Fresher’s Day 2017

Fresher’s Day 2017 for BBA and BCom H for the Batch 2017-2020 was organized on 26th August 2017 , Saturday at Paradise Banquet, Vasant Kunj. All the students and faculties participated wholeheartedly in this event.

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Unleashing Education with MOOC – An opportunity for Institutes

It is not easy to identify a revolution when we ourselves are living inside it. It is like standing at the eye of a storm – oblivious and unperturbed. When YouTube was launched, I could hardly find any use case of this video sharing application. It may be fun, alright, but nothing important could come of it – so I thought. But in time, the storm reached my backyard – shaking the foundation of my beliefs. The whole world got captured in videos – recipe videos, review videos, “how to do it” videos, social meme videos and of course – Khan Academy videos. Salman Khan -the faceless super-patient teacher who cleared all difficult concepts – right from zero level while sketchily writing on a black “paint” window.

One revolution breeds another –The internet bred YouTube, YouTube bred Khan Academy and Khan Academy in turn gave birth to the MOOC evolution. Entrepreneurs and teaching organizations began to take notice of this “learning through recorded videos” concept. Today we have an entire range of open learning centers serving different requirements of learners. Coursera, EdX, Udemy, Udacity and such others have made our time the best time to learn.

  • Coursera : Focuses on specialized courses and offers longer term learning.
  • EdX : Initiative of MIT and Harvard – provides collection of semester long courses from 70 top grade colleges.
  • Udemy : Focuses on development of practical skills, comparatively shorter term learnings.
  • Udacity : Focuses on vocational courses for professional and offers “nano-degrees”.

Individuals are unanimous regarding the benefits of MOOC– it has brought world class education to a personal internet connected device – whenever and wherever. But the existing “brick and mortar” academia is equivocal about it. Some see it as a passing fad, not worthy of a headache. Some are scared and feel that MOOC has the potential to kill traditional academia – as digital music has done to the record label companies. There are others who believe that MOOC can co-exist and supplement the existing educational infrastructure.

I belong to the last mentioned group of academics. MOOC is not a passing interest – it is definitely going to leave a lasting impact on how we acquire knowledge in the near future. It will grow richer and stronger by the day because of the support of able entrepreneurs and great academic institutions. On the other end of the spectrum, MOOC has its own shortcomings which will prevent it from becoming the only solution of knowledge sharing. As for example, pre-recorded MOOC courses are too rigid to adapt to the common level of a group of students. So some courses are too easy for some and too difficult for others. It lacks the human element that a live interaction provides. Many MOOC courses are subscribed by learners, but are abandoned halfway because of lack of motivation.

Institutions and MOOC can coexist and can build on each other’s strengths. I have listed a few ways in which we as an institution can benefit from MOOCs.

  1. The power of ubiquitous internet: making learning available wherever and whenever. The course materials are concisely arranged and ready for consumption for the eager student.
  2. It can set a benchmark for teachers. A MOOC produced by the best professor of a discipline can serve as a reference to junior teachers. They can learn the nuances of teaching, concept delivery and methodology from their best. It can serve as a faculty development function.
  3. It reduces the load on teachers who can focus more on individual difficulties of students or even be able to spend more time on research. The repetitive part of teaching can be reduced.
  4. Cross-pollination of ideas and teaching methodologies between fellow teachers – which is otherwise difficult to obtain.
  5. Great advertisement for the institute – it will be able to create its own global identity, not through any promise or historical performance, but by demonstrating what it is now and what it can deliver in the future.
  6. It will complement the placement process by making the recruiters well aware of the quality of education that the institute maintains.
  7. There is a sense of pride to be a part of a global fraternity of teachers, offering a personal drop into the ocean.
  8. There is a sense of satisfaction in meeting social obligations. It is fulfilling to know that by the effort of preparing a MOOC, economical retardation will not stand on the way of knowledge acquisition of a deserving student somewhere in the world.

Knowledge is a resource which defies laws of conservation -it grows as it is shared. Standing in the eye of a knowledge storm I will end my article with the words of my superhero Salman Khan from his 2011 TED Talk – Let us reinvent videos for education:

Imagine what it does to a street kid in Calcutta, who has to help his family during the day, and that’s the reason he or she can’t go to school…. Imagine what happens if that student in Calcutta all of the sudden can tutor your son, or your son can tutor that kid in Calcutta. And I think what you’ll see emerging is this notion of a global one-world classroom. And that’s essentially what we’re trying to build.

By Dr Swapna Sen

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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Blood Donation Camp: “Donate Blood For A Worthy Cause!”

The Annual Blood Donation Camp was conducted by Rotary Club of Delhi Nirvana in JIMS Kalkaji on Friday 18th August 2017 from 0900 to 1600 hours. Many students participated in this great event.

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Importance of Moral education – Need of an hour

Education system without inclusion of moral values is a system which is incomplete in itself. The most important crux of the education system is the ethics and it is must that these ethics are propagated among the upcoming generations.

