Friday, March 24, 2017

Being Jobless doesn't mean you "get a B.Ed degree" | B.Ed Colleges in Uttarakhand

Written by ABisht

In last one decade, B.Ed has become a degree got without much thought. A reason for this is the mushrooming up of hundreds of private B.Ed Colleges in Uttarakhand and country. Read why every young man or woman must think twice before getting a B.Ed degree.

In recent years we've seen a rampant proliferation of B.Ed Institutes in state and country. Since BEd is made synonymous with one's ability to get a teaching job in Schools, hence any young man or woman aspiring to be a teacher is getting a BEd degree. This has resulted in a huge backlog of BEd degree holders with no teaching job.

Something needs to be done to his aimless education.

Relevance of a B.Ed Degree

If we look at the B.Ed degree, then it's relevant from two perspectives. 

One, it's necessary to equip future teachers with the knowledge of "How to teach a Child for his/her (Child) holistic development".

Two, it's necessary for those learners who want to pursue research in Education. Here BEd falls as a stepping stone towards higher research (you do BEd, MEd then research in Education).

Encouraging everyone to pursue B.Ed is plain waste of valuable time and Money

If a young man or woman does BEd to pursue teaching as a career, then doing BEd makes sense. But even there, it's better to bring some method so that there's no madness. 

For instance, BEd must be removed for the eligibility criterion for teaching jobs in schools. It must be removed completely. That's BEd must not feature even in 'preferred' List. Instead the BEd must be financed by the employer once the person gets appointed. This makes much sense as irrespective of how you approach it, the first year of job is always treated as probation.

If a young man or woman wants to do research in Education, then he/she doesn't need any encouragement to get B.Ed. As it's the stepping stone, he/she will happily invest his/her own money to get it.

To conclude, encouraging or pushing everyone to get a BEd is a really bad idea. It's a bad idea as it not only is a plain waste of valuable time and Money, it's waste of 'A sense of direction'. A person who acquires education with no goal loses clear vision about future. That's why if you're planning to get a BEd degree, ask yourself the question: Why I want to get a BEd degree?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Person Status to River Ganga, Yamuna and Risk of Selective Use!

Written by ABisht

The Uttarakhand High court Nainital, yesterday declared the Ganga and Yamuna living entities. This means that the two rivers are given the same legal rights as a person. 

The court’s order will allow complaints to be filed in the name of the two rivers. The HC bench allowed the director general of Namami Gange project, Uttarakhand chief secretary and advocate general the right to represent the Ganga.

The decision is being seen as one that could help in efforts to clean the highly polluted rivers.

The HC order gives the Centre eight weeks to set up boards for cleaning and maintaining the rivers.

Namami Gange is a Central Government's plan that encompasses all efforts for cleaning and conserving River Ganga.

Risk of selective use of the newly granted Status

A major Hindi Daily quotes the HC ruling as: If you throw litter (in Hindi, Kooda) in River Ganga, Yamuna then a case can be filed against you!

This tells why there’s a risk of a selective use of the newly granted status.

It's a documented fact that the primary cause of river pollution in Ganga and Yamuna is the toxic industrial waste and untreated sewage released into the rivers. Notably, such pollutants are mainly released or are allowed to be released into the rivers by various State, City and town bodies responsible for keeping the cities and towns clean.

In short, the responsibility of making rivers pollution free doesn't lie on individuals throwing litter in the rivers. Instead, the responsibility lies on various regulatory and civic bodies.

Thus, although the High Court ruling is landmark in many terms, the societal perception opens it to misuse.

It will not be wrong to assume that while granting legal person status to the two rivers, the HC bench would have the desire to make such Civic bodies accountable. But as Senior Advocate RS Raghav explains, granting living entity status to the rivers will mean any person who throws litter or pollutes river in any other form will come under the radar. In addition, the Court’s observation into the reverential value of these rivers to Hindus makes them as self appointed watchdogs of the pollution in these rivers.

