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Importance of Science & Tech Education in Village Schools

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  What do you imagine when you think of life in an Indian village. Do you imagine a rustic setting, an agrarian society, lots of greenery, very basic infrastructure consisting of small buildings that might include the village post office, gram panchayat office, and if the village is developed enough, a school. Some might describe this as idyllic, peaceful, even simple. But the truth is that this is a tough life. With little or no education, most of the families in villages are engaged in farming and agricultural activities. However this is changing now, with more and more families opting to educate their children by sending them to the local schools.  The presence of an education system in rural communities, gives children the opportunity and capacity to explore their world around them and discover new things, though the lenses of scientific knowledge. Education also exposes this populace to relevant information and helps prevent the misinterpretation of information. Science is an impo

You care about CSR; your Employees should too!

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  In India, the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is widely prevalent. It tends to focus on what is done with the profits that the private businesses earn. It is an approach towards sustainable and equitable development and focuses on the triple bottom line of economic, environmental, and social performance. In recent years, companies have increasingly centered their CSR endeavors on creating opportunities for social welfare. Some companies might aim to provide free educational services to children, offer supplementary medical care, entrepreneurship skills to the rural population, and financial assistance to the needy. It might seem cumbersome to develop programs without a brisk return on investment that involves long-term investment, but such initiatives deserve significant attention from the companies. A firm now needs to focus on both: experiencing economic prosperity and being good corporate citizens . The organizations have enormous potential to effect change in their

And it’s a Girl Child!

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  'At exactly 11:11 PM, a baby took its first breath in the Jhareja household. By 11.13 PM, the entire family’s faces bore frowns, all their hopes shattered into a million pieces. An atmosphere of gloom and melancholy settled over the entire household. The somber and bleak looks on their faces seemed so distasteful that it seemed like they were in more agony than the time the head of the family had passed away. Udita’s daughter, Kairavi had been born.'   This excerpt has been taken from the 'Imperfect Mortals: A Collection of Short Stories' by Insha Juneja.   Maybe this small excerpt could explain how a girl child is welcomed in India! How can we hope for a better and progressive nation when more than half of our society remains under the shadow of discrimination? To find answers to such questions, we must understand the ocean of difficulties that a girl child faces in her life.   The first challenge they face is the challenge to survive. While numerous

STAY STRONG INDIA!

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Be it autism and intellectual disability in childhood, adult conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis or dementia at old age, India is facing a challenge in terms of mental illness. It is no exaggeration to suggest that our country is under a mental health epidemic .   COVID-19 is already taking its toll on the world, causing deaths, illnesses, and economic despair. The Coronavirus has changed how we work, play, and learn. Schools are closed, social interaction is negligible and many people have been asked to work from home. Millions of people have filed for unemployment in the wake of stay-at-home mandates implemented to stop the virus’s spread. Millions of others who are still employed are now working at home, which brings its unique challenges.   The idea of not controlling an employee's time and not seeing them in the office daily feels like a loss of control and power, after all, remote working comes with its own set of difficulties. Whi

A BLOGGING SITE: MUST-HAVE FEATURE OF EVERY NGO?

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  The Internet is valuable when extending the reach of your Non-for-Profit Organization. Developing your online presence can share your Nonprofit's mission with those beyond your local community and provide information about your cause.   Building an online presence might sound daunting, at first. And trust me to some extent, it is. Maintaining a blog page will help you accomplish this daunting task. Determine what goal you’d like to accomplish through your blog. Then, develop content accordingly that pushes you along that path. Fuel your NGO’s growth by putting industry knowledge at readers’ fingertips. It provides you with an outlet to share educational content and powerful stories that evoke emotion in readers.    A blog can be beneficial for your NGO but you’ve caught wind of how significant an undertaking starting a blog can be. It’s no lie that launching and maintaining a blog requires time and energy. But it could additionally increase the effectiveness of your NGO in extens

BE THE VOICE FOR THE PAWS

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  I n the national capital of India, a man was caught on CCTV attacking a dog outside his house.  In the state of Karnataka, a lady smashed 8 innocent puppies. 11 monkeys were brutally killed and dumped near a highway in Rajasthan.  A cow was run over and killed by a vehicle in Chhattisgarh. Wounded horses were used for marriage processions in Uttar Pradesh.  These are examples of some brutal and heinous atrocities against animals. Everyday there are many such cases. But a country which does not care much about murdering people, can never care enough about killing mute animals.    In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, there were reports of sightings of various rare species of animals in the streets and on national highways. The absence of human movement and reduced pollution prompted them to roam freely. At the same time, many strays on the roads died due to lack of food and proper care. Just like humans are finding it difficult to survive this deadly pandemic, so are anima

EDUCATING THE BACKBONE OF INDIA’S FUTURE

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  ‘A person aged 7 and above who can both, read and write with understanding in any language is considered literate’. This is the commonly used definition when we talk about literacy. When India became independent in 1947, the literacy rate was very low. The earliest figures from the year 1951 show that the literacy rate was only 16.67%. Fast forward to 1991 it was 52.10%, which is still quite low as only half of the population was literate. The last census was carried out in 2011, according to which India's literacy rate was 74.4%, with 82.14% male literacy rate and 65.46% female literacy rate. The latest survey carried out by the National Statistical Commission in 2017-2018 shows that literacy rate has increased to 77.7%.   Since Independence, India's literacy rate has increased six times.  But the increase over the years has been very sluggish. The Global Literacy Index for people aged above 15 years is 86.3% which is much higher than our national literacy rate. The Unit