The transformation of academy to Economic and well-being clusters


We are in an age of complex challenges which demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.

Students are entitled to expect that they will succeed in learning something of value when they are groomed by schools and colleges. If they don’t succeed, they are entitled to know immediately that they have not. And when they have not succeeded, they have the right to expect that they will be involved in learning that makes success more likely on their next try. Education, which cannot subscribe to these ideas—neither in their words nor in actions—are not likely to manage effectively.

Young Kids should be more engaged in open possibilities with unbridled curiosity, passion for problem solving, taking risks and strong ethics. Present education and society’s wrong expectations are shifting them from those great characters which are the need of the hour.

Unpredictably is the norm of the day. The magnitude of cultural, societal, industrial, technological, environmental and other unforeseen events is so complex that, in order to handle those complex challenges we need to prepare this young generation very differently.

Here are the transformation steps we need in academy.

  1. Fitness first and then everything else falls in place. Academy should make it mandatory in keeping everyone in the society hale and healthy by introducing yoga, meditation, sports and community service. Transform universities, colleges/school campuses to have the required infrastructure and grade students accordingly.
  2. Citizen resources: Redesign the whole university, college/school campuses for active participation of Citizens, Professionals, scientists, businessmen, industry,  students or anyone who wishes to learn, experiment, tinker and create products.
  3. Wellbeing Centres: Redesign classrooms into wellbeing centres where anyone can use the resources for increasing their physical, mental and psychological fitness.
  4. Business Academic centres: Remove the legal and all boundaries of identifying academy and business separately. Every business activity should have participation from fresh minded students, faculty along with the employees of the business.  Many a times, Business experts are trapped by their own knowledge and fresh graduates creates innumerable possibilities for some real challenges business faces.  This will be a win-win situation for both industry and academy in areas of working in real world challenges and gaining skills and talents in sustaining business with low costs, higher profitability and new innovations.
  5. Clusters of Expertise:  All universities, colleges and schools should be grouped as clusters of specific expertise and that should be based on the knowledge, skills, talents needed in industries, software technology parks, special economic zones and other industrial clusters in and around the academic institutes.

For example if there are many pharmaceutical companies and Petrochemical industries in an area then the academic curriculum of that area’s colleges, schools and universities should be on those specific domains and also on emerging trends such as Robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics ,drug discovery, Health innovations  etc. in the above sectors.  By clubbing universities, colleges and schools based on the specific domain expertise and emerging trends,  students, faculty will gain real time working experiences.

  1. Academic Project clusters: All government funded initiatives, projects , infrastructure developments and all kinds of commercial works of state and federal programs should be initiated in university clusters by making them as part of the stakeholders in that specific projects. This will erase the boundaries between Education and commerce. The initiatives will create employment for students who will be getting grading on their progress in real world work.
  2. Functional Degrees. Degrees should be awarded to students and remuneration and other rewards for faculty on the work accomplished in live projects. Those certificates should be based on the expertise gained in specific functional areas rather than general certificates such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering etc. These way each clusters of universities will be building on specific domain skills, talents which can be mapped to business requirements and other such needs.

The proposal is a major structural, legal and strategic change with immense benefits for the good of academy, business and Government.

Since a new business model requires disrupting the present, it’s important to be thoroughly conversant with prevailing model and how present system creates value.

There should not be any confusion about the new business model with changing the activities performed within the present framework. If it is done that way then its plain old business process reengineering. This inside-out view has the potential of labelling mere internal alterations as a new model. Don’t. Instead, academy, government and all stakeholders should take an outside-in view, focusing on outcomes, not activity, in addressing whether the business model is truly new. Internal activities will most likely morph as a result of addressing changes to strategic factors, but this is a second-order effect.

Comments, improvements, new ideas are always encouraged. Let’s make ourselves better with best practices.  Thank you for reading.

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Good Quotes from Different sources


“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  -Michael Jordan      “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”
Ten rupees from hard work of one month of tuition. I decided I won’t be like that anymore.
“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”
“We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill… it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.” — Financial Expert Witness Communication: A Practical Guide to Reporting and Testimony, 2014.
“Be quiet so that life may speak.”
“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”
“Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.” — Council on Foreign Relations event, 2013.
“In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.” — Trump : The Art of the Deal, 1987.
“Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.” — “Questions and Answers,” Carlosslim.com, 2007.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul, 2007.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” “The first step is you have to say that you can.”
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” — Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, 2014.
“A vision without the ability to execute is probably a hallucination.” — Business Week, 2001.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.” — Quoted in Walt Disney, Magician of the Movies, 1966.
“Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one’s sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence.” — Jack: Straight from the Gut, 2001
“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.”
– Book: No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul, 2007.
“Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.” — “Questions and Answers,” Carlosslim.com, 2007.
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” — Interview with Rebecca Fannin, 2006.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — The uncommon wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: a portrait in her own words, 1996.
“I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” — Mark Zuckerberg: Ten Lessons in Leadership, 2012.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Stanford Commencement address, 2005.
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” — The Road Ahead, 1995.
“Success is having to worry about everything in the world, except money.”
“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” — Lean In, 2013.
“Never go into business purely to get money. If that’s the motive, you’re better off doing nothing.”
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, 2014.
“Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett by Andrew Kilpatrick, 2007.
“Respect, recognition, and reward flow out of performance.” — Entrepreneur of the New Millennium N.R. Narayana Murthy: Life and Times of N.R. Narayana Murthy, 2003.
“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
? Against All Odds: A Story Of Courage, Perseverance And Hope
“There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”
“Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”
“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.”

“I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Mother Teresa