Stop building classrooms and focus on Wellbeing buildings and more Laboratories.


There is a lot of traction in imparting education using Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC) where students can pick and choose what they like to learn. Today all top universities and colleges offer a wide range of subjects and also enable students to practice what they learn by making them to complete live projects.

As MOOC gained Momentum it erased the boundaries that only universities can impart education. Today we can see top companies such as Google, IBM , Ted Education, YouTube education , khan academy , Microsoft, Cisco to name a few who are  conducting professional courses that are aligned to what companies are expecting from fresh graduates when they join the corporate.

There are also wide range of offerings for students to pick up skills online for building products such as raspberry Pi projects  https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/make/  Makezine  projects https://makezine.com/   , Projects made from Arduino chips https://playground.arduino.cc/Projects/Ideas to name a few examples.

One of my JNTUK petroleum engineering student even shared his practical experiences via blog here https://geethakrishnablog.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/fdp-an-experience/

All these events  point towards one trend which is that present and future belongs to learning whatever we want by just having high speed internet connection and knowing exactly what skills we want to acquire that makes us valuable and just join a course.

While technology is reshaping education and enabling students to acquiring most wanted skills on one hand, universities, colleges, schools, both private and public are investing massive amounts of money building classrooms.

All these empty classrooms will eventually become a burden on the sustainability of colleges and universities as they move their classrooms to online. What stays relevant is only labs that allow students to practice what they learn online.

There is still hope for those who have massive investment in Buildings and for those who are in the middle of building more educational institutes. Here is my suggestions for those to consider.

  1. There is a need to redefine the language of academics in order to create new possibilities and new way of positioning colleges and universities on a sustainable path.
  2. First and foremost re position universities and colleges as Wellbeing centres of Excellence.
  3. Those who are investing in building schools and colleges should construct more laboratories for students to do experiments needed in areas such as Artificial intelligence, Robots, IOT (Internet of things) , Bio technology , Bio Mimicry projects etc.
  4. Instead of classrooms, Universities, colleges and schools should focus on building Pyramid structures for Meditation  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_power , acquiring knowledge in Siddhi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhi  , learning Yoga  so as technology takes over our jobs people will have to invent and create new products and services that need extra ordinary capabilities that can be achieved with a high level of meditation, yoga and siddhi
  5. Universities and colleges should also build world class sports trainings facilities, yoga and meditation centres. These efforts will sustain them long term profitably as citizens, sportsmen and people who wants to conduct experiments can use the facilities for a fee and overall this will be a win-win situation as universities and colleges playing a vital role in keeping the citizen healthy and spiritually rich and also playgrounds for inventions , scientific discoveries and Research.
  6. The boundaries between academics and business should be erased. Faculty should consider themselves as corporate executives and they have a role in developing new products and services just like any company does but one difference is that their focus should be towards wellbeing of the societies and environment friendly. The next big business opportunity comes from rebuilding environmentally friendly products and services.

Please enrich this article with your thoughts as Comments. Thanks for reading

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The new idea to make television channels tune to modern times


The market dynamics of today’s business is very fluid and sending back business executives, marketing department heads to rethink the strategies. Even the Data analytic’s on television shows and peoples choices cannot guarantee  a hit show always.  The management principles we learnt in MBA do not come handy anymore. The society’s tastes are in a state of flux and even the deep cultural roots of the nations are shaken and slowly uprooted by the high digital content sharing and massive connectivity of global citizen with one another which is creating a new global culture. The cultural meltdown across the countries and the changing lifestyles have to be considered very seriously for the television channels when they create their content.

I propose the following solution for television shows to survive.

For television shows , your offerings should not come in the way people live. That means your offerings should be part of their daily living. If you understand this deeply the solution becomes easy. 

When a person happens to switch on the Television he/she should be streamed content that should not look like traditional timed shows for that particular time. That means daily news and all types of content (Drama’s, dance competitions, music shows etc.) should be mixed up intelligently by using some analytics and streamed as if it is a drama unfolding unpredictably ,  so the user is always surprised. The idea is to keep people guessing what they are going to watch. This will increase the curiosity and brings in more eyeballs back to television channels.

Presently advertisements are slotted as commercial breaks in between the shows. Even that should be eliminated. Commercials should become part of the streaming content. The actors of the commercials might be a news reader or a drama actor.

The shows should have short life and dramas, music shows and other content should be made in a collaborative effort to stream the same seamlessly.  For example if there are two different dramas with two groups of artists their story line should mutually consider others story lines and the final content should look like the drama is happening seamlessly between two groups and they are all part of this massive and continues evolution of a streaming little stories. The content is one massive story line of little stories.  The daily news, commercials sprinkled in between as part of actor’s or news anchors (they should be part of the story line) telling the audience that day’s news or talking about a product or service ads.

Since news and Commercial breaks are part of the evolving story and same actors or actress are used for the commercials,  nobody will notice the difference between advertisements and regular story and the chance of switching the channels during commercial breaks will be reduced.

Ultimately the aim is to give audience a new way of looking at television as part of their daily routine not as something that they have to spare time to watch a particular show at a particular time and switch channels when there is a commercial break.

I request readers to comment on this idea and also feel free to suggest new ones. Let’s make our living experience better with best practices.