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Meet Sandhya Tenneti: The woman who is mapping India’s diaspora through social media

Through this initiative she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin

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(Representational Image) Diaspora. Image source: ourstorian.wordpress.com
  • Sandhya’s interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin
  • The social media page reveals some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal and the Iraqis in AP among others

With the world and its various communities constantly on a move, the thought that how do they sustain the authenticity of their culture, which reflects on their values and tradition is often an intriguing one.

This very thought interested Sandhya Tenneti and inspired her to launch a Facebook page titled, ‘The Diaspora Diaries’, revealing some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal, the Siddis in Karnataka and the Iraqis in AP among others.

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The popularity of the page can be easily vouched for given the number of likes it boasts of, and all just within a span six months. The page has received over 10 thousand likes since its launch. It also has a short description, which is read as “Researching the migration patterns of communities within India and their current lifestyles, attitudes, and connections to their ancestral origins.”

Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin.

Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express
Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express

Speaking to The New Indian Express, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

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Talking about a heart-warming episode after posting an insight on the Burmese people, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

Sandhya further explained to The New Indian Express, that her interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

She added, “I would constantly wonder how people from such communities relate to their ancestral origin. What kind of self-identity do they have? I realised that India, as we know it today, is made up of many such communities that have migrated from one part of the country to another.”

-by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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Quit Facebook Now to Secure Good Grades in Exams

However, even when students used Facebook primarily for educational purposes, it was still a problem for lower performing students

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Parents, take note. If you want your children to score good grades in exams, tell them to quit social media as researchers have found that students whose grades were below average could boost their results if they devoted less time on social networking sites, especially Facebook.

The study, published in the journal Computers & Education, looked at the amount of time first-year university students spent on Facebook, and the impact it had on their grades.

More than 500 students enrolled in the first year subject ‘Introductory Accounting’ at an Australian university took part in the study, with an average age of 19.

The research from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) showed that while high Facachieving students were not affected by the amount of time on Facebook, below average students had significantly lower grades with greater Facebook use.

“Our research shows time spent on social networking platforms puts lower academic achievers at higher risk of failing their course,” said study researcher James Wakefield from the UTS.

Students taking part in the study spent on average nearly two hours a day on Facebook, however some were on the social networking site in excess of eight hours a day.

“Lower achieving students may already be grappling with self-regulation and focus, so it seems time spent on Facebook provides a further distraction from studies,” Wakefield said.

Researchers found that if the students used Facebook for three hours a day – not substantially higher than the average of just under two hours – the difference was around six marks in a 60 mark exam or 10 per cent.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

While the research applies to university students studying STEM and business degrees, it is likely to also be relevant to high school students who use social media.

For the findings, researchers assessed the students’ general academic achievement using their weighted average mark (WAM) across all of their studies, and surveyed them about their Facebook use.

They also controlled for other factors that might influence their achievement, such as whether they were planning to major in accounting, as well as their age and gender.

“It appears that for students with lower academic achievement, the use of social networking sites replaces study time, whereas high achieving students are able to juggle both,” he said.

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According to the researchers, students with below average grades would benefit from switching off notifications on their phones, and either quitting or reducing time spent on Facebook.

The research also looked at why students were using Facebook – whether to keep in touch with family and friends, for entertainment or for study purposes.

However, even when students used Facebook primarily for educational purposes, it was still a problem for lower performing students. (IANS)