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Friday, 29 July 2016

India's Education System Should Inspire Innovation: Prakash Javadekar

The newly appointed Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar recently mentioned that the Indian education system must promote innovation. "Innovation is the key to the country's development. Therefore, our education system should promote innovation”, he stated.

As he stated this point at a discussion on the new National Education Policy, he also shared an anecdote that he recalled from his visit to Apple Inc’s factory in the United States, “In 1998, as chairman of the IT task force in Maharashtra, I visited Apple's factory in the US, where Steve Jobs told me he would make a phone with a camera, recording and other features of a smart phone. It all sounded like a dream then, but now we all believe it. This is innovation.”

Education, these days, has become highly expensive in our country and thus not many can afford to study in top institutions in the country. Addressing this issue, Javadekar said, “We have to work towards making education accessible and affordable to all. Otherwise, how would a poor man learn”.

He further stated that “education is a national mission” and thus wants the public to send in suggestions on the forthcoming education policy. The new education policy has been uploaded online and people are invited to view it and send suggestions on the same by 31st July.

Satellite Flies 4000KM in Space to Focus on India

Communication satellite, 4 F2 belonging to a mobile satellite communication company based in London has lately been seen moving over India, above the Equator after travelling in the space for more than 4,000 km over a period of several months.

It was among the 12 satellites belonging to Inmarsat that was sent to the space by the satellite control centre based in London. Weighing as much as 6,000 kg, it was launched in November 2005 from Sea Launch platform onboard Zenith 3 SL and placed above the African continent with the objective of providing coverage to African and European countries. However, around two years back it was suggested to move the satellite worth $250 million. The total cost involved in moving the same amounted to $10 million. After travelling for several months, Inmarsat 4 F2 finally arrived at its present position in December 2015.

The decision to move the satellite was taken so as to enhance the services in India and its neighbouring countries including the ones in Middle East. Talking about this move, Matthew Maher, the Global government market development director said, “With us, moving a satellite in the space is a rare occurrence. It is a planned event and to move in sky it takes a lot of effort.” Sharing the process, Maher said that as the satellite’s built-in boosters were fired, it lifted and positioned itself about 25 degree east above Africa and Europe.

Over a period of several months Inmarsat 4 F2, that has an estimated lifetime of 13 years, reached its new position. Boosters were fired to lower it to its new position at 63.9 degree east over India and Middle East. “The virtual boxes (slots) outside the earth in the space are tightly regulated. So if we want to move one of our satellites from one location to other, we have to own the box in which we want to put the satellite,” Maher shared. International Telecommunication Union, that happens to be a part of the UN, allots the orbital slots to different companies and countries.
Inmarsat 4 F2 has an estimated lifetime of 13 years.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Best Revision Tricks

Just covering the entire course is of no use if you do not revise it well. Revising your chapters helps you memorize them better and the use of revision tricks mentioned below will help you prepare even more efficiently.

1. Prepare Notes
Keep preparing notes as you study your chapters. Refer to different sources including your guide books, text books and any other study material to prepare these notes. This will help you prepare a ready-reckoner for revision. Penning down information to prepare notes as you study will also help you retain the information well.

2. Begin Early
Don’t wait for the entire course to be covered before starting with your revision. Keep revising the chapters you have already done as you study the new ones.

3. Prepare a Schedule
Don’t just pick any topic and start revising. Just as you did for covering your syllabus, prepare a strategic plan for revision as well so that you are able to revise the entire course timely and have time for re-revision as well.
4. Give Mock Tests
While learning the chapters and revising them from time to time helps you retain them well, giving mock tests helps you identify your weak areas. Taking mock tests such that available on Etoosindia.com should thus be an integral part of your revision strategy. You can even look for sample papers and last years’ question papers and solve them on a regular basis.

5. Choose Your Study Hours Wisely
Identify that part of the day when you can concentrate best and use that time purely for revision.

6. Go for Group Studies
It is a good idea to go for group studies every once in a while. Cross question each other during these group discussion sessions. This will help you understand as to how much you have grasped and how confidently you can answer. This way you may also get to know about certain information you might have missed otherwise.

7. Focus on the Important Part
While you must be thorough with the entire syllabus be it your CBSE board exams or competitive examinations such as JEE or NEET, it is always suggested to find out about the topics that are important from examination point of view and make them your key point of focus.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

3 Simple Vedic Math Tricks

Find it hard to solve maths problems? The Vedic math tricks shared here will help you solve some of your problems with ease. Find out how:

1. Converting Kilometres into Miles

This formula will help you convert kilometres into miles in fraction of seconds. The formula is to divide the number of kilometres by 8 and then multiply the newly derived number with 5. The following example will help you understand this better.

