True celebration of Independence


Let’s celebrate when citizens have the freedom of safety 

Let’s celebrate when justice is prompt and a surety

Let’s celebrate when politicians really work for the nation

Let’s celebrate when bureaucracy works with dedication

Let’s celebrate when big and mighty wrong doers are charged for their corruption

Let’s celebrate when legal system delivers swift punishments without any adjournments.

Let’s celebrate when our environment is nurtured and kept clean and neat

Let’s celebrate when steps to stop illegal mining and exploitation of natural resources are concrete

Let’s celebrate when the law enforcement works honestly and ethically

Let’s celebrate when the thugs, corrupt and criminals are put behind bars swiftly

Let’s celebrate when educational institutes deliver world class knowledge and skills

Let’s celebrate when we billions wish of “Mera Bharat Mahaan” gets fulfilled.

Till then the celebrations should be a reminder

For us all to rededicate for reaching goals wiser.

Wish every Indian a very happy fulfilling independence day  

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A new Proposal to Modernize farming In India and end Farmer suicides.


Climate change is the real game changer for this initiative. Small and medium Farmers are not equipped to deal /understand planets changing food habitat. I wrote about this way back in 2011. https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/climate-change-get-used-to-new-kind-of-food/

The new idea to solve the problems of farmers is as follows.

Milestones that can be achieved : Banks spared from Loan losses, rural employment, Evolution of new business models, increase in soil fertility, crop yields due to scientific farming methods, agri-soil data analytics,  climate analytics, productivity gains in food supply logistics, new startups possibility and rural villages will thrive. Reduction/Elimination of corruption in agricultural activities .

Problem:

Small and medium farmers are succumbing to the enormous amount of debts, rising cost of living and failure of crops due to drought or excess rainfall or due to bad quality seeds and poor farming practices.

Banks stopped giving fresh loans, the government reimbursements end up paying old debts, fertilizer prizes are skyrocketing and private loan sharks loot whatever is left with the poor families of the farmer.

Banks targeted loan payments is 15, 000 crores but they disbursed just 6000 crores according to a regional newspaper article (link provided below).

Even if farmer succeed to raise crops the middle men robs the profits by paying a fraction of the amount and making bumper profits from the sales of the farmers yields in the open market. This is because all these small farmers do not have the financial leverage to store their produce nor to take it to the markets and sell.

On top of it the politicians use the situation for their advantage in the form of short term popular policies to garner more votes. They do not sincerely show empathy, passion to solve the problem.

Even if they announce policies with good intention there is no strict follow up to the end and in the name of these policies political and middle men swindle more money. In a nutshell there is no proper planning/auditing till the “LAST MILE” in everything the Government does constantly for ever.

The consequences: Due to above factors and many other reasons farmers are attempting suicide and families are coming on to the roads.

The situation is grave in many southern states such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana   India.

In regional newspaper (http://eenadu.net/news/newsitem.aspx?item=hyd-panel&no=1 ) the following statistics are given about the farmers suicides.

In the above states since 1997 till 2013 the suicides have risen from 1097 to 2014 and during 2015 there are around 1000 suicides.

The situation is becoming worse for the farmers who feed the nations billions of people.

The present solution:

Government implements popular measures of reimbursements, short term help to farmers in the form of subsidy and other methods. All of the present methods are short term solutions without any substantial benefits to the farmers for long term.

The policies of the government appears as a reaction measures only not preventive measures.

Opposition parties try their best to gain sympathy for more votes for their future elections from this fiasco.

The failure of the present solution

Some of these reimbursements end up with several rich farmers, politicians, their coterie of gangs and fake account holders who capitalize on these more than the real farmers who needs them. The whole system of reimbursement is full of looting and exploitation by some vested interests starting from the politician to influential people in the society.

The same thing happens in several other infrastructure developments, where government money is spent. These cartel of powerful politician, businessmen and their coterie of gangs make the most of every developmental work in India. The results of the infrastructure development is of low quality work and creates bad image about the country to outsiders.

The new solution:

To solve the vexing problem I propose the following solutions.

The gist of the proposal is to change the language and the perception of problem definition in order to get a right solution.

I redefined this problem from a corporate perceptive and framed my question of the problem. The question is now reframed as follows.

“How to sustain a business for long term while solving the present challenges”

By focusing on the problem in several other form of questions as above I could come to the following solution. If implemented this will solve several problems, country like India faces.

My purpose is to bring agricultural practices to a level playing field across the country with global best practices implemented with grassroot realities and development.

