Why Indian students go abroad?

Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge or Yale? A dilemma of Atlantic proportions for the Indian students for these universities not only have the patina of history and heritage attached to them but also offer a wide array of opportunities in todays world.
There has been a growing trend of Indian students going abroad for education. In the past decade whether it is America, the United Kingdom or Australia, the number of Indian students going to study overseas has risen tremendously so much so that in 2007, maximum students going to US for further studies were Indians. This was the first time that India went past China. There has been such an increase in the number of students going abroad that even international carriers are cashing in by offering special fares and packages to students. The favoured destinations of the Indian students include the universities of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. More than fifty percent of the students opt for US for higher studies.
But to think of it why do students choose to go abroad. To begin with there are capacity constraints in the Indian universities. More than ninety percent of the students who appear for the entrance examinations to the IITs and the IIMs do not make it through and the colleges that are now being offered to them lack in quality of infrastructure. If the Indian universities were compared with the American ones, a startling fact would be revealed. To begin with there are just 4,400 AICTE approved universities in India whereas in a country there are more than 10,000 universities and this despite the fact that India is home to the highest number of young people in the world. This is another reason why india fals to attract barely any foreign students whereas more than five lakh students from different parts of the world flock to the American universities every year. The number of specialization courses as well as scholarships and fee waivers available abroad are also high.
The students going abroad have been great advertisements for India. India has exported the most sought after commodity in the world-Talent. Winston Churchill had once said, “Empires of the future will be empires of the minds”. Brand India may not have had all its glitter if it weren’t for the list of the thousands of Global Indian achievers. How the foreign universities help the students is by transforming young talented students into world class skilled professionals. The students who choose to go abroad have several benefits. There is an emphasis on practical learning as opposed to theoretical learning thus conceptual clarity is the key in any course abroad. The foreign universities have the best in technology and infrastructure to offer whereas the infrastructure in many of the Indian universities is woeful. The world is a globalised village and hence it is imperative that students develop a global perspective. This is made possible due to interaction between students from various backgrounds. The teachers in India may not be paid enough but in foreign universities they are committed to mentoring and guiding the students. Placements and career opportunities are also better abroad. Moreover students get to study in some of the best universities of the world. Thus going overseas for education is being looked upon at as not just a harbinger of limitless opportunities for the students but also as a potent catalyst in the strengthening of the Indian economy.

Kapil Dev commisioned into the Indian Army

Beginning a new innings in his life, India’s favourite cricketing hero and world cup winning captain of 1983, Kapil Dev was commissioned into the Indian army in the 150 TA (Infantry) battalion of the Punjab Regiment as an honorary lieutenant colonel.
Known as the Haryana Hurricane, this great Indian all rounder was born in Chandigarh in the year 1959. The young lanky pace bowler played for his state team of Haryana before making it the Indian national team. The greatest moment of Kapil’s historic cricketing career would definitely be the win of the 1983 World Cup when the underdogs overcame all odds to beat the favorites West indies and clinch the prudential world cup. Kapil Dev led India to its greatest cricketing glory, a moment that is still cherished by every Indian cricket fan. In his career, apart from playing for Haryana Kapil also played for the counties of Northamptonshire and Worcestershire.
Kapil also has now become the first Indian cricketer to be commissioned into the Indian army. The honour was given to Kapil by the present chief of the Army, General Deepak Kapoor. The ceremony was held at the Army head quarters in the national capital. Kapil has now been commissioned in the 150 TA (Infantry) battalion of the Punjab Regiment and has been given the stature of a Lieutenant colonel. The move was made by the Indian army due to the several accomplishments that Kapil has had in his long playing career and also because he has been a role model for thousands of youngsters. The move is believed to attract talent in to the Indian army as the Army has lately been facing a shortage of officers enrolling for it. Kapil Dev has been ove of India’s greatest sporting icons and is sure to inspire many young people to take up the post of an army officer.
The Punjab da puttar went on to say, “This is my second innings. Earlier I fought for the country in my white uniform. Now, I will do the same in my olive green army uniform”. He also added that, I am today proud to wear an Army uniform and at this age to serve the country in this uniform is a proud moment for me” After receiving the medallions, in the customary style of an Army officer, Kapil gave a trademark salute.
In his glittering sporting career this is not the first time that Kapil Dev has won accolades and laurels. Even since hid debut for his state team of Haryana, Kapil went from strength to strength. From winning the 1983 World Cup, to being the leading wicket taker in test matches at one point of time, Kapil Dev has done it all. In the year 1980 Kapil was awarded the Arjuna award and was given the Padma Shri two years later. He was the Wisden cricketer of the year in the year 1983 when India went on to lift the World Cup. He was also adjudged Wisden Indian cricketer of the century as he pipped Sunil gavaskar and Sachin tendulkar for this award. In the year 1991, Kapil was awarded the Padmabhushan.
Kapil Dev has been one of India’s greatest sporting icons and the commissioning in the army is another laurel for this great cricketer. Now, it is to be seen whether the move by the Indian army is successful in attracting more talent to it.

