Friday 29 September 2017

Importance of Meditation In a Student's Life


A student’s life is one among the busiest lives of human beings. Getting up early in the morning, staying active all-time in school, attending coaching and tuition, spending some time on sports activities and the devoting some time to self-study is a daily routine of most of the students. Being a student, you all might also get tired by the end of the day and would look for alternatives to relax your mind and soul.  Well! The solution is on the tips of your fingers. Not able to figure it out? Let me help you. Meditation. Mediation is the remedy to all your stress.

Meditation has from ancient times been the sole solution to your pain and problems. They contribute directly to your mental focus and concentration. To own flexibility of mind and thoughts, one should always go for meditation. Proven through research and studies, meditation has a biochemical effect on the human body and helps in relieving mental tension. Decreased production of neurotransmitter dopamine along with an increase in the oxytocin hormone results in an overall feeling of well-being and trust. Listed below are some of the major benefits of meditation I a student’s life.

Regaining Strength
Being students, you have to toggle between various activities and so strength and endurance are very important for you. Meditation helps you regain that strength. Breathing techniques improve your air intake and therefore you tend to get less tired. You gain calmness of mind and soul and can carry out your day to day activities very smoothly. Meditation helps you in gaining your mental, physical and spiritual strength. All you have to do is to sit in a quiet place and think nothing about the future or the past. Just be in the present!

Flexibility of Mind
With meditation comes a greater flexibility of mind. 15 minutes of meditation can lead your mind to work more efficiently.  You would be able to imbibe your lessons thoroughly and also be able to develop newer ideas in your mind. And most importantly, you would be able to feel the difference yourself. The functioning of your mind would improve significantly and you would be able to study for longer hours. Meditating for 15-20 minutes is equal to 1 hour of sleep and hence it is a short way to refresh your mind and start working again.

Relieving Stress
Meditation focuses on your inner peace and relieves your mind of any mental stress. Clear away the unnecessary thoughts overload that your mind is indulged into and get into a state of relaxation and tranquil mind. Increasing self-awareness is one of the key roles of meditation and it eliminates negative thoughts thus resulting in reduced stress levels.

Fighting Diseases
Meditation is a cure to many diseases like insomnia, high blood pressure, various heart problems and cancer. Regular meditation can increase your threshold of pain and relieve you of all kinds of diseases. Chronic diseases in students like arthritis, obesity and other respiratory diseases can also be cured through meditation. A significant balance is achieved in the circulatory system during meditation, as it cleanses the body of pathogens. Thus meditation causes a day by day strengthening of the body.

So, take a step towards a healthy life and include meditation in your day to day activity. This is not only recommended specifically for students but for people of all age groups. Because meditation is the “mantra” to a healthy and successful life.  

