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Archive for May, 2009

E-Learning in India

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The future of E-learning is very bright, indeed. This concept has been expanding at a very rapid rate as more and more uses for the computer in education have been discovered and attempted. And India is one most of place that fast emerging as an e-learning hub, because of its ability to provide a large pool of a highly educated workforce. There are a number of other potential factors for IT outsourcing in India such as cost-efficiency, quality, technical support and a growing economy.

A large section of the population of India is technically skilled with good knowledge of the English language that can be used to create effective solutions in e-learning. These solutions can be cost-effective, as compared to other developed nations and also assures the same level of quality. A number of companies in India possess quality certifications such as ISO and SEI-CMM and meet international standards. Communication facilities determine the success of offshore IT outsourcing, and India has robust cellular networks and broadband Internet to facilitate easy connectivity to the rest of the world. The geographical location is also suitable due to the 12-hour time gap between the USA and India. Work can be carried out on a 24-hour basis and ready solutions are available the next working day in the USA.

The Indian economy is growing at a rapid pace, with a number of companies investing in India and a large volume of jobs are being outsourced. The pro-IT government in India is also boosting the growth of this sector, with IT being a part of the national agenda for the government in power.

Most companies view e-learning as a solution targeted to achieve business goals. Moreover the training costs tend to be cheaper than those developed in-house and viewed as an investment. There is also significant knowledge retention at the end of the training programs. High quality, e-learning solutions can be developed in India with the right technology and industry support in sectors as distinct as steel, IT, automobiles, cement and telecom. Industry watchers estimate that because of its advantages, India is bound to grow in stature as the hub for e-learning programs.

National Symbols in India – Mark of National Integrity

Friday, May 15th, 2009

National symbols of India create the entity which reflects the pride and prestige of the whole nation. These identifiable features enable India to stand apart from the rest of the world.

The National Symbol of India has been depicted from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Emperor Ashoka. The original sculpture has four lions on a pillar with an elephant, horse, bull, and lion separated by a lotus on the base. Also carved into the stone is a Dharma Chakra (wheel of law).

It was adopted as national emblem on January 26, 1950 by the Indian Government. The official symbol represents three of the four lions with the Dharma Chakra in the center of the base and a bull and horse on either side. The base also has “Satyameva Jayate” engraved on representing a strong idea for the Indian people i.e. “Truth alone triumphs”.

Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus) is the national bird of India. Peacocks signify pride, beauty and grace. In Indian mythology and folk stories as well peacocks are used. This bird is about the size of a swan, with a long neck and a fan-shaped array of feathers. Male peacocks are bright colored, with green-bronze feathers and blue fronts. Peahen, the female is smaller and brown in color.

Tiger is the national animal of India, officially known as Panthera Tigris. It has a thick yellow coat of fur with dark stripes on it. Tiger is greatly respected for its incredible power, strength and grace. The Indian tiger is also called the Royal Bengal Tiger and can be found throughout the country except in north western region. The beautiful tiger is popularly killed for its skin. To protect tiger population, the government launched “Project Tiger” in 1973 which is also supported by the World Wildlife Federation.

The lotus (Nelumbo Nucipera Gaertn) is the official flower of India. It symbolizes long life, honor, and good fortune. It also signifies triumph; since the lotus is rooted in the mud and yet can successfully re- germinates for thousands of years. In spite of growing in mud, it remains pure and beautiful. The lotus holds great significance for Hindus and is often used in various religious practices.

The banyan tree is the National Tree of India, also officially known as Ficus bengalensis. The branches of this tree root themselves like new trees over a large area. The roots then give rise to more trunks and branches. This tree is considered immortal because of its long life and characteristics. Even today, it is the focal point of village life and the village council meets under this tree.

The mango is the national fruit. There are over 100 varieties of mangos and are available range of colors, sizes, and shapes. Mangoes are commonly found in the tropical part of the world. They are high in vitamin A, C, and D.