In today’s times most of us aspire to be a successful entrepreneurs, engineer, doctor, lawyer and the list goes on and on with each profession respectively but very few aspire to be a good human being first. There is nothing wrong in having big aspirations but one should  not achieve them by compromising on  moral values. Every day on our way to work we come across people ,victims of road rage, people fighting over a pity issues. These days while going through newspaper we read lot about  corruption, abduction ,killing , rape cases and so on. Recent study on behavioral issue among youths has shown increase in number of incidences related to crime that are even taking place  at school level. Children lying to their parents ,disrespecting elders and people emotionlessly ignoring to let an accident victim die on the roads has become common sight. While we have lots of development happening in various other fields of life but unfortunately our moral values are depleting by every passing day. It is high time we as responsible citizens of society need to take very concrete and constructive steps to work on moral values at a very tender age.If the foundation laid is strong then the building will obviously stay strong. Similarly, the children must be given a strong base at a tender age of what morals are and how to inculcate them in their life. Though some of the schools are making an effort towards this by having value education and life skills a compulsory class in their timetable, which is a great effort, I am not sure if they are covering all the deeds and values that are to be planted in the students’ thought-process to make them exceptional beings. Morals are those that can differentiate between the right and wrong, the good and bad. But the irony is such that what is right and good to one might not be the same to the other. So, it is very essential to ensure that the right and good norms are taught in such a way that at any situation they have to be moral in their thinking. The teaching, if executed in an innovative way with simpler ideas yet effective ones, it can reach the students easily and make a great impact. It is also important to ensure that the children have perceived the morals and are sure to inculcate them in their lives. Only then will the purpose of education be complete.

Hence, moral education is a concept that has to be given immense importance in the education system because when it is given in the right way to everybody possible then the result is a better today and a better tomorrow.

By Ms Reeta Nagari

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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Fresher’s Party 2017 : PGDM and PGDM IB

Fresher’s Party for the batch 2017-19 of PGDM & PGDM(IB) was organized on 05th August 2017 at Paradise Banquet, Vasant Kunj.

 

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Evolution of prevalent business models imparting Digital education in India

Traditionally, the Indian education system evolved from the ‘Gurukul’ tradition. As time passed by, certain cities such as Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu etc.evolved as learning hubs, with famous learning centres. By the end of the British era, this tradition had been rendered almost entirely redundant, with formal schooling taking its place. A revolution is taking place in the education system. As a result, a new phase of education has emerged i.e. “e-Learning”. E-Learning refers to innovative use of technology in exchanging ideas and providing access to more people. The primary requirement of online education is to smooth the progress of learning and perk up the performance by developing, using, and managing appropriate technical procedures and processes. The digital learning market in India can be categorized from the ‘provider side’ and the ‘user side’. The provider side consists of companies offering Learning Management Systems (LMS) for content and assessment solutions. The user side consists of K-12 segment, Higher Education, Professional Courses, Skill Development, Language Training, Test Prep and MOOCs.Digital learning in the K-12 space comprises segments such as Smart Class solutions, Online Tutoring, Online Preparation for Exams, Simulation and Virtual Reality, STEM Learning, AR and Robotics, and Assessment. Sub-segments like Simulation, STEM and Augmented Reality, Tablet Learning, and Online Tutoring are at an early stage of adoption but demonstrate a massive potential. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) introduced in 2012 have revolutionized online education, making elite education accessible and affordable to millions across the globe, and have received massive investment and support from corporates and from elite educational institutes such as Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. Apart from traditional course supplies such as video lectures and readings, Khan Academy was established in 2006, provides micro-lectures (largely focusing on K12 topics) on public platforms like You Tube, and makes these lectures, exercises, and resources free to learners and instructors around the world. Short term, outcome based training model works extensively for working professionals who cannot afford to carve out time separately to attend trainings and up skill giving up their jobs. The training methodology involves outcome based learning which results in career advancement of its learners delivered through promotions, pay raises or better quality of work. The Tablet Learning Solution industry offers multiple benefits over book learning by enabling the delivery of textbooks in an enriched manner. Edutor, Sharpedge Learning, Class teacher Learning Solutions, Prazas Learning (Tabtor), Iprof, Robomate (MT Educare) and Penta T-Pad are some of the key players in the tablet learning solutions industry. Open and Distance Learning Universities and Institutes like IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) offers the largest number of certificate courses at affordable rates. NIIT Limited offers learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in 40 countries. Educomp is the largest Education Company in India and has reached over 30 million learners and educators across 65,000 schools since 1994. Intellipaat, started in 2011, provides online training to IT professionals through corporate training and self-paced courses. Learn Social works on an aggregator model and offers live instructor-led online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, languages, business management, robotics, arts such as music, editing, and many others.

Dr. Niti Saxena

Associate Professor

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Orientation Day Programme 2017 for BBA and BCom H

JIMS Kalkaji organized an orientation day programme for the new students for Batch 2017-2020 on 03rd August 2017.

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Change is the Only Constant- Even in Management Education

We survive in a dynamic and highly volatile corporate environment.  Wherein, the joint external forces of new technologies and liberalization have infused the need of change in every industry, including Management Education. Today, Management Education needs to be compliant with changing needs and trends of the corporate Inc. Archaic pedagogy, methods, and skills cannot lead to the growth of student as well the growth of our economy.

