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Boosting confidence

Boosting confidence

On July 25, more than 150 students, mostly from civic schools, got an opportunity to attend three lectures in a seminar organised to felicitate SSC and HSC toppers. The programme was held at the Thane Manufacturer’s Association Hall between 3 pm and 8 pm. The total strength of attendees was 240, including teachers and parents. The programme is an annual affair organised by the Rotary Club of Thane North End.

The first speaker, Dr Madhuri Pejawar, Principal of BN Bandodkar College of Science, spoke on how to select their careers. "I am not going to talk about science careers as I know many of you may not be in a position to opt for those. But you can opt for the armed forces, which is a good career option," she said.

Later, Anagha Gandhi from MIDCON, a career guidance centre, spoke on how to start small businesses and provided information on a variety of short courses such as baking, embroidery and mehndi. Gandhi even circulated a list of alternative professions available for these students.

JP Kabra, a management professional, taught the students techniques of building confidence, developing a positive attitude and facing challenges. He even narrated some inspiring stories of people who succeeded despite their humble backgrounds.

On her turn, the chief guest of the evening, well-known educationist Sunita Deodhar said, "Try and become computer literate because you will have a much better chance of procuring office jobs if you are familiar with computers. There are computer courses in Marathi too and we can help you there." For girls, Deodhar suggested nurse’s training.

For the 49 students who topped their respective schools, the felicitation that followed the seminar was a big boost to their confidence. Students from civic schools are not as privileged as many of their more well-off counterparts. Most students hail from poor families and often work and study together. For them to achieve excellence in their academics despite their background deserves recognition.

As the programme came to a close, the 150-odd children came away feeling a bit more confident of choosing their careers. And thanks to the felicitation, the toppers amongst them felt on top of the world.

Girl Power

Girl Power

All children are vulnerable. But street children or urchins are much more gullible to the struggles that life throws at them. And it’s a double whammy if these children are girls. Twenty-two such girls live in Divya Prabha (DP), a home for street children located in Vartak Nagar, Thane.

DivyaPrabha Girls

The girls are students of a TMC School at Shastri Nagar. What’s inspiring is that in spite of the lack of fortune, many of these girls do well in their academics and extra-curricular activities.

Take Sonali Suryavanshi for instance, who took shelter at the home four years ago when she was in class I. In April, she appeared for her class IV scholarship exam conducted by Maharashtra State and stunned everyone by securing 98.91 percentile at the school level. For the uninitiated, a percentile is a value on a scale of 100 that indicates the per cent of a distribution that is equal to or below it.

In simple terms, Sonali’s score was equal to or more than 98.91 per cent of all who appeared the exam. Her percentile scores are equally striking at the Taluka, district and state level where she scored 99.61, 99.94 and 99.99 respectively. Of course, she has been awarded a scholarship. According to DP sources, she’s also good in drawing and dance.

There are others too, like Anita Rathod (class IV) and Ruchi Jain (class III) who always stand first in their classes. Both participated in the national drawing competition conducted by Kala Children’s Academy. Ruchi got an A+, while Anita scored B+. Versatility has no limits. Both these girls also participated in an inter-school drama competition in which 120 TMC schools participated. Their team won the first prize.

Sister Juliet from DP says, “These girls need an opportunity to grow and be educated like other girls and boys their age. They need a proper environment for a healthy development, which we strive to provide within the constraints.” Indeed, just basic facilities like education and shelter is enough to motivate some to excel. Only goes to show that where there’s a will, excuses have no place.

Against all odds

Against all odds

So often we hear about people who surpass our expectations and beat what appear to us as the most difficult of challenges. They serve to remind us that the human mind is capable of doing anything at all. Take the examples of Mrugank Vaidya and Vivek Venkatesh, Std X students from Thane, who have managed to surprise many with their performance in the board exams.

Two physically challenged students beat the odds

Mrugank cannot see. He lost his eyesight when he was barely two months old, while in an incubator, owing to excess of oxygen. But his lack has not prevented him from obtaining 67.33 per cent in his board exams. What’s more, he attended Sri Ma Vidyalaya, a regular school, and also took the exams with the regular students – except that he used the help of a writer.

