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Education System: Unique And Ironical

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By Anjali Gursahaney

Education system in India started with ‘Gurukul system. A student who wishes to study goes to the teacher’s home to study or as shown in different movies or pictures they used to study under a tree. There used to be separate Gurukul lodgements for both girls and boys. Girls received their education from only women–sages called Rishikas and Brahmavadinis , and boys got their education from Rishi. Education started before 5000 BCE. We can also say it started in the Vedic period.

credit: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk
credit: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk

If compared with contemporary era’s education, education system then was a lot better. Teachers were a lot more respected; students were eager to learn. Today, Wikipedia tells us everything. Thanks to technology, we learn more from Internet than teachers. But even today, education of India is one of the best in the world and maybe that’s the reason Indians are very successful in different parts of world.
For example:

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Truth is Shiv and Shiv is beautiful).With this, I don’t mean the quote but the three men who made India proud are Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Shiv Nadar, founder and Chairman of HCL; and Sundar Pichai who is CEO of Google.

In India, they still don’t get amply supported. There are people who are very experienced and know their work but there is so much unemployment that they end up doing some small business in their life. Even for a teacher’s job, there are like 1,000entries for just 1 post. What about the remaining 999 aspirants?

Sometimes people say half of America’s economy is because of Indians. But then India has a lot more Indians than America, so why this gap? We need resources to learn, to prosper and to carve a niche in this changing world. But with such a large population, education system takes a hit and leads to unemployment for countless.
There is bhalla papdiwala who visits my place daily in a hope to sell his balla papdi. My dad told me that he did his MBA but just because he couldn’t get a good job, he does this to make both ends meet. Shocking, but true!
He has done MBA and still he is not working in an air conditioned office but he is on Delhi’s hot streets instead.
The irony is that the undeserving become ministers while those who deserve bite the bullet and end up reaching nowhere. There are so many deserving candidates who can actually make it worthwhile unlike the failed ministers who rant and rarely perform. In various parts of India, the scene is sans schools; many others have school with no teachers. On one side, we crib about unemployment and on the other there are places which don’t give way to adequate education. We have creativity and intelligence but we lack resources.
How ironical is it but truly it is an Incredible India after all!

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“Google Takes Down Misleading Videos Related to Coronavirus Pandemic”, Says CEO Sundar Pichai

Meanwhile, Google said the coronavirus tracking and screening website that US President Donald Trump announced the company is building with 1,700 engineers is delayed to "later this week"

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Pichai said the company is partnering with the US government in developing a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide. Wikimedia Commons

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has taken down thousands of videos related to dangerous or misleading coronavirus information using its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology.

In a blog post, Pichai said that since January, Google has blocked hundreds of thousands of ads attempting to capitalize on the coronavirus pandemic. “Last week, we announced a temporary ban on all ads for medical masks and respirators,” he said on Monday.

“We continue to remove videos that promote medically unproven methods to prevent coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment. On Google Maps, our automated and manual review systems continue to take down false and harmful content such as fake reviews and misleading information about healthcare locations,” Pichai elaborated.

Meanwhile, Google said the coronavirus tracking and screening website that US President Donald Trump announced the company is building with 1,700 engineers is delayed to “later this week”. Google’s subsidiary Verily is building the website to direct people to testing facilities.

“With local and national guidance evolving rapidly, Google will continue working with relevant agencies and authorities to roll out a website later this week that will surface authoritative information for people in the US, including on screening and testing,” Google said in a statement.

Pichai said the company is partnering with the US government in developing a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide. “Right now on the Google homepage we’re promoting the “Do the Five” campaign to raise awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the WHO,” he informed.

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Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has taken down thousands of videos related to dangerous or misleading coronavirus information using its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology. Wikimedia Commons

“Do the Five” raises awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. “On YouTube, we’re using the homepage to direct users to videos from the CDC or other locally relevant public health agencies. We’re highlighting content from authoritative sources when people search for COVID-19, and inserting information panels to provide additional context from high-quality sources,” Pichai said.

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Google is also witnessing more people using the premium features of Meet, its video conferencing app, which it made available to all G Suite customers at no cost until July 1.

“Through our philanthropic arm Google.org, we are committing $50 million to the global COVID-19 response, focusing on health and science, access to educational resources and small business support,” said Pichai. (IANS)