Thursday, May 29, 2014

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 providers on the class room as well as laboratory requirements for various kinds of courses. The output of this initial workshop will be given as the input for a preliminary design workshop. A series of design workshops at various levels will be required to finalize the design. 

 Once implemented, the CSP will definitely bring in revolutionary changes in the skill training ecosystem and it will become a model for the entire world.

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 capacitating each department and its personnel to function in a mutually supplementary and complementary manner with other departments/personnel – it is actually integrated or organic departmentalism.  The most important benefit of integrated/organic departmentalism is the convergence of efforts and resources for the effective, efficient and timely attainment of organizational goals.

To lean integrated departmentalism, one needs to look into the functioning of one’s body alone. Functioning of each part/organ of your body is integrated into the function of other parts, and convergence of the contribution of all parts of the body results in your wellbeing. When this integration is weakened you are ill and when it is lost you are dead.

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule – FORTY TWO; benefit of sharing

The civilizations in this world have been evolved in the power of sharing; sharing of knowledge, sharing of facilities, sharing of thoughts, sharing of feelings…the list will never exhaust. It is also the basic condition for ensuring harmony in any society. The unfortunate thing with the modern societies is that it lose that instinct for sharing in its true spirits so that the social systems have been forced to demand sharing through legislation and engage systems to teach people what can be shared, to whom, when, where etc.  Such artificial systems have limitations. Therefore, for a calm and pleasant life, each one has to ensure that the natural instinct of right sharing is not lost from one’s life.

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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to avoid pollution from vehicles?

Many international news agencies report the decision of the Chinese Government to scrap more than five million old cars to improve air quality in the smog hit areas. This problem of pollution by vehicles is not a case of China alone. Al most all industrially advanced parts of the world suffer from the issue, perhaps in varying degrees.

For a sustainable solution for this problem people should be able to avoid unnecessary driving in the first place. This will be possible only if individuals and organizations are able to plan their daily activities in a way that demands lesser need for travel. For this purpose they can make use of modern information technologies. In organizational context, if planned well, majority of meetings can be conducted online. This will also support the organizations to save substantial amount of money and time.
Another important attitudinal change required in individuals is a voluntary willingness to cover short distances by walking.  This will enhance the health of individual as well as the environment. In town planning particular should be given to provide comfortable walkways and bicycle tracks. Above all people should bring in simplicity in their living habits.

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!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Large scale environment protection activities take momentum; a good sign

The prologue to the fiction ‘IMANOFUTU’ (ISBN: 1478341866 , ISBN-13: 978-1478341864) ends with the note: 

“The day view of Imacifutu was extremely fearful. It looked like the abandoned cities you read in fantasies. Furthermore, it burnt like a furnace. You would see houses with doors and windows tightly closed… streets  with abandoned vehicles… trees charred in the anger of sun... no birds and animals… definitely you could not watch any living thing in the open! In short, days of Imacifutu were filled with deadly heat and awful silence. This was not the case of Imacifutu alone. The same situation prevailed in all other cities in Imanofutu.” – it is a word picture of ‘Imacifutu’ the capital of the imaginary island nation ‘IMANOFUTU’.

Definitely, we do not want to see any of our existing cities in the above shape. Now climate change has been accepted as a reality triggered largely by pollution. Major counties in the world have already started to acknowledge the same and initiate strong environment protection measures. Many countries are seriously thinking about the ways to reduce their vehicle population or to use alternative environment friendly fuels in the place of petroleum and other carbon releasing fuels.

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!  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Minimum Government and Maximum Governance as well as Organic Ministries; the innovative strategies of the new Indian PM

The bigger the public systems, the greater are the chances for it to move away from people  - it is a truth! The bigger bodies most often lose focus as their strives to solve their own complexities take away much of the time. 

The same way simplicity is having a major role in individual’s success, simple structures and procedures ensure the success and effectiveness of public bodies as well. Other two important aspects that ensure ever increasing effectiveness of public systems are collaboration and convergence.  It is possible only when systems function in an organic nature. 

I think, not only India, but also the entire world should seriously think about Minimum Government and Maximum Governance as well as Organic administrative systems as put forward by Mr. Narendra Modi, the new Indian PM.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule - THIRTY NINE; accessibility to food, shelter, healthcare and education

The cost of primary needs of people like food, shelter, healthcare and education is inversely proportionate to calm and pleasant living. The disturbances in individual lives caused by the unaffordable costs in these sectors shall appear as turbulence in social life. For any economy to achieve stabilized growth and any civilizations to ensure further prosperity, the above basic facilities should remain affordable and accessible to all.  These kinds of affordability and accessibility are 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!