Mrugank’s own attitude has been given a boost by his loved ones – his parents Bipin and Smita Vaidya, and his grandfather, Vasant Vaidya have stood behind him while he crossed the hurdles that came his way. Sharvari Deshpande, Sri Ma’s headmistress (primary) revealed, “Oral examinations are a part of the assessment programme in our school and Mrugank too had to take them. In his lower classes, he had to take a reading test like the other students. So we would mark the passage for his reading and his mother and grandfather would train him to read it using the Braille script. His grandfather has really been a pillar of support to him.”

Mrugank’s achievement has made his parents, grandfather and his little brother very proud of him. His father works for a securities broking house and his mother is a housewife. Mrugank is quick to point to his grandfather as his moral support, whom he fondly calls anna.

Mrugank, who is fascinated by an odd combination of cricket and the stock market, wishes to pursue a career in music. He loves classical music and has been learning the tabla for the last five years. Asked how he prepared for the exams and whether he was tense, Mrugank said, “I was not at all tense. I believe in thinking and acting positively.”

Like Mrugank, Vivek Venkatesh too has managed to take on the SSC board exam head on, by scoring 62 per cent in spite of being severely challenged. Vivek suffers from acute muscular dystrophy, a condition in which the muscles of the body get weaker and weaker and slowly stop working.

A student of Sri Ma Bal Niketan, Vivek has been forced to take to the wheelchair. So dismal is his condition that he finds it extremely difficult even to hold a pen. But his proud mother Padma reveals, “Although his physical condition is regressing and his limbs are growing weaker, he managed to write his papers by himself – without the aid of a writer. Vivek was diligent, he was regular at his studies and prepared for all the papers on his own. He mainly used to read the textbooks and used to solve papers from past years in a given time frame.”

Vivek is a resident of the Tikam Society in Kopri colony. Unfortunately, Vivek lost his father to leukemia when he was in Std VIII. He has an elder sister who has just completed her graduation in commerce. Padma is grateful to R Nirmal Jothi, the then principal of Sri Ma Bal Niketan High School and Junior College for the confidence she showed in Vivek’s abilities by allowing him to appear for SSC board exams as a private candidate through the school. Padma is all praises for Vivek’s grandmother who has been an instrumental force in motivating Vivek.

Vivek is adept at using the computer. He has a liking for chess and plays it quite often. He reads the newspapers and keeps himself abreast with current affairs. Vivek wishes to take up and aspires to become a chartered accountant when he grows up.

William Somerset Maugham has said, “It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” Mrugank Vaidya and Vivek Venkatesh seem to know this and are determined to get the best out of life. With such an attitude, these boys are sure to do well in every exam that life throws at them.

Have a Summer Blast

Have a Summer Blast

As the mercury rises in the summer, excitement of students begins to surge too. After toiling monotonously for a whole year attending classes, going for tuitions, struggling with homework and finally cramming for exams, students look forward to this time of year, never mind the sweltering heat.

Granted, summer vacations are a great time to catch up with all those exciting activities that you have been dying to indulge in but were simply impossible to take up during the academic year: you would want to play your favourite sport, watch movies, go for outings and generally have fun. But even after you do all of this, you will find that you still have a reasonable amount of spare time that can and must be utilised gainfully.

Have a Summer Blast

Academically you move up one level with each passing year. But it is equally important for you to move up regularly with respect to your personality. And there’s no better time to do this than summer holidays. Unfortunately, most students end up doing nothing constructive during this highly fertile two-month period. But all is not lost. If you’re a student who has not yet made plans of how to make good use of your time this vacation, now is a good time to do so. The question that is probably cropping up in your mind is, "What should I do?"

We suggest that you spend some time this week in your own company and do a self-audit. Find out which zones of your personality you would like to work upon. Do a quick evaluation of your personality and ask yourself simple questions like the following: What are my strengths and weaknesses? Which new activity I would like to pursue? Which existing interest would I like to augment? This simple exercise will lead to clarity of thought and action. And once you’re clear about what it is that you want to do, you can proceed in the direction of putting into practice what you’ve decided.

There are many good ways to spend the next two months. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful. This is in no way an exhaustive list and you can certainly come up with several creative ideas yourself.

Sign up for an adventure/sports camp
Look out for and sign up with one of the several adventure camps organised specially for school students. Such camps offer a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the real world first hand – away from the protective shield of your parents and teachers. If you’re a sports lover, then you could consider one of the various sports camps that train you in the sport of your choice.

Cultivate the habit of Reading
Supplementing/cultivating a reading habit is a good idea. Reading is a great way of building up a good thinking mind. You even become more creative, besides increasing your knowledge! So join a good library, borrow a few good books on the subjects you like and spend some time reading daily.