There are diverse perspectives which a management institute can provide as a facilitator and enabler of education.  The mushrooming of private institutes has been observed in the recent past, where quality education is a big question mark. Developing future ready managers is a mammoth task and cannot be defined as or compared with any other business. Management institutes need to undergo a paradigm shift for skilling and utilizing the huge youth work force in India.

Management Institutes face a dilemma of continuity versus change, as both the elements exist in a high magnitude, and it becomes a challenge to develop a strategy by integrating two opposite forces.  The continuity forces can be classified as: need of higher education; existing infrastructure; course curriculum; need of technology; system, processes and people.  Change forces can be classified as international competition; emerging new technologies, governmental and regulatory policies; changing needs of India Inc; role of teachers; new languages; e-learning and m-learning.

In the field of education, continuity forces exist with the presence of change in them and change forces remain active continuously.  Need of higher education, has and would always remain. But the type and standard of courses in demand keeps on changing. The infrastructure and course curriculum in an institute always exist but has to upgrade in order to incorporate new technology. The technology, people and processes witness a continuous change.  Role of teachers has witnessed a makeover from just being a course instructor to that of a mentor. Introduction of international markets and ecommerce has generated the need of new foreign languages and software programs.

Management Education in India has witnessed historical teaching patterns and pedagogy, and has continuously been affected by trends in socio-economic demographic environment. On the other hand changes have taken place in terms of upgrading the technology and pedagogy; introduction of languages; role of facilitator; geographical reach. The need of the hour is to bring synchronization between the continuity and change forces for developing the ‘Talent Pool’ with a potential of overall growth.

The grid of continuity and change should be effectively used for developing new strategies in management education. Corporate world demands management institutes to start industry specific courses. E-learning or M-learning has laid the ground for massive expansion, as it allows students from different geographical locations to collaborate on similar courses.  Challenge for management institutes is to innovate and develop such courses and training program which cater to specific industries by imparting new skills and competencies to workers who are already employed. JIMS Kalkaji’s Flagship PGDM course provides the initial education, which serves as a base for continuous upgradation of skills and talent to match the changing competitive world.  The time has arrived when the need to strategize management education has become imperative for the comprehensive growth of student-facilitator/enabler-economy.

By Dr Komal J Khatter

Associate Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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Annual Graduation Ceremony 2017

JIMS Kalkaji organized the convocation ceremony for their BBA and BCom H students for 2013-2016 batch on 29/07/2017 with full zeal and enthusiasm.

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Stress Management For College Students

A mounting problem not only in India but all over the world is that students are highly stressed and under immense pressure. In fact, India ranks in the countries having the highest rate of suicides ages 15 to 29 years. Although the reasons are countless but failure in exams, unemployment, and depression, anxiety, peer pressure etc are some of the commonly known and researched reasons why people put their life at risk or rather attempt to end their lives.

A frequent cause of concern is the strain from parents to do well in the exams. There have been many incidents in the past where students have committed suicide as they could not do as well as their parent’s expectations. The pressure is not from the parents side but also due to the fierce competition and rat race to move forward with high marks and placements with hefty packages.

The Psychologists advocate that students suffer from anxiety and harrowing disorder relating to fear of examination and fear of deadline and fear of not meeting parent’s expectations. Students waste the best part of their lives and their youth worrying and being tensed about various aspects related to education rather that enjoying every bit of the overwhelming phase of life.

Numerous studies across the globe have concluded and found that students undertaking professional courses, such as MBA, medical course and engineering courses are prone to higher stress. Undue stress leads to psychological problems like depression and anxiety or other traumatic disorders.

A cross-sectional study conducted in 2012 with students of medical, dental and engineering colleges from the urban area of Sangli district, Maharashtra showed that students from all the three disciplines studied were exposed to stress. Educational factors were one of the most imperative triggers and causes of stress among students.

Stress management is very vital as well as need of the hour especially in Higher education institutions and universities. It is suggested that stress management should be included in the curriculum and should be taught and explained to students on a routine basis to ensure a stress free environment. Stress busting activities must be conducted in order to maintain proper mental health of the students in colleges and other educational bodies. Students if found to be under stress, anxiety or depression must be counselled and guided to a better and stress free future, for more efficient results parents must also be invited to such counselling sessions which will ensure a stress free life for the student.

Teachers also play a crucial role in managing stress of student in the college environment. Teachers must also handle students with care and understand the mental state of the student in order to avoid paving a path for the student towards stress. Teachers and college authorities must also ensure that other co-curricular activities such as sports, cultural activities, talents hunts, picnics, recreational trips etc must also be organised so as to ensure that students relieve their fears, tensions and stress of examinations and other academic responsibilities.

Stress management is a team effort which is very much essential in today’s cut-throat competitive scenario where everyone is proving themselves to be the best while ignoring their peace of mind and mental stability.

By Ms Jasleen Rana

Assistant Professor

JIMS Kalkaji

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