Friday, July 18, 2014

Collaborative Problem Solving - Page Created using Padlet

I used Padlet to create a page about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). CPS is a 21st Century Skill and ATC21S is doing extensive research on CPS. I have embedded some text, articles, websites, and videos about CPS in the page.

Padlet is a Web and Mobile App that allows you to create beautiful web pages. Just by double-clicking on the wall, you can add pictures, text, or videos and arrange the items to form any collage pattern. For more info read this article. Here is a short video on how to use Padlet.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gratitude Attitude - Quotes

“A thankful heart hath a continual feast.”
W. J. Cameron (1879–1953)

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
Saint Ambrose (AD 340–397)

“Gratitude leads to riches. Complaint leads to poverty" 
-- The Magic, book by Rhonda Byrne

“I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities,relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Earn While You Learn - Ma Foi - TISS - Skill Development Program

Dear All,

It is a great opportunity for students who have passed 10th and 12th to earn Diploma, Advanced Dilploma and Degree while learning. Ma Foi has entered into an agreement with TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) to offer EARN and Learn Programme. 

Features of the Programme:

a. Ma Foi is  partner for Auto and Manufacturing vertical of TISS.
b.  Students can get a Diploma, Advanced diploma, Degree from AICTE  
c. Stipend every month, and the companies will bear the training cost.
d.  Students will work in manufacturing companies of good repute.
e. Students will spend 4-5 days in the factory and 1 day in the class room
f.  Ma Foi will train and assess the students.
g. Students can opt out any time during the course, and they will be offered certificate based on the number of years they have spent in the company and trainig undergone.

We are looking for a NGO partners who can join this programme. We can jointly do campaign and share expenditure.

Pl connect if any NGOs are interested. 
with regards

Prasanna, ph no: 044-65515921 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Vocational Training for Visually Challenged

Greetings from National Association for the Blind, Tamilnadu State Branch (NAB TNSB).  We are starting 2014-15 batch of Vocational Training on 16th June 2014 for the visually challenged. 

The following courses are taught with free boarding and lodging.

1. Vocational Training - About 12 Small trades such as re-canning of chairs, making of candles, making phenol etc are taught. It is a 10 months course.
2. Cycle Repair - Six months course
3. Basic Course in Computer with JAWS - 6 months course
4. Music - 10 months course
5. Massage and Reflexology - Six months course

We request you to refer deserving students for the course. For computer course, XII Std. or X Std. with good working knowledge of English is required. For other courses no educational qualification is required.

Visually impaired persons in the age group of 18 to 35 years desirous of joining the course can contact the following address

PHONE 044-65450856
CELL 9344542314
M. Krishna Rao
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for the Blind, Tamilnadu State Branch
Cell 9003053989 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Summer Camps at Chrompet and Kodambakkam...

Summer Camp starts at end of April or first week of May. Read the doc here to know more about the program. We are looking for sponsors and volunteers. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Visit to Shirdi wale Sai Baba

I was in Mumbai last month for an office conference. I was swamped at work the entire week, but I had some time off on the weekend and a friend of mine suggested that I take a trip to Shirdi. When it comes to travelling I am always ready. So, I chalked out a schedule and switched on my computer to book my bus tickets to ShirdiOnline bus ticket bookings are the easiest thing I have come across, where your pass to travel, is just a click away.  I booked my ticket from “My Bus Tickets” and luckily I found a window seat.

I was leaving on a Friday evening and it so happened, that there was a rally that evening too. Mumbai traffic becomes nerve wracking as it is, and with the rally in full swing, it was nothing short of mayhem. I finally reached my pick up point for the bus and was all set to visit Shirdi. It takes about four and a half hours to reach Shirdi from Mumbai and it was a pleasant ride because of the magnificent sights through the Konkan region. Shirdi is not just about the Sai Baba temple but about the city itself. The sombreness of the place is its biggest attraction.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

A cup of coffee at sunrise, in my room, overlooking the sea made the trip all the more worthwhile. My exploration started with two local beaches in town, followed by the sacred Sai Baba temple. I also payed my respects at Baba Chavadi, Dwarkamai Musjid, Khandoba Mandir and other small temples in and around the city. During all of this, what caught my attention was a beautiful little museum called Dixit Wada, located within the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Comp which houses the belongings used by Sai Baba during his lifetime. Apart from the city’s sacred spirit, the biggest plus point about Shirdi is its authentic Marathi cuisine. With all the local flavours, my taste buds just went on a joyride.

Khandoba Temple

Shirdi Beach 

All I can say is that my trip was worth every penny. I felt refreshed and rejuvenated with the austerity of the place, the vintage Marathi cuisine and the sheer magnificence of the city. Shirdi truly cleanses ones soul with all its purity.

- Guest Post 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Make More Money - Be at the Right Place at the Right Time

This is the story of an extraordinary cucumber. Once upon a time in a small village, there lived a number of cucumbers. There was one among them that was the brightest and the smartest. Every day, all the other cucumbers gathered to listen to his wisdom. One day he taught them the wisdom of value addition and pricing. 

If the cucumber is in the farm, people just pluck them for free. The cucumber starts moving up the value chain when it goes into the market and is then sold by the kilos. Now, the pricing is Re.1/- in the market. A vendor purchases this cucumber, slices it, adds salt and spices and then it is sold in the train for Rs. 3/ -.

Now an hotelier purchases the cucumber for his hotel. The cucumber comes out as a salad beautifully dressed. The price of a cucumber changes to Rd. 20 /- in a small hotel to Rs.200/- in a five-star hotel where it is served on a silver platter.

These insights on the transition and moving up the value chain amazed all the other cucumbers. If a simple cucumber can increase its price, why can't you with your vast resources. 

-- Excerpts from "I Love Money" book by Suresh Padmanabhan