Uncommon Sense and Common Nonsense


“What the human being is best at doing, is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.”

The above statement reminded me the struggle I’m going thru to convince that there is a greater need of modernizing education to prepare our young  students to the fast changing corporate needs. All that I see with students and the college managements are that they make sure the old “Status Quo” remains in spite of knowing how technology is shaping our daily lives and how influential it is in learning new skills.  I tried to categorize the problems in to the following segments to go deeper into the main problem and understand the core issues rather than come to conclusions/answers to the problem.

Economic: Colleges divert scarce money to activities such as functions, worthless seminars, meetings and other unproductive activities just to garner media attention with an intention of getting more admissions for the college or making sure their photos and news about them is printed. There is no mechanism in place to check the return on Investments of Seminars, meetings and press releases etc.

If this money is used in building laboratory’s students can make something useful to society. The quality of the outcome from the practicals in the Labs will bring repute to the college and that will make the college the most sought after for student admissions. The path to reputation of quality education/college is hard and most of the college managements take the easy routes of popular unproductive mechanism to sustain.  .

Students on their part should make sure they are getting skills and education they deserve for what they pay the colleges. After all they are the customers of the college. Instead most of them are influenced by cinema, media and other factors that divert their efforts, creativity, and energy to wrong issues that won’t help them to acquire skills, education, and knowledge to succeed and have good life for long time. They struggle after college to get into jobs they love.  Most depend on luck to get jobs but later repent the life of working on something that they do not like.

Functional: The class room teachings, planning of syllabus are most unscientific and still continue traditional way. Today’s awareness levels of students , their interests, their attitudes towards life, their learning abilities and the students attentions should be considered while planning the syllabus and the way a professor teaches their students. Universities and Colleges should make it mandatory for students to learn from “Massive Online Open Course ware (MOOC’s) taught by top professors from elite  universities of the world. University and colleges should grade on practical projects that students work on to  solve the problems faced by society.

Students on their part should allocate proper time to learning vital skills required for their career;  not for tests and marks. They should realize that there is vast difference between reel life (cinema type life) and real life and without putting some efforts they cannot get the skills they need to succeed. For their projects they should look at the challenges the nation faces and provide solutions in the form of their project submissions.

Students should be encouraged to take challenges posed by global philanthropic organizations such as Bill and Melinda gates foundation http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ , Hult prize (http://www.hultprizesix.com/)   and http://www.xprize.org/

I wrote an article “chance favours the connected Mind” to elaborate on how technology is reshaping what we learn and how we learn.click here to know more https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

Access: Colleges lack modern class rooms with fast internet connections, practical labs and other teaching aids. This is again due to the wrong priorities of the colleges to divert funds to other areas which won’t help in bringing quality education and skills to students. Even traditional libraries are not attracting enough students to reading because they are not treating that as priority and just act as record keepers of books.

Today the need of the hour is more practical labs and less class rooms. Traditional Class rooms should be replaced with Online teaching and online lecture videos. 

Colleges also bring some eminent scholars for seminars or meetings but it just concludes within that day and follow up on the seminars outcomes are rarely followed subsequently by staff and students. Most of the managements are more interested in media news of the activities on the next day. That is the only follow up I keep seeing.

Students on their part seriously lack interest in reading and attending Seminars. They should develop reading and listening habits to learn new skills. They should realize that reading good books, listening to a professional  is time well spent.

Students should network with the professionals that come to college for subsequent relationship buildings and getting to know what industry is expecting from them.

Social:  Parents and society is influencing colleges/school to a large extent in shaping how these colleges/schools function. In schooling parents are expecting their kids to get the best marks rather than worrying what their siblings are learning. Most of the parents don’t care whether their siblings are having physical exercises, knowing the importance of yoga and meditation and getting the right knowledge and skills to succeed in life and career.

At college levels most of the parents are forcing their kids to join what they think is right for the students instead of knowing the interests of their kids.

There is a dire need of constructive role for parents and society to play in shaping how we educate our youth.

First Parents, tutors should learn the trends that are happening in Industry and in particular how education is changing due to MOOC. Parents and all concerned authorities, business leaders should  closely work with colleges and help/force colleges to deliver what they are supposed to. Colleges on their part should work closely with Industry and constantly upgrade the syllabus to meet the modern corporate requirements.

Equal importance should be given for sports, Yoga and Meditation because this are more important in today’s corporate lifestyle for a balanced, healthy life.

Students on their part should realize that they should give equal importance to learning and acquiring new skills to take on the challenges of modern industries. They should realize that they are not only shaping their destiny but the overall destiny of the country and the quality of living standards of society.

