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Gitam students develop wireless gadget to test, replenish farm soil

Gitam students develop wireless gadget to test, replenish farm soil

VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when the Narendra Modi government has been pitching for ‘Make in India’ and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for a smarter state, a group of students from Gitam University in the city, which calls itself the ‘Think Tank’, has smartly combined technology with agriculture to design a gadget that can help boost agricultural production.

The gadget utilises wireless networks to not just identify moisture and nutrient content in the soil but also helps pump in adequate water and nutrients into the soil if necessary. The prototype was tested at the Regional Agricultural Research Station at Anakapalle.

While the group spent around Rs 25,000 on building the prototype, they feel it can be sold for Rs 15,000 if mass produced. They have already presented the prototype to the Electronics Corporation of India Limited so that they can develop it into a workable commercial model.

The breakthrough product also bagged the best technical paper award at the international conference on ‘Operations management and industrial research’ at Dubai. The paper titled ‘Optimising irrigation systems by using wireless network arch to increase crop yield’ was presented by Shyam Tenali, a third-year industrial engineering student from Gitam, and his classmate Ganti Subhash. The other members of the group are S Sree Moudgalya, a third-year ECE student, and K Bhaskar, S Vishnu Vardhan and Subhratyo Jyothi Maitra from other streams of engineering.

Explaining the manner in which the prototype functions, Shyam said, “The agricultural field is first mapped into grids and the sensor electrode is installed in the soil to check the moisture and nutrient content. The data is then relayed to the main motor by the field sensor, after which it is analysed. Depending on the analysis, if there is a dearth of moisture or nutrients, the requisite amount of moisture (water) mixed with the requisite quantity of nutrients is pumped back into the soil.”

The group members pointed out that the idea behind the project, which uses drip irrigation methods, is to make sure that water and nutrients are not wasted as they are when regular flood irrigation methods are used.

The project was taken up by the group over a year ago and since then they have made several technical paper presentations over the last six months, after which they were selected to represent India at the international conference in Dubai.

A mix of knowledge and entertainment

A mix of knowledge and entertainment

Students of JNTU Hyderabad at their annual festival ‘Spoorthi’. –Photo: by arrangement

Students of JNTU Hyderabad at their annual festival ‘Spoorthi’. –Photo: by arrangement

Spoorthi – the national Techno-Cultural symposium conducted by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, JNTU Hyderabad, was a felicitous mix of fun, frolic, entertainment and academics that attracted large number of students offering them a platform to compete with their peers in a number of events.

The fest tested students’ knowledge in the Electronics and Communication Engineering domains and events like Matlab, Circuit simulation, Digi Logics, C coding, paper presentation, technical and business quiz and projects among others.

Students came up with innovative ideas in projects and the technocrats proved that they were no way inferior to others in cultural and entertainment events.

The guest lectures by eminent personalities from the industry added the academic value.

Students also showcased their skills in movie-making.


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pretty in pink

Photo: Vivek Bendre

Brown-headed gull.Photo credit: BNHS Photo Library

Photo: Vivek Bendre

The flamingos arrived to a rousing welcome from Mumbaikars…

They love the sun, feed on algae, and are pink! The flamingos are back in Mumbai for their annual migration.

Thousands of flamingos have flocked to the brackish water at Mumbai’s Sewri-Mahul mudflats, after having flown all the way from Gujarat. The birds that breed in Kutch, Gujarat, migrate to Mumbai every year to escape the winter. This time around it is estimated that around 20,000 flamingoes have paid their visit to Mumbai. This area, besides a few others in Mumbai, are rich in algae, insect larvae and diatoms which the birds love to feed on.

To watch this spectacle and learn more about the city’s seasonal visitors, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) along with Mumbai Port Trust organised the Flamingo Festival.

Mumbaikars flocked to see the sight of a thousand pink flamingos that looked like dots on a sprawling brown plain, set against a harsh backdrop of smoke and steel structures — a chemical fertilizer factory, two oil refineries and a thermal power plant.

Make friends

At the festival, there were several BNHS bird experts and volunteers who spoke about the birds and their migration to the visitors. The children especially seemed to love the binocular and spotting scopes that were available to get a closer view of the elegant birds. There were also other activities organised like face painting, tattoos, measure your span against that of birds like Indian Bustard and Siberian Crane, which turned the event into a carnival.

“Public engagement is essential because when people observe nature first-hand it is always exciting. And through nature education, opinion-building occurs among the public which then leads to conservation,” feels Atul Sathe of BNHS.

For brothers Waqi and Eibaad Quereshi of Stds VI and VII respectively, this was their second visit to the Flamingo Festival. They say they love the sight of so many birds at once in one place and have learnt a lot about the flamingos as a result of their visits. What do they like most about the birds?

“Their colour!” they say in unison.

some facts…

l The flamingos can be spotted in Mumbai between December and May

l Two species of flamingos migrate to Mumbai — the Greater and Lesser Flamingos

l Lesser flamingos: Dark-red bill that looks black from a distance; has red iris and facial skin; deep rose pink on head, neck and body. They breed in Gujarat.

l Great flamingos: Long and thin neck; pale pink, black-tipped bill. They are winter visitors to India, said to arrive from Siberia, and breed in Gujarat.

l Their migration to Mumbai was first observed by Mumbai Port Trust employees around 15 years ago.

l Other water birds that belong to mudflat habitats can also be spotted like White-bellied Sea Eagles, four species of egrets, three species of herons, two species of cormorants, plovers, kingfishers, gulls, terns, sandpipers and more.

l The Sewri-Mahul mudflats has been declared an important bird area by BNHS. There are 422 important bird areas in India as identified by BNHS out of which 26 are in Maharashtra.

slim and style……….

slim and style……….

The contemporary looking Hyosung GD250N is the new addition to the fast-expanding 250cc bike segment

DSK Motowheels’ stall at the recent Auto Expo drew many eyeballs and saw plenty of action, with the company showcasing a wide range of future offerings. Amongst the most interesting new bikes was the GD250N, a pre-production version. Hyosung is confident the GD possesses all the ingredients to take on the competition when it lands in showrooms this April. Can the GD250N prove itself and make a bold statement in our fast expanding 250cc bike segment?

The first thing that you notice astride the GD250N is that the bike feels slim, even compact, with not much bodywork to clutter its naked styling. It uses a set of delectable ten-spoke alloy wheels finished in white, and nifty shrouds mounted on either side of the high tank, which provides good thigh grip. The fuel-filler lid is placed towards one end, close to the rider.

The GD250N comes with decent quality switchgear, adequate palm grips and nice levers, of which only the brake offers reach adjustment. Smart mirrors, likewise, provide a good, vibe-free rear view. The prism-shaped headlight illuminates the road well, and includes a pilot lamp.