Thursday 28 September 2017

Online Education with Volte


Technology is playing a vital role in our day to day life, whether we take its involvement into our household works or we take its contributions in our education. Technology reduced the physical exhaustion and made our life more comfortable. Technology revolutionized the system of education as now one can learn anything of his or her own interest without actually being physically present at the Centre of learning. Earlier the introduction of technology to the education system was highly debatable but improvisation of the technology changed the scenario.
Here, the most important thing to note is that 95% of the technology is totally dependable over the speed of the internet. Therefore, it became necessary to improvise the speed of internet from 2G to VOLTE. This change from 2G internet to 4G internet has given a boom to learning. Voice over long-term evolution or simply VOLTE technology which supports 4G internet provided the students with 3x and 4x speed as compared to 2G and 3G internet.
As VOLTE technology enabled our mobile handset to run over advanced internet facility therefore with the help of 4G network majority of students and even teachers got the variety of learning tools at their fingertips. This learning through the internet and VOLTE technology is called as Online learning which is much more comfortable compared to the traditional regular classes.
Here are some advantages of VOLTE technology in online education, which would eventually benefit a learner.
Teacher-Teacher-Student communication
The advanced technology of the fast internet has given a wide scope of skill improvement on both the ends. It allowed a teacher to communicate and learn from the other teachers across the globe which ultimately helped in the elimination of the shortcomings in the teaching methods and providing a student with the best available solutions. Students also got the benefit as they could now, using the online education, get in touch with other students as well as with the best teachers in the world at any point of time.
Development of research skills
VOLTE technology and its application to the online education, has provided a student with a link to a huge expanse of knowledge available online. A student can do research on their favorite topic and make the best notes. This linked opportunity enabled a student to practice research which would ultimately give advantageous skills of researching needed if a student goes for higher studies.
Comfort + Online education = Better results
It’s observed that a huge number of students do not give a satisfactory result when they are opting for face to face learning, but the same student is much more productive when learning online. Online education with a VOLTE technology could be a treasure for such students who promise a better result in their own pace.
There are numerous examples available online, if one does the research, that when education is mixed up with the latest technology it provides better outcomes. I will give you some outstanding ones to provide you with the realistic picture of the benefits of online education.
The Flipped Classrooms
This is a new method of making a student more interactive and productive. This is a kind of gift to those students who can learn better at home watching and be listening to videos and audios provided by their teachers. The next day, the same teacher calls for a group discussion between the students where they can share their knowledge and develop a new set of understanding to the concept, a more realistic and applicable one.
Apps like Self-enabler allows you to assess yourself using your mobile. It allows a student to solve questions of the classes and chapters of their own choice which acts like a mirror in which students can judge his/her knowledge on his/her own. A student can use these apps to check their everyday understanding of the concepts taught in their classes on a very particular day. This also enables a student to ask questions in the classroom, which is obviously making a student more interactive, and no doubt in the improvement in marks.
I encourage you to think more ways in which technology has improved education and give your valuable comment.

Written By : Shoryabh Srivastava

Wednesday 27 September 2017

The Ultimate Guide is NCERT Sample Papers

The Ultimate Guide is NCERT Sample Papers

Students are very sensitive when it comes to their examinations. They consider these exams as life maker or life breaker situation/task. It is a societal made fact that exams play an important role in shaping one’s career and deciding the type of opportunity that a student can grab. Whatever we study in our student life is obviously going to help us in cracking other competitive or scholarship exams.
 In today’s market, on one hand, where there is a huge competition for achieving high grades, on the other hand, the same market is flooded with N number of sample papers. Many of them are copied also. All these situations ultimately leave a student into a chaos when it comes to choosing in between all these components of the education system.

 In order to help students out from this chaos of choosing, I tried to find out which sample paper is best suited and can provide an ultimate solution to almost all the queries of a student. I found that NCERT sample papers are the best available solution to the difficulties faced by a student and could play an important role in acting as a guide to a student in achieving high grades in their exams.

 I have put the list of benefits a student would get from NCERT sample papers. So, read the following below-

Elimination of fear
Worst feeling that haunts anyone is the feeling of what strange things could come in their way. The worst feeling one faces in his/her entire student life is having a blank idea of what’s going to come in the exam in which /he/she is going to appear. The NCERT sample papers are designed to make a student familiar with the pattern and type of questions that he/she could face during the exam in the examination hall. Practicing from these sample papers could help a student in overcoming his/her fear, stress and anxiety evolved due to the unknown pattern of the exam.

Authentic and reliable
These NCERT sample papers are tested and prepared by keeping in mind the syllabus and psychology of the student studying in a particular class. Therefore, they are both authentic and reliable. These papers are totally based upon the CBSE pattern of the syllabus which a student is studying every day and even provides a detailed solution to the toughest possible question asked.

 Self Enabling
Just by solving NCERT sample papers a student can make his/her knowledge and understanding enabled enough to participate in any competition whether that competition is in the attire of school examination or in the face of scholarship test. These sample papers are designed in such a way that practicing from it on a regular basis gets a student more clarity in the understanding of the concept and makes him/her more speedy and accurate with solving the problems.

 Time management
As these sample papers are designed to make students familiar with the pattern of examination, therefore, a student could learn to manage time by practicing from these papers which could ultimately help him/her in the exams in which he/she is going to appear. These papers could provide them with the environment same as the examination hall if the student is honest regarding the self-assessment.