To convert 32 km into miles.
       •  Step 1
          32/8 = 4

       •  Step 2
            4*5 = 20 mile

2. Find out if it is Divisible by 4

Take the last digit of the given number and add it to 2 times the second last digit. If this newly derived number goes evenly with 4 then the entire number will go evenly into 4.  For instance, let us take the number 9354, now calculate:

4 + (5*2) = 14

Since, 14 does not go evenly into 4 this means 9354 won’t go evenly with it either. However, 4236 is divisible by four as the number derived after adding its last digit to twice its second last digit goes evenly into 4.

6 + (3*2) = 12

3. Shortcut to Multiplying by 12

Firstly, multiply the 1 of twelve by the given number and then multiply the newly derived number by 10. Now multiply the 2 of twelve by the given number and add it to the number derived by the earlier calculation. This would be clearer by the following example:


       •    Step 1
            1*8 = 8; 8 + 10 = 80

       •    Step 2
            2*8 = 16

       •    Step 3
            16+80 = 96

96 is also what you get when you multiply 12 by 8

In competitive examinations such as JEE where in you need to answer a number of questions in 3 hours time these tricks can help you solve your questions quickly and easily.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Education Methodology in Indian Schools

Indian Schools have been following almost the same education methodology since decades wherein the theoretical knowledge is given more prominence over practical experience. The methodology has often been criticized as it focuses on mugging up chapters to crack the exams rather than enhancing a student’s analytical and observational skills.

It has been stressed time and again that the performance of many students may improve if this conventional examination centric evaluation is altered. However, no steps seem to have been taken to bring about changes to this pattern.

Up till grade 10th, a student is required to study all the subjects. Science is probably the only subject in which the students are given some lab exposure. However, that too is nothing compared to the heaps of theoretical lessons they need to grasp to crack their exam.

While the students choose between the Science, Commerce and Humanities stream as they are promoted to the 11th grade, the two years that follow only teach them the theoretical aspects of the subjects opted by them. There is no any kind of vocational training provided to the students. Besides, they cannot go ahead and choose just any course post passing out of the school. The courses they can pursue are strictly based on the percentage they obtain in the CBSE board exams or any other board they sit for in the 12th standard.

Apart from this, it has been observed that individual focus is missing in the class. A class, in a standard Indian school, usually consists of at least, 30-35 students and given the limited amount of time, it is difficult for the teachers to give special attention to each student. Many do not even encourage the students to put across a lot of questions and purely focus on completing the syllabus on time. Students in higher classes mostly rely on private tuitions to fetch good marks in their school exams as they do while preparing for competitive examinations such as JEE. The lectures conducted in the school are thus reduced to a mere formality.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

All the best for NEET II Exam

The NEET 2 exam is just around the corner and we know you are all set to crack it! It is also natural to feel anxious and nervous at this time no matter how well prepared you are. Here are a few last minute tips to help you keep your calm and do your best in the exam:

Quick Revision
A day before the exam you should give a quick glance at the entire course laying stress on the topics that are important from examination point of you.

Keep Your Stuff Handy
Your roll number, I-card, pen, pencil and all the other essential items that you require carrying along to the examination hall must be ready and set aside a night before the exam so that you do not waste time looking for all these in the morning.

Sleep on Time
Staying up late the night before the exam is a big no. Sleep on time so that you wake up fresh the next morning.

Utilize Early Morning Hours
The early morning hours on the day of the exam can be utilised for quick revision. This would help you retain your chapters well.

Shut Your Books
After a quick revision in the morning it is time to shut your books and notes. Do not take them along to the examination hall.

Stay Calm
Stay calm and meditate for around 10-15 minutes on the day of the exam to improve your power to concentrate and reduce stress.

Reach on Time
Reach your examination hall well in time and steer clear from any negative conversations or discussions going on outside the examination hall.

Remember, nothing can stop you from doing your best; nothing can pull you down as long as you believe in yourself. So stay positive and give it your best shot.
People might be wishing you all the best for today but we wish you a great success on your way. All the best and do well in your exam!

Friday, 22 July 2016

HRD mulls assisting IIT students in getting loans

Several prospective students and parents have complaint about facing difficulty in procuring loans to pay the IIT fees. This problem is on an all time high and thus the HRD ministry headed by the newly appointed minister, Prakash Javadekar is considering to take certain steps to help them.