There’s a prominent digital display with clearly legible information, including a speedometer, a cascading tachometer with a redline of over 10000rpm, an odometer, dual trip meters, a fuel gauge and a clock.

The aggressive riding posture takes a toll on your wrists and shoulders early on in the ride, intruding on riding pleasure, as you lean low onto the handlebars. The GD250N comes with smart looking machined alloy footrests and an LED tail-lamp.

The GD250N comes with a button-started 249cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. It’s not as refined as a KTM 200 Duke, and has a claimed power output of 27.6bhp at 9500rpm, with 2.4kgm peak torque coming in at 7000rpm. Though these figures are impressive on paper, the GD does not feel as exhilarating or fast, even when ridden hard, with noticeable vibes setting in after revs rise past 4500rpm. Power is shifted to the rear wheel via an exposed drive chain.

The GD250N rides on upside-down front forks and an offset gas-charged monoshock at the rear. Ride quality is fair and pliant enough despite riding on poor roads. There’s a steel, tubular trellis frame and an alloy swingarm, and the Hyosung bike tips the scales at a light 155kg. This helps it feel agile and nimble, even when being flicked around corners. The GD250N comes with a 110/70 x 17-inch front tyre, and a 150/60 x 17-inch tyre at the rear . There’s a 300mm disc brake in front with a petal rotor, supported by a 230mm petal disc brake at rear, both providing good strong retardation. The GD250N comes with a firm-feeling riding saddle.

Hyosung’s GD250N is a contemporary looking bike, but it doesn’t come cheap at Rs. 2.30lakh (estimated). Despite this, the engine leaves a lot to desire, with performance feeling only adequate . Then there are the fuel-injection issues and a gearbox that’s not very slick to operate.





Simple joysIce golas are a popular choice with youngstersPhoto: Nagara Gopal

As the mercury soars, the slurpy gola, thick lassi, tangy pudina paaniand scrumptious falooda are back as refreshing coolers. Ranjani Rajendra explores some popular options


This popular version of the North Indian Jal Jeera is tangy and refreshing despite being slightly toned down in terms of spice levels. Said to have the goodness of ayurvedic herbs like mint leaves, lime and some digestive masalas, this drink is a great way to beat the summer heat. “It’s very refreshing and I have it every time I pass by a pudina paani vendor. There are a number of carts along the OU and Tarnaka roads that I like to get my glass of pudina paani from,” says Arun Kumar, a student. Right from carts along the OU road to the mini vans in the vicinity of KBR park this drink is quite popular with Hyderabadis.


This thick yogurt smoothie is an age-old favourite. Nothing beats the heat like a good glass of sweet lassi, especially if it’s the one with some rose syrup and a generous dose of malai on top. “Needs dhaba in Kundanbagh whips up some really good lassi. It’s one of our favourite places and after parathas we have at least two glasses of their delicious lassi,” says Harshvardhan Khemani, an entrepreneur. Some other popular places are Agrawala in Gulzar Houz and Punjab Sindh in Jubilee Hills.


This Indianised and creamier version of an ice cream has been a favourite with everyone regardless of whether they have a sweet tooth or not. “With flavours like kesar pista, mango, malai and strawberry from the friendly neighbourhood kulfi walla to the ones at star hotels, this ubiquitous Indian dessert more than makes up for every kind of summer sweet tooth craving,” says Shruti P., a commerce student, who loves the kulfi from “Delhi ki Mashoor Kulfi cart in Sindhi Colony.”


Popsicles are probably every child’s favourite. But when it comes to ice golas it’s hard to keep even the adults away. With interesting flavours like Kala Khatta, Khus, Rangeela and more these flavoured ice shavings are a huge hit every summer. Little wonder then that there has been a spurt in the number of places selling golas over the last few years. “Sri Raadhe at Abids has some very good ice gola and we love to go there for our share of it. They also have this interesting variant called Khova ice that is a must-try,” says Harshvardhan. Some other popular places include the Go Gola and Snow Gola counters across the city and Dimmy’s Pan store.


The presentation of this dessert probably has more to do with its popularity. With layers of sabja, flavoured syrups, kulfi and seviyan in a tall glass decked up with your favourite toppings and a glaze of your favourite flavoured syrup, it is hard to refuse a good falooda. According to Arun some of the best faloodas he has tried so far are at “Sheetal in Mallepalli and the kiosk outside Garden restaurant in Secunderabad.”



Nimbu soda : Available on carts across the city they are made sweet or savoury as per your specifications

Sliced watermelon : Nothing soothes parched throats better than a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day

Tender coconut : Drinking some naturally sweet tender coconut water beats aerated drinks any day

Palm fruit : Popularly known as munjal, these are great summer coolers. Pick the tender ones ….. THESE WILL HELP YOU IN ORDER TO STAY COLL EVEN IT IS HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.


Life on Edge?

Students travelling perilously on the footboard of a bus on M.G. Road in Vijayawada on Thursday.- Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
Students travelling perilously on the footboard of a bus on M.G. Road in Vijayawada on Thursday.- Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

In full bloom

Hands full:Workers plucking chamomile flowers at a farm near Vellode in Dindigul.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.
Hands full:Workers plucking chamomile flowers at a farm near Vellode in Dindigul.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

Tryst with brush

Artist Nanditha Kancharla explaining her works put up in a one-day exhibition at her house in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.—Photo: K.R. Deepak
Artist Nanditha Kancharla explaining her works put up in a one-day exhibition at her house in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.—Photo: K.R. Deepak

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Telugu cultural centre caught in fund crunch

The Telugu Samskrutika Niketanam coming up atop Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam.—File photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAMThe Telugu Cultural and Heritage Centre coming up atop Kailasagiri under a joint venture between VUDA and World Telugu Federation (WTF) is caught in fund crunch.

Representatives of the WTF, at a meeting last month, represented that the federation had spent Rs.3.5 crore on the art work depicting various episodes of history and culture, and wanted the VUDA to get funds from the Union Culture Department.

Prior to the meeting, when the WTF had approached the Union Culture Department seeking funds, it was asked to effect transfer of land on which the centre called ‘Telugu Samskrutika Niketanam’ was located.

Consequently, the WTF had approached the VUDA seeking its help in getting funds, VUDA Vice-Chairman N. Yuvaraj said.

“Work estimated to coast about Rs.6 crore is still to be completed. Unless funds are released to pay for work completed, further progress is difficult,” the WTF has maintained. Noted art director Thota Tarani has taken up the work on recreating the episodes.

“Now it is for the VUDA Board to take a call on the issue. It is also not clear whether the Union Culture Department will sanction money to the VUDA,” Dr. Yuvaraj said.

Joint venture

The WTF and the VUDA have come together to set up the museum showcasing culture and heritage of Telugus. Former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy laid the foundation in 2008 for the centre scheduled to be completed in 24 months.

