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Archive for July, 2012

Education Structure in India

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Since independence and even before that period, the importance of education is very much evident in India. It can be said that many people used to throng abroad universities like Harvard and Cambridge and earn a niche for themselves instantly.

Continuing the same roots, let’s see the prime roots which used to and still produce such laureates.

Yes, it’s none other than the education structure of schools in India which is the real the root cause for influencing and strengthening the students as far as their future growth in the field of education is concerned.

Let’s go to the basics and track out the structure of schools India follows

There are principally four basic stages of schools in India, primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary or the high school.

Overall on an average, the schooling continues in India for 12 years from class 1 to class 12th (10+2).

The government in India is committed for providing the elementary education for all (Primary and upper primary) aged between 6-14 years of age.

However, upper primary and secondary school learners aged eleven to fifteen are planned into classes six through ten, and higher secondary school students ages sixteen through seventeen are enrolling in classes eleven through twelve. In some places there is a notion called middle/upper primary schools for class six to eight.

Higher Education in India provides an occasion to focus in a field and includes technical schools (such as the Indian Institutes of Technology), colleges, and universities.

The main types of schools controlled in India are

• The state government controlled schools under which a large chunk of students are enrolled
• The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi
• The Council For Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), New Delhi
• National Open School
• International Schools

Now, let’s have a detailed look at each of the stages of schooling In India school scenario

* Preliminary Education- In India, the concept of preliminary education dates back to history pages and its not a fundamental right of the students, with a very less percentage of them receiving education under the forum concerned.

Typically, the students under the same are LKG, UKG, students aged between 2-1/2 and 3.

However, the facilities under this section were not better until some prominent players entered the scene. Pivotal amongst are Kid zee schools, Shamrock preschools. But, these good facility providers cover a very few small chunk of population.

Nevertheless, the number of students enrolling for preliminary education program in India is as low as 11.22%!

* Elementary Education- Students of class 1 to 5th basically forms this crust. As huge has 82% of the students have been observed enrolling for the same.

* Higher Education- Higher education forms the rest of the education scene in India

* Accredited Universities- Accredited universities are also in India that offers college degrees once students complete school education in different traditional and professional streams.

* Residential schools- In order to make the students a polished individual in the ensuing future, the residential schools play a pivotal role in the same department of imparting valued education in India. However, the basic tip for enrollment in these schools shall be for parents that they send their wards only when they attained a normal age, enough to live alone and independently.

* Support Organizations- Charity organizations and many other affordable organizations are in line offering quality education at slashed rates.

Luxury Holidays in India

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

India is fast climbing up the ladder as a favored global destination for travel and tourism. The major drivers of growth when it comes to tours to India have always been the history, heritage, culture, Ayurveda and Yoga. Whereas in the recent past the exotic appeal of the India drew the travelers from around the world to this incredible country, India as a one of the favored luxury holiday destination is a recent phenomenon.

Opening up of the economy and subsequent development led to the India’s rise in global economy. When it comes to travel and tourism industries, the effects of liberalization is now visible in the world class infrastructure, development of tourist destinations and presence of the renowned players in global hospitality industry. If the recently studies are anything to go by, luxury holidays in India is one of the fastest growing travel segment.

Luxury holidays nowadays have become synonymous with creating exclusive experiences at the destinations. There is a huge demand for unique cultural experiences among the new generation of tourists and what better destination to offer these insider experiences to the global nomads than “incredible India”.

The cradle of the Indus Valley Civilization, India’s cultural heritage is unparalleled. To tap into the vast potential of this allure among the overseas tourists, the players in Indian travel industry have come up with a range of exclusive tour packages. Luxury holiday packages in India are an eclectic mélange of the unique cultural experience which blends seamlessly with the modern India milieu and gracious hospitality.

Of the many options available for luxury holiday in India, the luxury train tours are fast catching up the attention of the connoisseurs of the luxury travel industry as well as affluent tourists from around the world. The history of luxury train traveling in India began with the introduction of Palace on Wheels in 1982. After its resounding success more luxury trains followed. The crescendo of the luxury tourist train in India was reached with the introduction of the Maharajas Express.

Launched in 2010, Maharajas Express was touted to be the India’s answer to the Orient Express of the West. The train won accolade and hearts of the connoisseurs of luxury travel across the globe. With its state of the art amenities and 5 pan-Indian itineraries, it is considered to one of the most luxurious trains in the world.

Besides luxury trains, there are an assortment of options to choose from for planning an unforgettable vacation in India. Rajasthan is the favored destination when it comes to cultural interactions and glimpses of royal India. The land of the former Rajput warrior princes, Rajasthan has much more to offer than just forts, palaces and desert sand dunes. From painted havelis to the heritage hotels offering authentic experiences of royal living to the colorful bazaar speckled with artifacts and handicrafts, the activities to indulge in could confound even a fussy traveler in Rajasthan.

An important aspect of the luxury holiday in India – be it Rajasthan, Kerala or Goa – especially when it is arranged for by players of travel and hospitality industry is the exclusive experiences. Creating insider experiences that range from pre-packaged, off-the-beaten-track tours with local guides, to customized outings and self-guided tours with the input of the concierge staff are highly popular among the overseas tourists.

Adding to the vast repertoire of luxury tour packages in India is the everlasting appeal of the ancient art of Indian healing system Ayurveda and Vedanta. Kerala is the hub for Ayurveda tours in India with home to several award winning Ayurvedic resorts. Ananda in Himalaya is another globally renowned destination offering an array of therapeutic massages and beauty treatment to the guests in a pristine locale. Set atop Himalaya overlooking the holy Ganges near yoga center Rishikesh, Ananda in Himalaya offers a truly blissful and rejuvenating stay to the guests looking for luxury and wellness.

Another major luxury holiday destination in India and probably the most acclaimed global beach destination in India is the tiny emerald of Goa. The unruffled ambience and the unique stupor weaving ‘susegad’ while staying in the pampering of world-class resorts are seldom found anywhere else in India.