Education Boards in India

Right from the time when a child starts his/her academics, the dilemma of choosing the board of education becomes a prime concern for parents. The choice of board makes a significant difference in the early development of the child and his/her exposure to the kind of education system that we have. In the Indian education system, two of the most recognised boards of education that one gets to opt for are CBSE and ICSE. The education system is split into primary, secondary and senior secondary levels. These levels play a significant role in building up one’s career goals and achievements. One has to note that the two boards are very diverse and hence cannot be clubbed together.

Central Board of Secondary Education

CBSE is responsible for preparing the syllabus for the secondary and senior secondary levels. It is one the most preferred boards in India. It follows the national curriculum along with additional subject matter. The board conducts two examinations — the All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE (Class XII). CBSE is recognized by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) with the aim to operate a chain of central schools that could cater to the government employees who are in transferable jobs. A number of private schools have started to offer CBSE since a lot of private sector employees are also moving from place to place. The CBSE syllabus is very structured, highly predictable and controlled. All national entrance examinations are conducted as per this syllabus.

Pros:

  • Opting for a CBSE school has its own share of pros, and the biggest advantage is that all major competitive examinations in India are based on the CBSE syllabus. These examinations include the Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT).
  • The CBSE syllabus is easier when compared to that of other boards, mainly due to fewer subjects and a more compact structure. Secondary subjects like Environmental Education are not compulsory under the CBSE syllabus. The subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology fall under the general umbrella of Science, and History, Geography and Civics fall under the spectrum of Social Sciences.
  • A certificate from the Central Board of Education is recognized throughout the country, in all colleges and academic centres. The syllabus is more application based under CBSE, as the board follows a concentric curriculum.

Cons:

  • Not much focus is laid on inculcating practical knowledge in students. The CBSE syllabus also does not lay as much emphasis on core English knowledge as its counterpart does, choosing to lay more importance on the disciplines of mathematics and science.
  • The subjects in a CBSE syllabus are approached in a theoretical manner, and true emphasis is not laid on real-life concepts behind the science. Although the syllabus is application oriented, it does not provide room for effective understanding.

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education

ICSE on the other hand is conducted by yet another board, CISCE or the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is similar to AISSE conducted by CBSE. An offshoot of the Cambridge IGCSE that existed during the British regime was taken over by the Anglo Indian Board and is now governed by the ‘Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations’. ICSE has taken in a lot of structures from the NCERT. However the syllabus followed by ICSE schools differs vastly from that followed in CBSE schools mainly in terms of content and volume. ICSE schools need not follow any particular text (though it may not be so in all subjects in all standards). The board conducts an ICSE examination towards the end of tenth grade and an Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination towards the end of twelfth grade. At Grade 10, it is as of now is the toughest board examination. ISC (Class XII) is equally difficult to crack owing to its extremely detailed syllabus.

Pros:

  • The syllabus followed by the ICSE board is more comprehensive and complete, encompassing all fields with equal importance.
  • Students who are interested in careers in the lines of management and humanities will find the curriculum followed under ICSE to be more interesting and challenging, not to mention fruitful.
  • Certification under the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education board will be recognized around the world, particularly by foreign schools and universities when compared to the central board’s local margin.
  • Due to the emphasis laid on English in ICSE, students from this board may hold a slight edge over other students in exams like TOEFL.
  • Easier to relocate to some of the other countries in the middle of a school year(
    if the child may have to go abroad for under-grad education).

Cons:

  • ICSE is heavy on languages.
  • Students may find the syllabus to be too extensive for their liking, as an average student practising under an ICSE board will face thirteen subjects/examinations during the sixth grade, when compared to the six subjects faced by the student’s counterpart in a CBSE affiliated school.
  • Although an ICSE syllabus can facilitate deeper understanding and better life skills and analytical skills, pursuing further education may prove to be a problem due to a lack of leniency in evaluating papers after an ISC examination.

Both these boards share an equal amount of pros and cons, and choosing the right board will entirely depend on the kind of future you envision for your children. The quality of education provided under both boards is excellent, so all you’ll need to do is assess your children’s strengths and gauge the right board for them.