The VUDA completed the civil works by spending Rs.12 crore, it was learnt.

Dr. Yuvaraj said the VUDA was sounding the Culture Department on whether it would be interested in running an auditorium proposed to be built with a cost of Rs.20 crore in the city. A design has been finalised for it.

Giving the status of various public-private participation projects, he said a proposal for change of consortium and design by Vaibhav for towers next to the VUDA office would be placed before the VUDA Board. The proposal for high-rise buildings by Vinayagar Promoters at Paradesipalem was dropped as land was not handed over to it.

Google makes the world a playboard for Legos

Google on Tuesday began letting Lego lovers build with virtual color blocks in its Chrome web browser and then give creations homes in online maps of the real world.

“There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks,” Google product marketing manager Adrian Soghoian said in a blog post.


Let the dancing begin

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Zen Flash

The mind is constantly trying to figure out
what page it’s on in the story of itself.
Close the book. Burn the bookmark. End of story.
Now the dancing begins.

~ Ikko Narasaki ~

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28 years later: Space Shuttle Challenger photos you’ve never seen

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Kids dazzle in SIDS designs

Children participating in the kids fashion show organised by Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS) in Vijayawada on Wednesday.— PHOTO: V. RAJUGirls look like dolls walking straight out of showcase.

There was loud music blaring out in the background and a select gathering eager to cheer models that were to sashay across the ramp.

The auditorium in hotel D.V. Manor reverberated with wild cheers at the first sight of the ‘tiny’ models covered in layers of frilly frocks taking to the dais. They were a set of young kids, all belonging to the 3-4 age group, walking the ramp to showcase garments designed by students pursuing P.G. diploma course in fashion designing and B. Sc Fashion Technology in Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS).

“Instead of waiting till the end of the course to showcase their works to the local public, we decided to do it after the first semester for an early exposure to the market,” said SIDS Managing Partner and CEO Samana Moosavi, who went on to explain: “We chose to focus on kids’ wear as there is no garments showroom exclusively for kids. In the absence of wide choice, the young ones are forced to rely on the limited designs available.”

Tiny tots of Delhi Public School (DPS) stepped into the shoes of models and showcased the rookie designers’ works with aplomb.

The girls, who outnumbered boys, looked like dolls walking straight out of showcases. Their heavily frilled frocks with floral strips and a hair band to match with a flower perched on one side made them cynosure of all eyes.

The doting parents sitting among the audience blew kisses as their children walked down the ramp in full public glare.

The entire premises turned peachy when girls emerged in peach-colour frocks and long gowns.

The clothes designed by the SIDS designers were all sold out at the venue itself. “This is the first time that the garments designed by SIDS students did not come back to the institute after showcasing them in the public. Most of the parents of kids who flaunted these clothes, bought them,” said Ms. Samana.

At the end of the show, Baby Tanmay was adudged as ‘Queen of Samana’, Ziya as first runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’ and Ruaina as second runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’.



CMRT adopts green concept on its campus

Under the concept of “Go Green Save Fuel Save Earth”, CMR Technical Institute campus in association with The Atlanta Foundation Introduced cycles in their campus.

M. Lakshma Reddy, Chairman, MLR group, who participated in this event, said that cycling makes one fit and also keeps the environment clean. Ch. Gopal Reddy, Chairman, CMR Technical campus and students also participated in the event.



The ‘Let’s Vote’ foundation initiated an awareness programme at the CMR Technical campus on December 21 explaining to students about the importance of Right for Vote. Founder J. A. Chowdary, suggested the youth who have completed 18 years old to register for vote without fail.

The young engineers were informed to go with online registration. Mr. Chowdary said that polling percentage is more in rural areas than in towns and cities, and explained the consequences of not exercising their votes.



All-India trek from January 2

Capt. C. Vijayabhaskar

Capt. C. Vijayabhaskar

Associate NCC Officer of 30 Andhra NCC Battalion Kadapa, Capt. C. Vijayabhaskar, will head a contingent of 50 cadets from Kadapa and Chittoor, who are participating in an all-India trek from Tinsukia in Assam from January 2 to 9, 2014.

The trek is being organised by the NCC Directorate of north-eastern region, Shillong and NCC Group of Dibrugarh in Assam, to sensitise NCC cadets on environment and sustainable development, Capt. Vijayabhaskar said on Saturday. It is an opportunity for cadets to understand the different eco-systems, flora and fauna, and different cultures and traditions.

Commanding Officer of 30 Andhra NCC Battalion Col. R.K. Govil and Administrative Officer Col. Hariprasad complimented the cadets attending the camp.


‘Spoorthi’ awards announced

Bommidala Srikrishnamurthy Foundation on Thursday announced ‘Spoorthi’ 2013 awards to Prof. Kolakaluri Enoch in literature, Nannapaneni Mangadevi in education, Nekkanti Subbarao in agriculture and Dr. Madasi Venkaiah in social service. The awards carrying a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh each would be presented at a function at Guntur on January 18, 2014.


Training for women

Nava Vanita Welfare Society offers free training to women in fabric painting, tailoring, mehendi, embroidery, and beautician courses for their empowerment. They can register names at its office at Lakka Pandiri Veedhi.

For details contact 9652474484/8125666665, according to society president I. Swati in a release.



Dance and Textiles – A Connection

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It was mandatory in my family culture that young girls learn dance and music, the traditional dances like Bharathnatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali, as well as Carnatic music. And I was inducted into a well known school of art to learn them.

The theory part included learning about the various dance formats, stories, and most importantly the costume.

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‘MOOCs can help improve access to quality education’

The Open Educational Resources have the potential to provide increased access to knowledge resources while its use in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will provide opportunities to receive credentials through formal and informal learning, said Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. The implication of these developments for India is tremendous and given the right kind of impetus, we can improve access and quality of available education, he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Learning and Technology: Emerging Trends to Democratise Education’ at a meeting organised by Prof. G. Ram Reddy Memorial Trust at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Mishra was also presented with the Prof. G. Ram Reddy Social Scientist Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of open distance learning.


DPS lauded for balanced approach

Students of Delhi Public School exhibit their skils at the annual sports day celebrations at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Students of Delhi Public School exhibit their skils at the annual sports day celebrations at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada on Tuesday.


A student who is good in sports is bound to be good in academics as well. This strong connection between sports and academics was revealed by a recent study, said Krishna District Sports Secretary N. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday.

He was addressing students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada on the occasion of the school’s 7th annual sports day. Mr. Srinivasa Rao complimented the management of the DPS for giving equal importance to academics as well as sports. Track and field events like 100-mts run, 400×100 mts relay for juniors and seniors and ‘tug of tunnel’ and ‘Clip Clap’ race for tiny tots were held besides an impressive display of karate feats.

The chief guest gave away prizes to winners of the various events.