 Boosts confidence level
We cannot underestimate the importance of confidence a student has if, he has prepared well for the examination. Preparation comes from practice and NCERT sample papers are the ultimate guide to confidence which would be useful for the exam.

Do comment if you have something to share which I forgot in my blog. See you soon with some other topic.

                      Have a nice and wonderful life. Keep :-)

 Written By: Shoryabh Srivastava

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Online Tutor: A Guru on Internet

Struggling with last minute doubts while revising certain topics before exams? Need a guide who is all time ready to help you? If your head nods a yes, then my dear friend, I think I know the best solution for your problem. The best solution, I am talking about, is that one person who is with you 24*7 to solve your problems, that person, who you can always confide in during your exam days. This person is none other than your tutor. When we talk of tutor, the very first image which comes to our mind is of a person who gives lectures and takes classes in personal using a real time platform. If you really visualize a tutor like this, then answer a question. When you feel stuck at any point just the last night before exam, how will you consult your tutor? How will you convey your queries to him and how will he solve your problems? Obviously, no one will text or call his tutor at 12 in the night. It is at this point, a friend comes at your service. He is the ‘ONLINE TUTOR’ who will be ready to help you at any time.

Who is an Online Tutor?
An online tutor is a person who will help you with your studies at any time. He provides us the lectures and notes using a completely virtual environment. The sessions are done using the internet and this virtual environment is nothing but your personal computer or smart-phone. Unlike your personal home tutor who gives you lessons at your home, online tutor provides you the lessons at your fingertips anytime when you need them.

His Way of Teaching
This online friend of ours does this smart work by the technique called online tutoring. Online tutoring is the way of providing education with a blend of technology. In this process, the student consults the tutor for any type of queries or doubts. Productive video lectures and more precise notes are provided. Online tutoring helps a student to keep up the pace with the class if he is lagging behind in classroom topics. This platform gives a supportive personal approach rather than an impersonal classroom environment.

Benefits of Consulting an Online Guru
Having an online guru has its own benefits. Different sessions like online classes, discussions, and doubt classes are just a click away. You can actively take part in them without being present there physically. One of the many advantages of an online tutor is that a student can consult him anytime. Whether it be 8 in the morning or 7 in the evening or be it the midnight, he can be asked the question at any time and anywhere in the world.

With this trend of online tutoring, the line “Tutor is out of town” is outdated. Now, the availability of your tutor is not an issue to think upon. 

So, next time when your tutor is home away and you are stuck in a topic, prefer an online guru on the internet. This will help you resolve your problem in no time and give you a better supportive experience. 

Written by: Shalini Chauhan

Monday 25 September 2017

Is Ragging an Essential Part of College Life?

Ragging is the biggest fear of college life in a student. When freshers enter the college, they make themselves prepared for the different kinds of tasks and absurd activities that their seniors would make them do. Parents also recommend their children to do as they are directed by their seniors and avoid any kind of argument with them as that may lead to even harsher consequences. But is this the way it is meant to be? Are things heading in the right direction? If you would ask me, my answer would be in the negative. Bulling freshers in a way that has a negative impact on their persona and mental health is not what “Ragging” is meant for. College ragging has to have that fun element in it. It should be interactive and involving and in a way should bridge the gap between the seniors and juniors of an institution.

But such is not the case! Recently, in IIT Kanpur, 22 students of second year have been suspended from college. Freshers had filed complaints against them saying that they were made to do formidable tasks, were abused and bullied. Some of the freshers had even complained that they were forced to strip by their seniors which had left them embarrassed and humiliated. Some accusations of sexual harassment were also found to be true. Such cases of ragging in colleges have been seen since many years but for the first time it is being noticed that strict actions are being against those accused.

This is just a small step towards the unjust act of ragging. It is high time that we take strict actions against those committing such crime. Ragging does both physical and mental torture to students. Forcing students to do bizarre tasks that involve their humiliation is not an activity that should be supported by the universities and colleges. Regular torture affects the confidence of the students and imposes a negative effect on them for a life time. In many cases, the students are not able to overcome the mental torture and it stays with them forever. This even leads to isolation and depression for many students.

