Dr.Balasubramaniam addressed the students of Prof. Fernando Reimers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on 19-Feb, Friday. Prof. Reimers teaches a course on Educational Innovations. Balu spoke on the different innovations that SVYM has attempted in the Education sector in the last 22 years. Apart from making a presentation and showing a short video clip on the education activities of SVYM, he spoke about how the mission of the organization evolved, the need for out-of-the-box thinking at the tribal school, the attempts to make education a community movement and the education vision of Swami Vivekananda. This 40-minute talk was followed by an engaging interaction with the students from all over Harvard University.
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In a letter that Swami Vivekananda wrote to the Maharajah of Mysuru, he said, “He alone lives who lives for others. The rest are more dead than alive”. Life in the service of others is not only fulfilling but also spiritually elevating. More about ‘Going beyond Yourself’ can be heard in a online talk that I recently gave to the employees of Global MNC. See the video below:
Ms Nirmala Sitharaman announced the setting up a Social Stock Exchange (SSE) in her budget speech of July 2019 and SEBI was the nodal agency to help set it up. SEBI set up a working group with the mandate of framing the norms for it. Though there are 5 fully functional SSEs and 6 SSE equivalents in the world till date, none of them have been successful. India can learn several lessons from the Global experience and needs a SSE that is Indian in its outlook while at the same time effective in its approach and design. The SEBI report
Year 2020 will be remembered for a long time as the year that challenged many of our established ideas, beliefs and certainties. The year in which the best of our formulae—for success, happiness, effectiveness—were found wanting. More than halfway through the year, we have far more questions than answers. The COVID crisis is dictating a new normal to all. Whether it is in the space of healthcare, governance, education, national economies, crisis response, finance, community work or just managing one’s daily life, everything has changed overnight. It is quite likely that there is no going back to the old and
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