"There has been some feedback that the government has received regarding difficulties prospective students are facing in securing interest free loans. However the ministry is trying to ensure that the difficulties are solved," shared a senior official.

According to the sources, as the fees of the Indian Institutes of Technology was raised it was simultaneously stated that the students would be eligible to procure interest free loans under the Vidyalakshmi scheme. It is also being said that the ministry may even work upon building a fund to take care of the interest component and offer the ease of procuring interest free loans to the students.

IIT fee was raised from Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 2 lakh per annum a few months back just around the same time the JEE Main Exam 2016 was held. The step was taken to reduce the dependency on the government to meet the expenditure of these esteemed institutes.

About New HRD Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar

Our ex-HRD minister, Smriti Irani was quite a familiar face, all thanks to her acting career but how many of you know as much about our new Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar? Well, if you don’t then read on to find out all about him.

Javadekar, born on 30th of January 1951, has an honours degree in B.com. Currently heading the HRD ministry, he is a Member of the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. The Bhartiya Janta Party politician has handled various departments in the past. He has been the Minister of State (IC) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra from 2008 to 2014, Member, Standing Committee on Defence from 2008 to 2010 and between 2012 and 2014, Member, Press Council of India from  2010 to 2014, Member, Standing Committee on HRD from 2010 to 2012, Member, Public Accounts Committee, Member, Consultative Committee for Min. of Power, Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Member, Committee on WAQF, Chairman, Working Group on "IT for Masses", Government of India, President, NOINO (National Organization of Insurance Officers), President, KCKU (Khadi Commission Karmachari Union), Executive President, State Planning Board Maharashtra from 1995 to1999, Member of Legislative Council – Maharashtra from Pune Division Graduate Constituency for 12 years from 1990 to 2002, Chairman, TASK FORCE ON IT, Government of Maharashtra from 1997 to 1999 and President, GLOBE India (Global Legislators Organisation for Balanced Environment).
He has also been the national spokesperson for Bharatiya Janata Party and the in-charge of BJP Economic Forum & Cells related to Economy. He has travelled the world and won several awards including the Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial National Award, for research paper on Rural Development and Banks role in co-ordinated approach.

After being appointed as the HRD ministry, the first thing he stated was, “See, I am a product of student agitation. So, we will always talk with everybody. I think with dialogue in place, agitations don’t happen. There will be no necessity of having (student) agitation”. On being asked about his vision, he replied, “We lack innovation. We have to make our education system more innovative. We have to increase inquisitiveness among students”.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Historical Fact of the Day - Alexander Graham Bell

Born on 3rd March 1847, Alexander Graham Bell went on to become a scientist, an inventor, innovator and engineer. He is known for the invention of the first practical telephone. Graham Bell won several honours and awards owing to his contribution in the field of science and technology. Here is a look at some of his major achievements:
  • Bell was awarded the master telephone patent in 1876 that became the foundation asset for the Bell Telephone Company that later came to be known as AT&T.
  • He received the James Watt silver medal from the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, gold medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, grand prize from the Third Paris World’s Fair and the Volta Prize with a purse of 50,000 francs.
  • As he became affluent, he used his prize money for the creation of endowment funds and institutions in the United States as well as its nearby places.
  • The Society of Arts awarded the Royal Albert silver medal for his paper on his achievement, the Photophone that was invented in 1881.
  • He received an Honorary Ph.D. in 1882 from the University of Wuzburg, Bavaria, Honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from the Rupert Charles University of Heidelberg, Germany and Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1906, L.L.D. degree from Illinois College. He also received Honorary Degrees in Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.
  • He was elected as a member for the American Philosophical Society in 1882 and National Academy of Sciences in 1883. He was appointed as the president at The American Institute of Electrical Engineers and given similar higher positions at different institutions in the following years.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Why Do We Yawn?

Yawn, a reflex wherein we simultaneous inhale air, stretch the eardrums and finally exhale, occurs when we are sleepy, tired, stressed or bored. It can even be contagious. At times, we may yawn for just no reason at all. There have been several theories that explain as to why people yawn. Let us have a detailed look at some of these.

Theory I
According to a study, yawning occurs as a result of increase in the brain temperature. It is said to be a cooling mechanism for the brain. As per the study, both contagious and spontaneous yawn occurs due to this very reason. When we yawn after seeing someone else yawn, it is because we are sharing the same space and thus the temperature and environment our brain is exposed to is the same as them.
The temperature of our brain also fluctuates when we feel sleepy, stressed or bored and hence we yawn around this time.