  1. Under national skills development program train students/ others who are interested in Agriculture to modern farming methods sourcing the best practices from countries such as Israel.
  2. Educate the farmers to outsource their lands for a fixed amount payable quarterly or half yearly. The land still belongs to them but the work is outsourced to professional farming companies. Pool all the small and medium farmers’ lands together to make a large agricultural land available for large scale farming with most modern methods sourced from across the globe.
  3. Use the trained students / others / owners of the farm lands to work in the fields with the best international practice implementations. Pay for their work as regular salaries or for a fixed price. Job creation for rural youth.
  4. Rope in venture capital funding agencies, businesses and global equity / money market funds and encourage them to invest in agriculture with tax benefits for the investments.
  5. Allow start up entrepreneurs work closely with cultivators to come up with new apps, products , services , storage facilities, logistics and other closely related works with venture funds made available for them.
  6. Support start-up companies that handle the logistics of preserving the food grains , transporting food till it reaches every house hold.
  7. Let government not involved in the whole supply chain logistics including the Last Mile but make sure to monitor strictly the whole process with regular checks and cross checks.

Benefits from the above method:

  1. Farmers are assured with fixed incomes from their lands.
  2. Banks need not take the burden of non-payment of loans nor they need not allocate huge amounts for loans and end up with NPA’s (Non-performing assets).
  3. Government need not spend huge amounts on reimbursements
  4. Eliminate middle men, brokers from the food supply chain.
  5. Provide opportunities for start-up business to flourish which will in turn gives more employment to rural youth.
  6. Land pooling will help in producing more and diversified crops with yields better than segmented pieces of lands cultivation.
  7. Misuse or excess use of fertilizers, chemicals, and pesticides can be eliminated since the farming is done by professionals.
  8. Helps in streamlining of food supply chain logistics and encourages ancillary units development in and around the villages.
  9. Local youth will become productive by honing their farming skills in the national skills development program and they get exposure to industry best practices. Solves unemployment and youth turning to crime problems.
  10. Helps entrepreneurs to come up with more start up ideas around agriculture with agricultural e commerce , apps development in ebay like auctions to flipkart like retails sales.
  • Provides opportunity for new business models to evolve from this.

Conclusion.

Check this video of the reality of the food problem and other facts about Indian situations . http://www.storypick.com/man-in-bus-video/

With further honing of the above idea Government can focus on support and sustenance of the projects and private professional players taking care of the real work. Slowly government can untangle from Commerce /business completely, by gradually outsourcing all the work to outside agencies and that will reduce the corruption in the country to a large extent.

I felt this is the best method to end Corruption in the country because the roots of all corruption starts from powerful politician, businessmen and percolates down to different government agencies.

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Software Services for Business


https://www.braintreepayments.com/   lets developers accept payments in their app or website

https://stripe.com/ same business like braintree , makes it easy to accept credit card payments on a website or mobile app by eliminating the need for merchant accounts and gateways. JavaScript libraries and Android and iOS toolkits take care of capturing customer card data.

http://www.elasticsearch.org/ enables data exploration by allowing developers to pose free-text or more structured queries to large volumes of data via aRESTful API. It’s built on top of the Lucerne Apache project, a Java-based text search engine.

Firebase is BaaS (backend as a service), a cloud database , replaces all the usual server-side infrastructure with highly scaleable and secure data storage. When one client updates the data repository, where data is stored via an API as JSON, the changes are synchronized by notifying all other clients

http://www.firepad.io/#1  Use Firepad’s rich text features for collaborative blogging, note taking, proofreading and much more!

https://www.heroku.com/ Platform as a Service (PaaS) companies and it supports Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, and Scala. PaaS services let developers concentrate on writing code rather than operating infrastructure by managing servers, deployment, and scaling for them. Over 4 million apps are deployed on Heroku.

http://www.jetbrains.com/ has been making developer tools like IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), including the widely used Java IDE IntelliJ, as well as continuous integration and project management tools for over 10 years. JetBrains is now creating a new statically typed language for the JVM called Kotlin.

http://pusher.com/  is a hosted service for adding real-time features like notifications, chats, and data feeds to web and mobile applications. Essentially, it lets developers offload a lot of the work of real-time synchronization to Pusher’s RESTful API. New information is sent to the API and Pusher uses awebsocket connection to push new updates to the browser instead of pulling them from the server.

http://sendgrid.com/  helped developers to deliver millions of transactional and marketing emails like purchase confirmations, without having to run their own email servers. To send email through SendGrid a developer just needs to change his email configuration to point to SendGrid’s servers.

http://www.twilio.com/voice by letting developers add voice, SMS, and VoIP functionality into web, desktop, or mobile software. You can even build an entire call center system with Twilio’s cloud API including call queuing, routing, and call recording.