What is Patriotism?

India Patriotism

THE NATION celebrating its 61st Independence Day. India’s struggle for Independence is a saga of those thousands of men, women and even children who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the nation. And so by celebrating Independence Day, a homage is paid to all those who fought to bring Independence to our country. But gone are the days when every Indian citizen valued the importance of this great day. Time has eroded those sentiments and now we observe this day just like any other day or a holiday. Children are forced to go to schools to attend the flag hoisting ceremony by making attendance compulsory. Children seems to have no feeling for this day and the same can be said for the adults in our country also.

The Oxford dictionary defines patriotism as devoted love, support, and defence of one’s country; national loyalty. But the word patriotism cannot be restricted and is very subjective in nature. One need not play cricket matches or fight wars to express their feeling of patriotism. Our emotions run high when India thrashes Pakistan in any sports or when a businessman of Indian origin, staying abroad, makes it big in the world. We feel so much patriotic when a lady of Indian origin (who has hardly been in India) goes into space. The episode of Sunita Williams and consequent celebrations in India clearly exhibit to what extent we are obsessed with the Western culture.

The youth of the country while studying only thinks of moving out to America or United Kingdom and settle abroad and earn money for the foreign nation. They give reason that there is no infrastructure in our country, there are hardly any avenues, scope to make it big and fulfill one’s ambition. This might be true, but isn’t it our responsibility to facilitate such an environment in our country? APJ Abdul Kalam has mentioned in his book ’Wings of Fire’ that “never think of the scope, work hard to create that scope.” Kalam rejected several offers from abroad and stayed in this country and contributed to making India a nuclear power. That is the resolve of a real patriotic person.

The problem is that we are so much obsessed with foreign labels. This is really a dangerous trend. We are losing our own identity in the process. We have no interest in our history, culture and our country’s growth. We are aping Western countries, leaving behind our nation. But we are very selective while aping as well. Why is it so? The whole of America and UK come out on the road to celebrate their Independence Day. The whole nation stands by their armed forces not only during war times, but during any crisis. They share the success and failure of their country together. They dream of taking their nation to new heights. Do you feel same for India?

There is so much negative thoughts about India in one’s mind and quite often we just don’t want to discuss or talk about it. There was a very famous dialogue in the movie Rang De Basanti, which said “koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota, usse perfect banana padta hai” (no nation is perfect, it has to be made perfect). And who’s responsibility is it to make it perfect? Do you expect someone else to improve the scenario of your nation and when that happens you will happily return to your nation to contribute to the development. Right?

Author Shiv Khera said that if we are not part of the solution, then we are the problem. Our country has made advancements in almost all sectors but there is still greater distance to cover. There are some problems that are still unattended and we need to work on that. A nation does not become great with slogans. It becomes great when its citizens do great things. We just don’t want to fight the injustice and battle for our integrity. We need to change ourself and drive this nation forward. We need to be a part of the system and bring some positive changes.

Politics is not a dirty game, it’s just that there are dirty players. That’s all. If you say that you don’t promote wrong things and you are neutral then that is paradox. If you don’t oppose injustice and crime then you are certainly encouraging it. The vision of Independent India became a reality when our freedom fighters came together and fought the imperialists, which was initially considered impossible.
India is not the only country with problems but is certainly amongst the few that does not throw up the solution. As a responsible citizen, we need to provide the solutions.