Theory II

Another study states that we yawn when the content of carbon dioxide in our blood increases. We yearn for oxygen at this time which can be provided by a yawn. However, it has also been stated that the amount of oxygen one inhales through yawning is less in comparison to normal respiration.

Theory III
As per yet another theory, yawn occurs because of brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, nitric oxide and glutamic acid. These are the same chemicals that impact our appetite, mood and other behaviour. An increase in these chemicals in the brain raises the frequency of yawning on the other hand the presence of endorphins in the brain decreases its frequency.

Thursday, 14 July 2016


Essential Nutrients for Our Body

Essential nutrients are those nutrients that our body needs to obtain from other sources as it cannot produce these on its own. Essential for proper growth and functioning of the body, these nutrients must form a part of our daily diet. Let us have a detailed look at these nutrients and various sources from which these can be obtained.

Vitamin A promotes healthy eyes, strengthens teeth and is good for skin, B Vitamins strengthen the immune system and help in the absorption of iron, Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen that provides structure to blood vessels, ligaments and bone, Vitamin D aids in maintaining calcium homeostasis. Similarly other Vitamins are also essential for the proper functioning of our body. Different vitamins can be obtained from different sources. For instance, carrot and sweet potato are a good source of Vitamin A, chilli pepper, banana, potato, whole grains and beans are a rich source of B Vitamins and Vitamin C can be obtained from red and green pepper, Brussels sprouts, strawberry, orange and guava.

The main structural component of the cells, protein aids in the building of body tissues as well as the repair of the ones that are damaged. Low-fat meat, eggs, beans and dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are a good source of lean protein. Since at least 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories must come from lean protein, you must ensure that you have it in adequate amount every day.

Known to be the main fuel for the brain, carbohydrates can be obtained from potato, peas, squash, banana, watermelon, whole grains, cereals, sugar and bread. Include these in your daily diet to promote your physical as well as mental health.

Sodium helps in maintaining the amount of fluid outside the cells and also aids in the proper functioning of the cells, potassium aids in maintaining the amount of fluid inside and outside the cells while calcium strengthens our teeth and bones. Similarly iron, zinc and other minerals are also essential for our body. These must thus be included in our daily diet. Legume, sweet potato, banana, nuts, celery, zucchini, oatmeal, tomato, potato, low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt are a good source of these minerals.

A great source of energy, fat helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. The intake of full cream milk, other full-fat dairy products, high-fat meats as well as other food items rich in saturated fats must be limited while you must have more of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish, vegetable-based oils, avocados, flaxseeds, chia seeds, soya beans, nuts and walnuts are a rich source of omega-3.

Known as an essential nutrient, water supplies various nutrients to the cells, removes waste products from the body and maintains the level of homeostasis in the body. It is essential to have at least 2 to 3 litres of water every day. Apart from having plain water and other fluids, you can also have fruits and vegetables with high water-content to maintain adequate level of water in the body.

67 of 100 top-rankers flock to IIT Bombay

IIT-Bombay is a hot favourite among the IIT aspirants. No wonder 67 out of the 100 top rankers in JEE opted for this esteemed Indian Institute of Technology this year. The trend was no different last year when 65 of the top rankers paved their way to the Powai campus.
Out of the top 100 rankers this year, as many as 37 belong to the IIT-Bombay zone and thus the institute was a clear choice for them. However, interestingly out of the 30 top rankers from IIT Madras zone only 5 opted for their home zone which means the others gave preference to IIT Bombay.
The result of the first round of seat allotment in IITs, NITs and various other centrally funded technology institutes was released by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Thursday. 
IIT-Delhi being the second most sought-after campus saw 28 of the top 100 JEE rankers seeking admission in B-Tech courses this year. There was a drop in the students seeking admission in IIT-Delhi with 30 students opting for it last year. As mentioned above, the remaining 5 candidates went ahead and opted for IIT-Madras. As per the last few years trend, at least 2 or 3 of the top 100 rankers opt for IIT-Kanpur however it was not opted by any of the top candidates this year.
While IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi have clearly been given preference by the top rankers various courses in IIT Madras and IIT-Kharagpur have obtained many more applications from the 33,500 candidates seeking admissions this year round. Each of the 1,341 seats at the esteemed IIT-Kharagpur got 224 applications while Chennai saw 221 contenders for each of its seats. At IIT Bombay, there were 161 contenders for each seat and at IIT-Delhi there were 190.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How To Memorize Things Quicker?