However, you’ll need to keep in mind that more than the board of education involved; the quality of education that your children are receiving should be your primary concern. This is why it is more important to choose a very good school, regardless of the board of education it falls under.

 

 

Pre School Education System

Early childhood education is considered as back bone in any education system traditionally there are two types of early childhood education in the world. These are Montessori and Kindergarten system of education. Learning and development of child in pre schooling years is faster than the adolescence age. Both systems play the role to promote the pre-school education. Montessori system is more scientific more practical than the kindergarten system of Education. Kindergarten system of Education focuses on inner side training learning and betterment of children. Both systems promote the pre- system schools education on activity base learning and help the children to show better performance in learning and development in future education.

Montessori Education System

Montessori was woman doctor of Italy. Since 1907 her educational philosophy has been adopted all over the world with great success. It is a method of education developed by Maria Montessori. A prepared environment full of age appropriate manipulative learning equipment is available which allows the child to progress of his own pace. Positive reinforcement, learning by doing, order and movement are principles that are advocated.

Children learn self-confidence and responsibility through purposeful activity, observation and discovery.

Kindergarten Education System

Kindergarten is a system of pre-school education.Froebel designed in 1837 the kindergarten to provide an educational situation less formal than that of the elementary school but one in which children’s creative play instincts would be organized constructively. Through the use of songs, stories, games, simple manual materials, and group activities for which the furnishings of a kindergarten adapted, children develop habits of cooperation and application, and the transition from home

to school is thought to be made less formidable

Basic difference between both Education System is:

Montessori Educattion Method Kindergarten Education Method
1. Cognitive social, emotional and moral development emphasis 1. Social development emphasis
2. Teacher prepares the environment with learning materials 2. Teacher is center of classroom as instructor
3. Emphasizes inner discipline 3. Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline
4. Mainly individual instruction 4. Group and some individual instruction
5. Mix age grouping 5. Same age grouping
6. Much teaching is peer teaching and modelling 6. Most teaching is done by the teacher
7. Curriculum is structured for each child 7. Curriculum is structured for the whole class
8. Child internalizes concept through exploration of educational materials 8. Child is taught concept by teacher
9. Child is self-paced and usually continues with an activity for an extended time 9. Child is generally alloted specific instructional time
10. Child sets own learning pace 10. Group sets the learning pace
11. Child identifies own errors from feedback from the educational material 11. Teacher identifies errors
12. Learning is reinforced internally by individual’s repetition with learning materials and an internal feeling of competence 12. Learning is enforced externally by group repitition and rewards.
13. Multi-sensory learning materials for physical exploration 13. Paper and pencil approach for learning
14. Purposeful movement in the classroom is encouraged and believed to be an aid to learning 14. Child usually assigned chair: encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions
15. Inquiry based learning 15. Standard based learning
16. Sutdents have opportunity to advance academically at their own pace, without limits 16. Students are expected to be within the norms of what is average for their grade level

Mumbai….Alive is Awesome..!!

Mumbai: the Illegitimate Indian child of a Portuguese-English wedding, and yet the most Indian of Indian cities. It’s like the spice in every bite. The beauty of life in this city is that every person, place, event leaves a lesson that you can take forward in life. The one that isn’t applicable to this city alone; It’s kinda like life. It treats you like you perceive it. It’s a teacher, a friend, a rude shock and yet the city of dreams. It’ s a cluttered city where you seldom find yourself alone. Each day you learn. Sometimes you breathe until you learn to live. That’s what makes this city so special!

Growing up I would hear people say, Paris and Rome are “pseudo” romantic cities. While I beg to differ, Mumbai seems to top them all. In what is considered a rather conservative society, romance seems to slip into everything… The music, the movies, the weddings, the smell of incense, the blossoming of the champa trees, the stories of Krishna and Radha in the silk fabric. A stroll along the Marine Lines…now known as Queen’s Necklace makes me fall in love for this place all over again…!!!

Mumbai is like a conundrum , in just a lap of few meters you can experience two different worlds which are just opposite to each other. This place is a perfect example of symbiotic relationship between have and have not , from jhuggis to multistoried buildings , from temples to Mosques , the cart pullers to the Armani clad people zipping in their BMWs.

