Tuesday, 9 August 2016

“We are Only on this Planet for a Very Short Time. It is an Opportunity for us to Make a Difference!” ―Professor M.S.Rao



“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.” ― Dalai Lama XIV


People often waste their precious time without realizing that the life is very short. At times they waste their time, money, energy and resources to fight against others. At the end of their lives, they realize their folly but it is too late. Most of them die with regrets at their deathbeds.

When you look at Steve Jobs, he knew that he would die due to cancer. He valued every moment and spent his time with his family and the things that were close to his heart. He rightly remarked, “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” He followed his heart and invested his entire life in passionate areas and brought a qualitative difference in the lives of others.  So why don’t you learn to live wisely and qualitatively to provide meaning to your life and make a difference in the lives of others?


Conclusion

“Over short time periods, people are more likely to regret actions taken and mistakes made. Over a long time, they are more likely to regret actions not taken, such as missed opportunities for love or working too hard.” ― Melanie Greenberg, clinical psychologist

We are only on this planet for a very short time. Accept the fact that you have a limited time at your disposal. Learn to enjoy the present without worrying about your unpleasant past and thinking about your future unnecessarily. Future cannot be predicted and past cannot be changed. What you have now is the present. Learn to live with the present. Enjoy your life qualitatively. Always think of adding value to others to make a difference in their lives. Life is great!


“Live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.” — Dillon Burroughs




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Sunday, 7 August 2016

“Why is the Success Rate in the Children of Military People Higher? Example of Bollywood Actor, Akshay Kumar” ―Professor M.S.Rao





“My dad was a Punjabi from Amritsar, and my mom is a Punjabi from Kashmir. My dad was a soldier in the Indian Army.” ― Akshay Kumar

“Superstars come and go. I want to make sure I am always a producer's actor. I may be refused to be called a great actor but I have never troubled any of my producers in my life. Honesty always catches the camera, and that is what my strength is.” ― Akshay Kumar


When you observe Akshay Kumar, Ajay Banga, Arnab Goswami, Karan Thapar, Prahlad Kakkar, Tarun Tahiliani, Vinod Khosla, Soumitra Dutta (Dean who wrote foreword for one of my 30 leadership books), Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Anushka Sharma, Preity Zinta, Neha Dhupia and Gul Panag, their parents served in Indian Armed Forces.  

I am a keen observer of success people in the world. I am passionate about observing the successes and failures of people, and of course, mostly about successful people. I have been observing the children of military people achieving success in spite of odds stacked against them. Whether it is in the film industry or any other area, the children of military personnel perform their best. I found them acquiring great qualities from their parents such as rising early, being punctual, disciplined and dedicated. They are good time managers with work ethics and professionalism. One Indian actor who proudly talks about his military background is Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar whose father served in Indian Army. He is honest, down-to-earth and humble. He is a family man and a home bird. He has a great attitude and seldom criticizes others. He works hard, manages his time effectively and enjoys vacationing with his family. He is resilient. He survived in the Indian film industry for more than two decades because of these qualities without any film industry lineage.


My Experience in Indian Air Force

I served in Indian Air Force and always take pride in wearing uniform and serving my nation as a soldier. I have the habit of observing the success of military people and their children. There are a number of reasons for their success. They encounter several hardships in military and have the ability to get along with other communities and cultures. They have fraternity and camaraderie. They have higher emotional intelligence than civilians. They respect all cultures and communities. They see similarities, not differences. They are flexible and adaptable; and bounce back from failures quickly.  They move to different locations to due to postings to their parents, and have the ability to get adjusted with inclement weather conditions. They undergo several challenges due to relocation to different places and typically attend several schools. It gives them unique and rich experience which is missing in civilians. They become amicable and adjustable and jell with others easily. They are tolerant towards others.  They are adventurous and risk takers. In fact, risk is an integral part of their lives. They explore and experiment and learn lessons from their mistakes quickly. They demonstrate positive attitude and winning spirit.  


Real Leaders Grow from Challenges

The children of military people are exposed to the outside world, and are aware of the challenges and ground realities. They become empathetic. They are great communicators and network with others easily. They can work in team and build teams successfully and excel as leaders. They overcome insurmountable obstacles in armed forces and become courageous and great decision makers. They make friends easily and value friendship more because they are away from their relatives. They are warm, friendly and helpful. Above all, the patriotic fervor runs high in them. Hence, their success rate is higher.

Real leaders grow from challenges.  The children of military people undergo several trials and tribulations due to different geographical locations, climates and multiple schools, and grow as true leaders. Although we cannot conclude that the children of military people alone succeed but it is fact that their success rate is certainly higher than their counterparts in civil life. Jai Hind!