Most of you may think that the key to memorizing things quickly and easily is by repeating them over and over again. Well, while this is a good technique however it is not the only method to memorize things fast. You basically need to hone your skills to recall what you read and that can be done effectively by following the below mentioned tips:

Get Rid of Distractions
As you sit to learn your lessons, the first thing you must do is to remove all the distractions from your sight. Keep your mobile phone at a distance, preferably on silent mode, your television switched off and all the other things that might distract you at bay.

Identify the Time
Secondly, identify that time of the day when you can concentrate best. This is the time when you shall be able to grasp your lessons quickly and easily. It is best to set this time aside to revise your chapters.

Pen Down Everything
It is suggested to jot down points as you try to learn your lessons. Writing down points would not only boost your power to concentrate but also help you grasp your lessons easily. Besides, you will also prepare a ready reckoner which will come handy at the time of revision. Re-write the points each time you go through them. Use different colours to demarcate between different topics.  

Record Your Voice
It is a good idea to read your chapter aloud and record them in a tape recorder. Listen to your recorded voice again and again and repeat what you listen simultaneously. This is not only an effective way to memorize your lessons but also an easy method to learn them faster.

Teach SomeoneYet another way to memorize your lessons faster and retain them well is by teaching them to others. So if any of your friends requires help with some topic do not hesitate in offering the same as this way you shall be benefiting yourself too. You can even sit in front of the mirror and explain your chapters.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Study tips for students who drop a year for IIT-JEE preparation

So you have dropped a year to prepare for the IIT JEE exam? This means you can wholly and solely concentrate on the preparation of the Joint Entrance Exam. This puts you at an advantage as most of your competitors would be juggling between their CBSE and JEE exam preparation and wouldn’t be able to devote as much time for the later. Now, here is how you can make the most of the time you have so as to crack this tough examination and make it to your dream college.

1. Start from the Start
If you have dropped a year for the preparation of IIT JEE, then it most likely is your second attempt. You may be well-versed with certain topics and not so good with the others. However, do not leave any topic as you begin your preparation yet again. Start afresh and give enough time to each topic.

2. Prepare a Schedule

It is of utmost importance to prepare a study schedule in order to cover the entire syllabus timely and also get enough time for revision. Your schedule must be workable and you need to make sure that you stick to it. You may have planned an outing with friends or there might be a wedding in the family or other such occasions during the year. Keep all these in mind as you sit to prepare your study schedule.

3. Study Regularly
You have enough time for preparation however that doesn’t mean you can go for days without touching your books. Make it a habit to study every day in order to prepare well for your exams.

4. Follow a Fixed Sleeping Pattern
It is of utmost importance to sleep for at least 8 hours every night so as to stay energized throughout the day and concentrate properly. It is also essential to follow a fixed sleeping pattern. Try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Avoid sleeping between 9 in the morning and 5 in the evening. This is because you will be sitting for your exam during this time and if you are used to sleeping during this time your mind wouldn’t work efficiently enough.

5. Test Your Knowledge
Merely studying chapter after chapter is not enough. Try to find out as to how much you have grasped after studying each topic by giving mock tests or solving sample papers. It is also a good idea to go for group studies from time to time and put across questions to each other during these sessions to assess your knowledge.

6. Exercise

It is very essential to squeeze in at least 30 minutes from your daily schedule for exercise. You can choose to practice any physical activity of your choice such as cycling, swimming, jogging, dancing, yoga and the likes. This is a great way to burst stress and stay motivated. In addition to this, it is also suggested to meditate for some time each day.

Friday, 8 July 2016

What is KVPY exam?

KVPY, the short for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, is a national program of fellowship in basic sciences. It has been started and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India so as to provide opportunity to extremely bright and ambitious students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in the field of science.
The main motive of this program is to pick talented students for research purpose. Through this program, the students are provided academic potential to carry out research activities and are encouraged to take up research careers in the field of Science. The idea is to bring out the best in these individuals so that they contribute towards scientific research and development of the country.
The selection of the students is done from among those studying in class XI to 1st year of any undergraduate program under the science stream such as B.Sc., B.S., B. Stat., B. Math., Int. M.Sc. or MS in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. The students must also possess an aptitude for scientific research. Certain special committees have been set up at IISc to shortlist the applications and hold an aptitude test at different centres across the country. Those who qualify in this exam are required to sit for an interview based on which the candidates are finally selected for this program. Fellowships are given up to the pre-PhD. Level to the KVPY fellows.
The announcement for KVPY Fellowship is done by advertising about the same in all the national dailies mostly on the Technology Day that is the 11th of May and the second Sunday of July each year.

