We are collecting books for our upcoming Kahani Ki Dukaan rural libraries in Naggar (Himachal Pradesh) and Mandai village (Madhya Pradesh). We require books for children between ages 3 yrs to 12 yrs, written mostly in vernacular and a few in basic English.
To help create a supportive eco system, we have made a list of books from some of our favourite local publishing houses and NGOs/ NPOs who are also working towards quality education for children. We would request you to extend your support to local organizations and buy directly from their website and discourage big corporations.
Please find the link :
Once you choose the books from the list you'd like to contribute, please send us those names and we shall be able to share the address where you can order those to. Corresponding website is mentioned in the list. :)
Thank you for your support :)
The following questions were prepared for a UN75 dialogue co-hosted by The Dais, Rana University in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Mandate Project. As a brief background to the initiative, the UN launched a global dialogue wherein people from all walks of life, whether in classrooms or boardrooms, across the world are being asked what kind of world they would like to live in. The idea is to enrich the public discourse and crowd-source solutions to the complex problems faced by society. The substance of the discussions and recommendations will be forwarded to world leaders during the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN to be held in September, 2020.
In order to reach as many people as possible, the UN is partnering with youth, civil society, business and media organisations, and has created a one-minute survey that is quick and easy to complete. We encourage everyone to take a couple of minutes to fill out the same.
This initiative also comes at a time when the world is under the shadow of an unprecedented health crisis with severe and, as yet, uncertain economic and social impacts. In this light, we selected the present topic to have a discussion with students from Rana University in Kabul. During the course of the dialogue, the speakers raised several key issues that are being faced in Afghanistan. In order to open the discussion, we have invited the students to continue the conversation on this platform to engage with all interested individuals who are interested in addressing or learning more about this issue.
The questions are meant to serve as a starting point for a larger discourse. Please feel free to raise any new questions or to share your insights and observations on the ones listed below:
1. Broadly, in what ways do you think the pandemic will affect developing countries worse than developed countries?
2. Do you think the pandemic will result in changes to the FDI landscape in Afghanistan? For instance, how do you think it will affect projects like the TAPI pipelines?
3. How can a balance between health/human lives on the one hand and reviving economic activity on the other hand be achieved? What considerations do you think must be prioritised in striking such a balance?
4. Do governments need to take on stronger regulatory roles, or should industries be granted greater autonomy in self-regulation? What are the possible advantages and pitfalls of each option? (For instance, governments capping the retail price of face masks to prevent price gouging. How far do you think government should take market regulation)
5. The pandemic has underscored deficient spending on healthcare, education, environment etc. How do you think the pandemic might force governments to reorient their spending going forward?
6. The problems faced by marginalised and economically weaker populations have been compounded by the pandemic in developing countries. How has the government responded to such problems in Afghanistan? How can the government improve its response?
7. In response to crises, we may often see short-sighted policy reactions. For instance, in the 1930s there was a shift away from economic liberalism and free trade to economic protectionism. Which approach would you favour in responding to the economic recession that has resulted from Covid: Deepening international cooperation or economic isolationism?
8. Severe recession has been associated with a fall in demand and persistent losses in output. Expectations of weak future growth discourage investment and so become self-fulfilling. What kind of measures are required to counter the drop in demand and output?
9. Long periods of unemployment can cause loss of skills and may permanently deter workers from seeking jobs. Many companies may disappear. In such a scenario, what kind of employment opportunities can be created to engage the workforce?
10. Most of us have witnessed environmental indicators register a marked improvement during the periods of lockdown. Even hardened sceptics have acknowledged the role of human industrial activity in polluting the environment. Can there be a shift away from a carbon-intensive pattern of economic activity in times to come?
11. Gender roles are often predetermined within a society. The privilege underlying these roles can lead to economic inequality between the genders. Do you think the pandemic related economic slowdown has had any specific impact on women? If yes, what and how can these be addressed?
12. When future generations look back at the crisis, will it be viewed as a decisive turning point? If so, in which direction? Are there certain directions which ought to be avoided?
Please use the comments section below share your views and suggestions and to engage with the community.
I have recently been contemplating whether should I apply for MBA or not. With that contemplation, also comes the dawn of the fact that one has to study and take the GMAT, which honestly is not the toughest but also is not the easiest.
With the ongoing turbulence in the global socio-eco-political plane due to Covid-19, it has become a conduit for powering up the looming bulb of possible doom over the head of applicants applying to B-Schools worldwide, in respect of ability to travel, study, get a job, procure visa and permit to work and stay, amongst other uncertainties.
It was only recently while talking to a friend who is also preparing for his GMAT, I was recently informed that some of the top-tier B-Schools are dispensing the requirement for GMAT/GRE for the current enrolment in their respective MBA courses due to the pandemic gripping the world.
Some of the B-Schools that have taken this recourse in the present times are: -
Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
Kellogg, North-western University (applicants falling under Future Leader Program)
McCombs, University of Texas
London Business School
Said School of Business, University of Oxford
Judge Business School, Cambridge University
(The list is not exhaustive, and dispensing with GMAT is up to certain level of selection, stage or time)
Looking at it from a myopic applicant’s point of view, yeah it is undoubtedly great that one can avoid giving a not so easy test.
Whereas looking at a more realistic picture, not having GMAT as a measure to curate possible candidates from the thousands of applicants, I assume will start to hinder the opportunity of those applicants which do not have a great deal of experience behind them and are counting on a Standardized Adaptive Test which might help them secure a seat in these prestigious B-Schools.
I’d like to know your views and opinions on this…