The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House. The winners included K. Jnana Sri (Ganges House); Individual sub-junior championship (girls), P. Pravishta (Narmada House); Individual sub-junior championship (boys), T. Ananya (Krishna House); Individual Junior Championship (girls), J. Rahul Pundarika (Brahmaputra House); Individual Junior Championship (boys), G. Himaja Varma (Brahmaputra House): Individual Senior Championship (girls) and K. Pratap Reddy (Brahmaputra House); Individual Senior Championship (boys).


The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House




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Is your child anxious?

Talking therapyHelps the child understand what causes anxietyISSUE When the problem starts to interfere with school, family or everyday living, it may be time to seek professional help.

Meena was combing her seven-year-old daughter’s hair, when she found a bald patch. She was horrified and consulted a paediatrician. She was told that her daughter, most likely, had an anxiety- related issue and was asked to watch her daughter’s behaviour. Meena was surprised to find her daughter, no matter what she was doing, was rubbing one spot on her head, and this probably had lead to the bald patch. Meena just could not come to terms with the fact that a child as young as her daughter could be suffering from anxiety.

Many people believe that children do not have anxiety problems. But the fact is that children as young as age five are commonly affected. Children demonstrate their anxiety in a number of ways, which may be hard for an adult to recognise. Behaviour expression is an indication that a young child feels fear

What is anxiety?

It is a natural, normal feeling we all experience from time to time. All children and young people get anxious at times, and this is a normal part of their development as they grow up and develop their ‘survival skills’.  We all have different levels of stress we can cope with, but some children and young people worry more than the rest, and have greater difficulty coping with the challenges of growing up. Anxiety is not a nice feeling. It creates unpleasant thought processes that affect behaviour negatively. The child may have stomach cramps, palpitation, sweating and tense muscles. He may feel scared, panicky or ashamed. It is quite possible that he may have difficulty with sleeping and concentration and have angry outbursts.

It is not easy to say what causes anxiety. It can run in the family. Research shows that maternal anxiety and depression during pregnancy or early years of the baby can lead to anxiety disorder. Also, frequent changes of school and home, divorce, separation, domestic violence, physical illness, bereavement and relationship problems can trigger the onset of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety must be addressed at the earliest, as it has a negative effect on the child. It has a serious impact on self-confidence, social skills and learning. It can prevent children and young people from doing their best at school. Also, parents of anxious children become very anxious themselves.

Anxiety in children can manifest itself in a wide range of signs and symptoms, which are often displayed as medical symptoms, which leads many parents to their doctors for treatment. It is important that the child is diagnosed correctly, especially before considering medication.

Right diagnosis

As a parent, you can help your family doctor or a specialist make the right diagnosis by telling him the following:

• Things your child has difficulty with

• The time of the day he is most affected

• Settings which are most difficult

• Events or circumstances that have caused difficulties

• Things you have done when your child is having difficulty

Though there are different types of anxieties, the most common anxiety, which is specific to childhood, is separation anxiety where the child becomes anxious because of separation from home or major attachment figures, when he knows that he cannot count upon total parental protection. Then, there is school-based anxiety. Eight-year-old Tarun threw tantrums every morning. He refused to go to school. School refusal is not just “school jitters”. It may be a symptom of a deeper problem. Find out what is happening at school or with friends.

Om Sai Ramesh, faculty (Psychiatry) and head, Department of Medical Sciences at the National Institute for Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), says that most anxiety-related issues can be resolved with non-medical management, such as counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and talking therapy, which helps them understand what causes anxiety and find strategies for coping.

Sometimes there may be need for psychological intervention where parental and family counselling will help. He feels that parents, teachers and peers can assist by minimising environmental stresses. In individuals where the case is intrinsic, i.e. the anxiety is caused from within — it may be part of their temperament, and medical intervention in the form of psychotherapy or sometimes medication is an option.

Dr. Om Sai has a word of caution for parents. Many parents get information from the Internet. They must be wary of those details, as they are neither validated nor authenticated.

Most importantly, a question the parent of an affected child must answer is, “Is he picking up your own worry?”

(The writer is a remedial educator



Maternal anxiety and depression during pregnancy or early years

of the baby can lead to anxiety disorder





  • Having frequent outbursts of anger
  • Losing appetite, difficulty sleeping
  • Rebelling against authority
  • Worrying constantly
  • Experiencing frequent mood swings
  • Less energy or motivation
  • Attempting to injure self




Float like a butterfly

Hands onChildren working on a science project with kits from Butterfly Fields; Sharat showing one of the many kits with which children learnPhoto K. R. DEEPAK

  • Hands onChildren working on a science project with kits from Butterfly Fields; Sharat showing one of the many kits with which children learnPhoto K. R. DEEPAK


An initiative by an IIT-IIM Grad creates a world of hands-on learning experiences for children, writes PRABALIKA M. BORAH

11.59 pm was the cut off time for the IIT-Bombay students to dash off their resumes for placements. But after a chat with one of the professors, K. Sharat Chandra found himself at the crossroads. “I didn’t know what I should do. I was in a fix. The calculation which Handa sir — my professor who took classes in entrepreneurship at IIM-Ahmedabad — did convince me finally and I knew it is now or never,” he recollects.

That decision resulted in setting up of Butterfly Fields — a hands on learning approach system which comprises various kinds of activities, experiences in science and mathematics. The company provides low-cost models for application-oriented learning to children from eight to 16 years of age. They usually work with government and private schools and has developed models that integrate with the school curriculum, regardless of the Board the school is affiliated to.

“Initially, without any huge capital, I was able to make schools and parents agree with what I was looking to do,” says Sharat, who as an IIT student interned with a bank where he found he is doing nothing more than ‘better’ presentations and excel sheets. But the file load of mathematical analysis clicked. Even that was not enough to make K. Sharat Chandra accept a full time job in the bank. “Is that all I would do as an IITian? I questioned myself,” says Sharat.

During his IIM days, Sharat’s 24 classes with Handa which were 24 field trips had deeply sowed the roots of an entrepreneur. “But I kept wondering about the capital. Amidst this, my desire to visit a ‘foreign country’ was fulfilled through an exchange programme. I went to Germany and since it was all about gathering experience, I used to visit all places possible. This included the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector there,” he says.

What impressed him the most in Germany was the amount of innovation that was evident even at SME businesses, which he realised was because of an education system that encourages students to think out of the box, a complete contrast to the Indian system, where the application of what is learnt is completely ignored, with a greater focus on learning for exams.

“The kids in Germany knew little but it was in-depth knowledge unlike us where we are taught a lot but are flaky,” he adds.

Sharat and his team’s work began by demonstrating to students on subjects like motion, inertia, magnetic fields etc. “Children were seeing the practical explanation but even that wasn’t hands-on,” says Sharat.

