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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Revitalizing The Education Ecosystem !

It’s all about Proactively helping others.

Pessimistic would say that in today's realistic world, people don’t have time for others or how can you trust someone to return a favor.
Optimistic would say that everything that goes around comes back around to you.

There is no one in the world, who either has not extended their hands and asked for a favor, but there are certainly a lot of people, who might have never stepped forward in fulfilling that asked favor. Our message is quite simple, we all expect some kind of help from someone, but unless and until we do not give something to the world, how can we even think about complaining for not receiving any favors.

Following is a fictional story showing how we can revitalize our Education Eco-system with a collaborative effort from all of us out there and thus get the good will moving - as always remember - what goes around definitely comes back around.

James Smith – Comes from a lower-middle-class family, very smart and intelligent, excellent in sports and studies...
Paul Martin – Comes from a higher-middle-class family, intelligent enough to get the work done, good in sports and studies...
Steve Jackson – Comes from a rich family, good in sports and studies...

James, Paul, and Smith get admissions into the AMR University for their B.Tech (Computer Science). They need guidance on how to go about their studies,syllabus books, study material and what not. They log onto BOOKS10Solutions to find out if someone is donating any books or not and if there is someone out there who can help them through acquiring some good reference study material.

James gets to know that there are some people who would like to Fund Books for 1 Student for 1 Year, so he contacts them to check whether he is eligible for that kindness? James informs Paul about this Books10 project which has been going around, and asks him to find out whether he is eligible too, or not. In a way, James also explains the message of the Point10 Team's “Fund Books for 1 Student for 1 Year" project.

Paul is aware of some people who would like to fund books for students and knows some senior students who might have the books that he needs. Thus, instead of getting the free funded books (Paul thinks that he can afford the Books so he does not want to get the Free Books), he chooses to get the older books at cheaper prices from Seniors Mark and Kevin. He contacts them and finds out that they are already the members of Point10 Student Chapter in AMR University. Mark and Kevin give their books to Paul and James at a reasonable price and also imparts valuable suggestions to them about how to proceed with their further studies and planning.

Now, another student Steve, comes to know about the Books10 project of Point10 team, from James and Paul. He likes the concept and tells his parents about the same. His father Mr. Jackson impressed by the enthusiasm from Steve and this noble concept tells Steve that he would like to fund the books for two of his friends who can not afford the cost of such books. Also on the Books10 portal they find out that there are some Mentors working in MNCs who are willing to come forward and help students whenever required. This proactive help, makes the students feel much more secure for their future goals knowing that there many people around them who can and who would help/support/guide them as and when required.

Once these students get settled down with their studies, they face another dilemna of selecting the right Semester Project as per the curriculum. Ideally they would prefer to do a project which can benefit them in the future, more likely an industry specific project which has the potential to become a product at some point of time.

They log onto the Projects10 portal of Point10 Team's venture, to explore what kind of projects their seniors have done and to browse some resources to help them figure out some ideas for their term project. James and Paul come across a project “School Management System” which was developed by Anthony who’s now working in Microsoft. They like the project and want to do something related to “School Management System”. They can see Anthony’s contact information in the portal and so they contact Anthony to find out what sort of ground work he did for the project, which are the places he visited, what tools he used etc. Anthony guides them about the project and suggests them to take the existing project done by him and improve it to take it to the next level. They work very hard for the project with guidance from Anthony and other Mentors. Finally they develop a small prototype which can actually be used in schools. They successfully implement the “School Management System” in “St. Johns School”, which wouldn’t have the funds to buy expensive software from the professional companies. By this way they get some amazing Industry Experience and at the same time have given something back to the society.

Steve and his classmates Mark and Mike want to develop something in Web 2.0 space. They can see lots of projects related to Web 2.0 from their seniors from AMR University and other colleges in the state. On contacting them for guidance, they get some proactive help and suggestions from Steve on what kind of tools to be used, analysis to be done to make the project scalable. This helps them to better understand the concepts and also get acquainted with the actual industry professionals. Finally they develop a web portal where they would profile all the SMEs in the state, which can be used as their E-Commerce Platform. They read newspapers quite regularly. They get to know about the project done by Michael (RICK University Student, RICK University is the most famous University in the town known for hefty placements for students) which sounds very cool but doesn’t have any real-life implication. They feel disheartened that not many people are recognizing their good work.

So, they log into EDUCATION10 portal of Point10 Team's venture, to inform the community about the good work done by them. They get interviewed by Sam (another student from AMR University, member of Point10 Student Chapter). Next day they all get highlighted in the Education10 portal for doing an amazing work for their projects.
1. “School Management System” and also comments from the Principal of “St. John’s School” were mentioned.
2. An E-commerce portal for SMEs and the comments from the owner of one of the SMEs visited by Steve and his team were mentioned.

Having seen some interesting work done by the students of AMR University, John (Sr. Journalist from EduTimes Newspaper, prominent Newspaper in the state) writes a story on his column about these students.

James and Paul are trying to find out certain ways of earning some money to cope uo with their expenses even as they are finishing studies. Also Steve and his friends want to get bit of an experience on Market Research projects. They log into Jobs10 portal, one more venture from Point10 Team, to find our which companies are hiring, giving out projects/internships/jobs to the students who are willing to work 4-5 hours daily to meet their educational expenses and get industry experience during their studies. James and Paul find out that “MIT Solutions”, leading IT solutions provider, want to expand their business into Education domain, looking for bright and talented students who can work for 3-4 hours daily. They have already learned a bit about the tricks of this trade during their “School Management System” project, and so it becomes very easy for them to impress the Interviewer and get selected. Now they’ll be able to earn something to help fund their education. At the same time they will get an amazing work experience which will help them in future. Steve and his friends, gets selected by “MML Industries” who want to hire some intelligent students for part-time Market Research and Awareness campaign before their New Product Launch. Steve and his friends gets selected in the company, they get to learn lot of things and also get good grades for their semester project.

• They don’t have to be dependent on Campus interviews!
• They are competent enough to take on the sharks of the industry!
• They can choose the kind of profile/company they want to work with!
• Having gone through the Point10 ideology, James, Paul and Steve decide to go to the nearby slums and rural areas to teach (impart basic skills) the under privileged students.
• They also PROACTIVELY take part in the various activities being carried out by the Government Organizations and NGOs for the betterment of the Society.
• They also proactively share their experience/skills with the Youth over there on how they can get the jobs in BPOs, ITES, and Sales Organization, which really can help them in future.

We might not get successful in our Endeavors if we don’t have ...
• Young Professionals funding the books for at least 1 student for 1 year!
• Mr. Jackson showing the willingness to fund books for couple of students!
• Mark and Kevin (seniors) giving valuable guidance to Paul for his further studies!
• Anthony working in Microsoft (Alumni – AMR University) doesn’t show the proactiveness to guide James and Paul!!
• Principal (St. John’s School) allowing James and Paul to get an insight into about their day-to-day operations!
• Sam become the active member of Point10 Student Chapter to take interviews of fellow students doing good work!
• John (Sr. Journalist –EduTimes) profile the good work done by the students of AMR University in his column!
• MIT Solutions and MML Industries showing the willingness to give students the opportunity to exercise their potential!
• James, Paul and Steve proactively helping the under privileged students living around them!
• James, Paul and Steve proactively help the under privileged students living around them !

But we will be highly successful if we have ...
• Young Professionals funding the books for at least 1 student for 1 year!
• Mr. Patel showing the willingness to fund books for couple of students!
• Amit and Kapil (seniors) giving valuable guidance to Rohit (Junior) for his further studies!
• Ramesh Chauhan working in L &T InfoTech (Alumni – Nirma University) shows the proactiveness to guide Rahul and Rohit (Students of Nirma University)!!
• Principal (Anand Niketan School) allowing Rahul and Rohit in getting an insight about their day-to-day operations!
• Mayank, Shalin and Utsav become the active member of Point10 Student Chapter to take interviews of fellow students doing good work!
• Journalists from AM,TOI and DNA profile the good work done by the students of lesser known colleges.
• EInfochips and Gateway Technolabs show the willingness to give students the opportunity to exercise their potential!
• Mayank , Shalin and Utsav proactively helping the under privileged students living around them !

We are pretty much sure that one day we will replace the Fictional Characters mentioned above with the rea-life characters with real-life stories.

At Point10, we are putting in everything that we have to make this belief happen!!!
We look forward to an everlasting relationship with all those who want to be a part of our dream and bring it to reality.

We look forward to your support and positive as well as negative feedback, suggestions and comments to make us improve in our efforts to realize this dream.

Best Regards
Point10Solutions Team

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