Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Manage Water Resources

The community needs to be actively involved in matters like water management and with the mushrooming of residential societies that often consist of several buildings under one management, such social movements are actually easier than what they used to be. There are times when the monsoon season arrives early and show no sign of ending and there are other times when it comes late and leaves early. The rain gods can simply not be trusted to stick to a regular schedule. There are years when there is plenty of rain and there are other years when the same place faces a drought. The citizens of most cities simply do not know when their dams and lakes will be overflowing with water and when it will be bone dry.

Rainwater harvesting is not a modern concept. It is actually an ancient process where villagers used to catch and store the water and preserve it for future use. There are numerous examples of manmade lakes and huge water tanks being constructed so that the village would not have to face a water shortage. The time has come for modern day cities to think like ancient villages and become self sufficient in natural resources like water.

Modern Cities need Rainwater Harvesting

Shortage of water is not new to Indian cities. As cities become larger in size, the existing infrastructure starts to groan under the strain. The number of people who cram into these cities is rising with each passing day. This causes the essential resources like water, electricity and transport to be stretched to the limits. To add to these problems there is the omnipresent threat of weather conditions. That is why one of the buzzwords that are on the lips of most water conservationists is rainwater harvesting.

The problems with water that Indian cities are facing are not just limited to the ones which are in the arid Deccan region or the dry desert areas of Western India. Even a coastal city like Chennai has gained notoriety for its water problems. In fact, Chennai is a city where the citizens took control over their own destiny regarding water and began rainwater harvesting. This social movement spread rapidly and today many places in the city have rain water catchment facilities installed in their areas. The lessons learnt from this movement is that citizens can simply not afford to have a laid back attitude and wait for the agencies to provide essential services.

Tutoring Styles And Techniques

There are certain subjects which are inherently easy to teach. The subject matter is interesting and students are naturally drawn towards learning it. It is also easy to quote real life examples when one is teaching these subjects. This makes it easy to learn and straightforward to coach. But on the other hand there are many subjects, especially science based subjects, which are very dry and too theoretical. Apart from being tough to understand, they are also hard to lecture. Tutors should therefore analyze what subject is easy for them to teach and in which area they will be able to hold the attention of the student.

Tutors also need to analyze in which industry there is a demand for additional academic guidance. The field of education always has various easily identifiable trends from time to time. There was a time when everybody wanted their children to become doctors and engineers. Then came a time when cracking government examinations were the desire of most graduating students and their parents. Now getting finance jobs has become fashion. Identifying these trends will help tutors decide where their expertise is needed the most.

Tutors – Identifying the Core Expertise

There are many people who wish to become tutors. Those who are already in the teaching profession find it a little easier to take a subject that they are strong at and get students through word of mouth. But a considerable number of people are not in the teaching profession, but wish to become tutors based on the experience and skill that they might have gained in a certain profession. For instance, people who have experience in the banking industry for a long time take up post retirement jobs which involve helping students who are preparing for the competitive bank examinations.

The first step that people aspiring to teach need to take is to identify their core area of expertise. What subject are they good at? Are they good at mathematics, are they good at languages or are they good at economics? The other aspect they need to consider is what subject are they comfortable teaching? There are many people who have tremendous knowledge on a subject. But they struggle to convey that knowledge to other people. The whole idea of teaching is to share their knowledge with the next generation. This means that not only should the teacher have plenty of subject matter expertise on a certain subject, but he or she must be skilled in explaining it to others in a simple manner.

Private Tutoring in the Towns of India

Many teachers toy with the idea of becoming a tutor and teaching kids after school hours. Sometimes the salary they get from the school is not enough, and they feel that they have to earn more money. There are other teachers that have a passion for teaching and feel that they have untapped potential, which they could use for the benefit of helping students who are weak in their studies. There are also many teachers who are themselves approached by parents who feel that their students are weak in a certain subject and could benefit from a little extra guidance. That is why it is common in small towns as well as big cities to have teachers come over to the house of the student and give him a little extra coaching. At other times a group of students in a locality get together and have a teacher come over and given them extra coaching.

There are many housewives who are well qualified and feel that they are wasting their time and talent sitting idle at home. That is why they decide to take private tutoring classes. This method of coaching is very common in apartment blocks in the big cities. The housewives find it easy to get students through word of mouth and once news spreads that they are good at teaching, they start to get more and more students. Many housewives help students in the lower grades, where the standard of education is not high and teaching the subjects is easy. Learning languages and scoring marks in language based subjects like Hindi, English and other regional languages is something that students find very demanding. That is why in many states where Hindi is taught as a second language, parents hire tutors to help their children with the subject.

Coaching classes have sprung up all over India. It is possible to find coaching centres for all levels of the education system from first class to Master’s level coaching. Most parents send their children for extra coaching when they are preparing for their 10th class and 12th class board exams. There are coaching classes for B.Com and M.Com as well. Some small towns in North Indian states like Rajasthan and Bihar have become famous for the number of chartered accountants they produce or the fact that several of the students that come out of their coaching classes manage to crack the civil services examination. These results continue to spur the mushrooming of more and more coaching classes.

For High Economic Development, Good Education is Vital

For a country to develop economically, it is essential that they produce good engineers to handle massive construction projects, visionary leaders to take the country into the future, financial wizards to develop creative economic policies, knowledgeable thinkers who would dream the ideas of tomorrow and tough soldiers to guard the country’s frontiers. These are produced by having an education system that lays an emphasis on challenging the intellect of its citizens and encouraging the best and the brightest among them to come forward. Countries who wish to finish first in the global community of nations give a lot of importance to the quality of their educational institutions.

Some of the brightest minds in the United States have come from the hallowed grounds of Ivy League universities. The United Kingdom has benefited immensely from the teachers at Oxford and Cambridge educating the elite of their society. The cream of the Indian education system finds their way into the IITs and IIMs. Not only do these educational institutes train the best minds in the country, they also attract the best students of other nations. Many of the scions of India’s leading business houses have been educated in American business schools. During the final days of the Second World War, the United States and the Soviet Union rushed to recruit German scientists who had made significant breakthroughs in various fields.

First world countries place a lot of importance on their school education as well, making sure that their students are well trained in all the different fields like science, commerce and the humanities. The pressure that Japanese and Indian society puts on its schools students to get high marks is widely documented. In India, the South Indian states have higher literacy rates as compared to the North and they have also managed to enjoy better economic development. One of the qualities about education is that it trains people to find work anywhere. Kerala has a nearly hundred percent literacy rate, but its rate of industrial development has been comparatively poor. But their education allows the Malayalees to go to Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi, Middle Eastern cities like Dubai, Bahrain and Muscat, and North American cities like New York to find employment. Higher education also reduces population growth rates and emancipates women. That is why in order for a society to develop, the quality of education must be very high, so that its citizens can take the country into the future.