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India can have it's own PISA kind of assessments.

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“What is important for citizens to know and be able to do?” That is the question that underlies the triennial survey of 15-year-old students around the world known as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA assesses the extent to which students near the end of compulsory education have acquired key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. Since 2000, PISA has been testing students worldwide in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. The assessment also collects information on students’ backgrounds and on how their schools are managed in an effort to identify the factors that influence student performance. PISA also regularly introduces new tests to assess students’ skills in other areas relevant to modern life, such as creative problem solving and financial literacy (tested for the first time in 2012) and collaborative problem solving (testing will begin in 2015).

Participants of the OECD Programme for Int…

Finnish Lessons: What the World Can Learn from Educational Change in Fin...

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Finland School Education System-Pioneering the much needed change

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Reference article-
https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/finland-will-become-the-first-country-in-the-world-to-get-rid-of-all-school-subjects-259910/

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects
Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on their laurels, and they’ve decided to carry through a real revolution in their school system. Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography. The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes: “There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“ Instead of individual subjects, students w…

'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg...

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Should The World Adopt Finland's Education System?

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Why hiring is caste and language ridden and we are not ashamed.

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Has there been any caste proliferation in corporate hiring? Not sure but I feel like seeing it in my face quite often now a days. I was at ICICI bank , Jeevan Bheema Nagar, Bangalore today and I observed the official language of staff talk was mostly TELUGU. The same case at Vignnana Nagar (very close to Jeevan Bheema Nagar).
Sample one more, went to H&M at VR Mall , Whitefield Bangalore and nearly all staff talking for their internal communication in TAMIL. Pantaloons store at Indiranagar 100 ft road, nearly all staff communicate in KANNADA. 
MUJI store at VR , Bengaluru, most , everyone talks Hindi. It is Japanese retailer in India with JV with Reliance. Amazing store for innovating and high on utility products for household and even beds and shirts too. All these store guys were hired by the Delhi team , at Delhi NCR.
Just along the language lines, I observed some streaks of culture. At H&M at VR Bengaluru, staff make a fish market, they keep talking among themselves, loud and…

ZS Associates Vault ranking and Glassdoor presence!

Is ZS Associate India office hiring strategy and local office culture pulling its Vault.com ratings down. Tried evaluating it over Vault and Glassdoor to see if thing add up well. I worked for ZS as HR Consultant during 2007-2009. Even those days, ZS was a back office operations based consulting than strategic or even tactical. Great leaders, great people but very narrow business view. Shall we call it consulting in the first place is bit debatable.

India office has grown over past 8 to 9 years like any back office ops firm for typical pharma projects. Hardly any innovation and still relying heavily on excel based tools. Some topping on the cake is Microstrategy based dashboards and some use of SAS etc. Some say, the best place to look for typical time bound promotion is ZS Associates in India.

Core to ZS culture was the live element called PD Manager (Professional Development Manager). People were molded into  the ZS way through the PD Manager, (who at most managed 3 to 6 PD reports…

ZS Associates Vault ranking and Glassdoor presence!

Is ZS Associate India office hiring strategy and local office culture pulling its Vault.com ratings down. Tried evaluating it over Vault and Glassdoor to see if thing add up well. I worked for ZS as HR Consultant during 2007-2009. Even those days, ZS was a back office operations based consulting than strategic or even tactical. Great leaders, great people but very narrow business view. Shall we call it consulting in the first place is bit debatable.

India office has grown over past 8 to 9 years like any back office ops firm for typical pharma projects. Hardly any innovation and still relying heavily on excel based tools. Some topping on the cake is Microstrategy based dashboards and some use of SAS etc. Some say, the best place to look for typical time bound promotion is ZS Associates in India.

Core to ZS culture was the live element called PD Manager (Professional Development Manager). People were molded into  the ZS way through the PD Manager, (who at most managed 3 to 6 PD reports…

US Elections: Donald Trump Endorsed by Peter Thiel Full Speech

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Critical thinking and structured writing tools

Infographic-20 bad Habits-Marshall Goldsmith and 12 Asshole Rules by Bob Sutton

The rise of Fast Fashion and a few slipping down in commotion!