Why do Stars Twinkle at Night ?

Stars are several million miles away from the Earth, so far that these large heavenly bodies appear as tiny dots from here. When we watch these from our planet they tend to twinkle and this is because we view them via the thick layers of tumultuous air in the atmosphere.

Since the light of the stars pierces through several layers of our planet’s atmosphere, every single stream of this light is refracted numerous times and splits in different directions. This random spread of light results in the winking of star. The star seems to move slightly and its brightness changes a bit and to our eyes it appears as twinkling. It has been observed that the stars that are closer to the horizon tend to twinkle comparatively more than those that are overhead. This happens because the light of the stars that are located near the horizon has to travel through more amount of air as compared to the light of the stars that are overhead and it is thus subject to greater refraction.

While stars twinkle at night when viewed from Earth, they do not appear this way when seen from the outer space. You shall see them shine steadily from there as there is no atmosphere to cause turbulence in the steady streaming of their light.

Hi-Tech Devices: Boon or Bane

Technology has evolved a great deal over the last few years thereby giving rise to the manufacturing of several hi-tech devices. These hi-tech devices have helped in the development of various sectors and are certainly a boon for the society however only if used the right way. Just as much good as they can do for us, if misused these can even become a curse. Let us have a closer look at how these have helped evolved various sectors and how these have impacted the overall health of our society:

  • Health Care
    Several new hi-tech healthcare devices have been developed to diagnose and treat different diseases. The treatments that earlier seemed impossible have been made possible with these devices.

  • Education
    Education has now been made available online. Students can study online via their tabs, mobiles or laptops. This has greatly benefitted the physically challenged students as well as those residing in places where there is lack of good educational institutes.

  • Communication
    Instant communication with people living in different parts of the world has been made possible at just a click of a button. Making video call and communicating with people staying in far-away places has never been so easy and enjoyable.
  • Travel
    Devices such as smart phones come with applications that guide you during travelling. Reaching a new destination is no longer a hassle now.

However, as stated above these devices can also have negative repercussions. For instance, smart phones and tabs allow the students to study online and connect with their teachers and peers however they may even get addicted to certain gaming apps or social media sites on the same device which can hamper their studies. Further, while devices such as smart phones help connect with people living away from us these are somehow taking us far from the ones we stay with.

Similarly, while using apps on smart devices during travelling can help you find your destination and also provide information about the various nearby places such restaurants, hotels and hospitals however using these simultaneously can distract the driver. In the field of healthcare, the malfunctioning of a device may prove to be fatal.

Besides, many of these hi-technology devices are adding to the global warming and thus impacting our atmosphere negatively. It is thus important for us to use these devices wisely.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How to Plan your Academic Year as a CBSE Student

New beginnings are always exciting. No matter how lightly you take your studies throughout the year, as you begin with the new academic year for once you do take the resolution to study hard and outshine your friends. Why not go that extra mile to fulfill the promise made to yourself and make your parents proud this time? Here is how to plan your academic year the right way as a CBSE student.

Start from the First Day
Many students make the mistake of whiling away the time during the first few weeks or even months and get serious about studies only as the exams approach. This way you can never prepare well for the exam. You must begin studying from the very first day so as to complete your syllabus on time.

Schedule Your Time
Prepare a tentative plan for the entire year to have an idea about how to spread your course in a way that you cover it all before your final exams and also get enough time for revision. Also plan your weekly schedule and abide by it strictly. Consider all your plans as you sit to prepare the weekly schedule. Your plan must be workable. If you are not able to stick to it even after pushing yourself to the limit then make necessary changes in it.

Abide by Your Plan
Many students begin by creating a plan but loose motivation soon. Do not let that happen. It is your plan, you way to the success – do not take it lightly. Be strict with yourself and stick to the set schedule. Remember, you need to get out of your comfort zone to attain what you want.

Follow the 50 – 10 rule
Studies reveal that a human mind cannot concentrate well for hours at a stretch. At max, it can concentrate for 50 minutes. If you take a 10 minutes break after working hard for 50 minutes you will be able to sit with equal dedication for the next 50 minutes and make the most of that time.