The whole world is becoming competitive and many are looking at India because we the only nation with maximum young population with average age of 26 years.  Here are some links related to our state of education in India.

http://forbesindia.com/article/briefing/primary-education-in-india-needs-a-fix/35287/1

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/indian-universities-still-lag-behind-in-world-rankings.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/india-education-state-private-school

http://www.asercentre.org/Keywords/p/205.html

http://mhrd.gov.in/

http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/education/higher-education-in-india-how-it-looks-and-where-does-it-stand.html

http://www.norrag.org/es/publications/boletin-norrag/online-version/a-world-of-reports-a-critical-review-of-global-development-reports-with-an-angle-on-education-and-training/detail/india-ranked-at-105-in-the-education-for-all-development-index.html

So my pursuit of bringing this kind of awareness will continue  to convince the college/school management and parents about the seismic shifts in imparting education to meet the modern society’s challenges. The most uncommon Sense of changing dynamics of education and skills enhancement to meet modern industry requirements, needs lot of attention but the challenge to eliminate  Common Nonsense of today’s educational institutes and students attitudes towards learning is a big challenge and i’m hoping to hear from you what we can do together. Comments are  much appreciated. Thanks

World’s Best at one place


Compiled from various sources via Google and Bing search.

The worlds first web site http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html 

Here is a website for knowing your math and Physics skills https://brilliant.org/ 

10 smartest kids in the world and the crazy math problem they can solve http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-smartest-kids-in-the-world-2013-4#15-year-old-phoebe-cai-of-the-usa-is-working-on-data-analysis-for-u-penns-medical-school-1

THE WORLDS MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2013

Nike:  The No 1 Most innovative company of 2013: Nike’s broke out into technology, data and services with Sensors in Shoes and developing Software apps. In 2012 Nike developed the most famous Fuelband a $150 Electronic bracelet that measures your movements throughout the day whether you play tennis, jog or just walk to work. It helps in monitoring how many calories you burnt.  The other innovation is “Flyknit Racer” , feather light shoes that feel more like a sock atop a sole. Nike’s CEO is Mark Parker and has 44000 employees with worldwide revenue at $24 billion

Amazon: It is the E-Commerce giant of the world. It is known for delivery of goods and services at an outstanding speed that rivals like FEDEX, UPS, USPS envy. They have to work hard to keep up with Amazon’s speed of service to their customers. It diversified into Software hosting services (Cloud computing) and giving sleepless nights to tech giants like Google, Ebay, IBM and retailer like Walmart.

Square: This Company is famous for spreading Mobile payments revolution across the world.  It processes $10 billion worth of mobile payments annually.

Splunk: Every click on any website data, every customer call and every credit card transaction, every tweet on twitter and every work on Facebook post. All these data is monitored, collected and indexed in real time creating opportunities for its clients to improve business. That is what Splunk does which enabled them to make $70 million in 2012.

Fab: It makes sales to dozens of online boutiques of design centric clothing’s with a $150 Million revenue in 2012. International sales went from zero to 30% in 2012.

The World’s most powerful people

There are nearly 7.1 billion people on the planet. But  71 among them matters the most. The top 12 are as follows

  1. Barrack Obama  President of United states
  2. Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany
  3. Vladimir Putin President, Russia.
  4. Bill Gates Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  5. Pope Benedict XVI Pope, Roman Catholic Church
  6. Ben Bernanke Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve
  7. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud  King, Saudi Arabia
  8. Mario Draghi President, European Central Bank
  9. Xi Jinping General Secretary, Communist Party Of China
  10. David Cameron Prime Minister, United Kingdom.
  11. Carlos Slim Helu Chairman, Carlos Slim Foundation
  12. Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress

World Youngest but powerful people of the planet

  1. Mark Zuckerberg, 28 CEO, Facebook
  2. Kim Jong-Un, 29 Supreme Leader, North Korea
  3. Larry Page & Sergey Brin, 39 Cofounders, Google
  4. Elon Musk, 41 CEO, SpaceX, Tesla Motors
  5. Robin Li, 44 Cofounder and CEO, Baidu
  6. Reid Hoffman, 45 Venture capitalist
  7. David Cameron, 46 British Prime Minister
  8. Enrique Pena Nieto, 46 President-elect of Mexico
  9. Dmitry Medvedev, 47  Russian Prime Minister
  10. Jeff Bezos, 48 Amazon CEO

2013 Richest people on the planet

  1. Carlos Slim Helu Net worth: $73 billion Country: Mexico Source of wealth: Telecom
  2. Bill Gates Net worth: $67 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Microsoft
  3. Amancio Ortega Net worth: $57 billion Country: Spain Source of wealth: Zara
  4. Warren Buffet Net worth: $53.5 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway
  5. Larry Ellison Net worth: $43 billion Country: U.S.Source of wealth: Oracle
  6. Charles Koch Net worth: $34 billion Source: U.S. Source of wealth: Diversified
  7. David Koch Net worth: $34 billion Country: U.S. Source of wealth: Diversified
  8. Li Ka-shing Net worth: $31 billion Country: Hong Kong Source of wealth: Diversified
  9. Liliane Bettencourt & family Net worth: $30 billion Country: France
  10. Bernard Arnault Net worth: $29 billion Country: France Source of wealth: LVMH