Then one day, “Things just changed. After one such demonstration, the principal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan asked me how I could make this into a hands-on activity. It was possible but I wasn’t ready with a kit each for the children from Std VI to X at that point of time. I took some time but met the deadline,” smiles Sharat. Now students across the state learn science and math with these kits.

Butterfly Fields isn’t just about science projects since it is designed by an IIT+IIM. There are fun games as well and “my favourite is the trump card game where I beat most of the challengers,” he says with pride. “That’s also because I have designed it,” he says cheekily.



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If you are in the age group of 4 to 13 years you have a chance to see yourself on TV.

All you have to do is shoot a two-minute video of yourself performing and upload it on iKidsworld Talent Show Page -  before December 7, 2013.

Airtel Digital TV will select 50 videos in two categories of 4 to 8 years and 9 to 13 years on a first come, first basis and showcase them on the iKidsworld interactive service.

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(un known)schooling kids emotions..

On the other side

Every day I see many children working. I feel disgusted when I see them toiling when they should be studying like me. Then I realise how lucky I am.

In our school every year the scholastic Book Fair is held for three days. I remember a time when the Scholastic Book Fair was being held.

I saw many children running to buy books. In the crowded area I also saw a child standing in a corner wearing dirty and tattered clothes. He was about my age.

I had seen him working at the fair. I wondered how he would be feeling when he saw other children studying in the school.  He surely must have wanted to study but he never got the opportunity.

I wanted to ask him about all these things but I could not muster the courage as here was a boy who would do anything to save money to educate himself and we educated ones were busy wasting money buying unnecessary toys and gadgets.


Sometimes, you need to switch off the television, close your books and take a deep breath. Look around you, and you will find that there is so much more you can do. In doing so make a difference in your life and in your community.

Bee sportive

I felt really nervous. It was my first time. I thought what would happen if I lose? But my mother gently reassured me. I reluctantly got up and went on-stage.

I was participating in the Mosaica International School’s spelling bee, which was held at the Hitex Exhibition Centre. I was tense and my little sister was watching me. I had to win and make her proud. The words were taken from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee list. The judge’s accent was different. It was a bit difficult, but my determination to win and become my sister’s role model was strong and I overcame the difficulties. Then there was one word between me and the glorious prize. My palms were sweaty. I heard the word and spelt what I thought was the right spelling. Then I heard the words “you are right”. It was exhilarating! I had won!

I also learnt an important lesson. Winning is not everything. Participation and the spirit of sportsmanship is what matters. I was awed when the competitors cheered when I received my prize. These fond memories would remain forever etched in my heart.


School ties

I am motivated for various reasons. When I go to school, I get to learn new things. Every day I look at the school calendar, which has a quote under each date. This keeps my spirits up for the rest of the day. Our classes are made interesting with role-plays and other activities that make learning so much fun.

Our school instils good values in us. All festivals are celebrated. This helps us learn about our culture.

There are various interesting clubs that teach about photography and cooking among other things. We can join any of them according to our interests and get theoretical as well as practical knowledge. Not only does it ensure overall development but also a clear picture about what our interests are. I feel blessed to be in a school, where we have a platform to experiment and assess ourselves.

I believe that my school gives us everything necessary to become a good citizen. I am proud of my school and teachers.

Sister love

The days I spent with my sister, Sushma during my primary school is wonderful. She graduated from school when I finished Std VI and left our hometown for higher studies. The last two years have been really boring without her. We used to share our lunch, play in the ground together and travel in the school bus side by side. We would also quarrel to get more chocolates from our dad.

I miss my sister a lot. But as I remember all the mischievous things we did together, time seems to pass quickly. Whenever she calls, I would speak to her for hours and also irritate her by asking ridiculous questions. In January, she’ll come home after four months. I am waiting to give her a warm and cordial welcome. I love and miss you, dear sister!









An unsafe world -(‘Why was I ever born a girl child?’)

In the eyes of all, biased and bigoted,

With no one to support, she suffers this harsh world solitary.

Confined in her walls, her feeling’s distorted,

Will she ever encounter the comforts of security?

Her voice suppressed, her actions restrained,

To protect her from the hands of the beast’s,

Her existence hidden and her ‘futile’ soul chained.

Will the injustices ever cease?

She did question, but the answer was clear,

‘The world is not safe my child’

Unfortunately true and regrettably sever.

Will this problem ever subside?

Each of her days spent in agonizing anguish

And all her wishes subdued.

Can she hold on or will she perish?

Will she still be pursued?

And as she fights and combats these torments,

And hopes she regains her long lost smile,

She asks herself, while she glumly laments,

‘Why was I ever born a girl child?’


10 Best Matt Mullenweg Quotes

10 Best Matt Mullenweg Quotes

#10  “If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version, you waited too long.”

#9 “I don’t have big ideas. I sometimes I have small ideas, which seem to work out.”

#8 “Technology is best when it brings people together.”

#7 “As the web becomes more and more of a part of our everyday lives, it would be a horrible tragedy if it was looked up inside of companies and proprietary software.”

#6 “Do what you love and don’t focus on the money. Life is too short.”

#5 “For me, it always comes back to the blogger, the author, the designer, the developer. You build software for that core individual person, and then smart organizations adopt it and dumb organizations die.”

#4 “You can’t teach taste.”

#3  “My own personal dream is that a majority of the web runs on open source software.”

#2  “I am an optimist, and I believe that people are inherently good and that if you give everyone a voice and freedom of expression, the truth and the good will outweigh the bad. So, on the whole, I think the power that online distribution confers is a positive thing for society. Online we can act as a fifth estate.”

#1  “We are much better at writing code than haikus.”


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Tribal archer aims at bullseye

Mavuri Venkata Ramana, chairman of CMR Group, handing over financial assistance to tribal archer G. Bairagi Naidu at a function in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.— PHOTO: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAMAs a schoolboy he had watched his seniors shooting arrows at an open space at Paderu, the revenue divisional headquarters of Visakha Agency and gained interest in the sport. Some years later, G. Bairagi Naidu, now doing second year B.Sc. at the Government Degree College at Paderu picked up a couple of medals at the junior national championship and set for a bright future.

At the just-concluded 36th junior national championships held at Kokrathar in Assam, Bairagi Naidu claimed gold in the 40 M Olympic round (elimination round) and silver in the 30 M round event. Earlier in the month he won gold medal in the 30 M senior national championship held in Jabalpur with a record breaking performance. His score of 344 out of 360 points was better than the 10-year-old record of 342 points.

Starting practising archery when he was in the 10th class might be a bit of late start but at Sriramamurthy Archery Association(SAA), run by P. Bhavan Shankar of Narsipatnam, to which his seniors like Sudhakar took him, helped him to hone his skills under SAA trained G. Lakshman and with support from PET T. Sadguru. His mother Satyavathi is looking after a two-acre land at Konthili, 7 km from Paderu and initially he had struggled to keep his interest in archery as there was not much support. However, principal of his college Sobha Rani and other lecturers contributed and presented him with four wooden bows, arrows and target stand.