Avoid watching excessive TV
Watching TV is an inert activity and tends to slow down your wits. It’s also harmful for your physical fitness. Allocate a fixed time per week for TV viewing and resolve not to exceed this limit. When watching TV, make it a point to watch informative and educational channels like Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

Physical Activity
Engage in some daily physical activity routine. This is a good habit for life. Swimming, cycling, trekking or simply walking will go a long way in keeping you healthy and in shape.

Replace phones with personal interactions
A worrying habit among the youngsters these days is that they rattle long hours on the phone. Remember, it is much better to meet up your friends in person and converse one-to-one. Personal interactions enhance the quality of your conversations and, in the process, the quality of your friendships too.

Develop new interests
Consider developing new hobbies or expand the scope of existing ones such as painting, drawing, music, cooking, writing, acting and so on. Many of you may not venture into a hobby for the fear of being ridiculed or because you think you’re not good enough. Steer clear of judging yourself and simply take up the activity irrespective of how good you are at it. Remember you’re not competing with anyone, and there is no justifiable reason to deny yourself the joy that comes from doing that which you fancy.

So go ahead and make a new agreement with yourself. Eliminate a weakness, acquire a new hobby, improve your knowledge quotient and transform yourself in positive ways. Then, when the new academic year begins, your newfound personality will be all set to conquer the world.

Theory versus Practice

Theory versus Practice

There is an interesting anecdote about James Watt. One day, when he was still young, he happened to observe a kettle boiling on the hearth and started to fiddle around by holding a spoon over its spout, opening the kettle and shutting it, gauging the pressure and so on. When his aunt saw him “fooling around”, she scolded him for “idleness” and told him to go out and do something more productive. His "idleness" soon led to the development of the famed steam engine.

Children's Science Centre in Thane

There is a lesson in that little story for our education system which is predominantly theory-oriented. For, true learning always follows understanding, which needs observation and involvement. This is even more so for subjects like science, which have a basis in experiments. For example, read the following statement: “The centre of gravity of a collection of masses is the point where all the weight of the object can be considered to be concentrated.” Now would you not rather that you understand the concept of centre of gravity with the help of an experiment?

School students from the city can rejoice as they can now strengthen their theoretical knowledge with the help of practical understanding. Last Saturday, Jidnyasa Bal Vidnyan Kendra, a science activity centre was unveiled at the TMC School No.7, located in Uthalsar. The centre, dubbed “Mini Nehru Science Centre”, opens up news vistas in science education for children of Thane. To begin with, 30 scientific apparatus have been installed to facilitate the explanation of basic science principles. Visiting children can now easily grasp concepts such as the Archimedes principle, effect of centre of gravity on objects in motion or how geostationary satellites work – all in a playful atmosphere.

A joint initiative of city based youth-welfare NGO Jidnyasa and the Education Committee of the TMC, the science activity centre was inaugurated by the director of Nehru Science Centre, Dr G S Rautela who said, “This is the first science centre built entirely by an NGO. It’s a very good start and a great example for others to follow.” Rautela’s delight was not unwarranted. There are 528 districts in India and every district is supposed to have at least one science centre of its own, yet the annual budget allows no more than two centres. At that rate it will take decades before we can see the light of the day. Unless NGOs like Jidnyasa take up the issue with the help of individuals like Sanjay More who is the chairman of the education committee of TMC.

Inspired by non-profit institutes like Bal Bhavan in Charni Road, the Jidnyasa Bal Vidnyan Kendra will remain open for five days every week – half a day for students from municipal schools and the remaining half for those from private schools. The centre will be open to public on weekends too, when parents can accompany their children to the centre for a nominal fee. A staff member will always be present to take the visitors around the centre. “We believe this centre will be more useful to students from Thane than visiting the Nehru Science Centre, which has become more like a picnic spot. We encourage teachers and students to make full use of the facility.” Jidnyasa, who formally handed over the centre to the Mayor, plans to form an advisory committee comprising Thane residents, who will play a role of guiding the centre activities.

Albert Einstein once said, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” The science activity centre is a breeding ground for curiosities – like those displayed by James Watt.