A survey conducted in 2016 showed that 164 students committed suicide because of intense ragging activities in colleges in India and this rate has been considerably increasing with time. To control this number, anti-ragging affidavit has been passed in colleges that prohibit any such kind of activity to be carried out in the college premises. An anti-ragging helpline number has also been allotted to colleges where any student who is a victim of ragging can call for help.

Freshers are meant to be welcomed in a new college or university. Seniors should lend a helping hand to them and not play serious pranks that could threaten their life. Every coin has two faces. And so has “Ragging”. If conducted in a playful manner, ragging can be fun and create a friendly atmosphere in an organization but the reverse can have a severe effect on the life of students. 

Let us all stand together against brutal ragging so that the lives of blameless students are saved from exploitation

Written By: Anamika Jakhmola

Saturday 23 September 2017

How National Scholarship Will Help You Get a Better Grip On Your Studies


Mr. Rajat Gupta was never sure how he could become a mechanical engineer, which was his lifelong dream. The financial burden and prices of books seemed to be unbearable for him. As soon as he got to know about the national scholarship program which existed to overcome those hurdles created by the financial crisis in a student’s life.

Because of these scholarship programs, there are hundreds of students out there who get admissions for higher studies and are able to take a step forward to achieve their dreams. These scholarships help them conquer the financial setbacks which act like a wall between student and his/her dreams.

In a student’s life, the main motto should be focusing on his or her studies rather than paying the bills. Here, scholarships play an important role. I remember a survey conducted by the U.S Board of Labor Statistics in 2009 it was recorded that there are 45 percent of the students who are working for wages while attending the schools/colleges which ultimately leave him or her with less time to focus on the studies. If a student is aware of any National Scholarship program then he or she could take the benefit from it and make himself/herself enabled to just focus on the primary duty of his or her as a student.

The funds that a student could win from taking part in a scholarship program would not only provide a grip on the subjects during the course but also cover the costs of accommodation, tuition and travel.

There is also a myth that exists in regard to the scholarships which is that many of us think that scholarships are designed for those students who are suffering from a great financial crisis and are living in the search of financial assistance to fulfill the demands of their course. But the truth is that applying for the scholarship and winning it would be beneficial for a student in many other ways with the recipient of the award. A student could compete to get the scholarship funds as well as he would also get the recognition and prestige which could add up to the student’s educational transcript.

Just winning a scholarship will definitely boost the self-esteem of a student. It is also true that applying for the scholarship does not mean that you would win it also. Doesn’t matter one can try to win it next time.   

Written By: Shoryabh Srivastava

Friday 22 September 2017

Why You Should Stop Pursuing Stereotype Courses


What!! Are you planning to pursue the same B.Tech, MBBS, B.Ed and other such stereotypical courses after completing your school? Well then! You will only become yet another engineer, doctor and teacher who would then spend ample time to find a decent job for yourself. But is it that you really want to do! Do you not think of stepping out of the league and pursuing something different? Something unusual and not so common! If so, then I would say that you are thinking in the right direction. It is time that you pursue something distinctive that would open doors of career opportunities for you. Here’s why you should stop pursuing just another stereotypical course.

Diverse Variety of Courses
Times have gone when every household either had one doctor or one engineer. Today there are a series of courses for students to choose from. All you need to know is your field of interest and you can pick up your desired course. Fashion Designing, Bachelors in game design, Bachelors degree in Ecotechnology and other such fascinating courses exist that hold a great career prospect for you in the future. So, there is no need for you to pursue the same stereotypical course.

Better Ways to Explore Yourself
With a series of different courses comes a series of opportunities to explore oneself. You can go for anything you like. For instance, if you love clicking pictures you can pursue a course in photography, if you enjoy traveling you can pursue a course to become a travel guide, if you want to become a journalist you can pursue journalism and so on and so forth. Hence, as I told you earlier, you will get a clearer gist of what you are actually meant to be.

Reduces Career Prospects
Following the same monotonous affair of becoming the same old Jane and doing the same old study sounds too boring. With every second child pursuing the same degree, the value of the course also decreases and so does the value of the student doing the course. As more and more students pile on the same course, it gives birth to more and more universities offering the same course and this reduces the significance of the degree. Whereas, if you pursue a different course there is not much traffic and your chances of learning and becoming successful are more.

Increases Competition
As a maximum number of the population is running behind the stereotypical degrees, it becomes important to excel in the field to gain some prominence. That is a little difficult as with more people comes more competition. So, why not choose a path less trodden by to shape your destiny. A new path would, of course, have more difficulties but these difficulties will help you achieve success.

So, what are you still thinking! Just break the line and choose a career or filed that interests you. For success will only come your way when you enjoy the work you have chosen for yourself!

 Written By: Anamika Jakhmola

Thursday 21 September 2017

How To Get Maximum Results From NCERT Questions


Every student wants to score good marks in his or her exams. Each and every student tries to achieve the maximum possible result and in order to achieve that target, we study day and night. Each and every one of us knows that achieving good results will decide our future college and other opportunities.

Regular studies
Never think that the NCERT questions given at the end of the chapter are of no use. If you practice those questions regularly then it will not only help in a better understanding of the basic concepts but also study on a regular basis will prepare you for the final examinations.

Sticking to the NCERT questions
I have personally observed that many students run the N number of sample papers in order to get maximum results but are ultimately left with a chaos of what to study and which reference book to be preferred. They forget one of the basic but utmost important points that all the examinations are designed on the basis of NCERT questions which are framed keeping in mind the syllabus designed by a particular framework by CBSE.

Understanding of the concept
It is very important to revise the syllabus covered in the school on a very particular day or else there many important points that go blur with time. The best way to revise the syllabus is going through the NCERT questions and answers given at the end of the chapter. These NCERT questions cover almost all the important points in the chapter.

It is a well-known fact that getting good score means that you have studied or prepared well for your exams. But many times it is observed that getting prepared from your side doesn’t assure good results from your exams as well. To score well one has to prepare well and for that he or she would need a consistency in his or her studies that comes from concentration. Concentration is very important to achieve good results and this concentration will only come when a student is focused. The focus will come when the student is not getting distracted by N number of reference books and preparing from only NCERT questions as they are the most trusted and syllabus based.

Taking stress because of the multiple numbers of sample papers available in the market is not a sign of a wise student if a definite pattern of the questions based on your syllabus is available in front of you only. There are students winning scholarships by studying only NCERT questions.

If the NCERT questions could make some students succeed in the world level competitions then why these questions would not help you in clearing your exams and achieving a better result? 

Written By: Shoryabh Srivastava

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Scholarships or Education Loans

It is a true fact that financial assistance plays an important role in acquiring education. With less or no financial aid, education becomes a difficult task. Financing education is not a burden for those parents who belong to high income groups. But the same financing of education becomes a big concern for those who belong to lower income groups. Here, student has two options; either he/she can go for scholarships or student’s education loans.

Now choosing between scholarships and student’s education loan becomes a confusing task for students and for parents as well. In this blog, I have tried to clear this confusion and for that purpose below you would be reading:

1.    The benefits of scholarships 
2.    The benefits of student loans

The Benefits of Scholarships                                                                                                        Scholarships are beneficial for students as they are like rewards for increasing their own knowledge. That means a student is getting assistance for exercising his/her brain. It is observed that most of the students in India get into debt of enormous education loans or they compromise with the quality of the institution or at the extreme case they are seen compromising with the quality of education. If a student tries a little hard in his/her studies and appears in a scholarship exam then they can get free money in reward for showing their talent in the competition. This is also beneficial for the students as they can use this money and opt for nonprofessional courses for which they are not going to get student loans like for many Post-graduation degrees and studies related to law etc. Scholarships could also be helpful in keeping a student’s mind free from the tension of repayment of the loan and they can completely focus on their studies. Education with the help of scholarships could also reduce the number of dropouts from schools as well as from colleges. Therefore, if a student is ready to increase his/her knowledge then there are organizations and institutions which are ready to pay for the display of their knowledge.

