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What are the best questions to ask a job applicant?
Not an HR person but here are some questions I’d prefer to be asked instead of the run of the mill questions.How did you find this job? (If job was on a site such as LinkedIn) What made this job stand out to you compared to others of a similar nature/description/title?What is one thing or skill you’d like to get out of this job?If you had the choice of working on your own or working with a group, which would you gravitate to more?When working on a (run of the mill project example for the industry) project, what do you think the optimal size team is, including yourself?If you were tasked with a (typical project for the industry) project, what roles would you feel most comfortable in? (project roles as in leader, advocate, record keeper/time keeper etc).Take me through your thought process/actions, when you come across something you don’t know how to do when working by yourself on a time-sensitive project/task.What tactics or elements makes a good leader/superior in your eyes?What was one situation where you felt really supported by your previous (if applicable) leader/superior?What is one thing you wish your leader/superior would have paid more attention to?What is one thing you feel like you would need the most guidance on should you start this job?Tell me about one of your best days at work, why was it so memorable?Tell me about one person/client (if applicable) at your last position that made an impact on you.What was one challenge you took, besides searching for a new job, this past year? How did it turn out/pay off/end?What was the last thing you learned on your own (ie not part of job requirements) what made you want to learn it?What was one thing that stood out to you on our website (if applicable)?(If second round and up and if interviews are close together-time wise not like months apart) Do you recall the person you spoke to in the last interview? Do you remember their name?
Is life hard in South Korea?
I lived in Korea for two and a half months as a foreign exchange student and I can say that life here is very similar to NY and NYC (Where I am from). It is very busy and people like to shop and can be materialistic. Living there can be hard especially since some of the stuff can be so expensive.I actually studied at one of the most prestigious universities in Korea: 고려대학교 or Korea University and hope to return this year. I noticed that University life is very fun but also stressful. I remember being mind blown at how even on the weekends the number of seats taken in the study rooms was like 290 out of 300…. Needless to say, they study a lot here.It’s a little more rushed than NYC and the city never sleeps and people work really late at night. Moreover, a lot of people drink until like 4 am when going out with friends. The subway system is also x1000000 times easier than NYC and it’s much cleaner and cheaper to do with much more advanced technology that makes traveling so much easier.Korea is very easy-going sometimes, I remember how shocked I was at how easy it was as a foreigner (Well I do speak good Korean though) to purchase new prescription glasses. It literally took like 25 mins tops which were incredible. However, if you don’t speak Korean it's going to be somewhat of a challenge for you because a lot of shopkeepers, restaurant owners and especially tax drivers do not speak a lick of English for the most part, but they will certainly do their best to try and help you. But a lot of the signs like on the subway and stuff are in English, so you will not need to worry about that.As a white guy, I cannot comment on how living in Korea is a black or south-east Asian person, but I have heard some horror stories here and there. However, all the Koreans I have met we’re very kind and I feel like a lot of that stuff only happens with some of the ignorant elderly people, or just misinformed bigots which we do have a lot of here in the U.S. too. Moreover, I am not trying saying that if you’re white in Korea you won't face problems because I have run into some difficulties here and there. For example, I have had numerous people in 동대문 (Dongdaemun) try to scam me because they think I don’t speak good Korea, and as such, they don’t like to give the correct change that they owe you! Also, I have had an incident on the subway where a homeless man harassed me, saying “American boy!! look look!!” but that could have easily happened in NYC too, honestly.One thing that still impresses me is how competitive it was there. I went to 강남 (Gangnam) with some friends and there were plastic surgery signs everywhere!!! Why? because people want to get a good job, and a lot of the signs advertise that you will get this and that if you get these procedures. There are a lot of I don’t know what you would call them, but like picture stores(?) where you get your professional picture taken for applications for college and resumes. I saw them everywhere and almost all people use them here. It’s so competitive and a lot of people do plastic surgery because from what I’ve heard your employer might not hire you if you don’t fit their beauty standard.You asked is life hard here, but I wish you would emphasize more on what you mean because there are many different aspects to life. Honestly, I know that working here in general is hard and has long hours. This is especially for those who are Kpop-idols and have to work hard with surprisingly low pay for being so famous. Idols have to work real hard with a lack of valuable resources to treat any mental health problems (therapy). In fact, a famous Korean idol 종현 (Jonghyun) (Who I highly respect, RIP) recently took his own life and many blamed the industry for not giving him, and many other stars who take