Deepak Shukla

Curator @ TEDxUTMShillong, TCS
Shillong, Meghalaya, India

About Deepak

Languages

English

TED Conference

TEDActive 2014

Areas of Expertise

Cloud Computing

I'm passionate about

TED, Cloud Computing,Improving Education in India, Traveling and Writing Poetry !

Universities

HKUST

Talk to me about

Travelling, Incredible Human Achievements, Love, Helping Others, Philosophy, History & Culture, Education !

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

221701
Deepak Shukla
Posted about 1 year ago
How important is it to use technology and Internet for primary education?
As far as taking notes is concerened, I personally dont think that laptops or PDA's would ever be used at a primary education level. As this article rightly says that using a pen and paper approach inculcates healthy habits of listening to a speaker/ teacher, understanding and grasping the information and then noting down personal observations (notes) in addition to some interesting facts. As it is, our education systems are increasingly focusing on developing the creative, analytical and reasoning quotient among students so that they become "truly educaTED". Hence, the role of "understanding a lesson and digesting it" is ever more critical in making notes in a classroom. Also with the pervasive search engines like Google, facts are just a click away.
221701
Deepak Shukla
Posted about 1 year ago
How important is it to use technology and Internet for primary education?
It is indeed! Its so exciting to see students browse and explore around various resources across internet while pondering the simplest of the questions. Internet/ technology is such an enabling factor. But the role of a guide is important in making this exploration process effective, efficient and joyful. Else, in most cases, researching on internet could be a time intensive exercise.
221701
Deepak Shukla
Posted about 1 year ago
How important is it to use technology and Internet for primary education?
Thanks a lot Scott for your incredibly helpful feedback on this! You've perfectly identified the most critical issue with any given educations system around us - Assessment. I really wonder is there one single way to assess the diverse range of talents, qualities and skills that students and in general, human resources possess? Can we judge/assess a group of diverse students with the same examination pattern across the year? And yes, technology/ internet should be suitably used in primary schools by understanding the learning goal/ exercise at hand and the appropriateness of a technology aided method for the task. Careful use of technology/ internet/ computers at primary school level is also very crucial, since it sets the tone of how children get influenced by these machines. In this regard, the role of a teacher is extremely important, in addition to the responsibility that parents hold while bringing in these high tech gadgets into the lives of young minds...
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Deepak Shukla
Posted about 2 years ago
For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?
To elaborate more on the issues in Indian Education System, highlighted by Krishna in response to this conversation, following are my personal thoughts for this very important question: I would not blame the students or their parents completely for having the salary-oriented-degree-education perspective that they have. I think, India, as a developing country for the last 50 years so, is still in a transitory phase where money plays a very crucial role. Especially, when you have the worlds second largest population to cater to for the three basic necessities of humans - Food, Clothing and Shelter. If in this 21st century of Information Age, where on one end, you classify your country as a superpower in IT and Software Technologies and on the other, you struggle to pass an all important bill like "RIGHT TO FOOD" or "RIGHT TO EDUCATION", its difficult to understand the direction we're moving as a country. The majority of students in professional courses like Engineering, Meddicine, Law etc in India belong to the larger Middle Class of the economy. Their families have to shell out lacs of rupees to get their children enrolled in these prestigious courses, even if they have a high merit ranking. This is due to large number of private universities, government reservation systems based on caste, region etc. This, in way, makes our entire education system unfair for a huge part of our population. Not to forget, the reservations in government jobs, parliament etc, So, a students enrollment in a course ends up becoming more of a banking investment for the parents rather than a basic noble right of the child to get educated in thier fields of interst. To put in very simple words, "SUCCESS in EDUCATION, IN INDIA, HAS BECOME MORE OF A COMPULSION THAN BEING A DESIRE". So, when we have families ready to treat their children as investment commodities, you'll always have business people trying to make a university on the lines of an assembly line for manufacturing degrees.
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Deepak Shukla
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
My reasons were independent of any belief in God. What I had said was; "even without God, there is something called your own "consciousness" that will always be an "observer" for whatever you do.." To point out again: , "there are many things that are inherently wrong with what they represent"
221701
Deepak Shukla
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
I would disagree with your statement "there is no such thing as right or wrong, only the things we call right or wrong..". When you've expressed your own perspective on rape by saying " I believe very strongly that sexual abuse is one of the greatest evils in the world. ", you have already answered your question. Then you ask "Why is it evil ? ". I'd love to hear about your reasons in believing so if you really think that "nothing is right or wrong objectively". Its because there is a reason for you to believe in such a way. No good reason can then justify a rape or any kind of sexual abuse, even though it may be the right thing for the ones who commit such acts. I don't believe in God completely as I'm an agnostic. But what I believe is, even without God, there is something called your own "consciousness" that will always be an "observer" for whatever you do. So, as far as I think, its humanly impossible to be completely objective while making a judgement on what is right or wrong. Your heart and mind will always give you reasons to believe in whatever you may want to. However, there would always be things that are fundamentally wrong even without any reference to God. So to answer your objective question, to me, even without God, there are many things that are inherently wrong with what they represent rather than their after effects.
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Deepak Shukla
Posted over 2 years ago
How would you advise a person who would like to explore the world, yet has no money at all?
If you have friends at different places, you might be able to travel to those destinations first and explore them with their help. Your friends could help you with accommodation and food at least briefly during your stay. You might also in turn get acquainted with other people through your friends and then travel further in the same way. In your own country, you can take up local jobs in different provinces an stay there for a while. This would give you some cash and allow you to explore those places. In addition to all of this, couch surfing sounds helpful and I would love to experiment with such a thing !