Prioritization


Six months of the year has rolled by. When  you look back you should have realized some great moments to missed opportunities. Life is Real;   not cinema reel of two and half hours. So going forward you should consider spending your life in a much better way. Your Day should be planned properly to get the Maximum out of it.
Here are some points for you to consider to get the maximum value for your time and actions you take based on your personality and the importance you give to things you do daily .Tasks may be easy to difficult to achieve but prioritization is important.
  • Write it all down. Put everything on one list. Find out which tasks are easy and which are more difficult.
  • Do the easy ones quickly.  so they don’t bother you much. Cross them out. Example checking emails but only at a specific time (most of you should develop the habit of clearing your Inbox otherwise it becomes un managable and you may miss on some important mails)
  • Turn to a difficult  task.  For example studying for exams that may be due in few weeks. I observed that students tend to postpone preparations for exams to last minute. But spending at least  two hours daily for preparation well before exams will reduce stress levels in you and you can do much better. Many people tend to postpone or skip doing challenging jobs. Trying to do something challenging will enrich you with valuable experiences of life even if you failed to achieve the results  (Remember what T.Edison said about light bulb discovery  “learned 1000 ways of how not to do the bulb”)  SO failure should be considered as moving towards your goals of success.
  • Take a break.  This piece of advice I don’t need to say to those who have all day fun without any purpose or goals for life  but for those who work hard , to keep fit and do well in life;  they should  consider relaxing in intervals while working towards your goals. The best way to relax is to play your favorite sport or do yoga or meditation. These three gives you health, bliss and a relaxed mind.

Modern ways to prepare Resume


For those employees who are thinking of getting another job or final year students who are readying themselves for jobs it is time for having a resume ready.  Catching the attention of the potential recruiter is very hard with millions of me too like resumes that reach their desk’s.

Hiring trends have changed a lot with explosive growth of technology and social websites. Resumes are now scanned by software to align potential job candidates to the position offered by the companies. Social websites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a platform for hiring prospective employees too. While many students have the luxury of campus recruitment everyone is not lucky enough to get the job they are dreaming of. Even those who join a company thru campus are finding hard to adjust to the jobs they are hired thru campus.

Your resume and cover letter play a vital role in catching the attention of the prospective employer. In order to catch the attention of the prospective employees many have charted new paths in presenting their resumes. See how some people got jobs by becoming creative in presenting their worthiness to prospective employers here.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/creative-social-mediafacebook-twitter-linkedin-resume-tips/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/facebook-and-qr-codes/

https://pathbrite.com/  helps students and fresh employees to visually show their accomplishments historically

There are oodles of resume guiding websites online.  Here are some cool websites that will help you to develop your unique resume.

http://www.resumeedge.com/resume-writing/resumes/

Resume builder by livecareer.com. You can start with your already built resume or use their tools to build a fresh one. Check more here http://www.livecareer.com/lp/lcarsmsm31.aspx

Linkedin. Many students don’t know the power of social websites. These are platforms for networking, getting jobs and also learning what the industry is looking in students as potential job candidates. One such wonderful website is Linkedin. Your profile in Linkedin is a resume itself. So what ever you write in your profile matters. Also Linkedin is the platform for joining professional groups to discuss subject matter, get tips about personality development, career advice and job listing. They also have a resume builder tool. Try this here http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Rezumme : Once you post your resume here , out of kindness and helping nature people will check your resume and help in shaping it properly.people  read your resumes and add notes and advice with comments. A numbered scoring tool also allows resume pros to rate you on your Resume sections, formatting, language and potential to be hired.  It is like Facebook comments and likes.  Nice and 100 percent free for job seekers. http://www.razume.com/

Cover letters: Cover letters are very important to let the prospective employee know for which job you are applying and what makes you fit for that job. If the letter is not written well in spite of having all the qualifications you need  you know you won’t be getting that interview call. Here are some cool websites to help you in writing covering letters.

http://content.monsterindia.com/resumecenter.html

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/citation/passive-voice

Facebook is another place to find cover letters samples. Use Facebook for your benefit. There are several job listings, companies, groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter and real jobs are posted on these websites. So spend time looking for the groups and jobs other than posting pictures, chatting and commenting on others photos. Good luck. For more advice leave a comment and I will answer your query.

