What's Your Ideas On The Project Today?
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We need to be the change, we want to see happen.
We are the leaders, we have been waiting for.
Last year, I
was one among many international Investment Advisors that Goldman Sachs
invited to India for routing possible investments to India. I was the only
Indian among my group of 15 (although there was another American of Indian
origin) and my chest would have blown up with swelled pride, when I sat
through each of the presentations that we were taken to, through Delhi,
Bangalore & Mumbai, at the simple fact that I am an Indian. We met with
the Finance Minister, the Civil Aviation Minister, Chief Economic Advisor,
Banking & Capital Markets Secretaries, CEOs of Maruti, Bharti, HDFC,
Infosys, Wipro, Biocon, Reliance, Kotak Mahindra, etc.
The theme was very clear. India is currently poised to become the 3rd
major power on earth, behind China & the US by the year 2050. (Source :
Goldman Sachs BRICs Emerging Markets Report (Brazil, Russia, India, China
: BRIC). India has it in her, the immense natural wealth, resourcefulness,
intelligence and simply put the young population that would make her one
of the G3 (if there is a G7 by 2050).
The new challenge
However, as a non-resident, when I travel around Kerala and other parts of
India, it inadvertently becomes evident that we're facing new challenges:
not withstanding their economic & cultural backgrounds, are more diverse
in every respect: more students who opt for professional education other
than the traditional medical studies & engineering (taking into account
defence services by our SSKZM students): academia, business-process
outsourcing, art & theatre, bio-technology, commerce to even sports
are growing in a fast paced world of digital content and are less
motivated by traditional means. While these students seem to take to new
technology naturally, our schools struggle with the new opportunities and
challenges of computer technology
Interestingly, only very few schools like ours (although subliminal : as
the objective is to send students to the defence services) have counseling
services. Most of the good schools I have visited did not have counselors.
If you look at
the developed countries of the world most schools do have internship
coordinators and high-school/college counselors. Many integrate community
services. Nearly all utilize some form of advisory. Advisors meet with
parents, listen to personal problems, discuss current events, map out
individual educational plans, ensure that all students develop post high
school plans, take college admissions tests, and apply to colleges.
Services traditionally offered by school counselors are distributed across
its staff. All adults take responsibility for student success.
Life-long Value for Students (Poll choice)
I must confess that I am one among the few who voted for this option on
the Poll posted by Sasi on our group site. Once I did that, I began to
wonder what that would be. Unniís, Joshyís, Rajmohanís, Sanuís and finally
Sunilís suggestions got me to think of a counseling center, founded &
funded by our batch.
Vinod Vasudevanís offer to send the money, Sasiís reaction on tax
avoidance and his offer to meet with Sanil Kumar (CA) and Shabuís
suggestion to open a bank account prompted me to think on what I can
As a few of you might know, I am a wealth management advisor to one of the
prominent Saudi high-net worth families. We manage a billion-dollar family
office which comprises of 4 major portfolios that invests in all
asset-classes around the world. One of these portfolios is humanitarian in
its function. We disburse all income from this portfolio to build
hospitals, dialysis & diabetes centers, fund education etc.
Since this fund would function in perpetuity, we have followed either the
Trust route or the Foundation route in setting up the guidelines of
managing the principal monies invested and the resultant incomes. Needless
to say, that these are watertight structures that would deliver the
eventual goals of the Trust/Foundation without bearing the burden of tax.
Therefore, as I am sure Sanil would advise Sasi such, a Trust or a
Foundation that offers Studentsí Counseling would be a possibility to look
Studentsí Counseling Foundation
High expectations for all students are making Teaching a team, rather than
an individual, event. The need to build powerful sustained relationships
with students makes Counseling a team, rather than an individual, sport.
The enormous need for counseling means that counselors need to enroll,
equip, and inspire teachers to help meet the need by acting as a staff
developer, curriculum developer, and a resource developer.
If your thoughts match with mine and if a poll on this idea comes up with
absolute support, we could develop this idea to a full-fledged plan and
all of us could work towards the correspondent steps.
--Standards-Based Education Phase
Developmental Program Phase
Our batch has
one of the most diverse set of professionals (from defence services,
medicine, engineering, academia, technology, bio-chemical to extractive
industry experts) and we all could contribute to the cause.
In investment business, when a new idea is proposed the promoter of the
idea needs to demonstrate action along with his words; i.e. put his own
money for promoting the idea. I would try and live up (God willing!!) to
my words by offering Rupees Three Lakhs in phased stages:
Lakh to launch the foundation
One lakh each,
every year from 2008 for 2 years, if the certain milestones/targets we set
for the performance of the foundation are met by the administrators
(including the OBA & School authorities) of the foundation.
I hope I have
not proposed something outrageous. If the idea doesnít appeal to any one
please feel free to eliminate it. Should it look good, let us work on it
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pictures of 83 batch in 2005!
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