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Climate change & our beloved ACs »

When considering the impact of climate change, it’s crucial to recognize its diverse consequences beyond just rising temperatures and melting ice caps. One significant aspect is the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, as seen in Delhi’s recent record-high temperature of 49 degrees Celsius. During a recent trip to Assam, I experienced a stark contrast […]

e-Learning in Primary Education – An Indian Perspective »

The Annual Status of Education Report (2016) highlights persistently low learning levels in India, with only 13% of grade 2 children able to read from their textbooks. Quality education remains a pressing concern, attributed to various factors like infrastructure, teacher availability, pedagogy, and gender biases. Among these challenges, the student-teacher ratio stands out as a […]

Small things behind a great website »

Effective communication is essential for showcasing achievements and encouraging their replication, as my boss once emphasized. Websites play a pivotal role in this by providing a global platform for organizations to communicate their work and impact effectively. The language used on the website should be simple, universal, and free from technical jargon to cater to […]

ANDROID FOR SURVEY »

Navigating the realm of mobile-based survey projects often leads to unexpected challenges, especially when searching for the perfect Android phone. Our quest for a device with satellite GPS, Indic language support, and a generous screen size at a competitive price was met with a whirlwind of experiences across various brands. The journey began with visits […]

Reaching out to the Mud Hut »

Technology has always opened new ways and means of making life easy. It has its impact on almost all the sectors of life and the economy, but the major concern is about its easy reach and accessibility to the common people. Technology should focus on the effective and efficient delivery of basic needs of food, […]

WSIS calls for a safe digital world for children »

In today’s digital age, safeguarding children online has become a paramount concern that demands urgent global attention. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recently underscored the critical need for creating a safe digital environment for our future generations. While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has revolutionized development, it has also brought forth new […]

Cyber Security: A must for ICT for Development »

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are driving a transformative revolution across societies, profoundly impacting how we connect and communicate. As these technologies empower individuals and communities, it’s crucial to address the security and privacy dimensions of ICTs, a global concern highlighted at the WSIS Forum 2009. The rapid speed and expansive reach of ICTs are […]

A Thought on Climate Change »

Climate Change stands as one of humanity’s greatest challenges, distinguished by its pervasive global impact and the unpredictable magnitude of its consequences. It presents a formidable challenge that demands a collective and sustained effort across all levels of society, both for our present and future generations. The evolution of our modern world has been intertwined […]

The 18th Day »

On the 18th day of the Mahabharata War, amidst the exhaustion of battle, Duryodhana (दुर्योधन) sought solace by the tranquil Padma Sarobar, the Lotus Pond. Meanwhile, the Pandavas (पाण्डव) eagerly aimed to conclude the devastating conflict by confronting its root cause. Approaching the padma sarovar, Bhim’s voice thundered, chastising Duryodhana for evading the warrior’s path. […]

Bridging the GAP using mobile phone »

In today’s world, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become integral to development, fostering innovation and enabling effective communication on various fronts. Whether it’s enhancing governance or advocating for social causes, ICTs have left a profound impact, transcending geographical boundaries and making local issues resonate globally. Recent events like the Arab Spring, London riots, and […]

Good morning … Tatkal »

The sound of the doorbell, signaling the arrival of our maid, marked the start of a bustling morning. The realization dawned upon me that we needed to book railway tickets for my in-laws using the Tatkal service. With a sense of urgency, I roused my wife from bed, and together, we embarked on this unique […]

Gold plating in project management »

In today’s knowledge-based economy, innovation stands as a crucial driver for gaining a competitive edge. It encompasses out-of-the-box thinking, the fusion of existing attributes, and a culture of experimentation. However, while innovation is essential for building excellent institutions and ensuring sustained business growth, it must be managed strategically to avoid potential pitfalls, including the phenomenon […]