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Mumbai is not my city, but definitely it is my kind of city, though one core thing of Mumbai of which I would never prefer to be part of it…. because if I would have lived in Mumbai, I would have been one of those 7.5 million passengers commuting daily in Suburban Railway…!!! Everything you see well organised on railway platforms turns to sudden chaos and confusion as soon as the train arrives. The number of people standing on the platform seems to quadruple in just a few seconds, and suddenly it is overcrowded. At this moment, there are two flows of people that deeply hate each other: those getting on and those getting off; absolute enemies who seek opposite and irreconcilable goals. You could decide to stay away from the battle and just wait for the next train. But then you would rather give up because the same scene repeats every couple of minutes when a new train calls.

Where the battle is the harshest, is actually inside the flows. Whether you are in the getting-on flow or the getting-off flow, not only is the other flow your enemy, but competitiveness within your own flow might very well leave you behind. It is incredible how these friendly women who were smiling at you, five seconds ago, now mutate into hysterical and forceful wrestlers. Anything goes. Low blows are permitted. They kick your feet, they pull your hair, they scratch your face. And you say nothing, as all you want is to get on that bloody train with your whole body, your belongings and, if possible, even your shoes. Hardly a few seconds after, the train starts speeding again, while three or four women are still jumping in. There are a few seconds of stupor, everybody breathe in and struggle realizing that they have made it. Then all settles. Slowly, life gets back to normal. The two friends continue their lively conversation. The woman with the smartphone goes on chatting on Whatsapp. The one with the nuts starts nibbling again. And all those women are charming and smiling again, as if the absolute schizophrenic interlude had never happened…. :D

But what makes Mumbai apart is its endurance to survive despite all odds .It is changing and evolving every nano second. From secluded to crowded beaches , street  to gourmet food , chor bazar to designer labels , chawls to sprawling bungalows, Mumbai has a bit of everything for every soul. Last but not least, it’s a city, that will envelope you and carry you with such zest, fervor, hospitality and love, you will not want to leave. It is not meant for people who love the calm and peace of the countryside, but it is the best place to visit if you want to have the experience of your lifetime.

In my journey of motherhood.. I thank you my mom…

In my journey of the motherhood
I think of you mom
In my journey of the motherhood
I thank you mom

With every sock I turn, Sorting laundry
With every toy I gather down, Cleaning house
I appreciate you my mom

With every attempted paperback,
On the couch or on the bed,
On a busy day or lazy weekend
Our son asking questions, Interrupting
Till I answer back

With every “What’s for dinner?”
And the grumbles When I answer
After hours of Brainstorming menus,
Shopping for food, unloading groceries,
Preparing home cooked meals,
I sympathize my mom.

With every hard demand-
“Please ask red tractor to pass again on road”
“Could I eat only Chutney for dinner?”
I ache for my mom
Perched on the edge of my white daybed,
Hands clasped as I tried to answer

With every tough punishment
That leaves our son in tears
And the guilt I feel
For making him cry –
He trust me,
He wants my approval,
He wants me to see him perfect –
I understand my mom

With every laugh at the dinner table
That builds till i can’t stop
And tears stream down my cheeks,
And my jaw and face hurt
From smiling so hard,
I am thankful to my mom who taught me well…!!!

Chasing Happiness

What… it’s 8:00 AM… Ohh…I needed to wake up at 6:00 today…shit… I am late…………..

And the rat-race begins….Rat race of acquisition – acquiring more worldly goods, having more money to hoard and to spend. In this race to acquire immense luxury that we tend to forget just how important it is to truly live in and experience each and every moment in it’s simplicity. We crave for for big things, the exciting things so much that we forget to appreciate the little things we already have. We live for the weekends, the holidays, or the vacation we’ve been dreaming for years and not cherishing the days we spend in bed with a pint of ice cream watching our favourite show…

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It’s often a pivotal and life-changing moment that leaves us re-evaluating the important things in life… the things we often otherwise take for granted. You know the ones – our health, our families, our jobs, having a place to live, something to eat, or even the sheer the fact that we opened our eyes to yet another beautiful day of life on this earth this morning.

