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Common Wealth games to rip off the common men’s wealth! December 3, 2009

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Commonwealth Games 2010 –The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi are just over a year away. The event is not only important for the development of sports in the country, but also a chance for us to prove to the world that India is capable of successfully organizing a world class event, even in times of global problems like terrorism and the economic gloom.

But this important event raised a question on our government effective measures. I am indicating the government initiation for eradication of poverty from Capital-Delhi. Government measure to uproot slum clusters from all over the capital and rehabilitating its inhabitants cannot be seen as government measure for removing poverty. If it is a good solution to eradicate poverty then the question is why this measure is not taken from last 62 yrs (after 1947), and how is it possible to remove poverty in few months. Does not this indicate the hypocrisy in our mindset!

The honorable Government of India is preparing enthusiastically for Commonwealth Games, so are we all enthusiastically waiting for it… Flyovers being built up, Road connectivity improved, more number of hotel rooms coming up in the city …We can admit the fact that these developments will affect in a longer time and developing basic amenities will make life much smoother for ordinary citizens, but it does not mean that common man struggling above and below the poverty line must be left behind.

The flip side of these efforts (which hurts a common man in the country) is the spending of tons of thousands of rupees for this sport 2010 as if this showcase will do wonders to the countrymen! The fact lies that the Commonwealth GAMES will barely last for 11 or 12 days and ruin the hard earned money of the common people of the country. The poor slum dwellers will keep living the way they do or at best will be relocated from the cities.

“Plantations of bamboo trees for showing the beautiful sight can’t hide the ugly face of poverty”

Richa Gurwani // http://www.aglakadam.com // 3.12.2009

Mouse beats Cat .. Students Suffer November 30, 2009

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Last two days I have been observing the happenings in the world of education and careers. Thousands and lacks of career aspirants putting ahead their next step ( aglakadam ) into the CAT trap.. just to find that, for a change, this ime the Mouse has trapped the Cat …

Well this now looks a as an issue more serious than just a technical bug.. an examination f the international stature being conducted across the globe for admissions to an institute which is identified to churn out the Best of the best human resource to the industry.. could not even manage an entrance test… Is Technology so unmanageable in today’s world of hi tech revolution?

Or is this the out sourcing which is the culprit! but then an institute of the stature of IIM is only expected to outsource such critical function into a highly reputed and well trained & safe hands .. well Prometrics is a name of repute.. but is it that they were over confidant and did underestimate the technical challenges in the process..

Whatever may be the issue, this flaw of CAT examination mismanagement has highlighted a few thoughts :

1. Utter failure of a MANAGEMENT institute of world repute to MANAGE entrance examination! जिसकी एंट्रंस ऐसी हो, आगे क्या होगा (Jiski Entrance aisi ho, age kya hoga)?

2. Total lack of planning, no rehearsal before actual execution!

3. Failure of Outsourcing model in conducting online examinations!

4. Failure of antivirus protection systems, how safe are our websites?

Whatever may the reasons, the losers are the serious students who intended to appear for the CAT examination.. as is well known that this test is not just the test of your IQ & subject knowledge it as well tests you EQ… one needs to be well prepared, more than well studied to take on the tests.. I have seen students into the process of mental make over just before CAT examination dates .. they all will have to redo their efforts .. A few such students have their academic calendar’s ahead and some had even booked travel reservations for successive dates .. those from small cities and towns…

Is the IIM listening to the problems faced by such students?

Ajit Varwandkar / http://www.aglakadam.com // 30.11.2009

Is the IIM pussyCAT loosing its charm? November 28, 2009

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Is CAT loosing its charm?

Last year, nearly 276,000 students across India took the test. This year around 50,000 students are expected to appear for the exam over a 10-day period.
( reports : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Computer-servers-crash-on-first-day-of-online-CAT-Reports/articleshow/5278959.cms#write)

The Common Admission Test has gone hi tech and on line this year onwards; In my opinion this has to do with the IIM trying to make the examination process simpler, faster and transparant. Is it because the test is going hi tech that there is less number of aspirants! At least this seems to be thought process of experts!

But I don’t think so. Todays generation is not at all tech afraid. In fact you give a latest technology gizmo to a class 7th student the chances are that she will decipher all the manual features in just a few minutes! Computer windows are very much comfortable for CAT aspirants by and large …

At least in todays Hi Tech era, Technology should not be blamed for less number of CAT participants ….

I am of the opinion that the new technical format of CAT has ensured that the Munnabhai’s are eliminated. I stand one to one informed by some CAT preparation coaching center owners that they used to encourage studets to appear for the CAT one year in advance, i.e. when they are not eligible & are in the preparation stage… I guess all these applicants got eliminated.

Further there could be hoste of pseudo CAT applicants who earlier did appear for tests only to take record of the test pattern and immediately after the tests they used to vomit the questions to the CAT Preparation centers to help them prepare their guess works, the markatable dossairs etc. Such participants would not have got an opportunity to appear for test this year.

Or is it because of the recession that people have lost charm for the management education? If this is so then the fate of the thousands and lacks of the B Schools Private Limiteds is under threat!

But for the bug at certain examination centers, due to which it is reported that the CAT had to be rescheduled today ( i.e. on 28.11.2009), I feel the new technological format of CAT is an excellent move and the organisers should be encouraged.

