Measure your happiness, How your face looks at 60?


We all want to be Happy. Do you agree? Then read this and it will make you happy.

In this digitally connected world we are  becoming heavily busy and miss the opportunity to analyze and introspect ourselves and  what makes us happy .  Most of us are so busy checking our emails, socializing with friends on Facebook , twitter and other sites, spending time in movie halls or working towards our goals and don’t have time to take a snapshot of day’s events and judge how we reacted to each event or situation that happens to us during the day.

We have a choice to be reactive or be creative,  but most of the time we spend days, months and years in a reactive mode by attending to our daily chores. We don’t think much about the routine we perform everyday and get used to the daily grind. Due to that we slowly stop thinking that things can be done in a much better way and our day can be more productive by questioning our daily routine and how we perform it. We just need to become more creative and focus on improving our daily routine. The net result of improving our quality of life leads to some spare time so that we can use the same  to reflect inwards and check what actions, incidents and events during the day makes us Happy and which ones makes us Sad. By introspecting about our selves deeply,  helps us to improve our happiness levels for the rest of the life.

We have technology to assists us to monitor our day’s events, happenings , our moods and experiences towards such events and happenings. By tracking our everyday living we can get rid of things that makes us Sad or ignorant and improve and strengthen our practices that makes us Happy. Introspecting and self analysis of our behaviors helps us tremendously in improving our mental abilities and physical fitness.  Make sure you spare an hour everyday before sleep to analyze the day’s events and how you reacted.  Which action of yours made you feel happy , helped in enriching you and which one is neutral and which one made you Sad. By doing that everyday you will start finding a pattern about how well you are shaping your life.  Remember the saying

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll

In order to help you monitor your day i’m giving you the links of some great self  data mining tools. Enjoy and remember that you can always have a “better life with best practices ” (Skillsnest tag line) and  a quote from Ben frankling to motivate you for a good life.    “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Ben Franklin

https://www.rescuetime.com/signup/solo/lite

http://runkeeper.com/  to measure how many calories you burnt during your workout

http://www.realidata.com/cgi-bin/rTracker/iPhone/rTracker-main.pl

http://www.quantified-mind.com/

http://quantifiedself.com/2013/07/ashish-mukharji-on-three-years-of-tracking-happiness/

http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/

http://quantifiedself.com/2013/04/konstantin-augemberg-on-tracking-happiness/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOETUvaOxDA&feature=youtu.be

http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/07/how-daydreaming-can-help-you-pay-attention/

Want to know how you look when you are old?

You can also make your choices to be happy as you grow older. But no one gives a serious thought about aging until we reach a stage where the symptoms of oldness shows up in the form of body becoming weak and vulnerable to diseases.  There are websites that would show you how you look when you are 60 or how many calories you will gain in the future with your present life styles etc.

Click here to know how you will look at age 60 and beyond http://faceretirement.merrilledge.com/

http://www.futureme.org/

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

As you build your career you may want the world to know about you and your experiences , skills and expertise. There are couple of good websites that allow you to promote your selves such as follows

http://www.expertfile.com/

https://about.me/

http://zerply.com/about

Future perfect when Present is controlled


I happened to read a Facebook comment from a young student who just joined the engineering course saying that they are going to have ton’s of fun during their college life.  Naturally he got so many likes and comments supporting him from his fellow students and others. I felt compelled to write this blog on this topic. There is no doubt or denying the fact that we should enjoy to the full extent during student life. It is the most memorable and fun time of our life. But “100% love” towards just fun, whiling away time, during college life or you have a balanced approach to fun, education and core skills to become a  “Darling”  for your parents, friends, society is what you have to decide.

Time flies just like that.  When you look back to your past after your college life you should not repent the missed opportunities or missed time that otherwise would have helped you to reach your goals and made you feel proud.

John lenon(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Boy_(Darling_Boy)  a singer once wrote, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” (in many cases having fun). It is easy to be busy with many things during the day. Most of us always think about future. We act based on that and there is nothing wrong in that but it is easy to get distracted from greater goals we set for ourselves. Many a times we come across some good ideas or opportunities, seminars, lectures  to help us reach our goals but we tend to ignore them for the sake of fun  or  may postpone the decision of doing something for  betterment, for later years. That becomes a costly mistake.