their own life, the proper resources like therapy, etc.As a student I ***really*** loved living and going to school there. However, the weather was intensely hot, humid and draining in the summer time. I can only imagine what it is like in the winter! You also have to keep in mind that in the Spring time 황사 (Hwangsa) comes around, or also known as the potentially toxic dust storms/smog(?) that come from China. So, when that comes you have to wear a mask outside most of the time.I noticed the fashion here is really good and everyone looks very model-like and more conservative, but with a creative touch that I really like. Everyone here is also REALLY into skin-care and cleansers, etc etc and they have nice skin (most). So, If you go outside in like ripped jeans, old looking sneakers or like a ripped shirt (not intentionally) and with tons of acne then you might get some stares, or miss out on a lot of job opportunities.One thing I noticed is that people here are really helpful and friendly once you get to know them or come into contact with them. However, outside of that, it’s all like a kind of competition to be the best. You also have to keep in mind the importance of respect in Korean society (filial piety) with the elderly and your superiors if you want to work there. I am assuming you speak some Korean (?) if you do then you will always need to use the correct formal endings dependent on the status of the person you are talking about and their age. Age is really important here and people will often ask you when they first meet you, so they know what to address you as. Because in Korea they don’t really call each other by their name as much as using “Hyung”, “Oppa”, “Dongsaeng”, etc etc. But, when they do they will add “~a” to the end of the name. For example “Taeyeon~a” So keep that in mind.The food is REALLY good here and almost every GS-25 (like 7/11) sells 도시락 or like lunch boxes of food to go, or you can even eat there sometimes. They are so cheap like only 2 or 3 dollars!! It’s so great!!! However, if you want to eat in a regular restaurant you will probably 9/10 times be denied service if you are alone. Reason being is that for most restaurants they set up A LOT of food and appetizers that they probably do not want to waste on one person. So, if you’re a loner in Korea this could be a hardship for you. Working in Korea is possible but expect one thing…… DRINKING as it is very common here. Moreover, one other hardship/grievance is that some cute kids toys here in Korea are like $100!Furthermore, living here if you know Korean shouldn’t be too hard. The GS-25 stores have everything you need and are open 24/7. Something you need to keep in mind though is that the subways and some restaurants are equipped with squat toilets which can be a struggle for some. I personally really dislike them lol. Moreover, the LGBT community here still has a LONG way to go and all too often will you see some crazy christians holding up signs that say like “You will go to hell! Repent!” etc etc….. but we have that here in NYC too.Lastly, Korean healthcare I hear is really* good and there is tons of good food, shopping, nice people and good. The internet speed is also insanely good (Fastest in the world), but beware a lot of your favorite sites, if they are hosted/their servers are in your country, will probably be very laggy or slow if Korea is far from your home country. There is also a lot of free wifi, but you need to be signed up with one of the Korean cellphone carriers to access it. However, there are a lot of free store wifi that you can use too (usually but not guaranteed.) This is how I got around Seoul a lot of the time with my friends. Oh and just in case you didn’t know, porn sites are blocked in Korea and you will get a warning blocked pop-up if you try to visit them. However, there are also a lot of sites that aren’t blocked and you can always use a VPN if needed lol.I studied Korean for almost ten years now, so living there was almost the same as living in NYC for me. However, for my friends who didn’t speak Korean I could see that some parts were challenges for them. Mostly in terms of shopping because a lot of Korean stores like to bargain and won’t leave you alone, or the shop keepers will stand next to you, or behind you to pressure you to buy stuff. I think if you don’t speak Korean and can’t say like “No thanks” or “I’m just browsing” than you might find some hardship there as they might bug you. However, I did always say “I’m just browsing” and the storekeeper would keep following me and trying to help me, so there is that too. lolOh and one more thing, there are also a lot of PC-Bangs here if you are a big gamer, BUT you need a Korean I-Pin (basically a social security type thing) to access like all of the games in Korean which sucks… but you can easily have someone buy you a gaming account online, so you wont have to register if you don’t have a Korean SS# to create an account. That’s what I did. Oh, and expect a lot of clubbing if you’re going to College (especially in Seoul). To sum it up, Korea is very comfortable to live in but similar to all countries it has its demons too like a high suicide rate, lots of drinking and clubbing, studying until like midnight, etc. But, there are a lot of good sides too like meeting new people, cheap stuff, convenience stores everywhere, clean subways, good tourist attractions, beautiful cities, great fashion, out of this world food, good healthcare, good music, cute cafes (cat, raccoon, meerkat) and rich culture. However, if you don’t speak any Korean, I think you will face a lot of hardships especially getting a job, unless it’s teaching English.I hope I could help. I had so much to write about, it’s not in any specific order whatsoever and all over the place, but I said all