Top 10 richest Indians

  1. Mukesh ambani
  2. Lakshmi Mittal
  3. Azim Premzi
  4. Pallonji Mistry
  5. Dilip Shanghvi
  6. Adi Godrej
  7. Savitri Jindal
  8. Shashi and Ravi Ruia of Essar group
  9. Hinduja brothers  Prakash, Srichand, Gopichand and Ashok
  10. Kumar Mangalam Birla

Top 10 Women Billionaires

  1. Rosalia Mera $6.1 billion SPAIN, ZARA
  2. Wu Yajun $4.3 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  3. Chan Laiwa $4.1 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  4. Diane Hendricks $3.8 billionUS, ROOFING
  5. Zhang Xin $3.6 billion CHINA, REAL ESTATE
  6. Doris Fisher $2.8 billion US, GAP
  7. Oprah Winfrey $2.8 billion US, MEDIA
  8. Marion Ilitch $2.7 billion US, PIZZA
  9. Lynda Resnick $2.2 billion US, DIVERSIFIED
  10. Giuliana Benetton $2 billion ITALY, FASHION

Forbes Largest Indian companies

Name of the company Industry Type
Hindustan Petroleum Oil & gas operations
NMDC Materials
Tata Motors Capital goods
Wipro Business services & supplies
DLF Diversified Financials
Hindalco Industries Materials
ITC Food, drink & tobacco
Punjab National Bank Banking
Reliance Industries Oil & gas operations
Axis Bank Banking
Bank of Baroda Banking
Canara Bank Banking
State Bank of India Group Banking
Bank of India Banking
GAIL (India) Utilities
ICICI Bank Banking
Indian Oil Oil & gas operations
Oil & Natural Gas Oil & gas operations
Bharti Airtel Telecommunications
National Aluminium Materials
NTPC Utilities
Power Grid of India Utilities
Steel Authority of India Materials
Tata Steel Materials
Unitech Construction
HDFC Housing Development Diversified financials
Larsen & Toubro Capital goods
Reliance Communications Telecommunications
Tata Consultancy Services Business services & supplies
Bharat Heavy Electricals Capital goods
Bharat Petroleum Oil & gas operations
HDFC Bank Banking
Infosys Technologies Business services & supplies
Bharti Tele-Ventures Telecommunications services
Union Bank of India Banking
Indl Dev Bank of India Banking
Oriental Bank of Commerce Banking
Bajaj Auto Consumer durables
UCO Bank Banking
Indian Overseas Bank Banking

 

Top 10 Innovative companies in India

  1. Mahindra Reva
  2. Selco
  3. GVK-EMRI
  4. IndiGo
  5. Micromax
  6. Sarvajal
  7. Attero Recycling
  8. Vaatsalya
  9. Skymet
  10. UFO Moviez

Top 10 Innovative companies in Mobile

  1. Uber
  2. Evernote
  3. Kiip
  4. Azumio
  5. Square
  6. SwiftKey
  7. eBay
  8. Voxer
  9. Gigwalk
  10. Apptopia

Top 10 Innovative companies in Robotics

  1. iRobot
  2. Recon Robotics
  3. Google
  4. Mazor Robotics
  5. SpaceX
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. PV-Kraftwerker
  8. Boston Dynamics
  9. Ekso Bionics
  10. Seegrid

 The top 10 Architecture companies of the world

1. Aecom (USA. 1,370 architects employed. Over $400m Fee Income)

2. Gensler (USA. 1,346. Over $400m)

3. IBI Group (Canada. 1,129. $160-169m)

4. Nikken Sekkei (Japan. 1,109. Over $400m)

5. Aedas (China/UK. 1, 078. $200-209m)

6. Perkins & Will (USA. 771. $220-229m)

7. DP Architects (Singapore. 736. $70-79m)

8. HOK (USA. 715. $240-249m)

9. Samoo Architects & Engineers (South Korea. 712. $250-259m)

10. Foster & Partners (UK. 646. $200-209m)

Architect Hafeez Contractor (India. 200. $30-39m) of India ranks 52nd ,  CP Kukreja (India. 130. $5-9m) ranks 81st  Morphogenesis (India. 110. $5-9m) ranks 92nd.

The top 10 Indian infrastructure construction companies in India

  1. Larsen & Toubro ,
  2. Lanco Simplex
  3. GMR
  4. DLF
  5. Tata Projects
  6. Gammon India
  7. Hindustan Construction Company
  8. Unitech
  9. Punj Lloyd 
  10. Nagarjuna Construction

The top 10 online Education companies of the world.