Each One Reach One

Each One Reach One

Losing a loved one is perhaps the most challenging of all tests that life offers. At such times it is comforting to know that even though our physical existence is a time-bound phenomenon, the mysterious and unseen energy called life is beyond the grip of time. In that sense, each one of us is immortal. One such immortal soul is Archit Chitre, a compassionate and visionary young boy, whose physical existence came to an end on 18 April 2000 when, at 16, he succumbed to cancer. But Archit lives on.

On October 22, 2005, which is Archit’s birthday, a trust named ARCHIT (Alliance of Real Creative Humane Individuals Today) was born. The trust, formed by Archit’s parents, will work towards fulfilling their son’s dream of a loving and caring society. The focus of the trust would be welfare activities for children in Thane.

Each one Reach One - Learning Project for Slum Children

Health, education, recreation, foster care and sponsorship programmes are some of the things on ARCHIT’s agenda.

The first of ARCHIT’s initiatives, called Child-to-Child Programme, was kicked off on November 14 (Children’s Day), in Thane. The programme helps children from the privileged sections of the society to become sensitised to their less fortunate counterparts and lend a helping hand to them. ARCHIT Disha, a learning project by Bhartiya Mahila Federation and led by Dr Gita Mahajan, was instituted in Jankadevi Slums at Pokhran 2. Around 50 slum children from various age groups were identified. These children don’t or can’t go to school for some reason or the other and will be taught by school- or college-going students from well-to-do families.

ARCHIT will provide them with books and other educational facilities.

ARCHIT’s primary objective is to encourage and facilitate children to form networks within their own locality and then take up issues of social relevance. The motto of ARCHIT is “Each one, reach one”. Several children have already been doing social work in their own small way. With ARCHIT’s support, these children can now go beyond their own capacity and offer serious assistance to those in need. For instance, on Children’s Day, another ARCHIT project involved a young girl from Lok Puram. Along with a her friends, Jennifer Augustine visited Jeevan Asha, a care centre for children of construction workers, where they interacted with the children there and understood first hand the problems of these children. Jennifer and her friends will now spread this awareness to a larger group and mobilise help in various forms. Another poignant story is of Neerja Randive, a class VI student from Sulochanadevi Singhania School, who visited a 96-year-old man in Vasant Vihar and has expressed her wish to “adopt” him. Abhishek Rajderkar, a class X student in Vasant Vihar School has taken the lead for a project called “From Children’s Day to Mother’s Day”. The project, which began on November 14, will culminate on May 8, 2006 on Mother’s Day, when children will appeal for the formation of an alliance of mothers.

The force behind the trust is Archit’s mother, who prefers to be called “Mit”. Mit, which in Hindi, means “friend”, is also an acronym for “Made In Thane”. ARCHIT is also supported by several adults, called mentors, who contribute in their own ways. Archit’s father Pradeep Chitre, Sulochana Kapil, Sarmishtha Chaudhury, Bharti Modi and so many more…the list goes on.

Thane can already feel the presence of ARCHIT and soon even Mumbai and Navi Mumbai will feel him. Mit says, “This is only a small beginning. Activities such as those undertaken by ARCHIT must extend beyond time and space, so that our children will continue the good work long after us.”

ARCHIT has extended an invitation to children from Thane interested in working for a social cause to identify, and bring along, one “underprivileged buddy” from their locality, who can then be supported by ARCHIT. Children can contact Mit on 55998815 or Sarmistha Chaudury on 9821521569.

A Pat on the Back

A Pat on the Back

Fame is a fickle friend, it is said. But we think it is also partial. Each year around this time, various NGOs and other organisations felicitate SSC and HSC toppers from the city. The students who are recognised for their academic brilliance often hail from mainstream schools, both private and public, while we often conveniently forget the students that belong to the underprivileged or poorer sections of the society. These students may not score in the high 90s, but if you compare the resources available to students from mainstream schools with those that study in, say, municipal schools, you will agree that perhaps the achievements of the latter deserve equal, if not more, acknowledgement.

On 12 July 2005, 47 SSC and HSC students belonging to municipal schools and tribal villages from Thane were felicitated at a specially organised ceremony. The programme was held at the Thane Manufacturing Association’s Hall at Wagle Estate. Dr B K Mahavarkar, a city-based cardiologist, and the head of a local association (Rotary Club of Thane North End), took the initiative to organise the event with the objective of encouraging the oft-neglected section of the society.   Toppers from 12 schools and junior colleges in remote areas of the city such as Balkum, Kasar Vadavali, Manpada, Kapur Bawdi, and Subhask Nagar were felicitated. Students from a tribal village called Pankhanda, situated off Ghodbunder Road, were also honoured.