that I wanted to about my experience in Korea :)Best of luck,RyanEDIT: Koreans also have insanely LONG schools hours — and DO NOT tip AT ALL unlike in the states, so just keep that in mind too. You’ll have to become used to that. And a lot of apps like Google Maps are useless here. You will need to use Naver maps and Kakao in general for communication and transportation if you want to live here. The subway is also insanely cheap.Disclaimer: You will hear a lot of things online that you shouldn’t always believe. I remember people saying it was impossible to get VISA’s back in like 2012 now that I am accepted as a full time student to Korea University I learned that it only takes like seven days to get a student VISA processed. I remember being young and hearing like “Oh, you can’t change your major there!, You can never live there!, You can only be an english teacher!, It’s dirty there!, which I now laugh at since I know first hand. And I remember my Korean friends thinking I was crazy for thinking that lol… Moral of the story, don’t believe every scary story you hear about Korea from an online forum. Yes, you can change your major and do a lot of things despite what the internet says.EDIT: With that being said trying to live in Korea is not all that easy and the authentication processes for things like banking, or even just wanting to play a video game at a PC Bang (Need to input a Korean SS #) is sometimes enough to drive some people crazy. It's a lot of authentication, registering for stuff and I can’t even imagine how much stress it will be to get a full-time job knowing that I will have to go through all these registrations, processing's, VISA verifications, VISA sponsorships, citizenship, signing up for banking and housing, keeping up with the competition and getting good grades at the same time… it’s very overwhelming, so be prepared for a challenge and a lot of paper work. Sometimes I just want things to get done, but Korea always has so much authentication -security pages, logins online where you need to input a Korean citizenship number to prove you’re Korean, and even forms that are just really a struggle, not to mention the language barrier doesn’t help at all lol. I feel like Korea’s WI-FI is INSANELY fast but the Korean internet to me is so censored and has security walls everywhere that makes navigating online (Unless you’re Korean and have a Korean SS#). Moreover, I also hear banking in Korea is really outdated and the still use the OLD VER of Internet Explorer for A LOT of things including banking and college applications (like I am doing now), which is very outdated and not safe. In fact, my credit card recently had fraud on it, and I wonder if it’s because I have to use these old IE browsers just to apply to College there…. it can be frustrating. If you use a MacBook laptop and are thinking of coming to Korea and having success, than I would rethink that decision because everything is IE here lol.Korea, despite its insanely fast internet still uses outdated things like Internet Explorer and Windows XP. It still confuses me as to why, but they could really use an update. To give you some perspective, I remember as a kid when I was playing Minecraft I tried to Log In to a Korean Minecraft Server. However, the version of Minecraft I was using was like 2.0.0 something and like all the Korean Minecraft Server’s were still on like version 1.2.0 still.. I love Korea, but I feel like the way Korea structured its cyber security and setup makes it incredibly difficult for Foreigners to access without Korean citizenship. Overall, this is my main pet peeve about Korea. It’s crazy to me that to play some Korean video games you need a social security card or I-PIN to prove your age, or else you’re out of luck.
Is the whole education system a scam?
Why Indian Education System is not the biggest scam in the world?Recently I came across a video on YouTube created by a person who talks about Indian Education System and how it is the biggest scam in India. I decided to ignore the post at first but following its popularity it gave me nightmares because it is creating a situation, alike a subject( read: Indian Education System) being accused in a court one sided without being given a chance to be defended.I want to ask all those who are sharing these videos, what do you do when you have a problem in your family?Do you make a video out of it, nicely edited with thousand cuts and put it on Youtube to monetize it? I am pretty much sure, ‘no’ is the answer. Then what drives you to shame your country in front of the world. The same Youtube maker if had made some suggestions in the end I would have appreciated him. Now some people will argue it is to for the masses to know the problems of Education System. Aren’t we aware of this problem already. Haven’t we noticed it in our society for a long time back. What have we done to address such a problem? Share a video. Is that’s the only responsibility we have? There are a lot of questions.So with a pen in hand and the video of Mr. Nitin Rajput, I decided to be the defendant of “My Indian Education System”. Lets get started:First let me break down the problems raised by the person:1. India being sluggish in Research2. Nobel Prize Issue3. Macaulay and Education4. No Change in Education System5. Memorization and no promotion of creativity6. How application of formula is never taught ( read: a² + b² + 2ab)7. Why our Education System can never produce leaders?8. Why Rich people send their kids abroad for studies?9. Why is majority of Indians obsessed with Govt Jobs?10. Why English has become a class in India1. Is India Really Lagging behind in Research?The first step in proving something is providing statistics. Atleast that is what the Youtube speaker does, he takes the help of a national