Friday, August 28, 2009

My World! (Poem)


Dreams...
They gave me expectations;

Expectations...
They led me forward.

Experiences...
They gave me wisdom;

Wisdom...
It enlightened my thoughts;

Thoughts...
They built my world!

Right from me to you

Even though we are all trying to make our planet a peaceful place to live, the situation is worsening day by day. Why? The question will definitely bring in silence for a few moments. This silence means confusion. Great level of confusion prevails among the policy makers as well as the field workers.

As we are all aware of, there is no shortcut to achieve peace. Whatever been achieved through shortcut methods will have a lot of shortcomings and eventually will become short lived. Therefore the situation required to be first analysed from its socio-economic-political angles. The study should reach the individual level because world peace is the sum total of peaceful individual minds.

Let as take the example of medical team brainstorming on the kind of treatment protocol to be followed in the case of a patient having a very complex health situation caused by multiple diseases. The current situation of the human society all over the world is a magnified picture of the above individual situation. Ailments of the society are many. They are:
  • Individual
  • Social
  • Economic
  • Political
  • Scientific (all the other four situations are heavily influenced by the scientific situation)
Let us look at the universe. Every thing is arranged based on some systems. And all the systems are harmoniously interconnected. Ironically, all the dangers that are being faced by the human society is really the outcome of its own action in upsetting/ breaking systems and their harmony.

The thirst for harmony should begin from the individual. Then only such individuals together will form a harmonious society. Therefore the individuals and organizations that intend to be catalistic to this harmonisation process should work together to design and implement different levels of systems for this upward harmonisation process in consultation with different streams of sciences including social sciences, economics etc.

Let me seek it! (Poem)

It's like a dream
Half revealed and
Half unrevealed

Gives a feel that's familiar
Still remains to be
Unfamiliar always

Seems to be near
But remains to be
Far…far…away

Raises temptations
As if among the sweetest
While showering pains

Spreading fear
As if a dreaded
While remains to be lovely

Let me seek it
Though uncertain mostly
About how it looks like!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Need for Travel

Do people need to travel these much?

As the world is becoming a Global Village, the scope/area of involvements for individuals and resultant requirement of travels are being augmented steadily. Over and above all other reasons, traveling a lot is widely considered as a matter of pride. This is also one of the factors that prompt people to set out for travel without considering the necessity. But I think that an intelligent planning of day to day business of individuals as well as business houses and proper use of information technology can save people from the difficulties of unnecessary travels. This will quite naturally pose another question; “is traveling that much a difficult task?”

In olden days traveling was really difficult chiefly because of the non availability of reliable and safe conveyance. When sophisticated technologies have begun to play on roads, rails, at sea and of course in the air, traveling has become a passion. However, now there are sufficient grounds to suspect whether we are going back to the difficult times; definitely not because of the old reasons. The reasons for the present difficulties of a traveler are multi facet and more serious ones. Unstable costs, security risks, tiresome procedures due to security threats, increased health risks including epidemics…all these and more add to the worries of a traveler. It doesn’t mean a no-travel policy; on the other hand we have to practice reasonable restrains and refrains – to make the public transport systems and public places less crowded and inviting to all those travel.

Writing in progress...WIKI MODEL :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

General Articles

Index of my writings on General Issues available on this blog
  1. Living in a 10 billion plus world
  2. US - INDIA joint statement on Higher Education & exploring models for 21 cy institutions
  3. THOUGHTS ON THE EVE OF INDO-US HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT
  4. Nuclear Energy and the need for taking up radiation challenges
  5. A revolutionary decade of Wikipedia
  6. When 2010 leaves…
  7. Cancún Agreements & Knowledge/Technology/Support/Funds Sharing
  8. When simplicity would mean survival...
  9. An International Training at ICPE
  10. India; an emerging Knowledge Economy
  11. Need for a Consortium for alternative open technologies
  12. To save our PLANET
  13. Good Governance; 18 point policy
  14. Right from me to you
  15. Need for State Owned Public Conveyance Systems
  16. Need for Travel  
One among the contributors in the following documents

