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Community Skill Parks; an evolving innovation in the skill training ecosystem in Kerala, India

Under its flagship programme called Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala plans to set up Community Skill Parks. The evolving idea is to set up state-of-the-art skill training facilities in a modular structure so that there shall be no need to reserve space for particular courses for a long period. For instance after a two hour training on diesel engines, the organizers of the Skill Park should be able to rearrange the same place within a few minutes to take a session on refrigeration. However there shall be dedicated large areas for broad categories of courses like those use heavy machinery, require precision, activity oriented etc The courses coming under each category will be conducted at the areas allotted for the respective category. The whole thing will have a ‘circus tent like’ management of equipment and facilities. ASAP plans to organize an initial workshop during June/2014 to get inputs from the Training Service provid…

Departmentalism vs integrated departmentalism

Grouping of functions and functionaries into departments is a standard organization development practice, which is known as departmentalism. Up to that extent it is well and good. The complexity and the consequent confusion step in only when one seeks inter departmental collaboration. The interesting factor is that this area of organization development has almost similar problems and challenges in public and private organizations alike.
There can be strategy, structure, function and occupant related problems. Most often, the chief executives who burn out time to fix the issues that prevent their departments from achieving organization’s objectives, find that tackling of occupant related problems is the toughest job. It becomes the toughest because it deals with the organizational culture that is the sum total of professional ethics of each individual in the organization. However, in structural as well as personnel refinements, the organization should focus on integration and thereby c…

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule – FORTY ONE; maximum usage with minimum quantity

In the judicious use of anything, whether natural or manmade, there are two antonymous words that should work in synergy to make the judicious use to happen. The words are ‘minimum’ and maximum. How do they work in synergy? There is nothing complex in it. That simple equation is ‘maximum usage with minimum quantity’. It is also another facet of simplicity, which is quite essential for a ‘calm and pleasant life’.
Practice it and make it a habit. Then the nature will make it sustainable by triggering necessary genetic engineering!  

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule – FORTY; judicious use of resources and facilities

Once affordability and accessibility of primary needs like food, shelter, healthcare and education are ensured by the society to all its members, then the judicious use of the same is the responsibility of each individual in the society. Only when individuals practice this kind of judicious use, without compulsion from any regulators, the society will be able to ensure affordability and accessibility of the above primary facilities in a sustainable manner. The strong commitment for the judicious use of resources should be nurtured in an individual from the early childhood onwards. Family and elementary education have major roles to play in this behavior formation and thereby ensuring a calm and pleasant life.

Practice it and make it a habit. Then the nature will make it sustainable by triggering necessary genetic engineering!