To conclude, let's hope that the pollution in these rivers will now be tackled at Civic body and above levels; and we will very soon see proactive action against those responsible to keep the rivers pollution free. We will see the removal of encroachments from river beds and up to a particular distance on both banks. We can also hope the setting up of 13, centrally sponsored sewage treatment plants in Uttarakhand and upgrading the existing ones.

Let's hope we will not see much cases filed against common man for polluting these rivers.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Live the 280 Kilometres of Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra | New Book Review

Written by ABisht

Book Review | The Celestial Journey of A Dhyan Who Became Deity Nanda 

We often confess our allegiance to our culture.

We usually try to follow our traditions without fault.

If we're not doing all that, we still love to create common admiration groups among friends to share and discus the love, nostalgia, longing and child-like admiration mixed with awe we've in common for our Culture and our roots.

A common culture with its myriad shades provides us a sense of belonging, doesn't it?

Culture, which is essentially a complicated mix of facts, history, customs, traditions and folklore, helps us connected to our roots.

Uttarakhand has a rich culture. Not only we, but those who follow the comprehensive Hindu Religion, see Uttarakhand as the “Land of Gods”.

The basis behind this belief is not shruti (knowledge gained and forwarded through spoken word alone). There’re various studies, excavations, fact collations in the past and present which support this claim, if not entirely, then surely in bits and pieces beaded together by faith.

A book about Nanda Raj Jaat Pilgrimage offers you more reason to celebrate Uttarakhand Culture

A resident of Dehradun, Mr. Upendra Chandel, loves reading, writing and devoting some of his productive hours to study various aspects of Uttarakhand. Among his fascinations is the Uttarakhand culture. He keeps penning down the finer details and interesting anecdotes from Uttarakhand culture. If I make a calculated guess then he’s more into Culture of Hill people of Uttarakhand. For the past one year he was researching about Nanda Raj Jaat yatra pilgrimage. Good to see that he has finally penned down a detailed, interesting and engaging book.

The Book

The book is titled, The Celestial Journey of A Dhyan Who Became Deity Nanda. Have a look at the illustration on the book cover.

Book Review The Celestial Journey of A Dhyan Who Became Deity Nanda by Upendra Chandel Dharampur dehradun is a book about experiencing the 280 km long Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra and witnessing the transformation within.

As the book cover says, it’s a journey of some celestial transformation.

The book is an interesting mix of research, historic facts, traditions and related folklore, connected together by way of interesting story telling.

The book is sprinkled with much that is not fiction, but interestingly crafted fiction is something which is the essence of the book.

The book's protagonist is a young photojournalist, Sunanda, based in Delhi. Still in her twenties, her professional growth is evident. She's good at her work, knows how to accomplish difficult assignments, is resourceful and has an ability to see the comprehensive canvas in her assignments. No wonder, her employer doesn't think twice before assigning her difficult assignments.

Sunanda hails from Uttarakhand. Her maternal grandmother lives in Rishikesh. The Grandmother is well versed with the Uttarakhand tradition and has a rich unfailing memory of interesting folklore prevalent among Uttarakhand people. She seems to have academic leaning as well.

The book starts from the point when Sunanda’s employer wants her to undertake a comprehensive assignment of famous Uttarakhand Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra. He wants her to trace the Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra trail. The logistics of the 280 Kilometres long research can be taken care of by way of camera crew, trekkers and porters, but how to take the first baby steps? Sunanda knows who to look up to. Who else? Her nani.

Book offers you much more than Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra

When I read the book, I got clueless as to how to define it.

Is it a piece of fiction?

Indeed it’s.

Does it have some facts to enrich a reader?

Yes, it has.

Hence rather than going into how you can define the book, lets keep we keep that perception to you.

Here let I share with you what you will like about it.

If you have some trekking experience then you will feel what the journey is about.

If you feel some longing and nostalgia about Uttarakhand Hill Folks, you will smile the moment you will read a contextual Jagar couplet (it’s always woven to the context of the fiction). You will find a number of these along with their most accurate equivalent translation in English.

