Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, December 24, 2012
A battle to be fought on two fronts!
- on Legal / Political front and on an Individual front
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Aye duniya, aye surmayee aankhein ke pyaalo ki duniya oh duniya,
Surmayee aankhein ke pyaalo ki duniya oh duniya,
Satrangi rango gulalo ki duniya oh duniya -2 times
Alsaayi sejo ke phoolon ki duniya oh duniya re,
Angdaayi tode kabootar ki duniya oh duniya re,
Aye karwat le soyi haqeeqat ki duniya oh duniya,
Deewani hoti tabiyat ki duniya oh duniya,
Khwahish mein lipti zaroorat ki duniya oh duniya re,
Heyyy insaan ke sapno ki niyat ki duniya oh duniya,
Oh ri duniya, oh ri duniya, oh ro duniya, oh ri duniya,
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai? – 3 times
Mamta ki bikhri kahani ki duniya oh duniya,
Behno ki siski jawani ki duniya oh duniya,
Adam ke hawwa se rishte ki duniya oh duniya re
Heyyy shayar ke pheenke labzo ki duniya oh duniya,
[Gaalib ke maumin ke khawabo ki duniya,
Majazo ke un inqalabo ki duniya] – 2 times
Faize firako sahir umakhdum meel ki zoku kitabo ki duniya,
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai? – 3 times
Palchin mein baaten chali jaati hai hai,
Palchin mein raaten chali jaati hai hai,
Reh jaata hai jo sawera wo dhoondhe,
Jalta makaan mein basera wo dhoondhe,
Jaisi bachi hai waisi ki waisi, bacha lo yeh duniya,
Apna samajh ke apno ki jaisi utha lo yeh duniya,
Chitput si baaton mein jalne lagegi, sambhalo yeh duniya,
Katpit ke raaton mein palne lagegi, sambhalo yeh duniya,
Oh ri duniya, oh ri duniya, wo kahen hai ki duniya,
Yeh itni nahi hai sitaaro se aage jahan aur bhi hai,
Yeh hum hi nahi hai, wahan aur bhi hai,
Hamari hare k baat hoti wahin hai,
Hume aitraaz nahi hai kahin bhi,
Wo aayi zamil pe sahi hai,
Magar falsafa yeh bigad jaata hai jo,
Wo kehte hai…aalim yeh kehta wahan ishwar hai,
Faazil yeh kehta wahan allah hai,
Kamil yeh kahta hai,
Manzil yeh kehti tab insaan se ki,
Tumhari hai tum hi sambhalo yeh duniya,
Yeh ujde hue chand baasi charago,
Tumhare yeh kale iraado ki duniya,
Ohh ri duniya, oh ri duniya…
Hoo ri duniya…
- Teacher (Sylvia Ashton-Warner)
- School Teacher: A Sociological Study (Dan Lortie)
- Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs (Paul Willis & Stanley Aaronwitz)
- Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom (Lisa Delpit)
- The Element (Ken Robinson)
- Multiple Intelligences: Theory in Practice (Howard Gardener)
- The Language Instinct (Steven Pinker)
- In a Different Voice (Carol Gilligan)
- The Indian Psyche (Sudhir Kakkar)
- White Teacher (Vivian Paley)
- Rousing Minds to Life (Tharp & Gallimore)
- The Psychology of Literacy (Sylvia Scribner & Michael Cole)
- The Significance of Schooling: Life journeys in an African Society (Robert Serpell)
- Apprenticeship in Thinking (Barbara Rogoff)
- Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (Lave & Wenger)
- What Video Games have to Teach us about Learning and Literacy (Jim Gee)
- Actual Minds, Possible Worlds (Jerome Bruner)
- Acts of Meaning (Jerome Bruner)
- Revising Herself: the Story of Women's Identity from College to Midlife (Josselson)
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Csíkszentmihályi)
- Ways with Words (Shirley Brice Heath)
- Animal Farm (George Orwell)
- Waiting for the Mahatma (R.K. Narayan)
- How Children Fail (John Holt)
- Divaswapna (Gijubhai)
- Tottochan (Tetsuko Kuroyangi)
- Summerhill (A.S Neill)
- What did you ask at School today? (Kamala Mukunda)
- Deschooling Soceity (Ivan Illich)
- The Open Classroom (K. Margaret)
- Redesigning Education (Lynn Stoddard)
- Proust and the Squid: The Story and the Science of the Reading Brain (Maryanne Wolf) Swami & Friends – R.K.Narayan
- The English Teacher – R.K.Narayan
- Bachelor of Arts – R.K.Narayan
- 36 Children
Friday, June 3, 2011
By 2011, 236 out of 270 Super 30 students made it into the IITs. We bring to you an exclusive interview with the man behind the success of Super 30. Pioneer, visionary and guru, Anand Kumar, as he talks of his inspirations, his plans for the future, his take on education in India, and the Indian Teaching Service he hopes to see become part of India’s blueprint for education.