There is so much an individual can contribute towards the progress of our nation. We need to improve the tone of our social and economic life through improved work ethics and environmental behaviour. Let us rally behind our flag, let us love our country with all its faults, let us work to improve it with all our strength, let us defend it with all our resources, let us hand it on to the coming generations better than what it was when we received it. Let us try to build a nation, which our freedom fighters dreamt of. That will be the real tribute to them!

Remember one thing- the country is our mother and we have to be responsible enough to say that I am going to take care of her.

Jai Hind.

15th August: Happy Independence Day!

They fought for your freedom. There were million of people who gave their everything for our freedom. As an obliged national, this is my tribute on behalf of our targetgenx team to  those great souls. Here we have collected the photographs of few of them. Happy Independence Day!
Mangal Pandey

Mangal Pandey

Laxmi Bai of Jhansi

Rani Laxmi Bai

MK Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

JL Nehru

Jawahar Lal Nehru

SV Patel

Sardar Patel

Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Subhash Chandra Bose

Subhash Chandra Bose

Asfaque Ullah Khan

Ashfaque Ullah Khan

Khudiram Bose

Khudiram Bose




Shivram Rajguru

Sukhdev Thapar

Sukhdev Thapar

Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh

दिल से निकलेगी ना मर कर भी वतन की उल्फ़त

मेरी मिट्टी से भी ख़ुश्बू-ए-वतन आयेगी

देस मेरे देस मेरे मेरी जान है तू -२

देस मेरे देस मेरे मेरी शान है तू -२

सुनाई थी जो बचपन में वो ही लोरी सुना दे माँ

तू अपनी गोद में अब चैन से मुझ को सुला दे माँ

तेरे चरणों में सब कुछ हम लुटाने से नहीं डरते

देस मेरे देस मेरे मेरी जान है तू -२
देस मेरे देस मेरे मेरी शान है तू -२

मिटाने से नहीं मिटते डराने से नहीं डरते

वतन के नाम पे हम सर कटाने से नहीं डरते

हज़ारों ख़्वाब रोशन हैं सुलगती सी निगाहों में

क़फ़न हम बाँध के निकले हैं आज़ादी की राहों में

निशाने पे जो रहते हैं निशाने से नहीं डरते

हमारी एक मन्ज़िल है हमारा एक नारा है

धरम से जात से ज्यादा हमें ये मुल्क़ प्यारा है

हम इस पे ज़िन्दगी अपनी लुटाने से नहीं डरते

क़सम तुम को वतन वालों कभी मायूस मत होना

मनाना जश्न-ए-आज़ादी न मेरे वास्ते रोना

निगाहें मौत से भी हम मिलाने से नहीं डरत!

A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last.
–By: Charlie Daniels

15th August

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.

Independence Day 15th August

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

Are we happy and fit as a nation?

Just when we were wringing our hands at the prospect of a blank medal tally at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra hit gold. Certainly, the gloom has lifted.

But this is actually the perfect time to ask an unsavoury question: should we allow our sporting self-esteem to be linked solely to what a handful of our athletes do once every four years? Don’t get me wrong. Bindra’s feat should make us proud.

But should India aim for an outcome in which a fraction of Indians excel while the rest of us wallow in sporting mediocrity and are content to bask in reflected glory? While there is much to admire in countries like China setting goals and methodically going about achieving them, are we beholden to adopt the same set of goals just to keep up with the Joneses? The bottomline: do we want lots of Indians to be fit and love sports, or just a few people who can bring us medals, while others remain impervious to any physical and outdoor culture? Maybe the two aren’t as ‘either-or’ as they seem. So what could our goals be? Instead of pouring all our financial and other are sources into developing world-class athletes (which we don’t any way), why not start from the bottom up? Inculcate a love of fitness and sport among Indians from an early age by creating more open spaces, playgrounds and parks, with relevant programmes.

More than China’s galloping medal tally, I admire the way its government has encouraged cycling as a preferred means of transport, which reduces pollution and allows a large number of people to keep fit. We should also carefully choose the activities we want to encourage.

