Sunday, June 26, 2011

2nd Week @ XIMB

2nd Week --- 19th June to 25th June :

This week was indulged in studying, meetings and alumni talks. Room no. 219 was named as General Headquarters Rawalpandi and Room no. 216 Incubation center for RM 2011-2013 batch !

Library Card was issued but no books taken by me!
Laptop was repaired but no further use in Education !
Courier of the Bags and accessories was delayed for 3 more days !

SRP ( Socially Relevant Projects): kicked off. A visit to the field changes the thinking pattern of people. Looking forward towards it.

Communication Class : What a class and a fantastic teacher. Loved the video recording session. The feedback was a learning experience of lifetime.

Rural Development and Administration Class : So much of pre-read material helping me this time.

Other subjects are quite interesting. But the high point is pedagogy of the teaching. Never have experience of such an open environment and teachers acting as facilitators. Pitched for fist time in an election but lost to a better competitor Gautam Bhut. Difference between vision and trend in XIMB - RM needs to be taken care of.

On critical issue, the batch still lacks a good intellectual background and diversity. The experience of ground work is there but an acute understanding of the developmental problem is somewhat missing in freshers. Sometimes, I have even doubt on the selection of few student in this course [Questions like improvement of "GDP of the village" worries me :P]. The people with good intentions but unwilling to learn the complex answers slightly irritates me. I hope that things will change for better in the future.

Quote of the Week : It's me who make the difference.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

1st Week @ XIMB

1st Week --- 14th June to 18th June

14th June : In XIMB at Bhubaneswar.Hostel allotted at Fr. Bogaert Residence.

15th June : Purchasing accessories for room and interaction with new people.

16th June : Orientation program was like warning session of coming storms. Briefing of Library also given. Hostel Briefing looks like ethics preaching.

17th June : Missed Information Technology Briefing. Ice Breaking and Living in XIMB session rocked. I was in Group C : Catch us if you can. Elephant drawn by team looks like on steroid in one body part and malnourished in another. Truly X- elephant. Men's Hostel Dining Room No.2 started with good meal. First time girls come up in our hostel! Briefing of Conduct and discipline, course feedback and mentors were precise and seemed strict. Given an inspiration for pursuing constructive criticism.

18th June : Case discussion over "Questioning to Learn" was interesting. Watched four videos of XIMB alumni. One Video of Student's vision was presented :



Detail From Youtube : a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

Lot of effort was given on "Be What You Are" and "Questioning status quo". Logic, Language and Ethics Triangle as the foundation of education impressed me. Placement talks were quite open and smart. Learned about Father Michael Van Den Bogaert on whose name our hostel is named. More detail about Fr. Bogaert can be obtained here.

Quote of the Week : There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.

# Motivating Managers : A Talk by Fr. Bogaert at IRMA. [PDF Version]

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