RTE a smoke screen for India’s real education problems

Earlier today, I caught a tweet with the intriguing title RTE: The Unasked Question. Glad I clicked on it because the linked article (by Jaideep Prabhu) made for a very interesting read. Prabhu is a doctoral student (in history) at Vanderbilt University and  also the International Affairs & Security Editor at the Centre Right blog. …

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Acara Summer Institute 2012 – Nine Impressive Teams

[Editor’s Note: Last Friday I attended the final presentations of nine teams that made it to Acara Summer Institute 2012. I was impressed by the quality of the ideas and the pitches. What was most striking was that nearly all teams came across as *really wanting* to execute on their plans — in other words, …

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Samhita Academy: trailblazing the RTE path years before it became a law

[Editor’s Note: Back in October, 2011 I visited the campus of an innovative Bangalore school (Samhita Academy) and learnt about Samhita’s unique model from Aparna Goenka. Aparna (Infosys alumnus) is trustee and Director at Samhita Academy runs the Advaith Foundation’s Ankur program – responsible for running a resident hostel for 20% of the children from poor families. …

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Ten Tips for Indian Edupreneurs

[Editor’s Note: Srikanth Jadcherla is the CEO of California and Bangalore-based Seer Akademi, a higher education online-offline startup bringing US-style Masters degree programs and UC-Berkeley’s continuing education program to Indian students. Jadcherla undertook a staggering 3-year journey across 250+ engineering colleges across India as part of  Seer Akademi. In this guest post, which reads part …

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PPP in Education and other Insights from Krupakar Manukonda

Yesterday, just as I was getting off the Twitter grid, saw this tweet from Nitin Pai: https://twitter.com/#!/acorn/status/187127256383098880 I returned to Krupakar Marukonda‘s timeline a few hours later and I’m so glad I did (I now follow him). The tweets are one part rant, one part facts, and one part opinion — all of which combine …

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UC Berkeley Brings Continuing Education to India via Partnership with Seer Akademi

Last week I was privileged to attend a special event on continuing education hosted by Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA). The presenters included the Vice-Chancellor of UC Berkeley (Frank Yeary), Dean of Continuing and Distance Education (Dr. Diana Wu), Gujarat Technological University’s (GTU) Vice Chancellor (Dr. Akshai Aggarwal), Seer Akademi’s Srikanth Jadcherla, and Stanford University’s Asia …

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Peer Instruction Lessons from a Top Harvard Physics Professor

Last week I attended an interesting event on continuing education hosted by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA). Speakers at the event included the vice-chancellors of UC Berkeley and Gujarat Technological University (GTU), head of Stanford’s Asia Pacific Research Center, and founder of Seer Akademi. During the Q&A session, a questioner (from Synopsys) had a rather …

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Global Online Education Trends and its import for India

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 2/3-part series on online education trends and what it means for India. Part 2 will look at trends in the online high school and higher education verticals.] A young girl’s illustrated primer Science fiction novelists must be among the underappreciated visionaries of our times. A strong diet …

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