should the government take ownership of private schools? http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/278200-1121703274255/1439264-1153425508901/Development_Edu_Singapore_draft.pdf
Is BML Munjal University good for a BTech?
The BML Munjal University is fast emerging as a center for excellence in education in North India. It was established in 2014, and since then, the university has seen many students clearing its stringent standards of examination and getting hired by the top companies in the world.What differentiates this university from the rest of the newer ones? It is founded by the legendary industrial house of Munjals who own the Hero Group. Hero cycles and bikes are a household name not only in India but in most countries of Asia and Africa where their bikes are a popular choice. The Group focus on excellence and perfectionism to train students from different parts of the country to take on a more active role in the fields of science, business, economics, and law. The BML Group runs several other educational institutions, including Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir in Gurgaon and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana.What makes the university the best is the various courses it offers, the campuses, and the type of companies holding career fairs and offering job placements.To see how BML Munjal University fares, let us look at the overall picture.BMU Munjal CampusThe campus is situated on the outskirts of Gurgaon, Haryana in a sprawling 500-acre campus. Equipped with the latest amenities that ensure the comfort and well being of the students, the campus is fully residential and co-educational.The courses offered by the universityBML Munjal University imparts education in the field of engineering, law, management, economics, and commerce.The institution is divided into four departments:School of Engineering and TechnologySchool of ManagementSchool of LawSchool of Economics and CommerceThese offer B. Tech, B. Com, BBA, and LLB degrees. Additionally, being a deemed university, the institution also offers an MBA degree and PhD. Very soon, there will be the second phase of expansion that will offer Science, Arts, and Architecture courses.Academic PartnershipThe Imperial College of London has an academic partnership with BML Munjal University. The noteworthy British institution provides a role in mentoring and advice for the management, engineering, and legal courses.The students from the School of Engineering and Technology have the opportunity to pursue MSc at the Imperial College if they show excellent academic performance at BML MU.Additionally, the students of commerce, management, and law departments attend workshops and lectures by the faculty of Imperial College.PedagogyThe exposure to top-notch western academia equips the students of BML MU with an ability to seek solutions that are innovative and effective. The pedagogy is far removed from the usual rote learning employed elsewhere in the country.BML MU prides itself on designing curriculum and developing teaching techniques that are both unique and state of the art. The university is in constant touch with the industry and offers an education that is relevant to employment.At all times, the faculty attempts to tutor the students the correlation between different branches of education viz management and engineering to break down the narrow tunnel vision that undergraduates often develop. The failure to look over and across boundaries is a hindrance to career development, and realising it, the teaching staff does an excellent job of imparting cross-disciplinary knowledge as far as possible.BML MU not only provides students with the scope of higher education but also makes a lot of effort to impart them with the skills required to emerge as well-informed individuals and responsible members of society.Admission ProcessThe UG admissions for the next academic session will commence in November 2019.Now, let us look at the specifics of the BML Munjal University Engineering CourseThe director of the engineering department is Dr Sudip Sanyal. An alumnus of the prestigious Benaras Hindu University, he has also taught there as well as at the famed Roorkee Engineering University (now known as IIT, Roorkee). His field of teaching encompasses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the domains at the cutting edge of modern technology. Dr Sanyal has over 30 years of experience as an academic and has provided to the BML MU engineering department his expertise for several years.CampusThe 50-acre campus is enormous and well designed. There is no lack of extracurricular activity, including clubs for debates, robotics, photography, and even martial arts!The campus can house 2,000 students in the most modern multistoried hostel buildings. There are over fifty academic staff who live on campus and several who commute.The campus is safe, secure, and has splendid facilities for developing a healthy mind and body.Students have access to a well-stocked library with books and journals from every discipline.B.Tech Eligibility –The total course fee for a 4-year B.Tech degree is INR 12,50,000 approximately.Students who have appeared in and cleared the JEE are eligible for admission to the university. However, students from state boards of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala can apply based on the Class 12 mark sheet.The minimum aggregate score of 70% in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English is required.Students of IB and IGCSE are also required to appear in and clear the JEE.Following the evaluation of the application and mark sheet of 10th and 12th board exams, students are called for an interview.Students with a 3-year Diploma course from various accredited Polytechnics can apply for B. Tech through the lateral admission process.SpecialisationsBML School of Engineering and Technology provides three specialities in B. Tech:Computer Science and EngineeringElectronics and Communication EngineeringMechanical EngineeringB. Tech Computer Science and EngineeringThis stream focuses on imparting learning about computer systems, architecture, programming in several languages, applications, and cybersecurity.The icing on the cake is the stress on data science and AI. Learning about the Internet of Things, new technology using which devices talk to each other, is also imparted.DS, AI, and IoT are the next frontier in computer sciences. The ordinary programming jobs have mainly been explored and automated.There is, of course, the IBM Lab, where students learn to test their ideas and build new software.These three subdomains will