Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

THE SORRY STATE OF INDIAN EDUCATION?

25 Jul 2012

THE SORRY STATE OF INDIAN EDUCATION?

Not surprising considering the sorry state of our teachers

Mumbai Mirror [10,July2012] reports about a survey conducted by Parents Teachers Association United Forum(PTAUF) in Mumbai, covering

  • 60  Schools

  • 400  Students

  • 150  Parents

  • !50  Teachers

As far as physical punishment is concerned , what do our teachers believe in ? Here is the shocker :

  • Corporal Punishment  …………  100 % of teachers

  • Hitting students with rulers ……  70 %

  • Slapping  ………………………  55 %

  • Hitting with chalk  ……………… 60  %

  • Pulling years …………………    44  %

  • Hitting on back of palm  ……40  %

  • Making students stand on bench……    62  %

  • Making students to do sit-up  …  81  %

  • Giving extra homework  ………  85  %

In this “reign of terror“, it was not surprising that:

  • Students not informing parents of ill-treatment…88 %

  • Parents not complaining (fear of victimization)…88 %

And talking of innovations in the methods of punishment, recently, couple of teachers (West Bengal/UP) punished students by forcing them to drink their own urine !

Apparently, our teachers have their very own unique ways for cultivating/motivating, young and impressionable minds!


Hemen  Parekh

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Writing on the Wall ?



Mumbai  Samachar ( 16 July 2012 ) provides following figures :

Ø  No of Post Offices in 2006

·        In rural areas………………………….. 1,39,046

·        In urban areas……………………………. 16,258


Ø  No of Post Offices closed down since 2006

·        Rural………………………………………………. 6

·        Urban………………………………………………..732

Obviously , less and less people need a post card / envelope / postage stamp etc. , these days , in order to communicate with friends / relatives / clients / suppliers etc
If , for less than the cost of a post card , people can talk across the country on their mobile phones , then why run to a post office ?
And soon , millions will start sending emails writing on their tablets ( Aakash / Ubislate / Zen / HCL / Karbonn / Micromax / Zync / Funtab etc )
And in 10 years they will be talking to their friends / relatives / sweethearts , on Skype embedded in their bedroom wall !
Indian Government would do well to convert closed down post offices into primary schools

With  regards

hemen  parekh


Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth

Friday, 20 July 2012

CROREPATIES (BILLIONAIRES) GALORE !

DNA (13 July 2012) provides following interesting figures:

  • Only 1 % of India’s people are Crorepaties

  • But , 48 % of our elected MPs are !

  • State wise distribution of Crorepaties :

·     92 % of those elected from Goa

·     86 % of those elected from Punjab

·     72 % of those elected from Haryana
  
  • Individual Ranking of Crorepaties :

·     Mahendra Prasad ( JD-U )………………Rs. 692.41  Crores

·     Vijaya Mallya……………………………………Rs. 615.42  Crores

·     Jaya Bachhan…………………………………Rs.  483.86  Crores

  • Party wise distribution of Crorepaties :

·     Bahujan Samaj Party………………………………….. 69 %

·     Nationalist Congress Party………………………….. 68 %

·     Samajwadi Party…………………………………………… 63 %

Our Election Commission has laid down several criteria which “ Disqualify “ a candidate from contesting an election
But our political parties seem to have laid down a single “ Qualifying “ criteria ,for distributing candidature tickets to hopefuls , viz :

“ Thou shall be a Crorepati to begin with ,
It is entirely up to you what you end-up with “
  
Hemen  Parekh 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Hidden Numbers



Times of India ( 13,July 2012 ) provides following figures for our MPs / MLAs , facing criminal cases :

Ø  Total number of MPs / MLAs involved………………………………….. 1,450

Ø  Those facing serious criminal charges……………………………………   641

Ø  Cases involving charges for :

·        Rape…………………………………………….  6

·        Murder………………………………………… 140

·        Attempt to murder……………………. 350+

·        Dacoity………………………………………. 75

·        Kidnapping………………………………….90

·        Theft……………………………………………145

But Times of India does not provide figures of how many are charged with
·        Stealing time of Parliament / Assemblies

·        Holding entire Nation to ransom

·        Blackmailing the country

I presume that will be all of the 4,896 MPs and MLAs !

With regards

hemen  parekh


Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth  


ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR JOBS

Even for frustrated / desperate Indian jobseekers, there is no need to spend endless hours conducting job searches on umpteen job portals.

And “ Submit resume / register / remember User IDs  / Passwords / login / apply online “, on each of those job sites, day after day.

All they need to do is to register at a  “ Job Aggregator ”  site such as

IndiaRecruiter.net

On search term  [  Job Aggregator ],  search engines ranked IndiaRecruiter.net as follows :
  
Google  ……………………………………  1  /   2.5  Million results

Yahoo  ……………………………………..  4  /   18.7  Million results

Bing  …………………………………………  3  /   929,000  results
  
But we are trying to make ourselves obsolete ( before someone else does ! ), by launching


Hemen  Parekh

BUT WILL THERE BE JOBS?

As per an estimate prepared by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD ) , the total pool of graduates in the world is expected to expand from 129 million in 2010 to 204 million in 2020 ( graduates between 25 and 34 years of age )

In 2020 , which countries will lead in this expanding army of graduates ?

  •   China  ………………………………..  59.2  Million  (  29  %  )

  •   India  …………………………………  24.5  Million  (  12  %  )

  •   USA   ………………………………..   22.4  Million  (  11  %  )

  •   Russia ……………………………….  14.3  Million   (  7    %  )

  •   UK ……………………………………..  8.2  Million    (   4   %  )

  •   Rest  …………………………………. 75.4  Million   (  37  %  )

Indian scenario (2011), looks as follows :

  • Gross Enrollment Ratio ( 18-23 years old )……………… 16  %

  • Graduate  % age  of population  (  “           ) ………………  8  %


  • Graduates with B.A Degree ………………………………………….33 %

  • No of Universities  ………………………………………………………  523

  • No of Colleges   ……………………………………………………………. 33,000

  • Students graduating / year  ……………………………………….  3.5 Million

  • Engineers graduating  /  year  ……………………………………   1.0  Million

  • Unemployed registered with Employment Exchanges…   41  Million

  • % age of “ Employable “ graduates ( one estimate) ……10 %

But will there be jobs  ?

Hemen  Parekh

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Our very own Taliban ?



Why worry about foreign-based Taliban ?
We have our very own – in the form of Khap Panchayats ( self-declared village bodies ) to worry about

Proof :

A few days back , Khap Panchayat of Asara village ( Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh ) , issued following “ diktat “ :

Ø  Women below the age of 40 shall not use mobiles

Ø  Women will cover their heads whenever they leave home

Ø  Women shall not opt for a love marriage

But what good is a “ diktat “ without laying down punishment for “ diktat breakers “ ?

Punishment :

Ø  Ex-communication from the village

Apparently , Asara village Khap belongs to  the moderate Taliban
In similar cases of violation of their diktats , other Khaps have supervised the public killing of the lovers !
And these are the Khaps which will not hesitate to build a temple of Durga Mata to “ honor “ the Motherhood !

Ultimate Irony  :

Response of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ( a Master’s Degree holder in Environment Engineering from Australia ) :  “ If this is what Khap decided , then it must be in the interest of the villagers “

With regards

hemen  parekh


Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth