In this universe when everything ceases, there is only you.

We have reached to the extremes of knowledge in our desire to know the divine. Yet throughout the time, the creation may have matured in scientific and maternal means, we are as far from understanding spirituality as we ever were.
Our lack of objectivity is at fault.
In spiritual matters we think we are self sufficient, although it is in our nature to learn from other human beings in every other sphere, While trying to understand what lies beyond the physical, our ego, that particularly is the human combination of mental ignorance and spiritual immaturity, prevents us from seeing our constraints.
Our karmic strings bind us to each other. We are here to settle our karmic debts and credits. We enter this world as parents, children, as friends, and relatives but as soon as our karmic accounts for this life are settled, we depart. Each going their own way.

Its exactly like an inn where we all gather together for the night, but at day break, we all go our different ways.
We are like birds that together take shelter on a tree in the evening, but with the early rays of dawn, each flies off its own way.
We have to keep a balance, we can’t live a solitary life. We are a part of a chain in this world and we can’t break that chain. There’s no escape from our duties, responsibilities and obligations and hiding ourselves in some den or a forest.
We have karmic accounts to pay, to give and take. And while doing that, we must practice our meditation. We have to maintain the balance.

The best plan you can make is to live in his will and accept his commands and be receptive to his grace. If we live in his will and if we are grateful to him for whatever he has given us, then we feel extremely happy and light.
All else will be taken care of.

Arachika Kapoor

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Map your Future

For those who love Geography and want to pursue a career in this field, working as a cartographer is an ideal choice. With an advent of digital and visual format, mapping is the next big thing for those who have good communication skills and ability to recreate reality. SRIYA REDDY tells you about job prospects in this sector

Presenting the world on a sheet of paper is not only what a cartographer does. The art of analyzing and evaluating, gathering and processing, researching and selecting the reality into ways that can convey spatial information easily is what we call as cartography. The term can be defined as the study of maps or an art of graphically representing a geographical area on a flat surface or simply as mapping.

“Cartography is nothing but preparing maps and laying the working systems graphically,” Mohammed Ishtiaque, Professor of Geography in Jamia Millia Islamia University says. He also tells you that a cartographer needs scientific and imaginative temper with an artistic brain. While traditional cartography has completely been sidelined, modern cartography has become big due to advent of IT. The influence of technology has not only enabled the manipulation of images on-screen, but, has also proved to be a technological advancement in the world of map-making with almost all the data now collected and transmitted electronically. In commercial cartographic publishing, the work is more in common with book publishing and requires innovative design skills.

A cartographer today, needs special design and analytical skills to be able to recreate reality. With high level of accuracy, correct logical approach and attention, details of mapping can be successfully created. One should take up this course only if he has a keen interest in topography or geography and like to explore geographical software’s.

“Cartography is a unique blend of science, social geography and physical geography with a combination of technical skills required for map-making. Therefore, if a student loves geography, a career in this field can prove to be ideal,” Usha Albuquerque, career counselor tells you.

Eligibility

The eligibility needed by a person to join this programme is 10+2 at school level and a graduate level  degree in mathematics, economics, geography or geology. Those who have done their PG level programme in the same field can apply as well. Subjects needed for this course are geography, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), surveying and mapping science, topographic science, earth sciences and urban and land studies.

Job Opportunities

The Government today, contributes to this course with job opportunities in departments including Ordnance Survey, the Ministry of Defense, the Met Office and The Department of Transport. According to Professor Mohammad Ishtiaque: “The GIS and global positioning system have become the part and parcel of cartography. A cartographer can work in departments like weather and environment. Other than that one can also layout the directions for communication systems. Now, the Government has also come up with micro level plant, hence, all the districts require cartographers.”