The Benefits of Education loan
The quality of education could influence the entire life of a student. Right education could make a student financially independent and lead him/her towards a successful life. To get a life-changing right education one would need financial aid which could be fulfilled through education loans. These loans enable a student to study the professional courses as using these a student can access the resources to be consumed during the course. The most positive thing with these education loans is that one can repay the loan after the completion of the study and after becoming financially independent. One can get education loans by directly contacting banks or by applying through websites. The major drawback of these education loans is the aggressive marketing strategies done by a majority of the banks who are offering these loans. Students with less knowledge of credit market can easily get into the trap and put their securities at risk. Also, there are some dire consequences from which a student would be dealing if he/she fails to repay the loan due to some unavoidable reasons.

Now after reading the content in the above section you have the knowledge of both scholarships and education loans and can decide which one could play a beneficial role in fulfilling your educational requirements.

Hope you all will do great and lead a successful life ahead.

Written By: Shoryabh Srivastava

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Importance of Assessments

Being a student, I am sure you all might have gone through the anxiety during exams. The moment when you feel, Oh my god! Will I remember everything that I read? Will I be able to write the exam productively? What if I forget any point? I, myself, have been at such panic points. At this point, the students feel confused and low. The activity which can be of great help to reduce your mental pressure and can help to boost up your morale is none other than Self-Assessment, or simply, Assessment.

What is Assessment?
Assessment refers to an activity of analyzing the student’s learning and evaluating his performance on the basis of it. It is nothing but an analysis of a student’s understanding of the material.

Need of Assessments
Assessment is needed to identify where a student stands among the rest. It helps him to identify his flaws. The main objective of the assessment is to help the students to improve. The more the students will take such challenges, the more they will get to know where they lack and where they need to improve.

Importance of Assessments
Assessment has a vital role in assessing the students. It is a crucial step in the process of learning. It helps to analyze the performance of students. Through assessments, the students can evaluate if they really know what they are supposed to know and if the real goals of education are being met. It also helps the students to categorize themselves on the basis of their understanding of the course material. The students come to know of their level in a very clear cut manner. They can easily identify if they need more practice or not. It is important for the students to measure their success and take the sole responsibility of their learning methodology. Thus, assessment is of utmost importance in this context.

Moreover, students get a chance of exploring themselves. They come to know how effective their way of studying is. Also, it helps in motivating and empowering them to learn more. With the help of assessments, the students get a good writing practice and this improves their speed makes them confident for their exams.

Especially, before exams, the students must take regular revision tests and other such assessment challenges. This will help them to know if they are completely prepared or not. They will be able to retain the information more quickly and accurately.
Rather than cramming, a Regular self-assessment will give them a doubt free mindset. This will help them to perform positively in their exams and pass with flying colors.

Modes of Assessment
Assessments can be both, online and offline. Offline Assessments include taking oral or written tests, retaining the information read, preparing a questionnaire on your own, etc. Online Assessments includes taking online tests on computers, revising quick recaps, playing rapid quizzes and much more. Many online portals and education websites offer the facility of online assessment. These both modes of assessment are equally preferable among students.

So, next time when you feel stuck and doubtful about your preparation, take yourself on an assessing tour of your course material and let your mind decide if it has done enough or not!

All the very best to all!

Written by: Shalini Chauhan

Monday 18 September 2017

Things to do after exams are over

Things to do after exams are over

We all study hard to get the best possible results of our exams. Along with studies we all also deal with the questions of relatives asking our plans once the exams are over. The number of questions keeps on increasing as the exams days come to an end. After the exams are over, students have one to two months in their hands before the next academic session starts. It is always good to plan something rather than to remain clueless with what to do to spend the free time after exams.

Here in India, students have a lot of options on which they can invest their free time and take the benefit from. I have listed some of the best possible after exams opportunities that a student can grab to spend their leisure time.