It is important to squeeze in around 30-45 minutes for rejuvenation each day. During this time you must do some physical activity such as swimming, jogging, cycling or the likes. In addition to it, you can also spend some time talking to a friend, watching a funny video, painting or indulging in any other activity that helps relax your mind. But keep a tab on the time.

Sleep Well
It is essential for you to take a good 8 hours sleep every night so as to wake up fresh the next morning and stay energized through the day. Do not overlook the importance of taking a good night’s sleep. Also try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.

Eat Right
This is another point that cannot be neglected. You must have a well balanced diet, full of various micronutrients in order to stay healthy and study efficiently all through the year. Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and steer clear from junk food.

5 Ways in which Music Helps Boost up Your Health

Music is not only pleasing to the ears but also offers numerous health benefits. Researchers state that music invokes positive emotion via our brain’s reward centers and thus helps in bringing about positive changes to our mind as well as body. Here are 5 ways in which music can help promote your health and well being:

Heels Pain
It is rightly said, “When music hits you feel no pain”. It does heel both the physical as well as emotional pain to some extent. It reduces the intensity of pain by uplifting the mood and diverting your mind from the actual problem. It has been observed that listening to slow tempo music without lyrics can help in calming people. Some doctors thus play it in the birthing room.

Reduces Stress
Music is uniquely linked to our emotions and hence works as a great stress management tool.  It has a relaxing effect on our mind as well as body. Music lowers the stress hormones thereby bringing down the stress levels. It catches our attention, distracts our thoughts and helps explore emotions.

Enhances Memory
Many students and working professionals play music to concentrate better on their tasks and it does help. Listening to music releases the compound named dopamine that is known to increase motivation and help you learn and memorize better.

Improves Physical Fitness
Music does not only help in concentrating better while studying or working but also motivates you to exercise hard. You can work out better and for a longer duration while listening to music with fast beats. Walking, aerobics and other such exercises can be quite tedious and many of us cannot perform these regularly or for long. However, if you club these activities with music these will become enjoyable and you will look forward to them and exercising regularly will improve your physical fitness.

Boosts Immunity
Certain studies state that listening to music can boost your immunity. It is said that music impacts the levels of lgA in our body. In case, you aren’t aware, lgA is that element which acts as an essential antibody for our immune system’s first line of defence that safeguards us against various diseases.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Positive Impact of E-learning

The advancement in technology has helped evolve various sectors and education is one of them. With the introduction of e-learning system, the industry has reached newer heights and benefited everyone involved. Here is a look at the positive impacts e-learning has had on the education industry:

E-learning helps the teachers get in touch with their counterparts from different educational institutes across the globe. It thus acts as a platform for knowledge sharing and aids in developing the methods of teaching as well as revising the curriculum as per the current market requirement. With the help of this mode, teachers can connect better with their students and provide them personalized training.

It enables students to get coaching sitting at their homes. They do not only get the ease of studying at a time and place of their choice but can also study at their own pace. With the commencement of e-learning, students living in towns and villages where there is lack of good educational institutes do not require relocating or compromising on the quality of education. Also, it is especially a boon for the physically disabled students.

Cost Involved
E-learning can also bring down the cost involved in imparting the education substantially as the institute does not require setting up huge buildings and maintaining the infrastructure. Not only does the party providing the education but also those at the receiving end benefit financially.

Parent’s Involvement
Parents play a secondary role when it comes to their child’s academic development. E-learning is a great way to increase the parental involvement. Many schools develop portals that help the parents check the homework and other important assignments online. They can also communicate easily with the teachers via these portals so as to keep a track of their child’s performance.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Mistakes Students Commit While Preparing for NEET-2 Exam

NEET 2 is held to shortlist deserving candidates for admission to different medical courses in some of the most reputed medical colleges in the country. The examination is tough and competition is high. Here are some of the common mistakes students commit while preparing for this exam. Avoid these to study efficiently and come out with flying colours in this examination:

1. Poor Time Management

This is one of the main hindrances in achieving the goals. Many students overlook the importance of preparing a study schedule while others try to schedule their time but are unable to abide by it. Remember, the time is limited and the syllabus is vast. Thus, if you do not manage your time well, you shall never be able to study properly.

2. Mugging Up
Many students make the mistake of mugging up topic after topic without understanding the concepts. This is not the right way to study. The questions put across in the NEET -2 exams are mostly twisted and turned to assess your knowledge and you can answer them correctly only if you are thorough with the concepts.

