viren patel

Gujarat Technological University
Ahmedabad,gujrat, India

About viren

Languages

English, Gujarati, Hindi

Areas of Expertise

data mining, Software Engineering, Teaching - Arts & Technology

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111048
viren patel
Posted about 3 years ago
Another Groundshifting Opportunity - Can we make Education free?
Online mechanism will certainly help and it is working already. The learning can be fun and can be done for endless hours. But a part of it is already done (one way) by educational TV channels. Just the lack of interaction stops it from making online system. But that won't substitute schools. The drop out rates should not be a concern for now, as we are talking about online education it will not be rigid, no class, no roll calls. Same way, no fix count of students, no homework too ? Only then we are talking about free education. But with this, we won't get to know which student has learned how much. We need exams. There ! Oops, we again get stuck into the same cycle of teaching, examining, grading, passing. And we need the government to approve these exams and results. And we need to people to implement these systems again "remote teachers". So again the same cycle. The transformation is coming, but it will carve its own way out through millions of discussions like this one. For me, i am glad to be part of each one that concerns education.
111048
viren patel
Posted over 3 years ago
Education is all what we call for in today's society - if you ask me it's the most subtle form of injustice around...
The education system is just another system. Like many around us. It has evolved to this stage. And we, till now were a part of it. We came out as the product of this system. I agree with the "lucky ones" and "the others" divide. So apparently the system was intended to help out the "lucky ones". We go wrong when we think that even the lucky ones were the luckiest. As the system finally have made them out to be something they perceived what was being successful; in fact they could have done much better by giving justice to their talents and dedicating themselves on those lines. I would like to stress a point although that even if we want a change, may be a complete transformation in education, where do we start? Where does the process of Education start? I think it is moment we are born. So was going to school not education? was attending college not education? If we look back, we realize that it was. Learning new things is a part of education. A very small part but is significant as it acts as constant catalyst for creativity. Important thing is, what not to learn, or from schools perspective, what not to teach! The education process where in the process of learning happens has to be modified- completely. A good teacher cannot be replaced by a machine. But machine can be a good aid to teacher. More important is, to identify who should be learning what and then efforts should be made to give him the best environment. To reach a reformation of this level is not easy. Yes, i am a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson. I still don't see if the government education system(India) even fathoms his views. Let there not be pipes, of streamlined education, one end in - other end out. Let the learning be nectar from flowers of different gardens, where the children are free to hover and taste the nectar, until they find the flavor of their life and decide to make honey out of one that suits them most.
111048
viren patel
Posted over 3 years ago
Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty
This was not just a story. It shows what a determined attempt for change can do. In his whole speech, there was nothing that made what he did seem easy. His idea to empower the poor is just novel. It is genuine. And he went for it, even after many rejections and denials. "Connectivity increases Productivity", is the key. Knowing this fact is good. Iqbal didn't just stop at that. It is one of the best examples for other poor countries and even the developing countries where governments have hard time saving themselves at power rather than focusing on grass root development.