  1. TOWARDS A NATIONAL POLICY ON ICT IN SCHOOL EDUCATION IN INDIA - A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective (''A collaborative effort of Ministry of Human Resource Development - Government of India, Solution Exchange and CSDMS'')  
  2. Local Bodies and the Disaster Management Act 2005 (India)- Examples; Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Decentralization Community
  3. Outreach of Solution Exchange and Discussing Urban Governance, from SDC-CapDecK, Thiruvananthapuram and PRIA, New Delhi (Experiences, Examples). - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  4. Panchayats and Local Bodies in SEZ Development -Advice, Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  5. Panchayats in Promotion of Handloom Sector - Examples, Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  6. Strengthening Panchayat Finances – Experiences, Examples - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  7. Methods for Integrating Planning, Implementation and Monitoring at District Level – Examples; Experiences  
  8. Optimum Size of Panchayats for Effective Decentralization available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  9. Training Programme for e-Governance - Examples; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  10. Summary Report of eConfernce on Agricultural Learning Repositories – 2008 - available at Agricultural Learning Repositories Task Force  
  11. Discussion: 12th National Conference on e-Governance-Plenary 3: Building Capacities, Forging partnerships;  available on UNDP Solution Exchange ICT for Development Community.  
  12. Revision in Guidelines on Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Education Community.  
  13. Addressing the Issue of Absenteeism and Repetition in Indian Education System; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Education Community. 
  14. Training Programmes by PRIs vis a vis Training Institutes; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Decentralization Community.
  15. ICT-based Enterprise Development – Experiences; Advice; available on UNDP Solution Exchange ICT for Development Community



OER

 Index of my writings on Open Educational Resources
  1. How open was 2011?
  2. OERu anchor partner and stakeholder meeting; prototype courses in 2012
  3. Guidelines for OER in Higher Education by UNESCO and COL
  4. US - INDIA joint statement on Higher Education & exploring models for 21 cy institutions
  5. THOUGHTS ON THE EVE OF INDO-US HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT
  6. VUSSC; the start of a revolution in transborder education
  7. UNESCO-COL Guidelines for Open Educational Resources in Higher Education
  8. EduMOOC; Online Learning Tomorrow 2011-2021
  9. EduMOOC; Collaboratives, Collectives and Clouds
  10. EduMOOC; Personal Online Learning Networks
  11. EduMOOC; Public, Private & Open - Online Learning
  12. EduMOOC; Online Learning Apps and Mobile Learning
  13. EduMOOC; Online Technologies Today and Tomorrow
  14. EduMOOC; What the Research Tells US
  15. EduMOOC; Online Learning Today
  16. Open Licensing; two important policy initiatives
  17. OERU to establish OERTen
  18. OER University; Open planning meeting
  19. Towards an OER University
  20. Success and reach of Learning for Content (L4C); a facilitator’s testimony
  21. Taking OER beyond the OER Community; my response 3
  22. Taking OER beyond the OER Community; my responses in the online discussions
  23. Knowledge Economies & Lifelong Learning
  24. WikiEducator; a promising star in the OER world
  25. Transnational Qualification Framework (TQF)  
  26. ONLINE OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING – Promise for the future

Poems

Index of my poems available on this blog

  1. My World!
  2. Let me seek it!   

Stories

Index of my stories available on this blog


Flash Fiction
  1. They longed to hear the loud bang again
  2. Obsessed in writing
  3. A Strange Farewell 
  4. Separated by Time

Short Stories
  1.  The Quake 
 See my Malayalam (official language of Kerala State in India) Stories at

http://apletters-ml.blogspot.com/

Thought of the day

A place to archive my thoughts from the 'Thought of the day' column



Sunday, December 8, 2013
"Fear is basically an inborn mechanism to protect ones life. When one realizes that the purpose of her/his life is to save other lives, the fear is conquered - MANDELA DID IT AND WE LOVE IT"
Friday, March 29, 2013
"I think, in open licensing, our goal should be an environment wherein attribution must not defy/supersede philanthropy."
Sunday, June 17, 2012
"Nothing happens in the universe without reason. Widespread lifestyles and eating habits can become (among many) reasons that trigger biological evolution, I believe."
Saturday, June 16, 2012
"In my wild thoughts [or intuitions? :) ], I suspect ever increasing occurrences of cancers in human beings as an early indication of an impending strong wave of biological evolution."

Monday, April 02, 2012
"Man is a nano-version of the Universe ! -  philosophically and scientifically"
Sunday, March 25, 2012
"Setting up of Open Education systems, by ensuring accessibility along with affordability, but without compromising quality and acceptability, is very important."
Sunday, January 15, 2012
"We have to explore the possibilities of ICT , to the maximum extent possible, to protect our green planet!."
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
"When the world population would touch 10 billion mark towards the end of the current century itself, the only powerful tools in our hands to meet the demand for higher education would be OER and ODL."
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
"Availability of effective systems to make use of existing OERs and the ability to further build on it would be crucial factors in leading future higher education systems to success."
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
"The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC), through its Transnational Qualifications Framework,  has marked the start of a revolution in transborder education. Now it is the turn of Open Educational Resource university (OERu)!"


Saturday, September 24, 2011
"How does a combination of knowledge and agricultural economies work?"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
"Whatever field you are in, love agriculture and keep on updating changes in agriculture...not as a hobby alone, but as an alternative means of survival!"


