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Out of a gut feeling, I had, some time back, expressed similar views on my facebook wall. I am gratified to learn that my gut feeling is authenticated by scholarly scientific findings.


Ramesh Desai 30/01/2014 17:52:52

Out of a gut feeling, I had, some time back, expressed similar views on my facebook wall. I am gratified to learn that my gut feeling is authenticated by scholarly scientific findings.


Ramesh Desai 30/01/2014 17:56:33

I would like to recount my experience in a private teaching institute. My students were people who could not get admission to government post graduate courses because of getting lower marks or not scoring enough in the entrance tests. Teachers were either retired from govt. institutes or were still working in them but were allowed to do extra teaching. I paid them on an hourly basis of the teaching time. The payment was a modest one. I gave the students a personality development program lasting about a fortnight before starting the normal syllabus. I made it clear that the parents of the students were paying for their education and that they expected their money's worth in return. It was partly incumbent on the students that their parents got their money's worth by attending regularly and paying full attention in the class. I introduced a system of evaluation of the teachers by the students. This ensured that they felt that they had some control on proper teaching. The faculty, at first, protested at this system. They said, they had been teaching for decades and never did they have to account themselves to mere students. I firmly told them that the students were their customers and customers always had to be satisfied by service or goods suppliers. If they did not agree, they were free to leave. I also involved the parents in bi-annual PTA meetings where they interacted with us on the progress made by their wards. The results were very good. My students, though ours was not a recognized institute, are doing quite well, comparable to their counterparts who had been admitted to government institutions. Now no one asks them where they passed out from. They look at what they can do and employ them.


Ramesh Desai 30/01/2014 22:05:49

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