Note: This article is dedicated to the children of military people for growing as leaders and coming out with flying colors in spite of facing several hardships.




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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Professor M.S.Rao’s 3 Filter Test


“Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.” ― Samuel Smiles


One day when I was writing a chapter for my tentatively titled book, “Spark: 21 Success Principles to Unleash the Leader in You” my elder son, Ganesh Sai asked me to visit his office for ‘annual day’ event along with my wife. He is working in private company after completion of his graduation to gain experience. I stopped writing the chapter, thought for a moment and asked my son the following 3 questions:
  1. How much time do I have to spend for the event?
  2. How much money do I have to spend for event?
  3. Are there any takeaways from the event?

My elder son replied to my first question that I must spend a day for the event. For the second question, he replied that we must spend 100 US dollars for the event.  
For the third question, he replied that there will not be any takeaways from the event.

Then I replied to him as follows: You know very well that I have important international assignments lined up to the year 2020. If I spend a day for such an event, I waste a day of my life, and there will be delay from my deadlines and commitments. Secondly, it is not advisable to spend 100 US dollars for the event. Thirdly, I don’t learn anything and gain anything from the event. As a result, I won’t be able to share anything with others. Then why should I attend the event?

My son was surprised with my response. I shared with him that whenever he undertakes any assignment; he must calculate risk factor, time factor, and the value-addition involved in it to lead a meaningful life.  I further advised him that if the risk is lesser and return is higher, he can invest his precious time, money and energy to undertake the assignments.

The message from this story is that time is more than money. If you waste a second, you wasted one second of your life. God gifted us a fixed span of life. We must understand how to utilize our time effectively. Whether rich or poor, all are blessed with time. Hence, we must utilize our time intelligently. If you lose your money, you can earn but you can get back your lost time. Jim Rohn once remarked, "Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it." To summarize, we must understand the value of time to understand value of our life. Remember, time management is life management. Hence, invest your time wisely to provide meaning to your life.


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” ― William Penn




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Monday, 25 July 2016

“An Open Letter to Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana – Close Fraudulent Private Colleges in Telangana to Enhance Quality Education to Students” ― Professor M.S.Rao




Dear Honourable Chief Minister of Telangana,

You must have heard about oil mafia, sand mafia and now you must hear about college mafia who are fraudsters and leeches who suck money from students through dubious means; ill-treat faculty; and cheat the leaving faculty without paying their salaries and filing false cases against them.

While I appreciate your sincere efforts to close down the erring and unethical educational institutions in Telangana, there are still fraudulent colleges that cheat university officials during inspections, cheat students and faculty; and government through false reimbursement claims.   

I worked in various private engineering colleges in Hyderabad and found a lot of irregularities and corruption. I regret to bring it to your notice publicly that a college in Hyderabad cheated me by not giving my salary more than three months causing mental agony and hardships to me and my family. I complained to appropriate forums including AICTE Chairman and the Registrar of JNTU Hyderabad. The AICTE Chairman, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, and the Registrar of JNTU Hyderabad, Dr. N. Yadaiah are aware of my issue and know my name. In spite of my repeated requests to credit my salary, the college has not credited my salary into my account. I don’t want other intellectuals to undergo agony like me. Hence, I am writing openly some of the irregularities happening in private engineering colleges in Telangana State to bring to your notice so that you can take remedial measures to streamline the education system:
  • Most colleges don’t have adequate infrastructure. Students don’t have adequate facilities to acquire quality education. Required number of laboratories are not available.
  • Most colleges don’t have adequate faculty strength. These notorious colleges engage ghost faculty. That means they hire the faculty at the time of inspection to cheat the visiting inspection officials.
  • Most colleges don’t pay salaries as per the norms. They show on record that they pay as per the latest pay commission and follow the norms. They are notorious by crediting the salaries into the accounts of faculty and withdrawing the differential amount forcibly on the same day through self-withdrawal forms signed by the faculty. Any bank official can easily identify these irregularities. Any person with common sense can easily identify how colleges cheat intellectuals by taking their signatures on the withdrawal forms on the day of giving salaries. At times the faculty end up paying more income tax as officially the salary on records is higher than what is received in reality.
  • The faculty don’t receive their salaries on time. Most colleges don’t pay salaries to the leaving employees. Worse some colleges don’t give relieving order to the relieved employees. The owners are sadists without any ethical values, and they harass leaving intellectuals by various means. When the leaving faculty challenges them, these fraud managements file wrong cases against such employees. 
  • The name of the same faculty member appears in other colleges also. Previously, these fraud colleges collected fee reimbursement from government fraudulently by showing fake students.
  • These fraud colleges give advertisement to recruit faculty. They get lots of CVs at the time of recruitment and misuse CVs during inspections. At times, these fraudsters take scanned copies of certificates from the prospective applicants before interview and show them during inspections without the knowledge of faculty. Faculty won’t be recruited and the colleges misuse the documents.
  • These fraud colleges have close nexus with other fraud colleges. They share faculty members to cheat inspection officials from their affiliated universities. They fool students and officials by listing ghost faculty.
  • The college owners are notorious for inviting the influential university officials for ‘guest lectures’ and ‘graduation day’ events and pay handsome remuneration. It is an indirect way of bribing these university officials.
  • These fraud colleges openly flout the norms. They are confident that they can bribe officials during inspections. The corrupt officials are not in the mood to redress the grievances made against these colleges by students and faculty.
  • The inspecting officials are aware of the irregularities in these colleges. These colleges are noted for offering bribes to visiting inspection officials. Some of the university officials are corrupt, and they hardly take any action.
  • These fraud colleges flout labor laws, and the labor officials are aware of them but they don’t take any action since they also receive bribes regularly.
  • Some of the colleges are run by so called entrepreneurs with criminal background. Some money lenders, toddy contractors and real estate agents have reinvented as educational entrepreneurs to cheat students, faculty, university officials and government. They have no passion or vision to build quality educational institutions. Their mission is to cheat somehow to make quick money. How can you build Bangaru Telangana with such managements?
  • Some of the visiting officials during inspection are very strict and honest. They cancel affiliations to erring colleges. The owners of these private colleges apply political pressure on these university officials based on caste, community or region. When honest university officials cancel affiliations, the notorious owners approach courts and bribe there also.