Impressive show

A demo he and others presented on the RK Beach impressed the then Collector Lav Agarwal who had arranged four international standard recurve variety bows and arrows through the ITDA, Paderu. For him and others the authorities arranged food and stay at the Community Ashram School of Paderu. This facility was discontinued after February and when the full-time Project Officer for ITDA, Vinaychand, took charge, they approached him and he resumed the facility.

Bairagi Naidu participated in the State meets but was not successful initially.

But more hard work and training saw him achieving success. He understood what competition and atmosphere in the State and all-India meets when he participated in the mini sub-junior national championship at Vijayawada in 2009 and State meets and School Games competitions in different places.

He made his presence felt by missing bronze medal by just one point in the sub-junior national championship at Shillong in 2011 after finishing fourth in the State meet held earlier. He won gold in the State meet next year and was ranked fourth overall in the junior national championships held in Hyderabad. In the same year he was 13th in the overall rankings in all-India inter-university meet and reached semi-finals in the Olympic round. Later, he took 20th position in the senior national championships held in Raipur and lost in the semi-finals of the Olympic round.

“I need a good quality bow and arrows and good coaching,” says Naidu. And the local philanthropists are ready to fulfil his wish.

On Sunday, MD of CMR group M.V. Ramana donated Rs. 5,000 to the archer for his good show in the senior and junior championships and a badminton veteran player Usha Sree and her husband Ch. Ravi Naidu presented Rs. 1,116. At the felicitation function held at Andhra University, Ramana, chairman of the District Archery Association T.S.R. Prasad, secretary Satyanarayana and Director of Physical Education of AU M. Syambabu assured Bairagi Naidu that he would get an international quality bow, costing around Rs. 1.30 lakh, before the New Year.



What next for Pakistan’s first female Everest conqueror?

The first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest is to embark on an expedition to summit seven major peaks around the world, to advocate female empowerment and action on climate change.

Samina Baig in June became the first Pakistani woman to reach the 8,848 metre summit of the world’s tallest mountain, after a gruelling expedition in rough weather.

Now she and her brother Mirza Ali Baig will set off on Saturday to tackle Mount Vinson, the highest in Antarctica, Argentina’s Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Americas and others in Russia, Indonesia and Nepal. The Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG) consisting of the embassies of Argentina, Indonesia, Nepal, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America is supporting the duo in their voyage.

Hailing from Hunza valley in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit—Baltistan region, Samina, 21, said mountaineering was not only a sport for her, but a means to inspire women.

Many women in Pakistan suffer severe discrimination, domestic violence and they are often victims of so–called “honour” killings– when someone is murdered for allegedly bringing dishonour upon her family.

“I want to tell women in developing countries that they are as powerful as their male counterparts and they can play an equal role in their respective societies,” Samina told AFP.

Northern Pakistan is home to some of the world’s most impressive mountains and glaciers and is renowned for its particularly challenging climbs, including K2, the world’s second highest peak.

Mirza, an experienced mountain guide, expedition leader and trainer in the Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindu Kush ranges, said he wanted to push a more positive message.

“Our aim is also to promote peace and love for nature and its inhabitants. We’ve had enough of bombs, we should give peace a chance now,” he said.

Samina said she took inspiration from her own small community in in Pakistan’s extreme north.

“A girl child has as equal rights as their male counterparts and our community does everything to educate female children,” Samina said.AFP



Who is Matthew Mullenweg? – heart of WordPress

matt mullenweg by kwightkaYou know about Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter). But what about the guy who’s in charge of the platform that powers “18.9% of the top 10 million websites”?

That would be Matt Mullenweg, the 29-year-old at the “heart of WordPress”. With 60 million websites built with WordPress (including this one), it is by far the most popular blogging platform in the world.

From the beginning, Mullenweg has done business differently:  WordPress was open-sourced , which means that the code was free to be developed by anybody who wanted to contribute. Mullenweg is also a vocal advocate of distributed work and 130 of Automattic’s 150 employees work outside of their San Francisco headquarters.

Let’s dig in and find out who Matt Mullenweg is, with an eye for learning from his innovative business strategies, productive work habits, and his best quotes.

  • Born January 11, 1984
  • Studied Political Science at The University of Houston before dropping out in 2004
  • Founded Automattic in 2005, the company behind WordPress
  • Matthew lives in San Francisco, CA but he travels as many as 200 days a year
  • Hobbies include photography and music
  • Mullenweg maintains his own blog,

Sports meet conducted for physically challenged

A boy participating in the shotput event in the district-level sports meet for physically challenged at Andhra University grounds in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

A boy participating in the shotput event in the district-level sports meet for physically challenged at Andhra University grounds in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK


More than 1,500 boys and girls from 32 institutions participated in the district-level sports meet for the physically challenged at Andhra University Grounds in the city on Tuesday.

The sports meet was jointly organised by the Department of Welfare for Physically Challenged and the Helen Keller Institute for the Blind.

Minister for Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the meet.

He took salute at a march past of the participating players.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao and MLA V. Ramakrishna Babu released balloons and pigeons to mark the opening of the meet.

Additional Joint Collector Y. Narasimha Rao and Assistant Director (physically challenged welfare) Narasimhulu and others participated.



Training future leaders

One step aheadNCC Cadets and school children participate, during the full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations, at the Red Fort in New Delhi.Photo: S. Subramanium

Many schools and colleges have National Cadet Corps (NCC) wings. What do these cadets do and why was this initiative started? Read on…

It is always a matter of pride to wear the khaki uniform when in school, isn’t it? Being a part of your school NCC opens avenues for you to become more disciplined and develop comradeship. It also helps to develop a secular outlook apart from instilling in you the spirit of adventure . There can be no doubt that people trained in NCC grow up to become better leaders with an extraordinary sense of patriotism. Apart from these, NCC also helps in developing a sect of youth who understand the importance of selfless service to the country.

How it started

A cadet corps committee was formed in September 1946 which was headed by Pt HN Kunzru who sent out teams (sub-committees) across the length and breadth of pre-independent India to do an exhaustive study of the problems faced by youth. The teams submitted their feedback in May 1947 to the Government of India. The period after gaining independence was very turbulent for India, so much so that the Cadet corps scheme was put on hold.

The partition of India and its consequences helped the then leaders realise that training the youth was of paramount importance. Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister, Sardar Baldev Singh, the then Defence Minister and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Home Minister brought the Kunzuru committee Report to the discussion table. The report after being approved by the Defence committee was sent to the Chief Secretaries and Chief Commissioners of all Provincial Govts (now called State Govts) for their comments. By Jan 1948, all of them who matter agreed in principle to the report.