report, i will go one step ahead and take the help of global reports.As per the statistics compiled by US National Science Foundation in 2018, India is world’s third largest producer of scientific articles. The top two positions are held by China and USA. Switzerland, the country being compared with India in the video surprisingly doesn’t feature in even in top 10.Lets talk some more stats here:15.8 per cent of the total publications produced by Indian researchers feature in the top 10 journals globally. As per Scimago Journal Rankings, India ranks fifth in global research publication output.Data by Elsevier, a top publisher of scientific articles and journals, places India in the fifth position for scientific research. India is ranked at 9th position in terms of Resident Patent Filing activity in the world.A country just 70 years old by standards of modern education is doing a terrific work I suppose!The question is why hasn’t it satisfied the masses then? The answer lies in the materialistic world, when we see it through the lens of material world we don’t see enough software companies, food chains, leading business houses, Nobel prizes etc. being owned or won by the Indians and feel alienated.Most of the terrific research work done by Indians is behind the closed doors which don’t find space in regular newspaper headlines. A country historically and presently dominated by peasants and rural population (70%) should be given some more time before judging it.Besides the present govt efforts will be bearing fruits in near future. Global Innovation Index by Economic Advisory Council to PM is a right step towards this direction. The Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) of India nearly tripled between 2007- 08 to 2017–18.Probably a award- merit cum research system should be initiated at school level to instigate more interest in this field. ‘Award’ word reminds me of something more.2. Why are we so obsessed with Nobel Prize?Some years ago we had a hangover of Oscars in film industry which has migrated to Research and Education now. Nobel Prize has become new parameter in today’s world to assess the smartness and intellect of a country, at least that is what Indians have started to do. But is it really the scenario? Lets find out.Before we come to Indian science, let us first assess the reason why a researcher is awarded a Nobel Prize. Scientists win Nobel Prizes for a single path-breaking discovery. It is all right if he or she hasn’t accomplished anything before or after this breakthrough. A Nobel Prize is not a life-time achievement award. It is an award for blazing a trail.CNR Rao, arguably India’s greatest living scientist, has yet to win a Nobel. This is probably because he hasn’t made a breakthrough that has generated a new field in chemistry. The absence of a Nobel doesn’t reduce his achievement though; he continues to be one of the world’s best chemists. George Whitesides, the world’s most-cited living chemist, hasn’t or probably never will win a Nobel Prize. There is only one Nobel Prize given in a field in a year, and so we should exercise caution before dismissing Indian science as not world class. GN Ramachandran, the outstanding biophysicist who made fundamental contributions to our understanding of protein structure. Ramachandran not winning a Nobel Prize is now considered a significant omission on the part of the Nobel committee itself.CERN which is carrying out the biggest experiment to find out about the origins of Universe has around 18000 scientist from 111 nationalities, and there are 400 Indians mostly from Indian institutions. And mind you, most of them are leading different projects there.Organizations like ISRO, IISc, DRDO have done tremendously in the last decade establishing themselves amongst the best in the world but the scientists are yet to receive a Nobel! Does that make these organisations any less or does it raise an ounce of doubt over the intellect and achievement of these scientist. I would like to remind you these are the products of this Indian Education System only.Well Indians not winning enough Nobel prize is really a matter of concern but that should be blamed on the underlying insufficient infrastructures like insufficient remunerative payment, brain drain, insufficient funds etc. rather than the Education System.Although International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR) in Bengaluru is all set to play this catalytic role of a nodal centre in our scientific community and realize the potential of Indian science.3.Macaulay and Indian Education System.The Speaker in order to prove his point takes you a few years back to 1835 to find the root cause of problem. I want to take you a lot more than that. Historically Indian Education System was one of the most advanced education system in the world. Renaissance period started around 16th Century period in Europe whereas in India it has started in Gupta Age as early as 4th century AD, when scholars like Aryabhatta already gave the radius of earth and many concepts in Mathematics. Baudhyana mentioned about Pi as early as 7th Century BC. Bhaskaracharya gave Trigonometric functions.Kanaad mentioned about laws of motion even before Newton did. There are many examples about with proofs and theory including Charak’s plastic surgery.We had institutes like Nalanda and Taxila which are considered the first schools of India with a hostel system. The 4 gate keepers at Nalanda used to take entrance test one by one by asking questions ranging from Philosophy to Medicine. Questions put by the subsequent gate keeper used to be tougher than the previous one . Only after passing all the gatekeepers, the student was allowed admission. Just Imagine the level of Teachers who taught there!Alas!!!this all was destroyed by the invaders( read