Solutions

Here are some solutions to these problems. We must have quality educational institutions, not quantity. Cancel affiliations to the fraudulent colleges with a track record of complaints such as not paying salaries to the leaving employees and collecting extra fee from students indirectly through dubious means. Create a grievance cell where faculty and students can complain irregularities anonymously. Ensure that every college has adequate number of faculty as per the prescribed norms, laboratories and infrastructure to run courses successfully. Make biometric attendance system for faculties, students and employees compulsory. Check the bank records of each college whether the salaries are paid promptly. Check the open irregularities such as taking the differential salary amount from the faculty forcibly on the day of crediting the salary. Involve income tax authorities to check these irregularities.

It is time you checked these unethical businessmen masquerading as educationists. Remember, if corruption enters into educational institutions and armed forces, the country will collapse.

Educational institutions are the temples of learning. The onus lies with you to maintain sanctity by weeding out fraudsters and criminals. Only then you will be able to ensure quality education and shell out students with ethical values.

I request you to build a strong educational system where intellectuals are comfortable with pay and perks to share their knowledge, and students are confident of acquiring knowledge to grow as healthy citizens. Jai Hind!


Note: I authored a book sharing my bitter experiences with the colleges I worked in Hyderabad. The book is yet to go for print, and is tentatively titled as “Sharing in Success! A Guide to Acquire Insights on Academic, Career, Leadership and Entrepreneurial Success.”  URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2016/07/free-chapter-professor-msraos-book_6.html

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

“Tips to Lower Your Back Pain Successfully” ―Professor M.S.Rao





“The hopes of tomorrow can often diminish the pains of today.” ― Reed B Markham, American Educator


Research shows that most people suffer from lower back pain globally. Reports of lower back pain are higher among the people who lead a sedentary professional life. It is also more among athletes and sportspersons.

Many people think that back pain cannot be cured. The fact is that back pain can be cured if people follow a disciplined life. Here are some tips to lower your back pain.
  • Do physical exercises regularly to stretch your body and develop flexibility and agility.  
  • If you sit in front of computer system for a longer time, make it a practice to get up periodically to stretch your body.
  • Hit gym and consult the coach or trainer who will give you a set of exercises to do. Follow them sincerely. If you find that there the pain gets severe, avoid doing those exercise. Instead, do exercises that give you relief from pain. Include cardiovascular exercises along with stretches in your list of exercises.
  • Go for a walk regularly. Avoid jogging as it might create friction in your lower back.
  • Go for swimming. It is a great exercise impacting all areas in your body effectively.
  • Consult physiotherapist who will help you do exercises effectively. Initially, do under his supervision to lower your pain and then do independently.   
  • Excess weight puts excess strain on your spine. Hence, ensure that you maintain your weight as per your height, age and gender. 
  • Avoid taking drugs such as pain killers.
  • Do yoga regularly.
  • Avoid stress and anxiety. Don’t brood over your lower back pain. Give enough rest to your body by sleeping. It gives you relief from pain.
  • Sleep on hard bed. If possible, sleep on the floor.
  • Don’t go for a complete bed rest. Get up and do light physical exercises as prescribed by physiotherapist or doctor or trainer.
  • Go for surgical treatment, if the pain is severe.