And while of course it’s great to have goals and things to work towards, I think it’s equally important to remember that each day, hour, minute is cherished… Bring out the marvel of the ordinary life..!!

The days when you are surrounded by your favourite people who make you realise that the world is not a cold and harsh place..

The road trips and bike rides with music in your ears and the wind in your hair…

The glory of colours of sky while watching the sunrise and sunset…

Spend every Sunday in your pajamas.

Stuff your face with cheese curds, ice creams

Sing with your god awful voice

Watch the entire season of Friends in one day.

Dance crazily, party ’til the sun comes up, and kiss all of the wrong people.

Jump out of a plane, or watch the beautiful sunset over the ocean.

Slow down and enjoy life … It is not only the scenery you miss by going too fast… You also miss the sense of where you are going and why…. So, Enjoy every moment of it…!!!

The Waves of The Big Fat Indian Election-2014

The most talked about the big fat Indian election is on its way…!! The quest of electing the best candidate begins from April 7.

More than 814 million eligible voters that is the number larger than the entire population of Europe will be eligible to vote in the world’s biggest democratic activity. Voting will be held in 10 stages which will be staggered until May 12, and results are due to be announced on May 16.

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Here’s a look at the wave of the election opinion polls of three most talked about leaders 2014:

Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party may face challenge as the wave right now is very anti-congress. Many people see Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent of Gandhi family and most of them think he is ill suited for the job of running a country that is trying revive its slowing economic growth and to provide opportunities for prosperity and its burgeoning middle class. They have lost their opportunity over the past few years now as they could have done a lot more…!!

Narendra Modi of the Bhartiya Janata Party has emerged as the favourite in opinion polls, which reflect waning support for Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party that wrested power from the BJP in 2004. For many highly educated workforce, Modi is a welcome alternative to what is seen as an ineffective and corruption tainted Congress Party.  Modi is a skilled public speaker and never fails to mention Gujarat’s success at attracting business jobs to the state. His cultivated public image as a strong, bold politician who talks straight and cuts through bureaucracy appeals to the business community. He is believed to bring the policies that will help foreign investors and foreign companies to invest in India; which could be seen from the development taken place in Gujarat.  There BJP has built its support largely on economic strength and not based on its ideological grounds.

The major but only drawbacks for Modi are the allegation (though he is already declared clean cheat for the same) on him that he  failed to stop or even allowed deadly riots in 2002 may sway his votes; mainly Muslim voters. Modi. The chief minister of Gujarat, will also be challenged by a clutch of regional parties that are vying of power as part of a “third front” opposed to both Congress and BJP

Also, in the race is Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, which made a stunning debut in Delhi elections last year and is now eyeing a national presence on anti-corruption plank. But his much talked about sides of being a Dark Horse or A Delhi’s Common man evokes lot of doubts on voting on AAP.  AAP is expected to earn lot of mileage but is unlikely to outdo Congress or BJP at national level.

 

I won the Sunshine Award for my Blog

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Thanks a lot Russel for nominating me for the Sunshine Award”. I am really honored and promise to do my best with my blog in future to live up to this appreciation.

Russel, himself runs an exceptional blog known as “Cinesolace” on Movie reviews. His multiple-award winning blog consists of Hollywood and Bollywood movie reviews and other interesting stuff. His posts are not only informative but also entertaining. I’m sure you’ll would enjoy his blog as much as I do. Do check it out and follow it at http://cinesolace.wordpress.com//

Below are My Nominees for this Award

http://cinesolace.wordpress.com//  (Movie Reviews)

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http://astairwaytofashion.com/ (Fashion Trends)

http://aopinionatedman.com/ (Blog Reading)

http://neekyalbert.wordpress.com/ (Spiritual Reading)

Those whose blogs I might have missed out from listing over here; I implore your forgiveness. No hard feelings. I just nominated those whom I managed to remember of the top of my head. Next time, I’ll make it a point to include those names I may have skipped over here.

To those whom I’ve nominated, please accept this award as a token of the immense joy, satisfaction, and appreciation I get from following your blogs and reading your different posts. Your blogs are truly eloquent, informative, and succeed in making a connection with your readers. The other useful blogs your posts have directed me towards is another added incentive.