Sunday, August 22, 2010

India will be the education capital of the world in 20 years

PodUniversal Edition 107
Prof. Bala Balachandran, Founder of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and a well known International Management Guru interacted with the participants of Business Communication Course at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai on 21st August 2010.  After the interaction session, Mr Narayanan, one of the participants of the course interviewed Prof. Bala for PodUniversal and to get a hands-on experience for podcast making.
Prof. Bala (left) being interviewed
by Mr Narayanan
During his brief interview, Prof. Bala said that India was an education capital of the world 2000 years back and we had great Universities like Dakshaseela, Pushpagiri and Nalanda in India guiding the world.  He was optimistic that India will again be the education capital for the world in 20 years.  We will have Dakshaseela, Pushpagiri and Nalanda in United States too.
Please listen to his interesting  interview (5 minutes) by clicking 'play' button.  This audio streaming will be smooth in broadband connections.  If you find any difficulty, you may right click this link and download the mp3 format of this audio and save to your desktop.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Challenges in the use of internet - A radio interview

(L to R) Mr Sudarshan (Producer),
Prof. Namitha Gopal (interviewer)
and K. Srinivasan (interviewee)
Internet has come to stay globally.  How the internet can be used for the betterment of the society?  What are the challenges provided by the internet?  These are all the questions in the minds of many people.
All India Radio, Chennai broadcast an interview with me on 19th August 2010 on this theme.  Prof. Namitha Gopal was the interviewer and Mr Sudarshan was the Producer of this interview.
During this interview, I have explained the evolution of internt, blogs and the social media.
Please listen to this interview (14 minutes) by clicking 'play' button.  Streaming of the audio will be smooth in broadband connections.  If the streaming is not smooth, you may right click this link and download the mp3 format of this interview to your desktop.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Spare two hours a week, to achieve Vision 2020

ECE Department of VelTech Dr RR & Dr SR Technical University, Chennai organised a National Technical Symposium known as OMZOIC 10, on 14th August 2010,  inviting students from different engineering colleges.  More than 600 students participated in the event.   I was invited by them to be the Guest of Honour during the inauguration.  Dr Rangarajan, Chancellor and Founder of the University was also present.
K. Srinivasan addressing
The event was organised in a professional manner.  The multimedia presentation (short film) made by the ECE students was highly professional.  Since, it was held on the eve of Independence Day, they had requested me to talk on the role of youth in achieving Vision 2020.
In my short speech of 7 minutes, I reminded the students of the struggle made by our freedom fighters and the role of youngsters in achieving the dream of our elders.  Among other things, I appealed to the students to spare two hours a week for the society, so that we could achieve our Vision 2020 easily.  Please listen to my speech by clicking 'play' button.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

e-Governance enables citizens to feel the Government, without seeing it

PodUniversal Edition 106
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai has recently started an executive diploma course on "Business Communication" for working professionals.  The programme was launched by Dr Abdul Kalam last month.  As part of this programme, successful CEOs are being invited every alternate week, to share their views with the participants.  Accordingly, Dr Santhosh Babu IAS, Managing Director, ELCOT and Director of e-Governance, Government of Tamilnadu was invited to share his views on Saturday the 14th August 2010.
Dr Santhosh Babu IAS (left) being
interviewed by Rajadurai
After the session, one of the participants Mr Rajadurai interviewed Dr Santhosh Babu as a  project and this interview was edited in the next session by the participants, to get a hands-on experience on making of podcast. Since this interview contains lot of useful information for the public, we share this podcast here.  (Since this was recorded in the class room, we could not avoid external disturbances during initial part of the interview).
During this interview, Dr Santhosh Babu explained how e-Governance can help to improve the efficiency of the Government system and to reduce the corruption.
Please listen to his interesting and informative interview by clicking 'play' button.  (7 m 28s).  The streaming of audio will be smooth in broadband connections.  If you find any streaming difficulty, you may download the audio in mp3 format, by right clicking this link and saving to your desktop. (6 mb)

