India today and tomorrow
Some of the things which we have make us a great country - a vibrant democracy, flexibility, religious tolerance, youthful demography (versus some other countries that are baby boomers), and a great desire to succeed. What we still lack is the combined vision on several fronts including infrastructure, anti-corruption drive, and competitive positioning. Be it water, electricity, roads, ports, or airports we need several times improvement over what we have. Corruption is absolutely undesirable but it is everywhere in the world. What we need to follow is the Singapore Model that has âzero toleranceâ for corruption so that it is no longer institutionalized and the country gains some respect in global markets. On the competitive positioning, I personally find that India is much more expensive in everything except labor at the quality parity and we need to work hard to change this situation.
One of the ways to expand job opportunities to the poorest is the growth of sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, and fisheries. Unfortunately we have not done so well in this area, compared to countries like China. Without the infrastructure basics like roads and ports, even if you have world-class manufacturing or farming, it is not going to be possible to have the goods reach at the right time at the right place. Global markets are too tough and there is no scope for error. But the growth rate of infrastructure in India is still dismal.
I remember the days when the telecom minister used to take pride in the fact that India had the lowest density of phones because it was not possible to provide phones to crores of people and waiting lists used to be years long. After privatizing, India became one of the fastest growing markets and it has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, lots of wealth, as well as opportunities in ancillary industries. We should ask the same minister, how is it possible now to give a phone connection to anyone who wants it in just 2 hours instead of years of begging with telecom department? Same thing holds good for electricity, water, roads, airports, and ports as there is a desire to pay for quality and there is huge need for the same. But the regulatory regime still slows everything down in spite of the âso called reformsâ.
I have been to over 40 countries and one of the important worries I have is that India is getting too expensive for comparable quality of goods, to the exception of labor. I can find an equivalent hotel in London or Tokyo cheaper than it is in Delhi or Bangalore, and so on. The cost of a lunch in a hygienic restaurant here exceeds that of a lunch in a similar restaurant in the developed world. Cost of hiring a car (obviously with a driver as you canât drive yourself due to the poor infrastructure conditions) can be much higher than that in the U.S. In the competitive countriesâ ranking we continue to be in the bottom ten, being less competitive from cost-productivity stand point. Our government and businesses need to take cognizance of the same and work on it to change the situation.
Anywhere in the world, Indians stand out as exceptional people with their intelligence and work ethics. We just need to work on some of the things at our end to make India one of the most competitive and powerful forces in the world. Eradicating poverty to a considerable extent and removing the stigma of âcorruptionâ are important.
I believe that our increasing middle class population and its spending power could be a boon to the country rather than a curse if the Government truly provides good governance and improves some of the things that I just talked about.
In spite of having lived outside of India for 12 years, I take a lot of pride in being an Indian and my pride continues to increase every moment.
Few more hours to go and it would finally be the most important day of one's school tenure. Yes, we are talking about the Class 12 board exams, which one needs to pass with flying colours, so as to get admission to a great college or institution of one's choice. The CBSE (Central Board of Seconda
Few more hours to go and it would finally be the most important day of one's school tenure. Yes, we are talking about the Class 12 board exams, which one needs to pass with flying colours, so as to get admission to a great college or institution of one's choice. The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) will be conducting the first paper for Class 12, of English, tomorrow, i.e on March 1.
The complete date-sheet for the boards of both Senior School Certificate Examination (Class 12 ) and Secondary School Examination (Class 10) can be checked out at CBSE's official website www.cbse.nic.in.
Around 13 -15 lakh students will appear for the examination. Most of the students dread the English paper as it requires one to be well versed. Grammar is another area where many students score low, due to which the overall marks get affected. But if you have been revising your chapters regularly and have been reading different books to improve your vocabulary, you will easily score well.
Points to remember
The English paper will carry 100 marks. The duration of the exam will be of three hours. Candidates should now focus on solving sample papers, so as to get an idea of time management.
English exam will consist of the three following sections:
Section A: Reading
Section B: Writing
Section C: Literature
The paper will be divided into three sections:
Section A: 20 Marks (2 comprehensions/passages)
Section B: 40 Marks (Letter writing, Report/speech, grammar)
Section C: 40 Marks (Literature)
Comprehensions/ Unseen passages: Candidates should thoroughly read the comprehension, at least twice, for the complete understanding of the passage. Candidates should note that the questions framed in the reading section are always in sequence.
Writing section: Candidates should express the thoughts clearly and using rich vocabulary. Use quotes or phrases by famous authors. This section analyses the writing skills and abilities. Remember to follow the correct format, as well.
Literature: Lucid and coherent answers should be written in this section. Express the views, clearly. Only answer what is asked about. Read the questions carefully, before answering them. Presentation is also important while attempting the paper. Write neatly. Leave proper space, wherever required. Draw margins. Highlight the important words or phrases or sentences.
- Do not forget to carry your admit card at the time of the examination
- Do not study a day before the exam. Grab some popcorn and talk with your family and friends, which will help you relax
- Solve previous years question papers or mock question papers in order to learn time management
- Do not think about how difficult or easy the paper would be. Just think about giving your best, and don't worry about the rest
- Read the section a thoroughly and then answer the questions
- Divide the allotted time as per the sections
- Do attempt and try to finish sections A and B in the first half of the allotted time
- Neat and legible handwriting, leaving space between the answers and underlining value points has a positive impact on the examiner
India Today Education wishing all the students best of luck!
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