Many students I know are now repenting that they did not acquire the skills needed for them to get a job. I took classes to hundreds of such unemployed youth preparing them with necessary corporate (employable skills).  It is a costly mistake to pay for the rest of your life if you are forced to work in a company that you don’t like. Your goals and doing what you love to do for the rest of life is very valuable and life long fun and fulfillment.

It is easy to get caught up in distractions during the day-to-day life at college or work. At least once in six months or once  a year though, it is important to look back on what you learned new or whether you are equipping yourselves to reach your life goals.  If you find that you have not accomplished much in the past year remind yourselves that you are going to work more hard this year to achieve your goals. Otherwise you are next in line as millions of unemployed youth waiting for help from somebody to lift thme up.

So you decide. If you are Sincere,  hard working and smart you can control your Fate and God will help you in that matter.

Choice 1.  100% enjoyment in college life and a failure rest of the LIFE.

Choice 2.   Enjoyment +  Learn new skills other than college education +  your engineering subjects  but with 100%  dedication everyday. Success and happiness for the rest of the life.

You decide your future. It’s your life. It’s in your hands.

Here are some thought provoking questions to ask your selves.

Are you planning for your career goals?

Do you really want to make a mark of yourselves or live somebody’s life?

Do you have the courage, skills to achieve more than what you can imagine now?

Think of the founders of these companies. They are all students when they started their glorious journey of success and are now having a blast (having fun) for rest of the life. GOOGLE, Facebook, Instagram, redbus.in(http://www.redbus.in/)

interviewstreet.com http://www.interviewstreet.com/recruit/challenges

to name a few.

Free Online courses from MIT, Harvard and others


Education is evolving rapidly and traditional methods of attending classes are replaced by online courses. There is a need for students to take advantage of attending these courses offered by some of the world’s top universities from across the world.

According to a New York Times article Harvard and MIT are joining hands to offer free massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known, called edX.  edX will offer 5 courses for free to students . Courses will be in engineering and humanities.  Those who complete the course will get a Certificate of Mastery and Grade.  More details can be obtained here http://www.edxonline.org/

Meanwhile at another company called Udacity   http://www.udacity.com/ 20,000 students are taking online course on six subjects.

Not only Harvard and MIT are in the race to offer free online classes but universities such as Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced their partnership with a new commercial company,  Coursera  to offer online courses to students. https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera also offers free humanities courses . https://www.coursera.org/courses

Online education can affect local universities badly if they don’t reform their primitive way of imparting education to students. Technology is rapidly influencing everything and traditional Indian Universities are still lagging way behind in restructuring their courses, modernizing their labs, teaching methodologies to a generation of digital students who will soon abandon going to traditional colleges and adopt online courses which are mostly offered for free.

“Projects like this can impact lives around the world, for the next billion students from China and India,” said George Siemens, a MOOC pioneer who teaches at Athabasca University, a publicly supported online Canadian university.

“Online education is here to stay, and it’s only going to get better,” said Lawrence S. Bacow, a past president of Tufts who is a member of the Harvard Corporation.

Above are mentioned in New York times article.

More about online courses please click the links below

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/free-education-from-mit-princeton-or-stanford/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/grass-root-student-to-global-standards/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/education-at-your-door-step/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/stanford-university-offering-free-online-courses-anybody-can-enroll/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/learn-anything-free/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/internet-resources-and-opportunities/

http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/barriers-adoption-online-learning-systems-us-higher-education

Grass root Student to Global standards


The national science foundation predicts that mastery in one of the   STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math)   is necessary for students to make countries competitive and them to be employable. Education is transforming but the way education is viewed by our younger generation is troubling. Students/ Parents worry only about getting good marks. The attitude of just studying for exams is affecting the quality of students’ knowledge and job readiness.  The time to adjust to corporates best methods, use of technologies, tools and methods is affecting the overall efficiency of companies and in the long run affecting many up and coming companies to compete in global environment. The image of poor employee standards affects business so much that many companies with high growth potential cannot grow beyond  the boundaries of their own state many times to expand business. Even i’m not able to grow my company too due to lack of good software guys with domain expertise. Education become a major   central, front and back issue for talent hungry companies.  Education is the key for students to become highly successful in career and also for country to be competitive.

