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SEEK 15 and the SEEK model of conclave design

Skill Enterprise Engagement for Empowering Kerala (SEEK) is emerging as a very important biannual conclave of all stakeholders related to the  skill development ecosystem with its first successful conduct in 2013 and now the second instance on 16th and 17th of December 2015.
The principal organizer of the event is the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), a joint skill development initiative of Higher and General Education Departments, Government of Kerala in India. The objective of the ASAP is to provide additional skill training to the students studying at Higher Secondary Schools and the Arts and Science colleges to enhance their employment opportunities as well as their confidence and initiative to become successful individuals and responsible citizens.

In 2013 National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) was the conclave partner. For SEEK 15, Asian Development Bank (ADB) was the partner.

While SEEK13  chiefly focused on unveiling the skill development opportunities in K…

OER for Inclusive Development; identifying Challenges, Addressing Opportunities – National Consultation

CEMCA, UNESCO and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) jointly organized the national consultation on ‘OER for Inclusive Development; identifying Challenges, Addressing Opportunities’ at the JNU Convention Centre on 1st and 2nd December 2015.

The discussions were based on the following themes:
Examining the benefits and implications of the National Mission on Education Through ICT – NMEICT’s open licensing policy guidelinesExamining good practices and case studies on OER-based learningExploring the role of digital libraries vis-à-vis OER initiativesAdapting existing institutional OER policiesDeveloping and applying frameworks to assess the quality of OEROER for persons with disabilitiesOER for skill development
The overall feel I got was that the OER movement has to enter into a concerted, targeted and action oriented second phase of its implementation. Now, the OER ecosystem, in general, has good policies, models, content repositories and technology that can be repurposed and used. I…

Neither she nor he; it's me - new CC-BY-SA open fiction

It was while writing the synopsis for
Imanofutu Vol.4, I was entangled with
the thoughts about individuals who want to
live beyond their gender identities.
This novel introduces four  such characters
who shed their gender identities
because of their strong belief that
gender identity creates uneasiness and
unnecessary ego clashes in their lives.
After freed themselves from the gender clutches,
they work for the uplift of single mothers and
transgender and neutral gender individuals,
of course, by  facing a lot of challenges.
Hope you will like their story.

My suggestions on UNESCO's guiding princiles for TVET for 2016-21

My comments to some specific queries on UNESCO's guiding principles for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for 2016-21, shared at the recently conducted (28 September to 3 October 2015) online meeting to suggest UNESCO’s TVET strategy for 2016-2021.

Different strategies for each letter in TVET

Some interesting concepts from IMANOFUTU Vol.3 ; The first alien home on Earth

Yet another collection of interesting concepts from  IMANOFUTU Vol.3 ; The first alien home on Earth

Acid Rain Suit : A suit to protect people from acid rainRadiation Protection Capsule (RPC): A specially made capsule that can contain radiation without leakage.Radiation absorption rods: a kind specially made rods that could absorb radiationVery cool plasma like matter that emitted very high levels of radiation: the concept is self explanatoryPlasma electricity: Electricity generated from the plasma like matterConversion of radiation to electric energy and vice versa: the concept is self explanatorySemi -transparent aliens: the concept is self explanatoryUniverse communication tracking: search for communications other than the man made onesRadiation Language (RL): a language that communicated using radiation frequenciesVision energy nodes: special nodes on the body of aliens that helped them to scan things using radiations of various frequency levels, in a way the eyes of the aliens.Ra…

Some interesting concepts from IMANOFUTU Vol.2; The eventful start of Sugirl's presidency

Some interesting concepts from IMANOFUTU Vol.2; The eventful start of Sugirl's presidency Female dominated society: Imanofutu became a female dominated society by the mid
21st century Netizens’ Community Networks (NCN): NCN was actually an evolution of the Social Networks of twenty first century. Completely online voting system to select the president of Imanofutu: the concept is self explanatory Super Human Production Lab and the Laboratory production of superhuman beings: the concept is self explanatory Production of artificial blood looked like water : the concept is self explanatory Heat resistant skin formation in embryos procedure : the concept is self explanatory Nano farming to facilitate agriculture in high atmospheric temperature : the concept is self explanatory. Saucer shaped aircraft : the concept is self explanatory Kinetic Energy Arresting System (KEAS): technology to absorb the kinetic energy of moving objects from outside to arrest its motion. Diagnostic chairs: f…

Some interesting concepts from IMANOFUTU VOL.1; A 21 cy portrait

Some interesting concepts from the Volume 1 in the IMANOFUTU fiction series, subtitled A 21 cy portrait
Under Ground Living Space (UGL Space) : Large areas of living space built underground to save people from exorbitant heat and deadly radiations because of global warming.Under Sea Living space: Extension of the UGL space technology to seas to build deepwater living spaces.Portable nuclear power generators: To meet the energy needs when fossil fuel was banned , Imanofutean scientists developed zero risk portable nuclear power generators that used fusion technology.Virtual Healing Machine: When psychological problems began to widespread consequent on remaining majority of time within buildings and UGL spaces, Imanofutean scientists developed virtual healing machine that provided a five dimension experience with natural sensations on the glorious past wherein Imanofutu adored the status of the most beautiful country in the word.Complete virtual currency system: When the problems relat…

Wick irrigation for farming; one of the cheapest technologies to combat climate change

Recently I read a report in a daily about how an agriculture scientist managed her own terrace farming from drying out during her family vacation tour using wick irrigation (thiri nana in Malayalam). The report said that the scientist collected a few mineral water bottles, cut it suitably and put thick wicks in each bottle and placed the bottles below the grow bags which were placed in metal stands and connected the top end of the wick into the soil in the grow bag through the bottom. Now the remaining part of the irrigation has been managed perfectly by the capillary rise principle during her entire fifteen day vacation! When she came back, all her plants were fresh, grew further, someone flowered and all were fluttering very happily in the breeze. The plants didn’t felt the absence of their mentor! Though the news did not provide any pictures of the arrangement, I am trying to draw here what I conceived while reading it.

Since water will remain in the bottom layer of the soil in the…

ASAP leaps to new horizons through Smart India initiative

The relevance of vocational courses to the changing industry, employment opportunities for those who complete vocational courses and stigma towards vocational courses are some of the major unresolved issues in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. For the last few weeks, UNESCO’s UNEVOC online forum has been discussing this hot topic.
Now, Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), an initiative of Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala in India, presents a promising way to address the above issue by bringing in entrepreneurship development as a strong and influential component of vocational education and training.
It is not just a theory now. The Kannur District team of ASAP just started to pilot it. They chose Self Help Group (SHG) model for this pilot phase. The SHG model is always a safer mode for the group of young entrepreneurs to start off. As they progress and get groomed, they can easily switch over to a formal company set up. The Kan…

ODL for Corporate Training (Abridged version)