Please see the photos taken during that occassion.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Historic event of temple entry by Harijans at Madurai - Rare pictures

PodUniversal Edition 105 - Independence Day Special Podcast
Independence Day Greetings to all.  Jai Hind
Prior to 1940, Harijans, otherwise considered as low caste persons were not allowed into any Hindu temples by customs and usage.  In those days, if any Harijan entered into a temple, he could be prosecuted for violating the customs and punished as a trespasser.  Mahatma Gandhi wanted to eradicate this un-touchability from the country and tried to change the mind-set of upper caste people through persuasion.
Mr Vadiyanatha Iyer
Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer, a leading lawyer at Madurai was very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom movement.  He and his wife spent their time for the upliftment of the poor Harijans and downtrodden.  In those days of acute orthodoxy, he was inviting harijan childen to his house and taking food with them.

After Congress party assumed power in 1936 in Madras Province under the Prime Minstership (in those days, the post was called as Prime Minister) of Mr C Rajagopalachari (popularly known as Rajaji), the mvement for eradicating the untouchability grew up.  Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer started persuading upper caste people in Madurai to change the customs and to allow Harijans also inside the temple.  Though many accepted the suggestion, some of the radical people were opposing the entry of Harijans into temples.

Rare picture -
 Harijan entry into Madurai temple on
8th July 1939 
On 8th July 1939, Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer took 4 Harijans (including Mr Kakkan, who later became Minister in Mr Kamaraj ministry) and one Nadar community person.  (see the rare photo).  The temple entry was opposed by a group of radical people.  Since entry of Harijans was prohibited in those days by custom, the radical people filed criminal complaint against Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer and the Harijans for 'trespassing into temple'.  This was punishable under law then.

Immediately, then Prime Minister of Madras Province Mr Rajaji issued an ordinance permitting Harijans into all temples retrospectively  and it was made as a law subsequently.  This historic event and the ordinance by Rajaji were pioneers in Indian history.  Mahatma Gandhi was running a magazine called 'Harijan'. In the issue dated 22nd July 1939, Mahatma Gandhi praised Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer and his team for the temple entry. (See the photo slide show)

Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer was arrested for his participation in the Quit India Movement.  He was released from the prison in 1945, after nearly 3 years.  He was one of the leading practising lawyers at that time.  The Government filed a case against him to prevent him from practising as an Advocate, as he had undergone imprisonment under criminal charges.  The case came up before Justice Sir Lionel Leach, who advised him to seek an apology so that he could continue to be an advocate.  But Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer refused to apologise in the Court for all his acts and said that he would prefer not to practise as an Advocate, rather than apologising.  Impressed with his conviction, the Judge acquitted him and permitted him to continue as an Advocate as a special case.
Mr Sthanunathan
On the 64th Independence day, PodUniversal wanted to remember and pay respects to such great Heroes and bring out their courage and conviction to the new generation.  In an exclusive conversation with K. Srinivasan, Editor of Poduniversal, Mr Sthanunathan, (now 90), son-in-law of Mr Vaidyanatha Iyer shared his memories.

Please listen to the exciting podcast interview by clicking play button (14 minutes).  The audio streaming will be smooth in broadband connections.  If the streaming is not smooth, you may download the audio (13 mb) by right clicking this link and saving to your desktop in mp3 format.

Mr Sthanunathan may be reached at sthanunathank (at) 
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Friday, August 06, 2010

India's largest medical equipment expo Medicall 2010

PodUniversal Edition 104
India's largest and Asia's third largest medical equipment expo was opened on 6th August 2010.  In this three-day expo, more than 400 exhibitors from China, Germany, Taiwan, England and India have displayed their latest medical equipments.  More than 8000 medical professionals are expected to visit the expo.  
During this three days, various seminars are being held on different medical themes.  This podcast brings out the birds-eye-view of the expo.
Please click 'play button' to watch this visual podcast.

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