Tuesday, 6 October 2015

“Education is for Sale, not Educators” ―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


It is reported that the name of the same faculty as a teaching resource is available in more than one college. It shows the irregularities in colleges in the state of Telangana and other states in India. Although it is known to many, nobody takes it seriously. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana[1], nearly 8,000 names were repeated across more than one college, Mr. Dubbudu and his team found, which meant that a quarter of the total engineering faculty in the States consisted of duplicate names. In all, nearly 90 per cent of the over 1,500 accredited engineering colleges in the States had at least one ‘duplicate’ teacher on their faculty.

Some of the private engineering colleges in Telangana State are run by liquor barons and real estate brokers who converted these private colleges into money spinners. They don’t follow professional standards and they lack ethics and etiquette thus bringing down the standards of education and educators.  Some of them don’t follow rules and regulations as they have close nexus with politicians and political parties. They break rules and regulations and collect huge fee from students for being absent to the institutions and on various other projects. They don’t pay the salaries to their employees when the latter leave their educational institutions. They also cow down the leaving employees if the latter intend to take legal action against these erring educational institutions. Majority of educators don’t fight and they leave without taking the salary of the last month. There are a very few faculty who are ready to fight legally. But they are harassed by the managements by leveling wrong cases against them.

The managements of the private engineering colleges are noted for pitting one faculty member against another faculty member to break their unity and to create ill-will among them. It is like a ‘divide and rule’ which is not healthy in the long term for the Indian education. Most faculty members don’t intervene when one of their colleagues is harmed or denied with rights and salary as they think it is the problem of an individual. In fact, they must know that it is everybody’s problem in the long-run. When management harms the interests of a faculty member, they can harm other faculty members also when the time comes. Hence, faculty members must unite to fight for their rights.

Paying bribes and getting ranked has become the order of the day for these notorious educational institutions. They are busy building their brands rather than building infrastructure and imparting quality education to their students.

Most of the educational institutions don’t pay salaries as per the latest Pay commission. They show on records that they pay the salaries as per the AICTE norms but take the differential amount from the faculty every month.  Therefore, the Income Tax department must check such transactions and close down the erring educational institutions immediately. If required, CBI inquiry must be ordered on the erring educational institutions for cheating students and faculty and on corruption. They cheat students by taking money by way of condonation fee and cheat faculty by not paying last month salary and also summer vacation salary. There are some private educational institutions who hire senior faculty members to show during inspections of AICTE, JNTU and their respective universities and terminate their services once inspections are over by citing improper feedback or on disciplinary grounds.

Most of the regulators are aware of these irregularities. To please those regulators, the managements of the educational institutions invite such regulators to functions and on ‘graduation day’ celebrations and offer them decent money or gifts. As a reciprocal response, such regulators turn blind eye to the complaints filed by the faculty members.

The TRS government took some corrective steps to check the current irregularities. It conducted sudden inspections to check irregularities. Some of the managements of these private colleges are noted for manipulation. They shift faculty from one college to another college within their group of educational institutions to meet the JNTU and AICTE requirements.

To summarize, it is essential to clean the education system and the practices in private engineering colleges in Telangana and other states. Remember, the day corruption enters into educational institutions and armed forces, the country will collapse. Hence, all stakeholders including students, faculty, regulators, media and nonprofits must unite to check irregularities in erring private educational institutions to clean the system and to add sanctity to education. Remember, education is for sale, not educators.

Reference



If you like this article, Like and share Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professor-MSRao/451516514937414




Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Vision 2030 Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBCO-gWmTRk
Twitter: @professormsrao  
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




Thanks for reading!

Kindly share your thoughts and comments below, I’m sure someone out there will find your story useful.