Bhaktiyar Khilji) by 13th Century AD.This is to mention about the roots of Education system. In 1835, T.B. Macaulay introduced English Education Act or lets say Western Education to Indian Masses. But it was not to literate Indians for a noble cause but to create “class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals and in intellect” who could in their turn develop the tools to transmit Western learning in the vernacular languages of India. Among Macaulay’s recommendations were the immediate stopping of the printing by the East India Company of Arabic and Sanskrit books.Let me remind you these were the same Sanskrit books that had a glorious roots of India’s very capable Indian Education System. Now instead of learning 2000 year old well established and well matured Indian Education System , a new System of Learning started called British Education System which was not even 200 years old and as far as maturity is concerned it was still in infant stages in most of the fields.Now when India became independent in 1947, the Britishers had left us in a very poor condition of economy and literacy. From there started a new era of Indian Education System which did not know its identity as it was sandwiched between a glorious past of Real Education System and an infant British Education System. Anyways the leaders decided to trust British Education System more.So was it the same system throughout India’s Journey till now?4. No Change in Education SystemThe Speaker points out in the video that it has not changed a lot since its introduction. I agree with him on most of the points but the reality is that a commission is established almost every decade to review the education system of India. Starting from first University Education Commission in 1948 to Kothari Commission to National Knowledge Commission in 2009 to latest one being a draft on National Education Policy in 2019, India has progressed a lot in education. Since India was plagued with different problems at different times as far as literacy is concerned it is unfair to only look at negatives and not appreciate the positives. People talk about System not emphasizing enough on creativity, I want to draw the attention of those towards the problem of enrolment. It was a major challenge since independence for India as not every parent was willing to enroll their child in school. First one solves the problem of enrollment and second step is developing the creativity in enrolled students. With RTE and mid day meal India has almost achieved enrollment targets and now new National Education draft policy 2019 emphasizes enough on creativity.I want to raise one more question here, instead of sitting in our comfortable AC rooms and criticizing the Education system how many of us took the pain of opening a tab next to the Youtube window and suggested the government about the Education Draft when it was in open taking suggestions? I guess very few of us even know about this system of participating in law making let alone suggest. Is it not our responsibility to take part in Governance when we take pride in being the biggest democracy in the world!!Why are we so lethargic and feel good only about criticising a policy and not take part in improving it, when we have been given enough tools through RTI, CIC, writs and legal mechanisms.Many would say we don't remember about these tools as we read about them in colleges. Well that is where memory comes handy.5. Indian Education System teaches only Memorization. Yes, but is it Bad!Let me start this section with a story. Once there lived a mother bird in a forest. She had two new-born chicks. One day a storm came with thunder and lightning. The mother bird was killed. But the baby birds were blown away to the other end of the forest. One lived in the company of robbers. The other stayed with a ‘rishi’. One day a king heard them speak. The one asked the robbers to loot and kill the king. The other noble bird welcomed him sweetly in the ashram. They behaved differently because of memory they had in respective companies.So, memory does not just define our educational certificates but also our character certificates.Creativity and memory are often put at loggerheads when they are the brothers from same womb. Don’t separate them. Today's’ youth in the era of Google considers memorization a waste of time and run after creativity as a new found gem, not realising that memorization is the big brother of creativity. First memorization comes in this world and creativity follows after that. A research paper in Psychology by Kevin Madore, Donna Rose Addis, and Daniel Schachter in 2015, showed that creativity is actually memory.Lets understand it in this way. For being creative one needs to connect dots between different attributes, but how will you create those dots if those attributes are not in the memory.According to research paper mentioned above, Creativity is driven by memory. That means that for any given creativity task, it is crucial to find memories that will help you to perform the task.There are many studies ranging from Harward to Stanford that tell how memorization is the most basic thing required for being creative.Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel has also emphasized on the same in his work ‘In Search Of Memory’.All the path breaking creativities in the world was not created in one day. It required year of memorization of concepts and principles before they came up with one of theirs!Biology as a subject is mostly depended on memorization. Imagine going to a doctor and he treats you by googling your symptoms.So next time, someone criticises you for being a parrot tell them how you are going to be the next Noble Laureate parrot. (wink wink)As far as creativity not being taught in schools, I would like to differ on this from the speaker.Probably the books that were given to us when we were in schools 15 years back did not address the subject of creativity but if one has to look at the NCERTs that have been introduced lately it is written in such a lucid and simple way as to instigate the thought process of a child along with concepts.Do you know chapters in NCERT, also contains science fiction stories talking about future innovations(I have given NCERT’s example because it the most recognised and followed book in country)Apart from imparting knowledge these books ask thought provoking questions from the reader that helps one to think differently and be creative.Atal Tinkering Labs by Niti Aayog and Draft National Education Policy are right steps in this direction. So the allegation that Indian Education System is not doing enough for creativity should be reviewed.6. How application of formula is never taught ( read: a² + b² + 2ab)When someone raises this question, my instant stimuli compels me to question the memory of my friend. Had he not relied on the Google as his assistant for his memory he would have never raised this question. Every chapter in Maths at elementary and school level first deals with formulae followed by application of that formula. Starting from a2 + b2+ 2ab to mensuration( areas and volumes) to heights and distances( for trigonometry application) to calculus, every formula chapter is and was followed by a chapter dedicated to an application part inspired from real life events.Do you remember finding solution to 972 or 1042 in your school? If one doest not then he or she definitely needs to oust Google from the job of his Memory assistant immediately.Well the answer to above question lies in the formula (a-b)2 and (a+b)2. These are simple application to those formulas which can be understood by a 6th standard student, the more advanced one comes in Polynomials. All these chapters are very well organized in the curriculum; it’s just that we need a capable person to lead from the front and remind us.7. Why our Education System can never produce leaders?Leaders are born not from an education system but from a situation. Education system teaches you the qualities of a leader but the manifestation part takes its shape outside the purview of Education System. I do agree that our system lacks in this field as far as creating leaders are concerned.So why do we lack?According to a research published in Business World, 60% of the Indian youth considers Entrepreneurship as a good prospect for earning livelihood. The zeal to be a leader is inculcated from the Education System that they had but why do we still dont have leaders. Let me take you to the real problem:A study by IBM showed that 90% of the Indian Startups fail in the first five years due to lack of funds, investment, infrastructure etc. There is a hunger amongst Indian youths to be leaders of tomorrow but the infrastructure provided by our economy and administration does not support them enough. A lot of govt policies regarding entrepreneurship fails to take flight from the files and papers and red tapism proves to be the biggest hurdle in accessing those policies.Lets talk about politics, youths aspire to be political leaders but that is marred by lack of money and political muscle, the two most important things for an aspiring politician in modern day. More than half of the present legislators have serious criminal charges against them. This shows that the way to being a politician goes through the doors of crime.Where is the Education system to be blamed here?All the problems depicted above are collective failure of governance and administrative machinery and not the education system.More than 65% of India is ‘youth’ today and we are not going to have this advantage for a very long time. This demographic dividend needs to be reaped now through proper channelisation of resources if India wants to be a leader in world economy in upcoming decades.So what should we take as a moral from the above statements. Do rich only have the prospects of being leaders for the coming time. If the stage is all set for them, why are they leaving India?Why Rich people send their kids abroad for studies?The same reason why there is brain drain in India. And it is not just the riches, the middle class also wants to send their children abroad for studies. According to a recent HSBC report, 88% of Indian parents are keen to send their children for postgraduate studies abroad. Wait here before drawing any conclusion. Its not just the Indians it is the same case with Turkey, Malaysia and even China, all these countries scoring around 85%.A decade ago sending children was somewhat necessity but today it has become more of a status symbol to most. The same report cites the most important reasons for sending children abroad. And surprisingly it is better economic prospects followed by avoiding cut throat competition in India.Quality of education does feature but it is the last option. When IITs ,IIMs, NITs, Universities excelling in science and humanities are expanding their branches and world class education with global exposure is right at your doorsteps why would you leave India?It is the fear of competition and better remuneration in developed countries that drives one to apply for the passport.And the irony is the same rich class product in a recent chat show was not able to answer a simple question as to ‘Who is the President of India?’ inspite of being famous all over India. People instead of finding this ridiculous called it ‘cute’. Why nobody questions their Education System?The same educated Indians from top universities leave India for renumerative jobs abroad and surprisingly become managers and leaders in those countries competing with foreign educated Indians. Remember they are the product of the same Education System being criticised.Let us focus on the less educated, they also want to leave India to work as the same unskilled labour in Gulf countries. Why? because of money.Hence, it is the money ,less competition, better infrastructure, status symbol etc that is attracting the Indian Diaspora and not the Indian Education System that is driving them out.So does this mean all those who survive in India reap all the benefits of Education?9. Why is majority of Indians obsessed with Govt Jobs?The job security and ‘no work’ is mentioned as the first two reasons by a lot of aspirants and I also do agree with my friend speaker on this, but is it the case right now.World is changing very rapidly and it has changed a lot in last five years with the new Govt at Centre, the policies have definitely taken a turn as far as govt jobs are concerned.Government jobs are no longer cushy as they used to be once. The government is working on deliberate policies to deal with non-performers. In fact, following instructions from Cabinet Secretary that called for a review of non-performing officers, the Department of Personnel and Training has already come up with detailed guidelines to deal with non-performers and officers of doubtful integrity. This means, now, government employees not performing their duties duly, misbehaving and taking work casually can no longer hold on to their jobs.On the other hand, unlike earlier, the government is creating contractual roles, based on human resource necessary for a specific project. For example, the Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society hired personnel for positions ranging from social worker to a director on contract basis.Recently non performing IAS and IRS officers were given voluntary retirement against their wishes. Lateral Entry has been introduced by Govt at Joint Secretary level.So, not all government jobs will be ‘permanent’ anymore. In addition, the government is considering outsourcing some of the jobs to the private sector.But it is unfair to judge all the government job seeking aspirants from the same lens. A huge number of them want to be a part of this system and serve their nation. That is why they have the zeal to prepare for it for 5–6 years and a passion that keeps them going. We hear a lot of inspiring stories where people quit their high paying jobs to join government service. People return back to their motherland to serve their country once their short lived hunger for money is fulfilled. And these types of examples are increasing day by day which is a good sign for India and shows the prospects in which the these people want to be a part of governance to change its face, instead of making monetising videos and criticise the system.To understand the problems of India and solving them one needs to communicate with the masses and that is not possible through the comforts of virtual world that we have opted. The officers tasked with governance speaking in elite English makes the problem worse for the poor class.Why English has become a class in India.To explain this let me take an example of a infant. He knows no modern language but develops a language with his mother to communicate about his needs. Then grows older to learn the language of the family, further the language of the peer group, the language of society and so on. He keeps learning a new language as and when according to his needs and demands.English has become an obsession because of its demand. English has evolved as a global language, as medium of communication that binds the whole world together. Hollywood movies and English serials have penetrated in the remotest village of Africa. The new technologies and computer languages are mostly based on English. We can not deny the importance of this language.Hence the whole world including India runs after to learn this language. The privileged section gets an environment right after their birth from educated parents whereas a countryside boy struggles to speak it because he doesn't get the required resources to master it.Sociologists have termed ‘class’ as a type of stratification in society based on economic status of an individual. So rich people who have access to resources send their children to best schools who reading the same book develops the required armour to learn English, whereas poor send their children to govt schools who can not provide the basic infrastructure let alone the environment.When the ‘rich kid’ goes to a college, he gets the same class of students from different families and backgrounds, he gets more exposure and masters his communication level even more whereas our ‘poor chap’ struggles even to find a college within a 10 km radius.The Education System is same but accessibility is different. Only if we could bridge this gap of inequality I am pretty much sure the same result can be achieved for the poor chap with same books.In all this Education System is not to be blamed but the inequality and rising gap between poor and rich that is increasing day by day. 1% of the population occupies 58% of the wealth. If we could find a mechanism to reduce this gap, the same Education System will start producing tremendous results for everyone.If there could be a mechanism to create a permanent and transparent mechanism of private jobs , people may eventually stop running after govt jobs. The way Government supports a declining PSU, if Government starts supporting private industries, there will be a belief amongst masses that private sector is a secure way of earning livelihood.These mechanisms will not be built in a day, it will take time, may be a lot of time!We have many things to fight off starting from corruption to infrastructural incapabilities but these all can be defeated if we stand united to