Recent Paradigms in Education –Enterprise Resource planning as the next wave!

This is not about digital web based learning or distance learning paradigm revolving around for quite some time now , but about the effective outcomes that are emerging as a result of embedding all resources for education digitally . How many of us have in the past compiled notes on paper? How many of us have photocopied notes for non availability? How many of us have missed lectures and classes and have never been able to figure out what happened? How many of us have waited for days before we could see the result on the notice board? How many of us have always been struggling with shortage on attendance? How many of us have resolved issues by forming committees and unions during our days? How many us could never assess and give feedback on our teachers and faculties? The answer would be in agreement to all the questions above! What is this phenomena referred to which has been able to address all the above mentioned concerns and emerged as a winner? We refer it today as the enterprise resource planning. It helps us to plan and give access to our students to all resources digitally and keep things transparent in the education system.

There are various digitally available techniques to take care of many emerging needs in the education system whereby complete assessment of teachers requirements and as well as a students perspective and their needs and requirements are fulfilled. The digital platform gives access to resource planning software’s which embeds all the necessary features and offers as a complete package. There are many organizations developing on an ongoing basis the resource planning software .Also, other than these digitally user friendly software’s are the applications being developed to resolve the growing concerns in education which can be accessed from mobiles and offers comprehensive solutions .This domain and combination of digital user friendly platforms has made it way simpler to organize resources than it was in the yester years.

The effects and positive consequences as we may see are apparent as the three communities benefit from the same namely as Schools/Institutions/Colleges, Students and Faculty/Teachers. Educational Institutions benefit as all the resources can be accessed and compiled in a much easier and accessible manner. Issues related to documentation which existed has faded away and everything is available digital. Student Fraternity has been able to witness a change in their favor as concerns such as attendance, marks, learning resources, lost lectures can all be accessed and they do not have to worry with anything being compiled manually. Teachers and Faculty have witnessed a complete 360 degree change in the way education has dealt in the past with concerns on marks, attendance, assessments, feedback, projects, learning resources and many more to resolve the very core problem of paper documentation.

This phenomena has given the education industry a breath of fresh air where software and application developers understand the pulse and the issues and problems that the education industry has faced in the yester year and are doing a complete justice by creating benchmarks and customized applications for methodical compilation of resources under the institution which can be archived for years and years now.

By Ms Gopika Kumar

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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Guest lecture on “Career in Finance”

A guest lecture on “Career in Finance” was organised for students of BBA and Bcom(H) Ist Sem on 4th October, 2017. The speaker was CS Archit Agarwal, Finance Manager, Betacom. He gave an insight about the various job options students have in the field of finance like investment banking, banking and insurance, M&A etc.
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EDUCATION

Education, the meaning of this word has changed since it’s origin. It began as simply the art of learning and writing. Today, it has a whole new meaning.

Being educated does not simply mean possessing the ability to learn, read, and write. Today, a person who is well read, is well aware of the happenings around him, the extracurricular activities he/she possesses, along with a number of qualities can be called EDUCATED. From writing on small black boards with chalk, reciting lessons in unison under the shade of a tree to learning being done through projectors and laptop screens, Education system itself has come a long way. With the advancement in technology and science the way of teaching being done in schools and colleges has changed vastly, and will continue to change for the betterment of the society and future generations. More focus is now paid on the Practical knowledge and skills of a student. Education isn’t reciting lessons and notes being mouth fed to students. A student along with the teacher now has to conduct this process of education. More and more involvement of the student has become necessary so as to inculcate the habit of asking questions and have queries. To help with the practical knowledge and skills, students are now also asked to learn through and present PowerPoint presentations in class so as to bring out a new side of expressiveness in them. Due to the advancement in the industrial sector and business organizations, imparting of proper communication skills has become increasingly important. Opening up of the economy and trade has led to a whole new set of challenges put in front of employees in organizations, to cope up with those changes education system has been revolutionized.

A new way of learning has led to the massive change in the personalities and competencies of the youth. One can only imagine the changes and advancement yet to be seen in this world of rapid growth and competition.
By Assistant Professor

Ms Barkha Narang

JIMS Kalkaji

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Old items collection drive : Rotaract Activity 2017

Old items collection drive was started in JIMS, Kalkaji on 27th September, 2017. All the students were called in to donate old clothes, stationery, books, toys etc. Rotaractors also motivated their fellow classmates to contribute to the noble cause and they were successful in collecting four cartons full of items. The items were donated in Sudhar Camp area (a slum area in Kalkaji locality) on 3rd October, 2017 where a team of ten students were sent to spread smiles and happiness. Students were accompanied by Ms. Arushee Grover.

 

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Technology-A boon or a bane

Nowadays, technology has become an essential part of everyone’s lives. Technology is progressing rapidly with each passing day. Everyone in today’s time is leading a parallel virtual life. In every sphere of life technology is changing the ways in which things are viewed and done. Technology has enabled us to lead an easy life. From shopping online to interacting with our near and dear ones we rely on internet which is the biggest contribution of technology. Undoubtedly, technology deserves commendation for bringing positive changes like paperless operations, cost cutting, ensuring financial safety, making the distances shorter, readily available information, etc.