Today, one of the visible examples as opportunities in cartography is the Google map. Each and every person today is accustomed to it be it searching for the right ways or a restaurant, people’s favorite — Google — knows it all. The opportunities don’t end here. With the advent of metro, metro maps have become quite popular. Businesses that deal with selling maps, producing maps for encyclopedias, reference books and atlases, publishers, planners, engineers, architects also need cartographers. Cartographers can join NGOs and other developmental agencies too that primarily engage in population studies, rural development and various environmental issues.

How to apply

A candidate who wishes to join the course needs to visit the official website of the concerned university. They can fill the downloaded application from the website and can send it along with attachments including copies of certificates to prove their educational qualification and cheque or money order of the application fee.

In case of any difficulty in downloading the form, one can contact the concerned authority for the application form. A demand draft for the application form can be sent to the office after which the application form along with the information bulletin can be obtained. The same can be obtained along with the information bulletin directly from the office.

Remuneration

A qualified person can expect anywhere around Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 a month. After a couple of years of experience, one can successfully earn up to Rs 50,000 per month and more. If one decides to join foreign organisation, he can expect Rs 5,00,000-Rs 10, 00,000 per year depending on the organisation one works in.

Where to study

Institutions or universities that provide this course to the students are:

Annamalai University

Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai), Jamia Millia Islamia. Course: diploma in Cartography D

Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, MS University of Baroda. Course: Diploma in Cartography,

North Orissa University, Baripada. Course: Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System)

Osmania University. Course Diploma in Geographical Cartography

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. Course: Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System)

Sam Higginbotom Institute of Agriculture, Allahabad. Course: Post-graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System

Delhi University. Course: Undergraduate programme in geography which includes Cartographic Techniques.

Apart from the Indian universities and institutions, students can also apply in foreign institutions. Institutions like Brigham Young University, USA (Bachelor in Cartography), Florida State University, USA (Master in Cartography), Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK), Texas A & M University, USA, States (Bachelor in Cartography), University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (Bachelor in Cartography and Master in Cartography) offer programmes in this field.

Sriya Reddy

(This article was taken from The Pioneer)

Edu-tech revolution

Experts tell you that a balance between practical experience and technological tools is actually helping children to innovate. From kinder gogy, ICT led curriculum in colleges to annual Tedx events, techfests and model village projects, technology in education is now seen as a blessing in disguise. However, the onus is on the teachers to make sure that the child doesn’t become addicted to the Internet. Sriya Reddy reports