Universities, colleges are still promoting   education which won’t meet the rapid, innovative and agile corporation’s needs that constantly upgrade their employee’s skills to stay relevant in business.  Students become uninspired and don’t believe in hard work anymore. Teachers less motivated.  Universities, colleges focus on survival.  clcik here to know more http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_stu_att_fin_sch_bor-student-attitude-find-school-boring

Companies find it hard to get the Young talent they need. This has made major corporations to see this as a business opportunity and entering in to education sector in a big way. World bank is providing $500 million interest free loan to Indian government to promote quality education in Indian schools.

http://in.news.yahoo.com/world-bank-offers-500-million-loan-education-india-120005484.html

Indian Government is  promoting $12.9 billion programme thru Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) http://www.indg.in/primary-education/policiesandschemes/rashtriya-madhyamik-shiksha-abhiyan-rmsa  .

The national board of accreditation http://www.nba-aicte.ernet.in/teqip.htm is trying to make technical education relevant and dynamic and aligned to industry needs

India is bidding to get a permanent seat on prestigious Washington accord for international accreditation of Indian technical educations. This is particularly a good news for BTech engineering students since it allows them to get overseas jobs easily and can eassily study in foreign universities.  More about Washington accord here http://www.washingtonaccord.org/

More about this news here http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/services/education/soon-indian-btech-degrees-may-be-recognized-abroad/articleshow/12420543.cms

Intel Corporation, Facebook, IBM like companies have given Billions of dollars for reforming education sector.  Money cannot transform the practices, mind set and how education is taught in the classroom. Money can give the required infrastructure but it cannot give the skills to be a good employee. It cannot give technical expertise or intellectual capital strength. Studies should move away from subject memorization to skills focussed trainings to match what companies are looking for. My prediction is that Online education and skills certifications given by companies become more relevant and acceptable for employment than a collage degree if students don’t pay attention to learning and college courses are not aligned to what industry needs.

Companies like Microsoft with collaboration with others are brining learning experience to millions of children across the globe. According to a report from FC  “products like Office 2010 and Kinect for Xbox 360 that help bring education alive for kids, the company also partners with hundreds of NGOs around the world to help young people gain access to the tools they need in order to realize their full potential. Thus far Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program has channelled $500 million toward education systems around the world, reaching more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries.”

More on this here http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/serving-communities/education/

Microsoft Imagine cup encourages students to solve world’s toughest problems.

http://www.imaginecup.com/   and https://www.dreamspark.com/

Microsoft employees are encouraged to go and teach in schools and colleges under Technology Education and Literacy in Schools scheme. More here http://tealsk12.org/

When I came back from US I was interested to do something to our student community. I have seen many instances of money given to institutes or colleges not giving the results I expected. So I decided to volunteer myself to teaching   and to enrich their skills thru my blogs. I constantly upgrade my knowledge of what companies look for in students and try my best to transfer that knowledge to them.  Not many students read blogs nor i get a chance to go to every college  but I’m hoping that students will realize that their involvement is what will shape their career and this country’s future. My contribution to my country’s young is  to do my best to bring grass root student to global employee standards.

Question Box


For those of us who can access internet we have instant information at our finger tips. We can search for any kind of news  instantaneously. Imagine if a farmer wants to know about weather so that he can plan is next crop or how to get rid of fungus, or virus or pests causing damage to his crops. Imagine a school students who did not understand a math problem. An unemployed youth wants to know where to find a job.  Where could all these people go for answers if they don’t have access to internet at their place ? Most of  the people in rural and town   don’t have access to Internet.   I know many students who are in higher education (pursuing engineering and MBA like courses)  who cannot pay for internet access.  In Order to connect  many people and to provide instant answers to any kind of question a novel project was started by Openmind called Question Box. It  is small metallic box with a phone attached and a operator who speaks the local language to take any kind of question. The Box will be attached to a shop or a school or college wall. People can dial and get answers from the operator on the other side   Question Box is an encyclopedia, Google, a library, and teacher combined into one small metallic box.  Question Box only needs mobile phone coverage, a handset, and a power supply to work. Anyone can ask any questions. The Operator will get back to you with answers. You can query a simple math problem to complex aerodynamics or space related matter or crop related or medical related questions. The Open question box is now in Haiti, India, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, and Sierra Leone with funding from the Grameen bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.  Question Box operators have built invaluable databases of local information that can be accessed instantly.  For information and bringing Question Box to your village, town or city click on the links

http://questionbox.org/

http://www.openmind.org/

http://questionbox.org/about-open-question-for-developers/