In spite of all these achievements, technology has made us depend on it entirely. We have forgotten to live without technology. Benefits of technology seem to have overshadowed the loss of human touch. How often do we meet people to share views and thoughts, express emotions and feelings? Hardly, do we see our close ones. A decade ago, that is not very long back, people used to interact with each other by actually meeting and not just over chats. Today, people have the option to know so many new people who actually reside far apart, talk to them, share views and opinions (which is a boon) but this has also resulted in widening of distances among family members. Chit chatting over dinner, family interactions and discussions has known to become a thing of the past.

As one doesn’t step out of home without putting on shoes, one doesn’t step out without his/her cell phone. Having a mobile phone in the pocket and having clothes on the body are equally important. Mobile phones are not only used for communication but they also solve a variety of other purposes which have rather gained more importance in today’s world. Features like photography, maps,social media, banking facility; E-commerce, etc. have made mobile phones a necessity. If someone loses his/her phone he has lost all his data. Therefore, technology is a revolution combined with stress and tension.

Although technology is common with every age group but, it is specifically extremely common among the youth. This is because they are born in a tech-savvy environment and they tend to adapt to it more comfortably as compared to the older generations. Technology, for example the internet if overused can have a negative impact on the young generation. Technology reduces the effort of students it enables them to extract all information from the internet in nanoseconds. This has a bearing on the students as this makes them lazy and leads to cut-copy-paste without any expansion of their knowledge base. Most students nowadays have a laid back attitude towards education. Students hardly explore libraries for gaining knowledge unlike the past. Technology has some serious negative impacts on the society. Cyber-crimes are most common with youth because they have constant access to internet.Youth should be taught and counseled how to use technology judiciously. The youth should be taught to use technology moderately, since overuse may lead negative influence.

 

By Ms Rupali Vashisht

(Assistant Professor)

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10th Annual Convocation of PGDM and PGDM (IB) Batch 2015-2017

The Convocation of PGDM and PGDM IB Students of JIMS Kalkaji (2015-2017) was held in the auditorium of JIMS Kalkaji on Saturday, 23th September 2017. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Professor AP Mittal, Member Secretary , AICTE. The occasion was also graced by Dr. Amit Gupta, Chairman, JIMS, Dr. (Cdr.) Satish Seth, Director General and Prof. (Dr) J.K. Batra, Director, JIMS, Kalkaji.

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Skill Development- The Need of the Hour

Ensuring quality education is an integral part for the holistic development of a nation and therefore it further propels the development of economy. Expansion of higher education in terms of skill development not only enhances the nation’s competitiveness in the global scenario but also paves way for leading its socio economic development. In a country which is the second largest in terms of population and third largest in terms of education system. The education system is valued or rather has a market of USD 80 billion. In India 50% of the population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% of the total population is under the age of 35 which shows the need of bridging a gap between education and skill development in order to create employment. As education is of utmost importance it is necessary to focus on the youth and to provide them with a suitable impetus to reap the demographic dividend.

The Government with the Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is working towards generation of employment through vocational education. The World Bank has referred India as Knowledge Economy in order to provide and achieve leadership in various sectors like healthcare, IT& ITes, entrepreneurship, tourism and other service driven industries.

There exists a skill gap. Skilled workforce provides the backbone for economic development of a nation. It is to be viewed that the employers are looking for individuals with technical skills. The education system must therefore try to establish a link with industry and employers in order to ensure quality of education and employability. With a population of 1.1 billion in the working age group of 15 to 59 years, there is a pressing need to address the skill development in India. The policy framing should put greater impetus on skill development and vocational institutes for the growth of the economy. Vocational Training has been so far associated with Government led till recently many private players have set up the private sector players who have set up training capacity across the country. There are various schemes along with various fee based employment training programmes. To achieve this India must be flexible in its education system. It needs to ensure the quality and accreditation is maintained by upgrading the course structure and inviting experts from the industry to contribute to skill development.  By encouraging more private players to participate by providing institutes for skill development and affordable higher education institutes as well. It can be done by providing equal opportunities for higher education and addressing social and sectoral imbalances. More investments in the skill development is required. To increase employability potential by establishing Skill Development Framework is also one of the significant way in which higher education and skill development can see its growth. There should also be measures to ensure awareness among the employers to take certified skilled workers and fixing the lower limit of pay-scale. To bridge the skill gap the academia and industry should strengthen then tie ups along with policy reforms.

By Ms Aditi Joshi

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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GST – An overview

The Government of India has implemented GST w.e.f. 01.07.2017. The acronym  ‘GST’ Stands for Goods and Services Tax.  GST is foreseen to be the biggest taxation reform after independence that has been chosen by the Government of India and that too in the field of indirect taxes. It is now being inferred that the onset of GST would lead to a situation which is best being described as  – “One Tax, One Nation and One Market”

 

As per GST India.com – “GST is a comprehensive tax which will be levied on manufacture , sale and consumption of goods & services at a national level”

 

Through this and subsequent blogs on the topic, we’ll try to understand the basic concepts related to GST and will be moving forward as the law unfolds itself in the Indian Economic scenario.