An example for page 111,

“Tab Bodi Nanda jandu chhaoon babaji apna Kavilash,
Dvi dinak aayee tu meri Nanda tein Khayee ni payee.
Tweku tein dona dyura daijo, aaj yakhee rejaa.
Jandu Chhaoon mera maityon mi apna kavilaans
Khoob falyon tumari naat nantaan poot santan.”

[English Equivalent:
Then deity Nanda sough permission from her father
I am going to father to my own peak Kailash
My daughter you came here for two days
Neither you ate nor you drank properly.
I wished to give you double gifts, so you stay here for a day.
Then Nanda nervously replied, “I am going, My own people of Mother’s place”.
You prosper along with your offspring, progeny, and descendants.]

You will like the extensive erudition of the author.

The book quotes historic texts and researches whenever the need be.

If you’ve an artistic bend, then you will surely like pencil illustrations therein. Below is one of the many illustrations:

Book Review | The Celestial Journey of A Dhyan Who Became Deity Nanda by Upendra Chandel Dharampur dehradun is a book about experiencing the 280 km long Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra depicted in the illustration.

Over all, the book appears a fine balance of erudition and creativity.

The book has some formatting issues though. But that’s not a big issue keeping in mind the fact that the onus of it doesn’t lie on the author.

How to read the book for maximum value

Keep a pen or a highlighter handy

Read the book fast

Highlight the portions which make you feel nostalgic about.

If you're not a fast reader, read a couple of pages a day; and share and discuss them with your friends.

Ideal For: Readers in Late 40s and above. In simple, you need to have some experience as to what Living in Uttarakhand actually means.

The book can also be recommended to those trekking and adventure enthusiasts who see a book as just another chapter to this wonderful World.

Happy Reading and exploring!

To purchase the Book, contact:

168 Pages, Rs. 150

Upendra Chandel
C/o Saket Furnitures
68/1 Araghar
Mob. No. 9219870003

[Contact between 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Week Days]

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Don't Like Teaching?...Don't make it a Career | Baadav Junior High School Agastyamuni

Written by ABisht

I'm of a view that the profession of teaching must not be compared to other professions. In simple, it's plain illogical to expect a teacher have as many teaching hours as an office goer. The moment we demand a parity between the teaching hours of a teacher and an office worker, we instantly put at risk the quality of teaching. The quality of teaching can never be sacrificed for quantity (number of hours being taught) because quality better serves the interests of a child. Hence as parent you must not demand long work days for teachers.

That said, I also hold a view that unless a person is seriously interested in teaching, he/she shouldn't take teaching as a career. Because a reluctant teacher, how smart he/she may be, is always bad. A bad teacher neither brings quality nor quantity.

A person not interested in teaching brings one more malice to the teaching profession. He/she brings in dereliction of duty. Because the teacher's heart is not in teaching itself, hence he remains absent from duty. Or teaches half-heartedly. Such dereliction of duty must not be tolerated. 

The above thoughts came to my mind when I read a Newspaper report about two permanent teachers posted in a remote Baadav Junior High School in Agastyamuni, Rudraprayag. These two had contracted their teaching jobs to someone else and used to remain absent from their work.

This is not only a disrespect to one's profession, it's also a disrespect to honesty. A person who draws salary for no work must need to introspect.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

When PM Modi said, "and finally the Tremors were Felt Yesterday"!

Written by ABisht

During his motion of thanks speech in Lok Sabha today, PM Modi took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘earthquake’ remark made some months ago, saying that finally the tremors were felt on Monday. In his trademark style, the PM said ... और कल भूकंप आ ही गया । After which he smiled a bit and took a brief pause for the applaud to arrive.

Don't know how to react to such a behavior. Is an earthquake a reason to laugh at? Is an earthquake a reason to take jibe at political rivals?

What would have happened if yesterday's earthquake in Uttarakhand had resulted in loss of precious lives? ...

May be, the PM is not considering much for one life, as one life doesn't matter much to a billion plus people country, but still he must be sensitive enough to acknowledge that one woman in Uttarakhand had died due to house collapse during yesterday's earthquake.

Don't know what to say!... Speak less, think before you speak, be considerate are lessons commonly taught to a common man. And a PM is not a common man.

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