Adapting to the changing times, the education system in India and other developing countries must look beyond their boundaries and encourage more collaborative research.
Speaking at an event in Trans Discipliry University (TDU), former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and speakers from Ethiopia and Uganda argued in favour of more experiential learning and student-centric approach in education. TDU, founded by technocrat Sam Pitroda and Darshan Shankar, signed an MoU with Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Mbarara University, Uganda.
Times are changing and our education system needs to adapt to the new realities. Theoretical knowledge has to be complemented with experiential learning. For this, we need to forge new ties and look beyond the usual.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Tit-bits of ongoing water supply projects
This is in reference to an article published on 16.11.17 in a local Assamese daily regarding the ongoing water supply projects in Guwahati. The writer highlighted some of the important aspects of the projects. Of course, people are groping in the dark when they are going to get pipe water in their homes. I, too wish to add a few things for the city folks for their information.
Before starting any project activity, overall project schedule has to be filized and approved by the competent authority. The overall schedule comprises of activities such as basic engineering, detailed engineering, tendering, ordering, procurement, inspection, construction, piping, hydro-testing, electrical and instrumentation etc up to the commissioning of the project. Major activities are then broken down to smaller parts (work break down structure) to ease of planning, resource allocation, monitoring and reviewing process and highlighting the problems/ hold-ups (if any) from time to time for taking corrective measures to expedited completion of the project. Every project has to have a scheduled start date, actual start date, scheduled completion date and expected completion date. Frequent monitoring and reviewing the activities, the project mager would be able to forecast a fil date for completion of the project. There are software tools available like PERT/CPM, Primavera (most versatile tool use across the world to control project activities) and lastly Bar Chart Schedule (simple and can be understood by everyone) for these purposes.
However, in the absence of proper schedules, any project is likely to go haywire. As far as my information goes, it is for sure that the agencies involved in implementation of the said projects have not taken help of the above planning tools. And the end result is obvious!