 

The idea of moving into GST regime was first of all proposed by the then Union Finance Minister in his Budget for 2006-07 and it was proposed at that time that GST would be introduced from 1st April, 2010.  The Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers (EC) was told to present a basic framework and roadmap for GST and it then formulated the design of State VAT.

 

On the basis of various discussions within Joint Working Groups of officials from both State and Central Government, the Empowered Committee released its First Discussion Paper (FDP) on GST in November, 2009.

 

Finally, after addressing all intermediary and other issues which were brought in the notice from time to time, the Constitution (122nd  Amendment) Bill was introduced in the 16th Lok Sabha on 19.12.2014. The Bill provided for levying  GST on supply of all types of goods and  services provided, except for Alcohol for human consumption. Alcohol for human consumption and Five petroleum products viz. petroleum crude, motor spirit (petrol), high speed diesel, natural gas and aviation turbine fuel have been considered as SIN goods, on which Governments do not like to allow free trade. So these will not be covered under the ambit of GST. GST on these SIN goods would be levied at a later date as and when it will be recommended by the GST council.

 

The Bill after amendment was passed in May 2015 by the lower house of Parliament, Lok Sabha. The Bill was referred to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on 12.05.2015. The Select Committee had submitted its Report on the Bill on 22.07.2015. The Bill with amendments was finally passed in Rajya Sabha and thereafter by Lok Sabha in August, 2016. Further the bill had been ratified by required number of States and received assent of the President on 08.09.2016 and enacted as Constitution (101st Amendment) Act, 2016 w.e.f. 16.09. 2016.

 

The present system of Indirect Taxes comprises of multiplicity of taxes, some of them levied at Central level and some at State Level. The Centre has the powers to levy tax on the  manufacture of goods (except alcoholic liquor for human consumption, opium, narcotics etc.) while the States have the powers to levy tax on sale of goods. In case of inter-State sales, the Centre has the power to levy a tax (the Central Sales Tax) but, the tax is collected and retained entirely by the originating States.

 

There are several limitations and inefficiencies with each kind of tax. One of the major limitation is the cascading effect of tax in the supply chain.

 

GST is a destination based tax on consumption of goods and services. It is proposed to be levied at all stages right from manufacture up to final consumption with credit of taxes paid at previous stages , which is available as setoff in the subsequent stages. In a nutshell, under GST only value addition will be taxed and burden of tax is to be borne by the final consumer.

 

By accommodating / subsuming a large number of Central and State taxes into a single tax, it intends to reduce cascading or double taxation. From consumer perspective, the biggest gain would be – reduction in the overall tax burden on goods. Indian products would become competitive with GST in both the domestic and international markets.

By Ms Rachna Kathuria

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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Guest Lecture By Ms Megha Mittal

Special Guest Lecture was held on 19th, August 2017 for IIIrd Semester students for BBA and BCom H. The Speaker was Ms. Megha Mittal, she is a well renowned image consultant .Students participated with full enthusiasm.

 

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Indian Secularism

On the papers of our constitution India is a “Sovereign, Socialist, Secularist and Democratic republic”, but a closer look at the gargantuan and complex subcontinent reveals a blindingly clear disharmony between the dreams and aspirations of our constitution makers and the current predicaments of our country.

A country where a dynasty of politicians had firmly held the power for the better part of half a century can no more claim to be democratic than a country where capitalist-overlords get off the hook from severe offenses can call itself socialistic.

Calling ourselves a sovereign nation, when chunks of our sovereign territory, comparable in size with some European countries, are occupied by two other foreign powers, could be deemed as wishful thinking.

But our one redeeming value, which much of our intellectual circle prides itself on, is secularism. Well, at least our version of the term.

In the majority of countries that claim to be secular; secularism stands on three fundamental policies-

  • Freedom of Religion
  • Equal Rights to all citizens regardless of their religion or lack thereof.
  • The separation of the Church and the State
  • The former of these are questionable as well. But the separation of the Church and the State is unquestionably absent in our democracy, as a result the government can be called anything but secular.

Judgements such as allowing a certain demographic to carry a dagger into places, where weapons can jeopardize the safety of others, or allowing another people group to abuse their womenfolk through malpractices such as polygamy and the infamous “teen-talaq” system, in the name of religious freedom, demolish India’s claim to secularism.

My personal opinion also deems India not a secular, but a state wherein the Government appeases different demographics, passing laws that have been unanimously ridiculed and mocked for their lack of basic civil virtues.In a country where only the Hindus and Sikhs voted for the Uniform Civil Laws, and in turn are labelled non-secular and rightwing for standing up to the historical evils done to their community. While the religions of our former colonial masters, who starved millions in Kerala and West Bengal who refused to convert to their faith, and that of the stone slingers of Kashmir and of an astonishing percentage of all the terrorist groups, are labelled peaceful and democratic.

What India needs direly is a strong and ruthlessly secular, who has the decisiveness to curb unnecessary freedoms extended to different religious groups, regardless of their being a minority, aspects of such a leader could be seen in the late Indira Gandhi and can be seen, even though a bit obscurely in our current Prime Minister.

By Ms Shradha Goyal

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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