Learning Languages
If you are curious to know the world that exists beyond your own culture then learning different languages is a good option. The free time that you are getting after your exams is enough to master the basics of any language. Languages are the definition of any culture. Understanding new languages bring you closer to a new culture. Moreover, in future, these language courses could give you a benefit in your employment field.

Join Extra-Curricular Classes
It is observed that modifications in the technological accessories or gadgets have made children lazier and prone to health hazards. As a child, you can choose this free time to do some extracurricular activities and as a student, you can join classes (yoga, swimming, drawing, etc.) and learn the right techniques to perform your fun activity or hobby. The things learned are never forgotten therefore you would be able to practice this art and techniques even after you join your academic session again after completing the after exams free time.

Learn to Read
There are many numbers of students who love to read but there are also a huge number of student who is far away from the habit of reading. Reading books increases the sitting stamina which in future would help you out when preparing for big competitive exams. One can develop the habit of reading in this free after exam time by joining the local library. In the library, one can develop the choice of books and spend their time in reading them. It’s a well-said quotation that "books are our best friend" which eliminates the need of any other option needed to spend the time with.

If you really want to learn some new things and values in your life then you can for sure consume this free time volunteering with your nearest available NGO. This is the best way to learn empathy and also this will help you out in your personality development. Moreover, this would also make your curriculum vitae more attractive in future.

Watching T.V
There are lots of things being broadcasted over the television. One can choose to spend their time watching cartoons as they can also teach numerous moral values besides entertaining. If you are a travel lover, then there are numerous travel shows that can take you to distant places without spending a single penny from your pocket. If you love cooking then you can learn to make new dishes from cooking shows that are on air. You can make a list of movies that are there for children of your age like Harry Potter, Jungle Book, Home Alone etc.

I hope that these ideas mentioned above would help you out in planning a meaningful holiday and you would not waste this precious free time after your examinations. This precious time could be utilized in building up your personality. Do Not Waste It.

Written By: Anamika Jakhmola

Saturday 16 September 2017

The Ozone Layer from Past to Present

International Ozone Day

There were times when Earth was not like it is today. There were times when our Earth was full of trees. There were sounds of birds whispering and there were grasses all around which could be felt under the feet. There were sounds of natural flowing rivers across the landscape. The earth was whole in its uniqueness of biodiversity until the intervention of humans converted the whole into a hole.

First Image of the Earth

This is the first picture of planet Earth from space which came to us on the Christmas Eve 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. So clear and beautiful it was, till we filled that thin atmosphere with gases and pollution and still the action is in progress. We are still filling that comfortable gaseous boundary with the uncomfortable man-made harmful gases which is not only harmful to human health but our mother Earth is also getting affected.

Here, I am remembering a famous quote given by Mark Twain that “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” The problem here is that we think that Earth is so big that whatever we do is not going to affect anyone or the big Earth would consume it. But the truth is that it will complete a cycle and come back to affect us only. Maybe it was true at some point in time that our deeds to the environment never affected us but today the scenario has changed drastically. The most vulnerable are our atmosphere which is so thin that we are capable of changing the natural composition.

As soon as the first image of the Earth came, within 18 months, there started a revolution to save the atmosphere. It was soon realized that there is something happening in the atmosphere above Antarctica. Soon a Multinational Expedition was launched by the British team in 1977 to find out the actual cause. It was found that there exists a layer of three-atom isotope of Oxygen (O3) which is a faintly blue irritating gas continuously protecting our Earth from the harmful ultraviolet rays coming from the surface of the sun. It was also found in the expedition that the layer of O3, also called as the Ozone layer, is developing a hole over the Antarctica and making a way for the UV ray to come in contact with the surface of the earth. It became very important to understand the whole mechanism involved in the formation of the hole in the Ozone layer so that its destruction and contribution in the global warming could become measurable. Ozone holes are the formation of Ozone fewer patches in the blanket of a gaseous composition.

Based on the findings by British Antarctic Survey Team and Multinational Expedition Team in 1985 and 87, respectively, the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer was signed by 55 countries in 1987. This became the very first step towards the control of Ozone layer depletion. The steps towards protecting the environment and primarily Ozone layer included the prevention of harmful CFCs gases from exceeding its limits. This became possible due to the active participation of most of the then developed nation and most importantly through the participation of UNEP.