fight them off.Adopt New IndiaThe way someone adopts an orphan, if we educated and privileged people just adopt any two children from poor locality educationally. Just take out 2 hours from Sundays to educate them soft skills, arithmetic, basic science etc. till they pass out from school. Imagine the kind of magic that we will be able to create.There are close to 230 million people in India who are capable enough to teach someone else. If all of them participates and donates two hours per week to give a quality education for their fellow Indians, we will be able to create an ecosystem where nobody will be deprived of quality education because of lack of resources and money.A Past That Should be Made The FutureIndia needs to look into the glorious past of education that we had once. Instead of copying and running after Western countries to guide us, we should develop a system that has right amount of Western plus Indian Education sources. There are lots of information contained in those ancient Sanskrit books that we have ignored.Thousands of people from West enroll into Sanskrit and Pali language courses where as we ignore the same right under our noses.Close to 80 schools in UK are adding Sanskrit to their curriculum and Cambridge, Harvard and Trinity College are offering a seat for the language. Schools in Germany too are encouraging children to choose it as an optional subject. Mathematicians particularly find a lot of parallels, Sanskrit too has permutations and combinations and is therefore widely explored for computer usage. Not surprising then that Rick Briggs from NASA says, ‘Sanskrit and computers are a perfect fit. Sanskrit is the future language.Indians very early needs to find its utility and adopt it before it is lost to Western world.Community Participation in EducationIn most cases, Panchayats have been responsible for constructing, repairing, and the maintenance of school building only, and the lowest tier of Panchayats hardly has any say in educational matters of children and in the functioning of the local school.” Such initiative in Andhra Pradesh to involve community members on a large scale through programmes such as ‘Chaduvula Panduga’ (festival of education). Another example is ‘Alokar Jatra,’ from Assam, a programme whereby local communities are involved in conducting a household survey, resulting in ‘a local-level database on the educational status of children with positive impact on access and enrollment.Lets take another example of our neighbour. Nepal does not have long history of development of education, after the political change in 1950; people had a new spirit and zeal for all round development of the country. Thus, people started opening new schools in their own initiations. A growing trend in expanding of education facilities was observed. The government had not given funds from the government treasury to the school. The community people did not wait for the government to take initiative to establish new schools and hire teachers in their areas. Most schools at the initial stage were community initiated schools which received different kinds of contributions from the community e.g. land, funds, volunteer teachers, labours, construction materials etc. From the point of expansion of education, it was a very good time to achieve reasonable level of progress with the direct involvement of the community.As the community people initiated to schools, they were responsible for their management as well. The community managed schools were introduced successfully at that time. The modality of the community managed school was simple in the sense that community did things such as establishing the school in a location as agreed by the people, building a house for classroom purpose as per their financial situation, hiring and firing teacher and getting their salaries and other benefits. Most of the educationist all over the world seems to be argued that the community participation plays vital role in promoting education in terms of quality and quantity; and it is assumed that community participation and empowerment has the potential to make major contribution in educating people and enriching their quality of life.My question is why can we not have such model in our schools and society? Why our participation in democracy is just limited to a single vote in five years? Why can’t we make the authorities and government answerable to us every single day, every single week and every single month. This will be only possible if we participate.Yes there is unemployment, yes there is dearth of skilled workers, yes we have lots of problems like any other community or country but is the govt only to blame?We compare ourselves with developed countries of West in education and then go on to criticise ours. When a lunatic ruler was emptying our treasury in 1630s in the name of Taj Mahal, US was building the Harvard University at the same time. We gave them 350 years to evolve and ourselves only 70 years?We can definitely learn some traits of development from China who showed the power of reaping the demographic dividend and muscled the manufacturing sector in recent times.Every thing in this world right from organism to society goes through an evolution process in which they become better by every passing year. The West countries got their independence 300 years ago, some even were never the colonies. They started their journey of Modern Era much before we started. Britishers left us in the worst possible state one can think of. Even then in such a tiny time frame we are competing them and defeating them at their own games, should be matter of pride for us.Don’t ask what the country has done for you ask what you have done for the country!Stop criticising, start fixing!
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