  1. Coursera
  2. Udacity
  3. Edx
  4. Rio Salado
  5. Amplify
  6. Gamedesk
  7. Duolingo
  8. InsideTrack
  9. FunDza
  10. ClassDojo

Worlds top 10 Energy companies

  1. ExxonMobil
  2. Royal Dutch Shell
  3. Chevron
  4. BP
  5. Gazprom
  6. Statoil
  7. Total
  8. ConocoPhillips
  9. PetroChina
  10. Rosneft

Top 10 Mechanical Engineering companies of the world

  1. Aviadvigatel
  2. Bystronic
  3. chemtech
  4. Design Continuum
  5. E.C.H. Will
  6. HAWE Hydraulik SE
  7. Kirov Plant
  8. Körber PaperLink
  9. Mechon
  10. Meyer Burger Technology

Top 10 wind manufacturing companies of the world

  1. Vestas
  2. Sinovel
  3. Goldwind
  4. Gamesa
  5. Enercon
  6. GE Energy
  7. Suzlon Group  (India)
  8. Guodian
  9. Siemens Wind Power
  10. Ming Yang

Top 10 Indian electrical engineering firms

  1. Bajaj International Private Ltd
  2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  3. Crompton Greaves Limited (CGL)
  4. Dev Denso Power Ltd
  5. Info Edge (India) Ltd
  6. Penguin Engineering Ltd
  7. Bristol Fire Engineering
  8. Kelvin Electrical
  9. Siemens Ltd
  10. Wipro Lighting.

Top Technology companies  

Rank

Company

Industry

Revenue

FY

Employees

Market cap

Headquarters

1

Samsung Electronics

Electronics

$188.1

2012

371,726

$227.58

Seoul, South Korea

2

Apple

Electronics

$156.5

2012

76,100

$427.62

Cupertino, CA, USA

3

HP

Hardware

$120.3

2012

331,800

$32.46

Palo Alto, CA, USA

4

Foxconn

Electronics

$119

2011

1,230,000

$27.2

New Taipei, Taiwan

5

IBM

Computer services

$104.5

2012

433,362

$229.45

Armonk, NY, USA

6

Panasonic

Electronics

$99.65

2012

327,512

$22.7

Osaka, Japan

7

Microsoft

Hardware/Software

$73.72

2012

94,000

$224.8

Redmond, WA, USA

8

Dell

Hardware

$62.07

2012

106,700

$22.97

Austin, TX, USA

9

Amazon.com

Internet

$61.09

2012

88,400

$120.03

Seattle, WA, USA

10

Fujitsu

Hardware/Software

$54.46

2012

173,155

$125.83

Tokyo, Japan

11

Intel

Semiconductor

$53.34

2012

104,700

$105.26

Santa Clara, CA, USA

12

Google

Internet

$50.17

2012

53,546

$248.31

Mountain View, CA, USA

 

Forbes 2013 Global list of companies

Rank

Company

Headquarters

Industry

Sales
(billion $)

Profits
(billion $)

Assets
(billion $)

Market Value
(billion $)

1

ICBC  China Banking

134.8

37.8

2,813.5

237.3

2

China Construction Bank  China Banking

113.1

30.6

2,241.0

202.0

3

JPMorgan Chase  United States Banking

108.2

21.3

2,359.1

191.4

4

General Electric  United States Conglomerate

147.4

13.6

685.3

243.7

5

Exxon Mobil  United States Oil and gas

420.7

44.9

333.8

400.4

 6

HSBC  United Kingdom Banking

104.9

14.3

2,684.1

201.3

7

Royal Dutch Shell  Netherlands Oil and gas

467.2

26.6

360.3

213.1

8

Agricultural Bank of China  China Banking

103.0

23.0

2,124.2

150.8

9

Berkshire Hathaway  United States Conglomerate

162.5

14.8

427.5

252.8

9

PetroChina  China Oil and gas

308.9

18.3

347.8

261.2

11

Bank of China  China Banking

98.1

22.1

2,033.8

131.7

12

Wells Fargo  United States Banking

91.2

18.9

1,423.0

201.3

13

Chevron  United States Oil and gas

222.6

26.2

233.0

232.5

14

Volkswagen Group  Germany Automotive

254.0

28.6

408.2

94.4

15

Apple  United States Computer hardware

164.7

41.7

196.1

416.6

15

Wal-Mart Stores  United States Retail

469.2

17.0

203.1

242.5

17

Gazprom  Russia Oil and gas

144.0

40.6

339.3

111.4

18

BP  United Kingdom Oil and gas

370.9

11.6

301.0

130.4

19

Citigroup  United States Banking

90.7

7.5

1,864.7

143.6