As age advances, there is a loss of bone strength from osteoporosis leading to fractures. Hence, lower back pain is more common in old age people.


At the Workplace

Keep yourself ergonomically supported when you work. Keep your feet firmly on the floor. Ensure that you are using a right desk chair to support your lower back. Sit upright for most of the time although it is difficult. Change your postures regularly. It prevents you from putting pressure on a few portions of your body for a longer time. Take break from your work every one hour and stretch your body. Do exercises in your office gym, if it is equipped. Remember, lower back pain can be cured if you take appropriate steps sincerely and timely.


Conclusion

Walter Anderson once remarked, “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.” It requires a change in attitude and approach to handle this issue. People must understand the challenge in the early stage to bring a change in their work and habits to cure their lower back pain.


“Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ― Joseph Campbell



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Monday, 18 July 2016

“Work for Satisfaction, not for Recognition ― Be Above Padma Awards” ―Professor M.S.Rao




“It requires a lot of courage to become an educator as it is not for everybody. If a parent is unworthy, children are spoiled; if a doctor neglects his duty, the patient dies; if an engineer performs poorly, the infrastructure collapses; and if an educator makes a mistake, an entire generation is ruined.” ― Professor M.S. Rao, Author of ‘Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders.’


Padma Awards are very prestigious awards given by government of India for contribution to various areas every year. They are awarded for exceptional and distinguished service. They were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs. They have also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but contributed in various ways to India. The recommendations for Padma Awards are received from the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, Central Ministries/Departments, Institutions of Excellence, etc. which are considered by an Awards Committee. On the basis of the recommendations of the Awards Committee, and after approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President, the Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day. They are conferred by the President at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan in March/April every year. Most Indians consider it an honor to receive these prestigious awards.

Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. However, there are controversies behind these awards. There is often a criticism that some deserving citizens were denied due to political reasons. There are allegations that the eminent people who are close to the government or in the good books of the politicians in the power are bagging these awards.

It is deplorable that some celebrities demand these awards publicly. They use social media to brand themselves and kick up controversies rather than adding value to their domains. It appears that they work hard only for awards, not for their satisfaction and for becoming role models for others. It is unfortunate that most of them overestimate about themselves and underestimate others.


Are Padma Awards a Farce?

There is a feeling that those who are good at networking and lobbying with money power get these awards. The people who have strong connections in the Central Government and the ruling party receive these awards. Critics comment that the selection process is completed flawed since there is limited time available to shortlist the nominations.  They feel that it is a stage-managed drama to conduct the process of selection, and finally the pre-decided list is placed before the committee for endorsement. There is involvement of vote bank politics and regional issues. To overcome the challenges, maintain transparency in the selection process to ensure sanctity to these awards. Remember, it is not who is right or wrong but what is right or wrong matters in the selection process.

The awards must be given to meritorious people with credentials. The background verification must be done before giving away awards. People with criminal background should not be given these awards to avoid mockery and ensure sanctity.


Padma Awards for Educators and Intellectuals

It is unfortunate that the eminent people from academia are not getting their share of awards as they are shy to market themselves. On the other hand, film stars, cricketers and politicians market themselves to get noticed quickly to bag these awards.  It is ironical that cinema and cricket receive more attention and coverage than academia in India.

Government of India must consider giving more awards to educators who build nation by shaping students as healthy citizens and leaders. The intellectuals and educators are not selling themselves currently. In a country like India, they are admired with great respect but not given adequate representation in allocation of awards. It is time Indian government considered allocating more awards to educators and intellectuals.


Work for Satisfaction, not for Recognition

Padma Awards are only recognition to your distinguished service. Your satisfaction that you truly added value to your area and the people around you is more important than the so-called recognition. Do your duty sincerely without expecting any returns. You will be recognized and earn such awards. Above all, remember to live in the hearts of the people, not in the minds of the people. Padma Awards can take you to the minds of the people temporarily whereas when you truly add value to your domain and society, you live in the hearts of the people permanently. When you look at late A.P.J Abdul Kalam, he lives in the hearts of the people. When you look at Mahatma Gandhi he did not receive Nobel Prize but five of his followers ― Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, and Aung San Sui Kyi received Nobel Prizes. It is obvious that Mahatma Gandhi was above Nobel Prize.

To conclude, deliver your best to your area without expecting any returns. Add value to your area and make a difference to the world. Be above Padma Awards. You will be remembered beyond your lifetime as a legend.


“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” ― Abraham Lincoln




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