Friday, August 5, 2011
"Can you see some links between Personal Learning Networks and Knowledge Economies?"
 Saturday, July 30, 2011
"Man painfully tries to freeze the effects of natural changes by artificially creating the living environments that he thinks comfortable. Does it wide-open the way to extinction? I am thinking about a possible (or imminent?) adaptation crisis among the human beings."

Thursday, July 14, 2011
" In the case of all development projects, we have to converge the efforts being put in and funds being pumped into by various national and international agencies to facilitate a concerted effort, only that can ensure success and sustainability."

Wednesday, July 08, 2011
" Higher Education sector has a lot to learn from the Corporate sector on the effective implementation of eLearning systems."


Tuesday, June 28, 2011
" When we go back through the time line, to the maximum extent our information and thereafter imagination can take us, we see that, during those days knowledge acquisition happened in open environment and flourished through collaboration. Therefore open learning and its collaborative development are natural ways,and hence there is no question about their success or sustainability. But what happened to us is we are now far away from that natural ways, and the present generation has to learn to retrieve such skills. Of course, we additionally require some more measures and frameworks to measure the learning process as well as to ensure quality that are being demanded by the present living situations. We have promising technologies and techniques in hand to pursue this process."


Sunday, June 19, 2011
" Plan each days activities very carefully to avoid unnecessary travels. It'll be the most effective step from your part to save our GREEN PLANET!"


Thursday, June 16, 2011
" High launching price of new technologies is a usual thing. However, as years pass, such technologies become cheaper and easily accessible. Does this transition happen in healthcare sector also?"


Saturday, May 21, 2011
" I think further concerted efforts are required in HR planning and R&D in health care. Since environmental issues are accumulating day-by-day paving way for new diseases and increased occurrence of existing ones, the demand-supply-gap in HR as well as Equipments in health care sector might become drastic in the years to come. We may require more devoted contingents of well trained physicians and simpler and low-cost technologies and equipments. Can’t we think of an R&D revolution for making medicine and medical technologies low-cost and easily accessible? We should think about open technologies as well."


Sunday, March 27, 2011
" I am convinced that Nuclear Energy is a reliable source of energy. However we cannot help but raise our eyebrows when we think about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and now Fukushima accidents. I am not a scientist, still I would like to ask the Nuclear Science World “Hi, can we have Radiation Absorption and Neutralization Stations?" If your answer is 'YES' I would request you to do it fast. If your answer is 'NO', still my request won't change."


Friday, March 11, 2011
" Let us stand in solidarity with the people of Japan in this most difficult time there, caused by the quake and tsunami occurred today. My heart goes out to them. "


Thursday, March 10, 2011
" Our thoughts are really the products of information- investment being continuously made by every thing in this universe from times unknown. Hence I won’t argue ‘it is me who said it first.’"


Thursday, February 17, 2011
" In my view, the emerging OER university (OERu) is going to become a University of Universities that makes each partner University truly universal! It would be the unbeatable returns for each partner University."


Saturday, February 12, 2011
" I think, the world is moving towards the equation ‘ Sustainable development = green growth’, because value of money will be lost once the PLANET is sick."


Monday, February 7, 2011
" Conventionally T&D budgets are being sliced during economic meltdowns just to see that the situation is moving from bad to worse. Only ODL along with OER can save this losing game."


Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"Wikipedia completes a revolutionary decade on 15th January 2011.

While being itself the greatest knowledge sharing revolution, wikipedia also leads that revolution!


Monday, January 10, 2011
"It is quite common that first launching of technology devices, especially in places with high density of population, generates a public sentiment that the new system is either improper or inadequate. In certain cases perseverance alone will help people to overcome this situation. But in other cases corrective actions will be necessary. The problem need not necessarily be with the technology, where as, in most cases the villain is the inadequacies in the strategies that are being deployed to develop and maintain the new systems. Failures in the part of the authorities to create awareness as well as train people in using the new system add oil to the flame. Sudden/premature and massive implementation of technology to replace manual systems will be like massive cardiac arrest. Well planned and phased implementation with community participation will ensure success. It points to the need of proper training to implement e-governance initiatives – whether in academic or administrative or commercial establishments.

See the context of opinion at  http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2011/01/better-education-through-technology.html#comments


Friday, January 07, 2011
"I think, education is embracing ICT tools more and more strongly all over the globe. It is the need of the hour in fact. We have to establish more tested and reliable systems in place to overcome the pressures from over population (which is feared to cross 10 billion by 2050), climate change etc. Expecting online learning to adore the main stream position of education seems to be not a wild dream any more Definitely, now it is not an issue of pedagogical principles alone, where as it is greatly becoming a means for existence as decades pass.