be generating hundreds of thousands of jobs, and with its ever-present planning for the future, the BML MU equips its B. Tech graduates to be among the best and brightest.B.Tech Electronics and Communication EngineeringWhile jobs in computer software are seen as glamorous, the computers work using solid-state circuits broadly known as chips. It is the electronic chips in everything from LED bulbs, phones to satellites that power the modern world.BML MU faculty tutors the advance science that goes into developing VLSI chips.The pride of the engineering department is the 3D printer that is used for circuit fabrication. It is said to be extremely expensive and only one of its kind in north India.The course covers not only solid-state circuits but also communications engineering related to satellites and phones.With the rapid expansion of cell phone networks and the soon to be the launch of 5G, any communications engineer trained at BML Munjal University would not have to search too hard for a job.B.Tech Mechanical EngineeringThe foundation of the Munjal group is mechanical engineering. Dr B M Munjal began life as an engineering apprentice in the Indian Army Ordnance Factory.That same tradition is present in BML MU.The mechanical engineering course focuses on designing, machining, and fabricating large mechanical systems. It, of course, includes quite a significant degree of automotive engineering since that is the field in which India is excellent.The department has a fully functional BMW engine to demonstrate to students how the world's most modern and advanced internal combustion mechanism works in practice.But aside from traditional mechanical engineering, the course also focuses on robotics and automation.Mechanical engineers are known for their exceptional all-around talent at problem-solving and can be employed in sectors as diverse as oil refining to indoor climate control.PlacementsBML MU has succeeded in providing employment to its engineers from top-notch Indian firms.The second 4-year B. Tech batch has graduated recently.Over 100 corporates visited the campus, and the largest package offered was INR 8 LPA. The average student received an offer of INR 4.7 lakhs.For a brand new university, this is indeed a stellar achievement.The recruiters included Byju's, Amazon, KPMG, and of course, the Hero Moto Corp.Why BMl Munjal is one of the best universities in IndiaIt is never easy to open an institute and make it a success. But, when you have an administration that comes with the need to showcase excellence and staff with a passion to train young minds to recognise that there is no limit to the human achievements, a success mantra is developed. The high calibre of teachers, course structure, and campus infrastructure ensures that every student is well-prepared to take on the challenges the world will throw them. The dynamic leadership shown by the senior academics would surely catapult this institute into one of India's topmost in the coming years.
What are the best public school districts in Vancouver, BC for children studying in Grade 5 onward and kindergarten?
Below is my answer to a similar question that you may find useful. The only additional suggestion would be questions about the school's intent and methods to shape the relationship between your twins. This should agree with your goals for them. Fraternal and identical twins of varying or same genders might also be worked with differently. All schools and people have methodological biases. The educators and parents must recognize these and find a way to work together for the children's long-term benefit. Children's joint and separate experiences at school and home will be most productive if you can make this work out. Ask any question that may lead to a useful discussion.I taught elementary school for a few decades and taught college after that. Worked in a couple of award winning schools. (These awards were for providing overall student development opportunities not for giving the most standardized tests. The foundation etc. sends a professional team to the school to talk to parents, students, and teachers for several days.) I have experience observing and training teachers as well as an MEd in child and adolescent development, guidance counseling, and other appropriate training. I had one former student move her family into my district so her son could have me as his teacher. Several people I had in class as children have sought me out as adults to thank me. This is not common but not as uncommon as one might think. There are a lot of very skilled educators in the world.It is good that you recognize that a child's early years are critical. Here is how I would choose an elementary school, regardless of location. The lists below are not ranked by importance. Assign your own relative values.Children accelerate all aspects of their development in educational environments that both support and challenge them. Both. A good school should support and challenge the parents as well. Think of the ideal school as a family resource for human development rather than an outside contractor.Visit the school several times, preferably with students present. You want:1. A principal who interacts with students by name, regardless of their performance or grade levels. You may not see evidence of this every time you visit, but a principal who spends all of their time locked in the office with paperwork is more concerned with serving the educational bureaucracy above them than providing educational leadership to their faculty and students. Ineffective principals also tend to use buzzwords connected to discussion of educational products. Educators that are more effective tend to ignore products and prefer to talk about child development and educational psychology.2. To see evidence of a professional educational team relationship that includes all the adults in the school. This should include the faculty, principal, and support staff. All of these people have different jobs but you should see evidence that they are working together for the benefit of the students in their charge.3. To see evidence of general student satisfaction. Most children should hold their heads up, return a wave or smile, or at least look at you as you walk through the building. Look for pleasant interactions between adults and children. You should hear some laughing during your visit. It would also be good if a student initiated a friendly interaction with you.4. An active PTA or other parent organization that shares and participates in the broad goals of the educational team mentioned elsewhere. You can get a good feel for this by asking about the