Copyright©2015 MSR Leadership Consultants India. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

This is a nonprofit blog to share Professor M.S.Rao’s passion and vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. Please don't cut articles from my blog and redistribute by email or post to the web. The use of this material is free provided copyright is acknowledged and reference or link is made to the Blog http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in.  This material may not be sold, or published in any form, or used in the provision of business services to a third party without permission.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

“Teaching is the Mother of all Professions” ―Professor M.S.Rao












“Teaching is a calling too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.” ― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses



I have the practice of attending seminars on teaching and training programs to understand the latest tools and techniques and developments. In October 2015, I had the privilege of attending a seminar on the ‘Art of Teaching’ delivered by an experienced educator with 32 years of teaching service. He delivered the seminar for almost two hours with high energy levels. He kept moving all directions during the seminar to connect with entire audiences, and to gauge their body languages. His passion was evident throughout the seminar. He was around 65 years old. It was a post-lunch session. Usually it is tough to arouse and hold the attention of the audiences at this time because post-lunch session is often referred to as a ‘graveyard session’. Additionally, it was weekend and the audiences were eager to pack up rather to listen to the seminar.  The participants in the seminar were all experienced academicians who might disagree with the teaching tools and techniques shared by this experienced educator. However, I totally enjoyed his seminar and above all, his passion to share his experiences with his colleagues. I am a passionate learner, and I have the habit of learning from all sources to share my knowledge with my students. Here are my views on teaching.


Teaching is a Calling

Teaching is more than a profession. Teaching is a calling. Teaching is a mother of all professions. It requires immense passion to share knowledge with others. Audiences will be of different mindsets, egos, emotions and feelings; and to reach out to them is a very big challenge for educators.

Teachers must create conducive environment in the classroom to ensure that the transfer of knowledge takes place from one person to another or to a group of persons. They must arouse interest in students, develop curiosity in them, and engage them effectively to accomplish the teaching goals and objectives.

Teaching is a profession but teachers are not professionals. Teaching enhances the abilities of students. Teaching is a transactional way of disciplining the students and transformational way of developing personalities and shaping students as healthy citizens. Teaching profession doesn’t give decent income to the teachers but it gives great respect to the teachers from students.   

The world has changed rapidly and the teaching pedagogy and techniques must change with the changing times. Previously it was a faculty-centric education. Presently there is an urgent need for student-centric education.  Students respect the teachers who share their knowledge relevant to their expectations and aspirations. Hence, teachers must update their knowledge and innovate their teaching tools and techniques constantly to ensure student-centric education.  For me, teaching is more than profession. It is my passion. I am a passionate teacher and learner. I would love to die while sharing my knowledge with my students. If there is a rebirth, I would love to be reborn as a professor.



"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops." ― Henry Brooks Adams    



If you like this article, Like and share Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professor-MSRao/451516514937414




Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Vision 2030 Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBCO-gWmTRk
Twitter: @professormsrao  
21 Success Sutras for Leaders: Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year (San Diego University) Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Leaders-ebook/dp/B00AK98ELI




Thanks for reading!

Kindly share your thoughts and comments below, I’m sure someone out there will find your story useful.



Copyright©2015 MSR Leadership Consultants India. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

This is a nonprofit blog to share Professor M.S.Rao’s passion and vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. Please don't cut articles from my blog and redistribute by email or post to the web. The use of this material is free provided copyright is acknowledged and reference or link is made to the Blog http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in.  This material may not be sold, or published in any form, or used in the provision of business services to a third party without permission.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Things You Don’t Know about Professor M. S. Rao





“I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?” ― Ferdinand Marcos

I was a soldier, and I am an educator, author, editor, entrepreneur, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist and spiritualist. Here are the things about me unknown to others.