Sunday, December 12, 2010
"Pushing planet friendly technologies to the frontline by sharing, adopting and supporting will provide a very strong framework for all other initiatives to succeed in protecting our green planet"


Friday, December 10, 2010

"When high quality standards are set in primary sector (of education), secondary and tertiary will automatically go further high, no doubt."


Thursday, December 09, 2010

On teacher quality

"We have to ensure professional uplift/career growth of teachers (especially primary school teachers) in good pace. It will dramatically increase quality"


On gender sensitive education

" Advancement from the gender sensitive era (of education) to the gender neutral era will, perhaps, be the most revolutionary period and the outcome will be “Education for All” "


Sunday, October 10, 2010


On adaptation of natural changes

"In the millions of years of history, man has overcome drastic changes in the living environments by naturally adjusting himself with the changes. But today, the fortress of luxuries that we built recklessly around us has made the adaptation of natural changes quite impossible."


On the legal frameworks for OER

"Researches should be conducted to the legal frameworks in support of OER (national/international legislations - both enacted and initiated, policies, treaties etc ) . The efforts put in by policy makers and legislators for the promotion of OER/Open Text Books should be identified and popularized so that it would facilitate further legislation in favour of OER in various parts of the world."



Friday, September 10, 2010


" There are many ways you can effectively contribute for environment protection. Can you decide today itself that you shall not use motor vehicles for travels below two k.m, as long as you are healthy and weathers are not too bad? You will be free to occasionally breach it for emergency. As responsible individuals you may also ensure that authorities build and maintain safe walk ways for you"


Sunday, July 11, 2010


"I think that "The 1billionhungry project" of Food and Agricultural Organization of UN is really a need of the time and a strong concern for the future, especially when the early symptoms of global warming are visibly felt. This year's message is strong, in fact, a voice of anger "1,000,000,000 People live in chronic hunger and I'M MAD AS HELL". Let us sign the petition to end hunger and stand in solidarity with FAO in this great venture."


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

"Connectivity is the Circulatory System of a Knowledge Economy."

Monday, March 15, 2010

"I would say, it is the strong presence and effective application of Open and Distance Learning tools that makes lifelong learning a favourite choice of the world."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"In the Cyberspace, there is acute shortage of open and free reusable statistical data and graphs on various aspects of OER , ODL, ODL using OER etc. OER may be a comparatively younger child of education sector, but it has sufficiently grown up to trigger statistical studies. Easy access to such studies and data would definitely enhance the reliability and adaption/adoption of OER and ODL using OER and ODL in general, which is the gravest need of the time and people."

Sunday, February 07, 2010

"We all know that e-governance and related online services can substantially facilitate protection of environment in numerous ways. I think this aspect of e-governance has to be highlighted as one of the effective followup for the Copenhagen Accord, so that e-governance as well as planet saving initiatives all over the world would get additional momentum."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Internet can slowdown global warming.... but for that we have to nurture civilizations of netizens."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"THE MOST DEADLY EARTHQUAKE....WE MAY STAND IN SOLIDARY WITH HAITI"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"A Consortium of all Nations, for developing and popularizing alternative PLANET friendly open technologies in place of existing technologies that are hazardous, is very much required. We may prefer open technologies for fast implementation and fine tuning of the same by all those volunteer to support. Open technologies will also avoid wastage of valuable resources by way of reinventing the wheel again and again. All nations in the world would be free to adopt and adapt such technologies for localized requirements"

Monday, December 28, 2009

"If the future environmental situations would force the world population to queue up for the daily ration of oxygen supply, floating over water and wearing heavy insulated suits, all prosperity would mean nothing but a curse. Value of money will be lost once the PLANET is sick. We do not want this nightmare to happen"

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Least needed products are an indication of acute consumerism. In acute consumerism, fortune hunters may induce false requirements, introduce products for that and attract folks to it."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Civilizations become stronger when knowledge is free; Creative Commons is a great way for that!"

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"In livelihood sector OERs should be able to improve the living situations directly. It should reach the needy in their language and it should be considerate to their living environments so that it would become an integral part of their life. The interaction between the needy people and OERs should become quite natural so that both will be changing for improvements on a regular basis."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"In livelihood sector, OERs, whether online or printed, still mean just a repository! Being built and used by academicians and students (for academic purposes) in large. It is the sad part of it!"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Any piece of thought or information or media you circulate or publish online, on your liberty and responsiblity, can form your Blog, provided, you should have at least one landing page to link them and that page will be the home for your Blog ."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
"I firmly believe that Open Distance Learning (ODL) supported by Open Educational Resources (OER) would build the Inclusive Mainstream Education System in the immediate future."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"No constitution is going to be final and complete as generations change. Therefore waiting for a final may be futile"
See the actual context of this thought at WikiEducator

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