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e-commerce fashion retail players finally realized that fashion will be sold mostly through brick and mortar stores. Fashion is fun and entertainment. Place matters! 

Private labels of ShoppersStop and Lifestyles-Melange-Kangana Ranaut and many others like BIBA,

Aurelia have made fashion buying more of a touch and feel game. It is not a hardware! Fashion is a soft core product and it requires other sense organs to make decision, not just eyes. Spread and massively quick success of ZARA in India established that fashion will eventually sell through stores. Zara took 50,000 sq ft store at Kala Ghoda in Mumbai with an annual rent of Rs.30 Cr. One 50K SFT store is actually 2.5 times sale of 50 individual 1K SFT stores. High street fashion sells on high street. It always makes sense to open a large format store and I am sure Myntra would do that same as they would have their off-line stores by year-end.


I have my short experience with fashion at USPL. This is personal view. Most of the inform…

Start up kids and the VC and HR sleep peacefully!

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An interesting review title for this company: 
"they hold competition for glassdoor reviews, take reviews with a grain of salt"!

Employer-Employees and the agents! I did not say HR! You got it!

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Salaried employees's gateway to the tax haven!

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LIGHTS, CAMERA,ACTION.....CUT-CUT-CUT! GOOD SHOT!
Everyone taxpayer hates taxes. No salaried employee likes it! They feel they are being robbed of their earning. They blame employers, they blame government and they blame HR and Finance and payroll for their Big loss! 
Have seen organisations doing all kinds of circus to devise a magical salary structure concoction that defies all laws of CBDT! Saves most on the Income Tax and employees praise the lord! 
It is possible to save lots of taxes if you approach it this way. For salaried employees, here are gateways to the tax haven! 
Please refer to directives from the Income Tax Department/CBDT. Check the link below-
It lists all components under benefits, salary, perquisites where employees income is exempted from Income Tax.:
For quick reference, below are sections where relief can be given to salaried employees (legally).
For easy reference, here below is what I recommend. Moreover, we need to make our BASIC COMPONENT  at least 50% of the gros…

Fixes to job search through LinkedIn!

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"If you try helping others, you find code to your own success!" ----This thought crossed my mind yesterday! I have been meeting some of my friends and acquaintances, who are seriously looking for new job or job change but they have not been able to get any headway for quite sometime now. There is a widening gap between the cup and the lip! If you are not getting job offers, I blame you!  Few cents to fellow job hunters. Pitch in, need your thoughts!  1-There is much more than meets the eye! Jobs are not available on job boards-Naukri, etc! Jobs listed on LinkedIn and IIM Jobs are listings and 8 out of 10 times, you will not make any progress after you applied! Just drop these ideas, however, sharing your resume is 5 min job and that you can keep doing. But follow below steps! 2-Start with working on LinkedIn profile. Fill every section. Add company logos, mind your title! Use power-trade-cheeky words, wordsmith every single sentence that you use. Add company logos, use …

Inspiring growth for this TA person! "HEAD OF TALENT BRANDING!"

I got a LinkedIn notification this morning..it says, ____has a new job! Yes, this person who is Head of Talent Acquisition with an Indian pharma is a now, additionally the Head of Talent Branding as well. It is same company, just LinkedIn calls it "new job!"Congratulations! You made it! Arrived! Woohoooooooo!
Note-This company has a new CHRO (sorry, Global CHRO) and everyone knows who he is! :)
Inspiring growth for this TA person! "HEAD OF TALENT BRANDING!"
Just browsed through her LinkedIn profile. Surprises galore-
A. EDUCATION TAB AT LINKEDIN-SY@@@**#S, PUNEPart time or distance PGDBA - Marketing from SY******# Pune 2003-2005, well known MBA shop in Pune!
This person was working as BD person for a small training firm during 2003-2005 as per LI profile.
B. CLICK AT CONTACT INFO-
Email ID is a gmail address for someone who is Head of TA and Head of Talent Branding too. You have options of keeping both your personal and company IDs on LinkedIn.
Website-Company website- C…