Each student was presented a certificate of honour along with a pen set and some food packets. Although most of these children were shy of talking in front of an audience, their teachers volunteered on their behalf and thanked everyone for the support and encouragement offered to the students.

Priyanka Marathe, the topper among girls from Mumbai board was also invited to grace the occasion and to share her experience. The presence of Priyanka ensured that the students from municipal schools and tribal village felt on par with those from mainstream schools. While sharing her experience, Priyanka stressed on the importance an all-round approach revealing that she enjoyed herself till December 10, participating in all sorts of extra-curricular activities. Only after that date did she begin to single-mindedly work towards her board exams.

The chief guest of the evening was Principal of Bandodkar College, Madhuri Pejawar. In her address, she commended the efforts of the organisers and said that such initiatives go a long way in promoting the cause of education. She also advised the organisers to go a step beyond and help these students in developing their personalities. She said that grooming the students in matters such as dressing up, speaking eloquently and interacting with people was as important as basic education if they were to succeed.

French Writer, member of the French Academy and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1921, Anatole France, once said, "Nine tenths of education is encouragement." This quote surely holds true for our young friends from tribal villages and underprivileged sections. A gentle pat for their achievements may drive them to achieve further success.

Get that extra edge!

Get that extra edge!

As the new academic year begins, most students get busy with their school, homework and tuition classes. While academic pursuits are important, the role of extracurricular activities in the life of students cannot be over-emphasised.   Students who participate in non-academic pursuits develop an all-round personality, which holds them in good stead in their later life, both in their careers and their personal lives. Experts concur that it is important that students expose themselves  to as many different career options as possible during their high school. Not everyone excels in academics, but there are other aspects that exams do not test. Participating in extracurricular activities also help students discover hidden talents, meet interesting people, inspire self-confidence and learn about things outside their immediate environment. One other advantage of non-academic endeavours is that it provides a respite from the monotony of bookish studies, which eventually helps the students perform better at academics.

Parents should encourage their children to participate in extracurricular pursuits by helping them find and enrol with the various groups within and outside their school. Depending on the child’s propensity and interests, he or she should look for activities that either support their current interests or help them explore newer ones. Unless they are exposed to various activities, they will never know what they really like. Adventure, nature trails, sports, singing, music, dancing, literary pursuits, acting/ theatre, reading, writing, drawing, painting – there are scores of options. And each of them offers fabulous career options in the future.

A word of caution to students: be careful not to overextend yourself by taking on too many activities. Extracurricular activities are supposed to complement a student’s life, not complicate it. When you are involved in too many activities or in an activity that takes up too much time, you may become stressed, which will negatively affect your grades.

Because you live in Thane, you are fortunate to have the opportunity to sign up for the several extra-curricular activities offered by schools, adventure clubs, NGOs and other groups. So this year, resolve to enrol yourself in extracurricular activities that will expand your scope, so that you can have that "extra" edge in life.

Life as an army officer
We are fortunate to live in a country where joining the armed forces is voluntary. There are many countries where the military draft makes it mandatory to serve the armed forces for a certain period in your life. In spite of this, the Indian armed forces are among the largest in the world. The pride and respect associated with armed forces is unrivalled. Here’s an opportunity for students of Thane to find out what life as an officer in the armed forces is like.

For more than ten years now, the Jidnyasa Trust has been organising an annual "Military Training Programme" in the city. Held under the guidance of Major (Retd.) Subhash Gawand, the programme is open to students of class VI, VII and VIII. One of the objectives of this training is to prepare boys and girls for the competitive entrance tests such as National Defence Academy (NDA). Students are trained in military parade, air rifle shooting, self-defence, mountaineering, first aid, civil defence and aero-modelling. Group discussion session and public speaking will be organised to develop interpersonal skills. Military training inculcates the highest sense of discipline among its participants at a young age. It also aids improving general behaviour, develops stamina and achieves overall growth of young students.

Like in the past couple of years, the training is being organised in association with P.E. Society’s English School and training sessions will be held in the school premises. The minimum prescribed weight of applicants is 30 kg and they should be at least 135 cm tall. The training sessions will be held every Sunday between 7 am and 11.30 a.m. To enrol, contact Maj. (Retd.) Subhash Gawand, Trustee of Jidnyasa Turst, at P. E. Society’s English School, Mithbunder Road, Thane (East) at 7.00 a.m. on June 26, 2004.