Recall the recent advertisement by MTS 3Gplus (Internet baby) where a baby steps out of the womb only to explore the web with superior technology? The younger generation (known as ‘digital natives’), especially infants of two to three years of age are effortlessly using electronic gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops to learn with the help of innovative applications.
With the advancement in technology over the past few years, education has gone through a drastic change, marking a new revolution in this field. From primary, secondary to higher education, technology has left a huge impact at every level, making teaching and learning process more intuitive, interactive and holistic.
Evolution of kinder gogy
Kinder gogy is the latest terminology in edtech industry which means integrating technology in the kindergarten curriculum. The 21st century kindergarden and preschool are slowly revamping themselves in preparing children in the two to four years age category for primary education. Learning rhymes, music, alphabets and its pronunciation, identifying animals and their sound, colours, seasons, learning how to read e-books etc helps children to grasp things easily.
But is it okay to expose young children to tech friendly tools rather than giving them scope to experiment? Experts tell you that there should be an ideal balance. “Technology in education is great but it doesn’t provide complete learning. It is more important that the children put their learnings into practise for their holistic development. They should come up with their own ideas for story-telling, making creative handicraft, etc.
“There has to be a balance of technology and traditional style of learning that includes playing outdoor games and indulging in group activities. But, teachers should be mindful that the Internet doesn’t become an addiction for young children,” Amol Arora, VC and MD, Shemrock and Shemford Group of Schools, says.
ICT led curriculum
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provides high quality, core-curriculum products related to CBSE and AICTE syllabus. With the help of smart labs with interactive white boards, educational tablets, cloud technology, open source and access tools, virtual conference tools, tv presenter, etc, teaching and learning becomes easier.
A lot of initiatives have been taken over by many IT enterprise companies like intel, hewlett-packard, educomp, ncomputing, classteacher learning systems, national instruments, adobe India, simplilearn.com, nazara technologies, etc, to set-up their innovative technology in schools and remote places in India for e-learnings and better teaching.
“Educators want to provide students access to conducive learning environments but limited IT budgets, IT infrastructure management hassles, limited staff, space and energy constraints act as impediments. These challenges are driving educators to adopt new technologies that improve teaching and are affordable and easy to manage.
“Many IT companies are working with the Central and State governments and many non-government agencies to make computing solutions available at the most economical costs so that the benefits of computing reach far and wide in the country. Through this, every student is able to learn, discover, experiment and collaborate with their peers in different countries and get equipped with competitive abilities to venture out confidently into today’s global economy,” Monali Handa, director marketing, NComputing, tells you.
TedX Summits & e-programmes
There are students who aspire to be an innovator, creator or entrepreneur. Tedx is one such platform which enables such students to showcase their talent.
Such events are becoming like an annual affair where students get an opportunity to interact with the guest speakers who teach them the nuances of setting up a start-up.
“Tedx has given us a platform to spread out ideas to millions. The events are mindblowing and it actually aspires us to do something special and innovative. Many students hooked to the TedX videos on YouTube to know more about extraordinary people in various walks of life,” 16-year-old Sahil Bansal, Class XI student of DPS Mathura Road, tells you. He was awarded the youngest editor-in-chief of Inkspire, India’s first art magazine, by Limca Book of Records.
Special initiatives are also taken up by some schools so that the child gets to experience technology-enabled innovations from an early age.
“DPS conducts programmes on e-gadgets on Saturdays and holidays where many students come up with games and e-learning programmes which they have created,” Manju Mehra, academic coordinator, DPS Mathura road, says. She tells you that this creativity coupled with hi-tech tools is the right way of preparing a child to face the world.
Model Village & competitions
It is not just the primary and secondary schools which are inspiring and encouraging their students to come up with own innovations, but it has also led college administrators take keen interest in this mode of teaching.
With the prior motive to give their students a first-hand learning experience, premier institutions in the Capital and elsewhere have been exposing students to a model village concept. “We create problems which can be easily solved by the help of the latest tech aids. Our students get to participate on a live solution to a problem arrangement and they learn a lot from such exchanges,” Hriitu Rana, founder of Anant Vikas, a collaborative initiative by students of St Stephens College in New Delhi .
Apart from these out of the box concepts, various competitions like mobile application development, software coding, innovations to showcase in science exhibitions, there are a plenty of technology-related activities happening in colleges.
“My friends have created games and puzzles for the android OS on phones and are also getting paid for it! This encourages us to create something new, copyright it and sell it to a company. Many companies who come for placements, test our talent through our creation and technical skills,” says Rohan Verma, student, BITS Pilani, Goa. He is the co-founder of a helicam called ‘The Willow — a complete aerial surveillance system’. Verma adds that the BITS Connect programme is another initiative where with the help of telepresence polycam, students of all BITs campus gets connected for lectures.
Online learning and exam mode
YouTube tutorials on all topics has opened the doors for leaning, bringing world-class education and perspective from across the world to your mobile phones, or video conference through Skype or new model of multi-campus education through telepresence polycam. With the introduction of e-coaching centres in India by Hughes Communications, Aakash Education, Chopras, online university by ITM-Group or others, Massive Open Online Course courses and online exam mode, all this have made learning process easier and at the comfort zone.
Oflate, Groupon India has also launched online courses on stand-up comedy or wedding planning, app design, anger management, time management, weight management, language courses (English, Spanish, German, French), photography, web development, Microsoft office, etc which makes it easier for a student to opt for a subject of his choice.

Sriya Reddy

(The content was taken from The Pioneer)