3. Last Minute Revision
If you think revision is a last minute activity then you are wrong. Revision should be a continuous process. Keep revising all the lessons you study regularly so as to retain them well. Also make sure you cover the entire syllabus at least two months prior to the exam and keep the remaining period exclusively for revision.

4. Juggling between Books
Juggling between different books and study material every time you sit to study can waste a lot of time. This way you may even miss out on some information. Preparing the notes by referring to different sources is the right thing to do. You should refer to your notes the next time you sit to study the same topic.

5. Compromising on Sleep
Many students compromise their sleep to get a few hours extra to study. However, compromising on ones sleep is not a good idea. It will only mar your power to concentrate, drain your energy and make you feel lethargic.

6. Group Studies
While it is a good idea to go for group studies every once in a while, merely relying on the same would not be of any help however many students make the mistake of doing group studies rather than devoting time to self study.

7. Stress
Stress is also one of the reasons why many fail to succeed in this tough competitive examination. While it is natural to feel stressful during this time, it only hampers your power to concentrate. It is important to stay calm and positive and divert all your energy towards your study.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Health Hazard of Drinking too Much Coffee

Many of us cannot do without our cup of morning coffee as it gives us the much needed energy boost to kick start our day. Coffee also offers various other benefits such as burning fat, preventing diabetes, improving physical performance, protecting the liver, fighting depression and lowering the risk of heart disease but only if had in moderate quantity. Drinking too much of it can lead to some serious health hazards. Here is a look at the problems you may incur if you do not limit your coffee intake:

While having coffee in moderate quantity can help fight depression, increased consumption of the same leads to the rise in heart rate, increase in adrenaline hormones and heightened senses that in turn can cause stress, anxiety and depression.

Muscle Cramming
Having too much coffee can also cause cramming of muscles. So if you are unable to get rid of that acute back ache or feel a sudden contraction of muscle causing severe pain in different body parts every now and then - it is time to lower your coffee intake.

Increased Heartbeat
Excessive intake of coffee stimulates the nervous system and causes an increase in the heart rate that may cause the heart to palpitate.

It is a known fact that coffee keeps you active and awake. This is the reason why many students and working professionals consume coffee as they burn the mid night lamp to work on their respective projects however having too much of it may make you insomniac.

Stomach Ulcers
Having coffee in high quantity for prolonged time can even lead to stomach ulcers as caffeine speeds the procedure of gastric emptying.

Caffeine relaxes the esophagus that leads to gastroesophageal reflux. This may cause burning sensation in the heart.

Having too much caffeine can make you addicted to it. So you will not be able to do without it. In this case, you may feel extremely weary or suffer from headache and anxiety if you do not have your cup of coffee a couple of times a day.

High Blood Pressure
Another health issue that most coffee drinkers incur is high blood pressure. This is because caffeine makes your adrenal glands discharge more adrenaline that causes your blood pressure to rise.

It has been observed that those who have caffeine in high quantity tend to hallucinate. This is because it leads to the increase in adrenaline levels.

Re-counselling for Engineering Students to Pick Better College

Lakhs of students work hard to seek admission in reputed engineering colleges each year. They try to gather information about the various available colleges from their fellow students, relatives, college website and other such sources. The information about the various colleges is also available in the university admissions handbook though it just includes the basic information about the colleges and not about their actual performance. Based on all these factors, the students select colleges in the online admission counselling and get the admission allotment letter as they pay the necessary fee.
However, often the picture is quite different than that depicted by the aforementioned sources. The students get to know about the ground realities of the college after they join it or as they dig more information about the college after the allotment. There is a huge difference in the fee structure, college environment and infrastructure. The fee is usually twice as much as the amount fixed by the government. Owing to all these factors, many students especially those from the middle class and poor families are forced to opt out of the colleges allotted to them under the government quota. This is when the re-counselling can help them. By allowing the students to participate in the Single Window Admission Counselling for the second time, the government can help them pick a better college.

Here are a few quick points about the re-counselling:-

  • The students can be permitted to sit for the re-counselling or follow-on counselling session either within a week of the original allotment of college or on last date of counselling, whichever is earlier.
  • The students who have not formally joined the college originally assigned to them could be allowed to attend re-counselling.
  • The students undergoing the re-counselling should be satisfied with those colleges where the seats are available when this follow-on counselling is held.
  • It has been heard that the number of students attending re-counselling may only be around 10,000 this year.