I invite friends to think over reasons for less number of CAT aspirants this year.. come lets explore …

Ajit Varwandkar / http://www.aglakadam.com / 28.11.2009

Irony, IIM’s could not MANAGE CAT well! November 28, 2009

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Common Admission Test, one of the biggest and the toughest MBA entrance examination which was scheduled to begin from today has been cancelled at some centers, as per some TV news reports. Students were sent back to homes. All shocked!

CAT is believed to be the golden opportunity to get into your dream land, IIMs, the biggest Business Schools in the country. Many of the students were already lost in their dreamland when suddenly their dream got a jolt with the cancellation of examination in many of the test centres.

CAT examination did not go online properly at some centers and has been reported to be put off on account of some technical problem server crash. However IIM Authorities have denied any such reports of cancellation of examination due to any technical/network problems. However they said that examination was not cancelled but rescheduled at certain test centres which are Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Indore, Pune and Bhopal because many of the students had signed up in multiple test centres.

Whatsoever may be the reason for the snag, ultimately it was the students who were affected the most. First of all, the examination pattern was completely new for them. Then the system was still in its experimental phase. It takes a hell lot of mind set frame work to get prepared to take on the tests.. many students had alternate plans for days just after the test, all squandered now.. We stand informed that Prometrics has done the technology for these test. Such tests should not be organized in jest. Proper piloting with simulation exercise should be role played to understand the challenges in advance.. for an institution like IIM, this does not project proper MANAGEMENT!!

Students, who had to appear in today’s examination, are in a state of confusion about the next examination dates and test centres. However online guides and directional maps have been made available for the students’ convenience.

Since the IIMs are the autonomous bodies, whatever decision they come up with shall be final. But let’s take it as a chance for those who still feel their preparation not up to the mark…and hope that the students will be back with fresh mind and preparation… Get going you still have an opportunity to BELL the CAT!

Shilpa Sharma / http://www.aglakadam.com / 28.11.2009 / 3.03 pm

Restrict & Articulate Terror born Reports through Terror Reporting Code : November 23, 2009

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Its an year that we all witnessed live coverage of 26/11 for gushing three days … Taj was being bombed, people murdered & fire and smoke touching the sky high.. Such a wide spread coverage of the event gave birth to millions of ( unreported) patients … mostly with some or the other kind of psychic disorder .. thousands of kids are now growing up with some or the other kind of phobia which may be recognized only over age….

The ultimate beneficiaries of such media coverage is those whom we do never intend to benefit.. the terror creators .. we have seen people from within the borders and across the borders resort to terror to enable their dictate! Be it the lashkar threat or the Naxals in Chhattisgarh, the Assam hardliners or the political stewards like MNS or SS … Off late even the media is not spared by the terror creators … When media reports their deeds, all these people get benefitted by the shock waves created in the mind set of common people ..

Terror should be Judiciously reported, we all know this; however here I propose to evolve a code of conduct to guide the terror reporting.I suggest that our Journalist friends to start a debate to evolve and adopt a thorough “Terror Reporting Code” for all such acts of terror and fear.

I have some thought points to start with the evolution of such a Terror Reporting Code :

1. Any act of terror not to be reported as a headline, come what may. ( Print / Paper both)
2. Terror related news to be limited to 100 words.
3. Terror and related news to be on inside pages only.
4. The news headline covering the terror news should be consciously made non glamorous : for example : In place of Shiv Sena goons shatter the media house …. Write Illegal trespassing and dacoit act reported at a media house in Mumbai. ( Not even indirect benefit to be passed on to the people organizing terror)
5. Any TRP workout mechanism to be isolated from terror news reporting times.
6. Review shows / panel discussions / tete-e-tete etc. related to Terror acts to be hosted only in the late night hours.
7. Such shows ( point 6 above) should not be highly advertised.
8. Never ever organize articles / shows on Terror event anniversaries. No one like to revisit horror.

Media is a great power : just like fire, we should be wary lest the terror creators misuse the media as an easy media to promote & encash their heinous acts!

Your thoughts invited …..

Ajit Varwandkar / http://www.aglakadam.com / 11.15 am / 23.11.2009

Watch Out for the ambulance.. November 4, 2009

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Refer : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/PMs-security-claims-patients-life/articleshow/5194254.cms

PM’s security did cost one life in Chandigarh, yes this is the last thing PM or any celebrity would ever want to happen, not because every such celebrity may value Common man’s life more than his/her own (read : the security concerns) … but because this gives way to a lot of negative words to be discussed by the irrelevant common people and it again takes lot of efforts ( read money) to do the redressal… though the good news is that – public memory has a very small life span …

& yes if the celebrity is a stress prone social animal, the exitement of the time to pass by can as well be killing ..

Last week I was in Delhi and vitnessed the huge rush ( read road jams) on the roads.. all of the Delhiets seemed to be in the zest to do their best and get out into the roads to deliver their worth to the world. I was tugged into my taxy for about 2 hours plus for a 24 km’s ride! Similar is the case with many other metro’s aswell..

Thats when I was wondering if there is an emergency case and the ambulance needs to reach a nearest hospital fast, how will it be possible? Do we need the chopper ambulance within the city now or the sholey kind of Jay Veeru Two Wheeler Ambulance! God knows …

Till then I can only suggest you to Watch Out .. there may be some ambulance trying to overtake…

Ajit Varwandkar, http://www.aglakadam.com // 10.49 am // 4.11.2009