Early Riser: I get up every day at 4 A.M to author books.
Exercise Regularly: I hit gym regularly and go for a walk daily. I am a fitness freak.
Voracious Reader: I read thousands of books in my lifetime. I read newspaper regularly.
Prolific Author: I authored 36 books so far including the bestselling ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs.’ http://www.amazon.com/21-Success-Sutras-Ceos-Rao/dp/162865290X
Secrecy with the Letter ‘S’: Most of my book titles start with the letter ‘S’.
Self-taught: I am mostly self-taught. I joined Indian Air Force (IAF) when I was 19 years old. I completed my graduation after joining IAF.  I acquired several qualifications while serving in IAF including DME, BSc, MA, PGDBM, PGDCLL and MBA. I earned my PhD in Soft Skills in 2011. I follow the principle of ‘earning and learning.’
Google is Guru: Whenever I have any questions, I visit search engines to learn things. Hence, Google is my guru.
Carry a Notebook and Pen: I always carry a notebook with me to capture the ideas that pop up in my mind. I write down my observations about others. I believe in the slogan ‘a short pencil is always better than a long memory.’
Focus: I don’t multitask. I focus clearly on one task, complete it, and then move to another task. 
Punctual: I am punctual. I cultivated this habit after I joined IAF.
Time Management: I value time more than money. I always carry a book or reading material with me to read while traveling.
Sleep on the Floor: I sleep on floor every day. I rose from humble origins, and I have the habit of sleeping on floor. I lead a simple life. I still belong to a lower middle-class family living in a 2BHK rented apartment. 
Frugal: I am frugal, and live with simplicity and humility.
Traveler: I enjoy traveling. I traveled entire India when I served in Indian Air Force in various aircrafts including MI17 helicopter.
Travel Secretly: I travel to different places without prior information and without unveiling my identity.  
Incognito: I rarely unveil my identity to others whenever I travel, or go outside. I mingle with others in public places like a common man. 
Home Bird: I am not a party animal. I enjoy writing books and spending time with my family.
Friendship is Thicker than Blood. I prefer friends to relatives. I was cheated by my own relatives but rescued by my friends. Hence, I value friendship more than anything else in the world.
Believe in Referent Power, not Positional Power: I make friendship with people irrespective of their ranks and positions. I don’t make friends based on popularity or positions because popularity is a passing cloud and positions are temporary. Precisely, I respect people, not their positions.
Take Feedback Regularly: After completion of each training program, I sit quiet for some time to take feedback to deliver it better next time. I emphasize excellence.
Appreciate Others: Whenever I meet people, I observe a few positive traits and appreciate them to make a difference.
Gifting: I have the practice of gifting memorable items to my friends, relatives and close associates.
Go to Bed on Time: Usually I sleep at 10 P.M every day. I sleep less.
Passionate about Students: I enjoy investing my time in the company of students. I love guiding, coaching, mentoring and grooming students as healthy global citizens. I dedicated my books to some students and gifted them.
Share Knowledge Freely: I am a continuous learner, and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. I share my knowledge with the world free of charge on my four blogs and LinkedIn URL: https://in.linkedin.com/in/professor-m-s-rao-b5211a34
Self-made Man: I encountered resistance from many people to reach the present position. Nobody helped me reach to my current position. Hence, I am a self-made man. The only person who can claim for my climbing the ladder of success is God. 
Vision 2030: I run a nonprofit vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL: http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in/2014/12/professor-m-s-raos-vision-2030-one_31.html. I have trained more than 35,000 students so far.

The only Regret in my Life: I didn’t have any Guru to guide me. I struggled a lot in my life due to lack of guidance. Hence, I take keen interest in guiding, grooming, coaching and mentoring others so that they should not struggle like me due to lack of a mentor, or a coach. 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

References



If you like this article, Like and share Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professor-MSRao/451516514937414





Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015



Thanks for reading!

Kindly share your thoughts and comments below, I’m sure someone out there will find your story useful.



Copyright©2017 MSR Leadership Consultants India. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


This is a nonprofit blog to share Professor M.S.Rao’s passion and vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. Please don't cut articles from my blog and redistribute by email or post to the web. The use of this material is free provided copyright is acknowledged and reference or link is made to the Blog http://professormsraovision2030.blogspot.in.  This material may not be sold, or published in any form, or used in the provision of business services to a third party without permission.