After all the procedures were completed, the bill was passed by the assembly on April 8, 1948 after which it was named as the National Cadet Corps. The Governor General’s assent for the bill paved the way for ‘The National Cadet Corps Act 1948’.

The Bill received the assent of the Governor General on 16 Apr 1948, and the National Cadet Corps came into being by an Act of the Parliament Act No. XXXI of 1948 designated ‘The National Cadet Corps Act 1948’. This Act with 13 clauses, prescribed the formation of the National Cadet Corps in India. Gopal Gurunath Bewoor became the Director of NCC on May 31, 1948.

NCC of independent India was inaugurated on Jul 15, 1948. It is now the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world.


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From wheelchair, she motivates biz students

Chennai: At their monthly guest lectures, students at ISBR Business School in Uthandi learn about management strategies and market forces. But on Thursday, they got lessons in life from Preethi Srinivasan, a 31-yearold who was paralysed from the neck down following an accident.

“I am here as your worst-case scenario,” said Preethi, flashing her ready smile. “I want you to know that it doesn’t take much to be where I am, just a split second of misfortune.”

Preethi was an 18-year-old college student in Chennai when she took that trip with friends to Puducherry. “My friends and I were playing on the beach, when a receding wave knocked me down. I fell in the water and couldn’t get up,” she told the students. A competitive swimmer and member of the under-19 state women’s cricket team, Preethi had been a “winner” all her life, excelling at her lessons even as she devoted hours every day to practising for swimming competitions.

“Even when I was struggling to get up from my fall that day, my friends thought I was playing a prank on them. After all, I had been swimming since I was three,” she said. The wave had caused Preethi’s spinal cord to break and pierce a nerve in her neck, causing instant paralysis.

“I didn’t see any logical reason for my accident and all my achievements didn’t matter once I was on a wheelchair. I was not a winner anymore,” said Preethi, urging students to define their own version of success and happiness. She asked them to look beyond their bodies to assert their identity. “My disability changed the course of my life. Now, I am identified by it.”

Preethi, who is the only child of her parents, took some time off after her accident before she started taking on small writing assignments. A voracious reader, she now writes synopses and reviews of books for a few magazines, using the voice activated software on her computer. She is also studying for a bachelor’s degree in medical sociology at the University of Madraswhat is soulfree?

 Soulfree is a public charitable trust that is being launched to achieve the following goals:

  • To spread awareness about spinal-cord injuries and how to prevent them in order to avoid future injuries
  • To enable those with severe disabilities like spinal-cord injuries to have basic quality of life and lead a productive life with dignity and purpose.
  • To highlight the plight of people living with severe disabilities, especially women, in society, and to encourage a more inclusive society.
  • To bring to attention the total lack of quality emergency medical care in India, and work towards creating awareness, resources and systems to optimise what is available in order to minimise further injury and death after an accident.
  • To raise funds in order to begin several Awareness programs, Quality of programs, Employment opportunity programs, Database building programs, and Financial aid programs to assist the severely disabled.

Who are we?

Soulfree was founded by Preethi Srinivasan, who is herself a quadriplegic. Having spent more than 15 years paralysed below the neck and having faced innumerable and seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the path, she has taken this bold step to ensure that future spinal-cord injuries may be minimised, while those having to struggle with it permanently may be given a chance at leading a purposeful life.

She is joined by her guardian angels – an entire network of people who have gone out of their way to support her cause, led by her mother.

What do we need?

  • We need you to open your hearts and minds and join us in creating a more inclusive society which will provide the severely disabled to lead productive lives.
  • Assistance from journalists and the media to help us increase awareness and enable fundamental change in the mindset of the people towards people living with disabilities.
  • Community support and conscious efforts from schools, colleges, corporate houses and government institutions to provide employment, wheelchair accessibility and opportunities for the severely disabled to be productive members of society. ( Despite the totally debilitating nature of spinal-cord injuries, the government of India does not thus far even consider it a disability)
  • Financial assistance to develop medical resources and long-term care facilities for those with severe disabilities, if and when their families or primary caregivers are unable to care for them.





Internships add great value

ASHWIN KRISHNAMOORTHY writes on how stints at GE, ITC and Shell have prepared him for the workplace.


End-semester exams are over, finally a sigh of relief! Phew! But now is not the time to rest. With holidays, come internships in every college graduate’s life. While it may look like additional work to be done when you actually want to chill and unwind, these internships offer high value-addition both professionally and personally.

I have spent three of my summers doing internships, and I have a lot to take from every one of them.

Why internships

Before we delve further, it is important to answer one basic question — “Why internships?”

Internships offer a peep into the industry, corporate world. And this peep starkly differs from classroom experience. It’s a great way to try out a new field — as an engineer, an internship in financial services could be a new experience all together.

It helps you to know the company and the company to know you. This would open up employment opportunities in the companies later.

In the sophomore year, my internship was with GE — John F Welch Technology Center at Bangalore. It was a great fun-filled two-month journey and being my first internship, it offered a lot to learn. While one does learn a lot on the technical front, this was my first exposure to the corporate world.

The transition from a college environment to a company, even if it is for a brief period, could be a rocky one. It is my opinion that there is no escape from that rocky transition. Coming to the fun part, some internships pay you and offer valuable networking opportunities. The money and the contacts become secondary take-aways from the internship, while the primary gain is technical knowledge and an exposure in the industry.

Stint in a factory

The next summer, I had a two month stint at ITC-Printing and Packaging Division.

Much of the project was being near the production line and inspecting it. The concepts that we learn primarily in classes are fairly theoretical while the factory setting demands more operational knowledge. Even with a background in a subject like operations research, the scenario at a factory is an altogether new ball-game. When the rubber hits the ground, you would learn that much of the ideas that we have cannot be brought to reality due to various constraints. With internship, one does learn a knack for finding out the ideas that will work and add value, and the ones that sound creative only in our brains.

In the ensuing summer, my two-month stint was at Shell Technology Center, Bangalore.

This was the third, diverse area I had the opportunity to work. After having worked in GE and ITC, oil and gas was a challenging and exciting industry to work. I was offered an employment opportunity based on performance.

To sum up the value addition, in three months, I was exposed to three diverse industries: Aviation (GE), Fast-moving Consumer Goods (ITC) and Oil and Gas (Shell). These were highly valuable experiences and being a student, this complements your theoretical knowledge.

The writer is a final-year student of Mechanical Engineering at

IIT Madras.


Internships offer a peep into the industry, corporate world.



Give sports its due

A constructive effort linking sports to higher e

Today, when many small nations are making a mark in Olympics, India is lagging way behind. Its poor involvement in sports other than cricket is a matter of concern.