Some more resume advice websites to look at http://www.gm4jh.com/

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Student-and-New-Grad-Center/Student-Top-Story/Resume-Extras.aspx

http://vizualize.me/

http://resume.github.com/

Live Projects, Lab experiments at your door steps


Imagine the millions of students that go to school/colleges with no good infrastructure  or labs for doing lab Projects There are so many schools/colleges  across India that cannot provide Lab experiments to the students. In order to make education relevant to present society needs and fun a new approach to student learning and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is taken up by HP thru its social innovation project called catalyst initiative http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/social-innovation/catalyst.html . HP is building next generation citizens to tackle the planets most pressing problems thru science and technology in the areas of health, entrepreneurship, community and education. Students are working on some of the complex problems such as purification of sea water etc.   There are 250,000 students from the most rural villages from across the globe who are participating in the projects that HP enables. HP collaborates with local establishments such as Agatsya International foundation http://www.agastya.org/   in India to make it happen. The idea is to break down all the barriers between countries, secondary and college education, universities and NGO’s by collaborating with people from across the globe to solve the most pressing problems, engage young minds (students) in learning and problem solving without any limitations. Imagine a rural student who wants to conduct a science lab experiment or live project using MIT and University of Queensland in Australia faculty help and infrastructure.  He / She can do that thru HP catalyst or Agatsya foundation. Agatsya a partner of HP catalyst are using 62 mobile science vans that go to rural villages to allow students to run science experiments. They have 28 rural science centers, and 170 acre creativity lab campus. As of today Agatsya reaches to 4 million students, 150,000 teachers in India and is supported by Indian institute of Science, Defense Research and Development Organization and Tata institute of Fundamental Research.  HP is supported by World economic forums, global education initiative and OECD.  Find more details by clicking on the links

http://www.agastya.org/

http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2011/default.asp

http://www.iste.org/welcome.aspx

http://www.ewf2011.org/

http://www.weforum.org/videos/global-education-initiative

Got Ideas but need help? Then read this.


Other day I read in a newspaper about engineering students making a solar operated car. I was thrilled to know that our students are creative and enthusiastic to do something new. What we may not know is what kind of challenges they faced to build the car. They might have felt frustrated or helpless regarding some design challenges while they are building the car.

“How to do“ videos or pictures offer great ways to learn about science and engineering. But the joys of making a electric car or small robot or a crystal radio set are difficult if we don’t know what are the right steps to follow to build them.

If you have an idea about building something,  you now have a chance to learn how to do it step by step or post your problem so you can get answers from the world audience.  That’s because Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists are now available for you. So go ahead and check these websites and start inventing products that people can use.  Your product invention may make you an entrepreneur one day and help society to overcome a problem they face everyday.   Remember “every problem is a opportunity for entrepreneurs, the bigger the problem the bigger the business opportunity for you if you can solve it”  (This quote is by Mr.Vinod Khosla, the most famous venture capitalist on planet earth)

Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs that make it easier for all of us to confidently use the methods to overcome our challenges. Here are the links to some websites

http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/HomopolarMotor

http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37&zenid=47e70654df482b27486f725e3a435271

http://www.ifixit.com/

http://makezine.com/

http://www.bigshotcamera.org/

http://quake.tokyohackerspace.org/index.php/Dome_Kits

An example of how to make a Pot that makes it easy to transfer a potted plant from one pot to other is here.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/13/the-business-of-re-potting-plants/

A student has made a Bicycle using bamboo. Check the details here

http://www.boobicycles.com/world/index.html

To find whether a patient had Pancreatitis researchers from Texas University came  up with this cheap detector  of the disease check this information here  : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110425173846.htm

There has been a recent explosion of interest in using terahertz (THz) radiation to investigate questions in chemistry, biology, physics, medicine and materials science. Simultaneously there has been a rapid development of a broad array of experimental tools for working with THz radiation. Check this link if interested   http://thznetwork.net/index.php/about

You can also post your problem in the form of a Video to Youtube asking for help. There might be somebody who can solve your problem. You just need to be smart enough to use technologies to your benefit.  As always I’m there to guide you in the process of triggering your inner creative ideas and making your dreams come true.

Here is a challenge to students.  Try and your efforts will give you valuable experience if not the prize of $25000 Dollars from Ingersall Rand Corp.

“Ingersoll Rand has put up >>$25000<< for prizes and scholarships to a
prototyping workshop. Tell us how you would design the $300 House –
submit your ideas, sketches, and videos >>”

If you got an Idea of how to build a $300 Dollar house click the SUBMIT Idea button on the Link below.

http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas    Good luck and contact me for guiding you on the project.