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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Some time ago, Nitesh Batra the founder of the Mindful Initiative reached out to me through a common friend asking if he could interview me for a podcast that he runs. Having been interviewed several times in the past for newspapers and television, I was expecting this also to be similar to the ones that I had participated in. A friend who is a well known communication expert had once told me that the quality of the interview is the end product of the chemistry that emerges in that moment of time between the interviewer and the interviewee. It includes
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