Not just TV by the Bay

Not just TV by the Bay

During school days, the pressure of the academic year leaves little scope for children to pursue anything substantial outside their curriculum. But it is a known fact that when too much emphasis is placed on a narrow set of academic tasks, children fail to develop life skills. In such a situation, the only time left for children to engage in non-academic activities is the summer vacation. Yet, most parents complain that their little ones do little other than watch TV. While watching TV for sometime everyday is not bad at all, being glued to it all the time can be detrimental to the child’s proper development.

Rati Bosekar and Shweta Phadke, two primary teachers from the city, recently went to Pune’s Bal Bhavan Institute to learn techniques of how to distract youngsters from watching too much TV and attract them to extra-curricular activities. After spending 15 days in Pune, the two women are now putting to use what they learnt at a camp for city children.   Called "Hasa, Khela, Nacha aani Pustakahi Vaacha", (translated, as laugh, play, dance and even read books), the camp began on May 01 and will continue through May 15 including weekends. 45 children aged between 4 and 10 years from various city schools participating in this innovative camp. There are two batches – 9 am to 11 am everyday at Saraswati Mandir Trust and 5 to 7pm at Ghantali Maidan. The primary objective of the camp is to promote a wholesome development of the children.  

The camp ensures that these children spend at least two hours away from the idiot box everyday and indulge in outdoor and indoor games, physical activities, painting, craft, singing, reciting slokas, reading story books several such non-academic activities. Everyday for about 15-20 minutes, the children are left free in the open with no restrictions on how to conduct themselves. Not worried about getting dirty or soiling their clothes, the children experience a different kind of freedom that they seem to have forgotten.   The children have learnt new outdoor and indoor games that they can play with their friends.

The camp agenda includes educational visits too. So the children were taken to a small picnic to a nearby botanical garden where they were given familiarised with the various types of plants and trees. On Saturday and Monday, the two batches were taken to Bolinjkar’s Workshop where Ganpati idols are made. Bolinjkar’s idols are one of the most popular in the state and the children learnt how the idols are moulded from plaster of Paris. Many parents too accompanied their children to this one, as even they had never had an opportunity to see how the idols are crafted. Then, to foster the spirit of creativity, the two teachers decided to give a little chunk of plaster of Paris to the children on the next day and asked them to create anything they could imagine. Inspired by their previous day’s visit to the idol factory, the children made beautiful artefacts – elephants, fish and whatever else their imaginations permitted. Next, the children will learn to prepare their own meals – simple stuff such as a sandwich – and eat.

The camp will be over tomorrow. But by then the children would’ve learnt newer, more exciting ways of keeping busy and happy. Going by the camp’s agenda, these children will play the new games they’ve learnt, paint or create new objects, read stories, allow their imaginations to run riot and then, if there’s still time left, watch TV.

Why not get an MBA?

Why not get an MBA?

NAINA Lal Kidwai, vice-chairman and managing director of HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Pvt Ltd and Deputy CEO of HSBC Bank in India, was named one of the 50 most powerful women in the world by ‘Fortune’ magazine in 2003. The only other Indian woman who figures in this elite list is Lalita Gupte, Joint Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, ICICI Ltd. Both these women represent an emerging breed of top women managers in India. And one of the many things that characterises them is their educational background. Both are MBAs. While Kidwai holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School in 1982, Gupte is an alumnus of the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. But Kidwai and Gupte are just needles in a haystack, because in India, like in the rest of the world, business schools remain largely a male bastion, with the enrolment ratios being heavily skewed against women. However, according to a report in ‘The Economist’, business schools themselves can hardly be blamed for this imbalance. Most schools are actively trying to lure more women through recruitment drives and by offering scholarships. Yet, the reason for the poor ratio of women in business schools is an old problem: The idea that business does not appeal to women as much as to men.
 
Why You Should Get an MBA
Still, research says that women make better managers than men because they are apparently more sensitive to employees and better at keeping others informed, coaching subordinates, multi-tasking and getting results. According to a study conducted by the Hagberg Consulting Group, a US-based management consulting firm, women managers were rated higher than their male counterparts on 37 of 47 critical management qualities such as leadership, social skills, problem-solving and decision-making. With so much going for them, it’s time women began to take business studies more seriously and then, like Kidwai and Gupte have done, tell the world that they mean business.