Previously it was believed that the depletion of the Ozone layer is due to the seasonal phenomenon but the report of NASA Ozone Trend Panel, 1988 changed the belief. The team of 100 scientists from 10 countries proved that Ozone layer depletion resulting into Ozone hole is not a seasonal cause but it is a result of a global affair.

The most fundamental function of the Ozone layer is to protect the troposphere from the harmful UV rays of the Sun. If there is a hole allowing the UV rays from the Sun to reach the surface of the Earth then it will result in the heating up of the surface of the Earth as well as the lower troposphere. This unusual warming of the atmosphere could lead to various problems like:

1. Global Warming
2. Coral Bleaching
3. Health problems in human
4. Ecological imbalances etc.

If these consequences of the Ozone layer depletion remain unchecked then most of the coasts, islands, icebergs and different fragile species would get vanish forever from the face of the earth. Therefore, it is our fundamental duty to check the pollution levels generating from our daily routine. It is equally important to check the usage of Air conditioners and fridges as they are the major contributor of CFCs. It is on our shoulders to protect our mother Earth so that it can nourish our future generations as well.

We are the last best hope of the Planet Earth. Let’s take steps together to protect it or else we and all the living things that we cherish are history!

 Written By: Shoryabh Srivastava

Friday 15 September 2017

6 Best Ways to reduce Stress During Exams

Best Ways to reduce Stress During Exams

What comes to your mind first in the name of exams? Stress!! Well, that is nothing to worry about. Exams and stress go hand in hand. The right amount of stress can act as a boost for you to achieve more while on the other hand inappropriate stress can show itself in different ways like stomach cramps, over eating, loss of appetite etc. It all depends on you how you choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work.  Here are some ways that will help you bring out the best even from your stress! To avoid crippling anxiety from these pesky evaluations, here are some ways that will clear your mind and give you the understanding to deal with these pesky evaluations.

Well! This one can only be practiced when you start taking notes from the very start of the session and trust me, notes can be a life savior and reduce you last minute stress. You can also make comprehensive notes of each subject and topic so that at the last moment you could easily go through these notes.

The exams may appear like the most critical thing at the present time be that as it may, in the more stupendous plan of as long as you can remember; they are just a little part. Interfere with negative musings with positive ones. Illustrations: "I can do this", "I will give a valiant effort", "I can finish this test", "I will concentrate just on the inquiry before me." "I have done it sometime recently, so I can do it once more." Actively challenge your silly considerations. Life will be worth living paying little respect to this exam. Regard yourself for taking this course and getting this far, paying little respect to the result.

A lot of material + Too little time = Anxiety.
 Plan you concentrate with frequently booked investigation sessions around 50 minutes since a long time ago isolated by 5 – 10-minute breaks. Also, avoid last minute crippling. Ignore topics that you feel like never have touched in your lifetime. Wasting time on such topics will only give you more stress.

Practice on test tests in the course book or study manage. Take a gander at past exams. Request proposals from your Lecturer what's in store on the exam, what course materials ought to be underscored, how to organize ponder time for the course. Plan your time management. Practice as much as previous year questions you can attempt keeping a track of time. This will build up your confidence in attempting the examination.

Rest well the night prior to the exam. Plan to touch base at the exam area early. On the off chance that you can pick your seat, pick one far from the entryways, windows or different diversions. Plan to screen the time amid the exam so wear a watch or sit where you can see the clock. Plan to wear layers of attire so you can modify your requirement for more warmth or coolness. Look at the examination room early in the event that you can.

Give espresso and different stimulants a miss the night prior to the exam or upon the arrival of the exam. Keep away from on edge or chatty understudies. Dodge other individuals or things that may exasperate your fearlessness, center and level of unwinding.

So, all the very best for your exams! Hope these ways will help you reduce exam stress and help you bring out a positive outcome of your exam stress.

Written By: Anamika Jakhmola