How does it feel to see the running success of Super 30?
It makes me extremely happy. Many of these children left their homes, their villages, to come follow their dream; and to see this kind of result makes me very glad. This is the chance they need to break out of poverty and build a future for themselves.
What has been your inspiration to set up Super 30?
Growing up, I had a keen interest in Mathematics, and spent many hours working on my subject. After graduation, I applied and got admission into the University of Cambridge. But my financial situation, and my father’s medical condition were factors that held me back, and I had to let go of the opportunity. It made me realize that there were many students in India facing the same situation. Despite being gifted students, with a strong academic inclination, poverty and inaccessibility to quality education held them back. If there was a way to help them, I knew I had to find it.
Who has been your role model?
There have been many, but most outstanding in my memory, remains my father, Rajendra Prasad. He passed away around the time that my admission into Cambridge came through. He always said – Son, whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly. Put your heart and mind into it. He had a good heart, and encouraged in us, the idea of giving back to society.
What advice would you give our readers that are aspiring IIT-ians?
I would advise them to read voraciously, and be thorough with the basics. One must never memorise or “ratto”; that is not learning. Instead, study the basics, and understand them fully. As you develop on this, use your imagination and then apply to new learning.
If you could be India’s Education Minister, what changes would you bring into the system?
To begin with, everyone must understand that education is not a commodity to be bought and sold. Right now, there are expensive private schools, and there are Government schools, and there is a great divide between them. Quality education is being sold to the highest bidder. That has to change. Education - quality education - must be accessible to everyone. Government schools must impart education of the same standard available at private schools. And excellence in quality of education must begin right from primary schools.
Secondly, the IITs that now allow only 2 attempts at entrance admissions, must make allowances for children from less privileged backgrounds, and give them 3 attempts at clearing the IIT entrance exams. You spoke of primary schools; what changes do you think we need to see in this sphere of education? As I said, the quality of education must improve, and this begins right at primary school level. Most importantly, we have to attract and retain good teachers. It is the teacher that can transform a student, and it is imperative our schools have good teachers. We need to change the existing policies, and re-look at the salaries we give them, the facilities and tools to aid them in the classroom. Why don’t we have something similar to the IAS, and IFS? The ITS – Indian Teaching Service. Something as prestigious, to attract and build talent in the education sector.
In your opinion, why aren’t there more schools like yours? Is this a difficult model to replicate?
Super 30 is a school that takes no donations. In this sense, yes it can be hard to sustain. But we have created a prototype, and we encourage the government, and corporate business, to replicate this model. In fact, several State governments have expressed interest in setting up something similar, drawing inspiration from the success of Super 30.
Any plans to expand Super 30 into Super 50 or Super 100?
Yes, why not? Super 30 started as an experiment with 30 students who showed potential. We had no idea the name would become so popular. If there are more children with the talent and determination, then there is always room for more.
What do you see yourself doing over the next few years? Any plans beside Super 30?
Well, it has been a dream of mine to run a school for children from lower income families, and from villages where quality education is not available. I plan to set up this school, for children from the 6th to the 12th standard. I am looking for land right now, for the school premises, and for a hostel for the children to stay. I want to give them a chance to think of going abroad, to study medicine, to attend Olympiads, and meet other students excelling in different fields of academics.
more @ http://www.super30.org/
Friday, October 1, 2010
Join Hands with Aastha Parivaar
Aastha Parivaar –a federation of 14 community based organizations by sex workers across Mumbai and Thane –is an organization formed by, of and for sex workers. Living in shadows, these are women who aspire for a dignified, empowered existence and violence free society. Paradoxically, Mumbai and its satellite town Thane are hubs of large migrant population as well as sex trade. Aastha Parivaar, an umbrella organization of male, female
and transgender sex workers, does serious work for the community, from finding alternate means of sustenance to meeting their health care needs, working toward HIV prevention.
But Aastha Parivaar is a young organization and it needs your support! For the first time ever, sex workers across Mumbai and Thane, are coming together to put forth an edutainment program, Anand Utsav – an array of skits, songs, folk dances and children’s performances – now on 12th October 2010. The event is open to general community.
Passes already bought will still be valid.
Donation passes are available for `1000/-, ` 500/ and `200/-. The proceedings from the donation passes will go towards the education of sex workers’ children. They are marginalized not only because they are children of sex workers, but also because several are themselves infected or affected by HIV. Intervention for sex workers’ children is vital for they are also most prone to enter the profession.
Show your support to Aastha Parivaar. Be there for the event!
We look forward to a long term relationship with you. Let Anand Utsav be the beginning!
Venue: Hotel Rangsharda, Bandra Reclamation
Date: 12th Oct, 2010
Time: 7 pm onwards.
Email at email@example.com.
Tel: 2368 6636 / 2659 2350
Visit us at www.aasthapartivaar.org.