These need not be competitive, a feature we seem to think is indispensable. We could help foster in children a love of hiking, by setting up various clubs in schools – the way another Olympic-underperformer Israel has done.

Indigenous contact sports like kho-kho and kabaddi could be developed even if they aren’t part of international sporting events. Above all, we should develop the self-confidence and self-belief to chart our own course.

So, while we wait for more Abhinav Bindras, we could have a happier, fitter India.

Source: Yahoo

How Cool is “Being Cool”?

A DANGEROUS trend is engulfing the country’s youth. This trend can be attributed to the technology, influence of west, lack of morality, etc. This dangerous trend is being ’cool’. This word is very subjective and its meaning has changed over the years. What was not considered ’cool’ few years back is the only ’cool’ thing today.

If I ask you when is a game not a game? The logical answer would be – when it can lead to death. But there are so many incidents that prove that teens seem to be losing their grasp of logic at a breakneck pace. The death of Bombay Scottish student – Gaurang Dalvi – a few months back, has brought into focus the risky pastimes that children indulge in.
Youngsters say that the choking game, in which they become semi-asphyxiated, enables them to achieve a hypoxia-induced euphoric state. They undergo a partial or complete loss of consciousness brought about by the intentional deprivation of oxygen to the brain for a short period. There are other games as well, in which children indulge for thrill. A travel writer who indulged in such game while in school says, “We used to stand by the side of the road and wait for a fast-moving car, and cross the road just as it was approaching. We did it for the thrill. But now I realise the mistake I made.”

Its not just about the choking games, but also with the latest mobile phones, branded clothing, apparels, gaming consoles, etc. Even television commercials focus on this aspect of ’coolness’ in today’s youth. That’s why you see Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying, Aajkal aadmi ki aukaat kapdon se pata chalti hai.” Parents also try to fulfil all the demands of their kids, which can not be justified all the times. This race to look ’cool’ does not end here. Youth wants to try everything available in the market for ’cool’ people today. Smoking and drinking is the next thing available. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas’ School of Public Health concluded that in urban India, kids as young as 11 are smoking and drinking. The principal investigator of the study, professor Cheryl Perry said, “As India becomes more westernised, more teens will use tobacco.” The Internet also promotes smoking and motivates the young people to smoke with catchy punchlines. One such punchline I came across was for the girls, which read – ’Kissing a non-smoker is like licking a rotten potato’.

In the world of young Indians, there is nothing proscriptive. They are open to everything from late night rave parties, body piercings, going around with the opposite sex, sexual relationships with multiple partners, sitting idle outside the classroom in the college, etc. These things define the ’cool’ culture today. The drug addiction has also gripped the youth. Most drug addicts are male, but there are several girls hooked on to drugs too. Most girls addicted to drugs are persuaded by their boyfriends to try them. Few get into it out of frustration. The ratio is 1:25. One must avoid friends who call you a ’sissy’ or ’chicken’ for not indulging in their ’pastimes’. You may say that it is an individual’s right to do whatever he/she wants to do. I agree but then there should be some thoughtful process involved in what one does.

This race to be ’cool’ is also taking its toll on children and youth as well. There is an increase in the number of cases of depression, stress, insomnia, anorexia among the children in the last few years. The prime reason being pressure from parents, teachers and especially the friends who want them to be cool and look cool. For a child, who does not believes in such nonsense, life is more tough. He is neglected by the classmates, teased all the time with lewd comments, humiliated and soon he finds himself under depression. He is made to believe that his thinking, values, traditions etc are very primitive and they find no place in today’s world. This, sometimes, leads them to take extreme step. To help them commit suicide there are host of websites, which promote the same. And, unfortunately, there is no control over these websites!

This race of being ’cool’ is very new in the country but is already a hit. In a fast-changing world accelerated by new advances in electronic technology, only a dynamic exuberant generation can put India on a strong footing. Thus, it is very essential for the youth to understand what is right and wrong and not to fall prey to the ’cool’ race. A strong religious base combined with strong family ties and high morals can help the youth if they find these things ’cool’.