projects the organization sponsored the previous year. This shows the development of an educational community to support all the students. Ideally, PTA leadership should be fluid and not dominated by a small number of individuals.Your child's educational environment will be most directly controlled by the teacher. A high quality teacher can offset educational deficiencies in other areas. You will probably have to make an appointment to talk to a teacher or visit a classroom. Below are practices that I would consider first because they indicate a productive but flexible mind set by the teacher and because I used them successfully. The broadest educational goal is to teach a student to be a productive citizen and their own best lifetime teacher. Look for:1. A plan to interact with the family of every student on an ongoing basis. This distributes the teacher's attention among the families of all students. Teachers that depend on "as needed" communication with families invariably over-focus on discipline problems, many of which could have been avoided with better planning or communication. This wastes a significant portion of the teacher's value as an educational resource. (You can find more detail Stronger Parent-Teacher Communication: Customizing Better Outcomes in Less Time )I offered parents quarterly planning seminars held at the community library. The seminar held afew weeks before the beginning of school dealt with overall classroom procedures and materials and those for each subject. We discussed parents' concerns and appropriately altered my plan for the upcoming year, for individuals or the group. The parents who did not attend were mailed the six-page handout that outlined the topics covered. I followed up with a phone call. Parent seminars during the school year contained adjustments to the plan, educational preview of the upcoming quarter,and evaluation of my performance.I called or met with each family approximately once every two weeks to discuss student progress and parent reactions or concerns. I maintained a rotating card file of these contacts that included notes specific to the family or the child's development plan. I called when there was something to report. Otherwise, I called the family whose card was on top whenever I had a few minutes.2. A limited number of classroom rules and punishments. Lists discourage students from being aware of and examining both their positive and negative behavior on an ongoing basis. This shortcoming carries over into lack of self-awareness of thought processes (metacognition). We want children to value the effect their behavior has on others and their community rather than how likely they are to escape punishment for exploitative behavior. I had two rules that covered everything. "Show up on time, with your tools, ready to work." and"You will not endanger anyone's health, safety, property, or learning opportunity – including your own." There was never any dispute about what behavior needed adjustment so things could be set back on course with a word most times. There was one punishment for persistent infraction. "You will fix any problem that you caused in addition to a punishment assigned by the teacher." In practice,”fix any problem…” and “assigned by the teacher” were not usually necessary. When they were, they came during student free time with questions about what the child could do to assure that the situation did not recur. “If you were the teacher here, what would you say right now?” was a favorite opening comment of mine. This most often resulted in a verbal agreement. Rarely, a child who had demonstrated bad faith in previous resolutions would write a behavior contract.3. Any additional evidence that the teacher respects the child as a proto-adult and developing citizen and holds the child responsible for an appropriate portion of their own development. "Appropriate portion" changes daily his students develop and falls somewhere between "I will let it go, you're just a kid.” and"The taxpayers spend $14 an hour to have each student in school. You wasted $7 by interrupting a class of 30 students for one minute. How are we going to fix this?"I realize that the foregoing may sound like a"hardass" approach to education that takes a huge amount of time and effort. The experience of my students,their families, and me suggests that a program like this takes about the same amount of parent/teacher time and is less stressful on everyone. All participants have control commensurate with the responsibility and know how to adjust the plan to their needs before a problem or conflict arises. School is oneof the happier places in the student's life and discipline issues fall to near zero. Also, stress producing bureaucrats tend not to mess with things that are working. A program like this produces self-aware people who are well adapted to operate successfully in society.Of more immediate concern to parents, elementary schools sow the seeds of preteen and teenage behavior. The majority of conflicts between adolescents and their parents are rooted in rebellion over responsibility and control. Parents feel the teenager has not learned responsibility and the teenager wants more control of their life. An elementary school student who has been continually encouraged to accept increasing responsibility for their own work and behavior, and experienced responsible risk-choosing and failure recovery, will have a much more realistic concept of their capabilities and shortcomings. Such a student is very likely to grow into a tolerable teenager.Finally, I suggest you look for a school with a faculty that expects at least a little more, and a little more rapid, development from your child than you do. Parents tend to underestimate the capabilities of their children, especially gifted or handicapped children,– sometimes by a lot. Many parents' first instinct is to protect their child from all challenge. Students need to experience,and deal with, their individual differences that influence both success and failure.Students also need to understand that most limits are not permanent. People grow and situations change. Even the most protective parents want students to grow into people who have an idea about their current limits and the best ways to extend them. The best schools are places where students are challenged to judiciously take academic and psychological risks in relative safety. They want an integrated home and school environment where students are supported as they learn effective ways to deal with all kinds of outcomes. Acquiring self-confidence, mental resilience, and recovery strategies requires hands-on practice.