Anurag Behar

 Anurag Behar

Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited

He had earlier led Wipro Infrastructure Engineering to a remarkable growth trajectory - the business has grown from USD 30 million to over USD 300 million in four years. The precision engineering hydraulic components that this business makes are at the core of the infrastructure growth of India, finding application in large industrial plants, airports, ports, mines, material handling, forestry, construction and earth moving equipment. The business is also the leading player in its segment in Europe, with significant operations in Scandinavia.

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It is heartening to note that in this last mile of India, a government school is functioning well If I could do it, the only temple I’ll build will be for Karna (one of the central characters in the epic Mahabharata). I think there is no one more worthy than him for a country that is in short supply of heroes. When my friend Jagmohan heard this from me, he was convinced that it was Karna who pulled us to Mori.

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Education needs fundamental change at all levels: teaching, curriculum, assessment and school administration Sardar “Pinder” Singh Bhangra was an adventurer. Even he had a tingling sensation when he saw the spectacular sight of the 6,316mt high Bandarpunch Peak. This was somewhere on the long, winding and climbing road to Uttarkashi. In an exercise of local myth-making, that spot is now called Tingling Point.

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Sifting teachers on the basis of their performance as reflected in student learning will not lead to a positive change Let me present two proposals for your endorsement, advocacy, and in case you are in a seat of power for immediate implementation. Both are about improvement.

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Kailash was once told by a government primary school teacher that there were just two children in his school. He happened to drop in at the school and saw 20 children. He asked the teacher why had he claimed that there were only two children at school. The teacher stood his ground. He said: “Look carefully. There are only two children, the other 18 are Nepali.”

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The origins of schools lie largely in the folds of religious institutions. This goes back a few thousand years, for example in India, to the Buddhist monasteries, church established schools and universities in Europe and madrassas in the Arabic world.

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Mujhe administrative me khinch lijiye, I heard this often as a kid. “Pull me in to the administrative side.” The translation loses the sense of urgency that it conveys in Hindi.

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To make change happen where it is needed most, the central question is: how will good people move to those places? Hoshangabad is 60km south of Bhopal. Many paths in Indian education lead there, because that is where they started. You may know of the city only as a train station on the Delhi-Chennai line.

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We are losing our monsoon, few of our children will feel it. We are gaining a kind of civilization, and losing our earth The local legend is fascinating. Pandit Nehru in one of his grand nehruvian moments decided to green Rajasthan. He had seeds of Australian Babool sprayed all over the state from helicopters. He had been advised that this was an extraordinarily hardy species, and could endurance very well. I heard of this apocryphal story from Abhishek in Tonk. As I stood in the flatland outside Tonk, the success of his measure is visible all around. The invasive hardy species has crowded out most local flora, including its own cousin the Indian Babool.

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There is much more to the Right to Education than mere reservations for underprivileged children.

Educational issues usually attract headlines when a controversy emerges. Controversies have differing levels of substance, ranging from the truly important to the totally irrelevant. There has been a clutch of such issues that have grabbed headlines in the past months. These include, poor learning levels in our schools, cartoons boiling the feelings of a few and getting expunged, and a list of holidays in a school book determinedly ignoring all holidays other than the ones related to religious festivals of the “majority” community, among other issues.

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