India’s higher education system is the third largest in the world enrolling nearly 22 million students in more than 46,000 institutions, but only a handful make it to the international level in sports. While, the nation has been taking measures to develop and implement an accredited education system, efforts are being made to make the curriculum research-based, along with industry interface. In spite of these efforts, sports has not been given the importance it deserves. The failure to strike a balance between co-curricular activities and academics in higher education has led to a lapse of holistic development of students.

Many colleges do not maintain playgrounds or provide the required sports equipment to aspiring students. Sports trainers and support staff are poorly paid, unlike the academic faculty. The absence of sports-friendly policies and the myth that physical education doesn’t aid one’s academic progress prevails, even in the best institutions.

All-round development

Sports helps in creating a holistic personality, healthy and stable body functions, maintaining hormone levels and higher immunity levels, besides managing stress and depression. Most parents fail to understand this and continue to pressurise children to score well in academics. This is not only demotivating but also leads to low self-confidence in children who cannot measure up to their parents’ aspirations. With continuous physical education and participation in sports, most students become confident and learn to overcome failures. Ethical and human values are reinforced through sports in the younger generation.

There is ample evidence to suggest that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive skills leading to improved academic performance through enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behaviour. Students perform better academically when they are physically fit; the brain gets revitalised and they are able to perform more efficiently. Unfortunately, many higher education institutions eliminate physical education with the belief that more rigid classroom time would somehow spur students to learn more. Sports inculcates team spirit, leadership skills, strategic thinking and a risk-taking attitude that is essential in an individual’s career after having performed well academically.


Charting a career

In recent times, various career opportunities in sports have opened up for interested youngsters. There are different graduate and postgraduate peogrammes for those wanting to build a career in sports.

Besides playing at State, national and international levels, a sportsperson can work as a coach/fitness instructor, umpire/referee or sports commentator.

A career in sports journalism and photography is much sought after these days. Individual sportspersons have become consultants in space. Taking up dealership of sports equipment or manufacturing the same is a lucrative business.

Sports Authority of India (SAI), under its several academies and institutes, provides training to youngsters to become talented sportspersons.

The discipline of sports medicine influences and understands human behaviour in physical activities and sports. Sports scientists or sports medicine specialists are involved in sports nutrition supplements, sports biomechanics, sports psychology and other areas. They counsel and educate budding sportspersons by providing scientific input and enhancing performance.

Today, we have great sports celebrities like Pankaj Advani (Snooker and Billiards), Shikha Tandon and Rehan Poncha (Swimming), Anup Sridhar (Badminton) and Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Gagan AP (Swimming), who have been able to achieve success due to immense support from their educational institutions.

These are success stories of how Indian universities can play a critical role in building India’s sporting culture. Hence, a constructive effort is needed to gradually adopt methods to linking sports to higher education thus ensuring a successful evolution in the Indian education system. This can only happen if sports can be woven into the academic stream.

The writer is President,

Jain University Trust.

There are different graduate and postgraduate programmes for those wanting to pursue a career in sports.


Kids’ talent to the fore

Latent talent of children was on display and the painting competition venue turned into a beehive of activity with hundreds of children participating in the VUDA Children Club drawing competitions on Sunday morning.

About 800 children from 40 schools took part in the competition.

Children from the age of three years to 16 years actively participated in the event.

The competition was conducted in three categories: sub-juniors up to Standard III drew pictures of their own choice, those from Standard IV to VI on “My favourite festival’ and seniors from Class VII to X on “My Rural India.” Kids in the junior category drew pictures mostly on Deepavali celebrations, a few on Holi and few on Christmas and Ramzan.

Besides students from the city, children from Mandapeta and Kakinada also participated.

In charge Vice-Chairperson of VUDA M. Janaki visited the venue and interacted with the participants. Parents appreciated VUDA and thanked the VC for conducting such a big event for kids. Ms. Janaki assured many more activities from VUDA for children.



Inter-district swimming contest opens

Participants getting ready to take part in the inter-district swimming competitions in Nizamabad on Saturday:-Photo: K.V. RAMANA.Collector P.S. Pradyumna, here on Saturday, declared open the three-ay 59th inter-district swimming competitions at the District Sports Authority swimming pool. He advised the students and youth to imbibe sports culture.

Local MLA Yendala Lakshminarayana said that sports would help improve mental and physical health and foster cooperation among youth. He appealed to the Collector to take steps to set up a standard swimming pool in the district headquarters to encourage students and youth to undergo training.

District Sports Development Officer Sharma, DEO (in-charge) Rasheed, swimming association representatives Bobbili Narsaiah, Janakiram, Ramesh, Gadeela Ramulu were present.


AUSDE to offer B.Ed. course

Andhra University School of Distance Education will offer B.Ed. programme after completing certain formalities, Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said while inaugurating counselling for admission into M.Ed. programme here on Friday.

A total of 500 candidates would be admitted into the B.Ed. course through distance mode after getting the final approval from the National Council of Teachers Education. Director of AUSDE N.L. Narasimha Rao said that AUSDE reintroduced M.Ed. due to efforts made by Prof. Raju and that 250 seats were being filled during the counselling. The process would continue till all seats were filled.


God bless you….. Praneetha!

Students, parents, the management of the Unique High School at Surya Nagar, Chintal and some philanthropists together donated Rs. 2.2 lakh to Ch. Praneetha, a Neuroblastoma (cancer) patient to help in her treatment.

Cheque handed over

A cheque for the amount was handed over to her at a modest function, in the presence of Qutbullapur MLA Kuna Srisailam Goud.



Boy with physical disability finds place in State basketball team


Neither poverty nor physical disability could prevent this 15-year-old boy from excelling at a game that he loves from an early age.

Vishnu Ram, a student of N.S.V.V. Higher Secondary School, Pattiveeranpatti near Batlagundu, who cannot speak or hear, will play for Tamil Nadu in the Under-17 basketball tournament to be held in Chattisgarh on December 17.

Vishnu can understand only sign language.

He started playing basketball as a small boy. Having watched his deftness and flair for the game, his father Ramesh Babu, a daily wager, found a trainer to sharpen his skills.

“Vishnu had also been selected for the Under-13 State team. He had played for Tamil Nadu in tournaments held in Coimbatore and Chattisgarh.

Later, he was part of the Under-14 State team as well,” Mr.Babu says proudly.



Course on applied statistics organised at AU

A short-term course on Applied Statistics for the teachers and research scholars was organised by the UGC-Academic Staff College. Vice-Chancellor G.S.N.Raju at the inauguration of the conference said that mathematics and statistical models play an important role in data analysis, problem solving and data interpretation.

He stressed the importance of computer based statistics in research applications. Prof .Raju announced that Diploma course in Statistics would be started in the Department of Statistics shortly.

He also said that the Academic Staff College would be modernized with latest computers and technological gadgets. The Vice-Chancellor released the “Course Manual” brought out by Muniswamy, Asst. Professor of Statistics.



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