SHILLONG: In what can be termed as a boost to the social enterprises and initiatives in Meghalaya, Shillong’s Emarine Kharbhih has been selected as an Acumen Fellow 2018 for the prestigious Acumen Fellowship Programme 2018. The Acumen India Fellows are a community of individuals who are currently leading, or an integral part of building, an organization or initiative that exists to eradicate poverty and/or injustice, i.e. a social enterprise (for profit or non-profit), movement, community-based initiative or non-profit organization.
I have always asked myself this question for years even before starting my career in the Corporate world. As I started my career at an entry level in one of India’s renowned MNCs -HCL – BPO Division in 2009, I began to realize the actual picture of Corporate world.
Life in the corporate world is always glamorous, from the kind of office space you are in, to the facilities provided at work. It is a different feeling altogether and I’m sure it would take another 100 years or more for Shillong to have such an office infrastructure for enterprises or business organizations.
For a typical person like me, working in a fully AC-ventilated office is a luxury because work for me is just about getting myself preoccupied in the most useful manner and the idea of an office-infrastructure was never on my mind.
However, some of us failed to start a self-employed venture or small business because of some of the following reasons:-
Being away from home, we would prefer to work in established MNCs where salaries are credited before 30th of every month, mostly in the IT and BPO sector.
We still have a very narrow concept of work. We often feel that our job is just about going to the office, do our job and come back home.
We often have this blind faith that if we have a tag of major brands like TCS, Infosys, HCL or IBM in our resumes, we would easily get a job back in Shillong. In other words, having a blind faith in brand names.
Very few of our parents are aware of corporate institutions. At times, we often misguide them by the kind of positions we hold in the organization.
No doubt, one needs to appreciate oneself for being selected to be a part of the Corporate workforce of Delhi NCR irrespective of the industry or brands one works for, but we need to realise that it is the people that constitute a brand name and a brand-name does not exist by itself.
Despite the common financial problems that one faces, one needs to understand that a white-collar job in an MNC is the first step of ruining one’s own career. As per my experience, established MNCs have too much hierarchy and let’s not forget the bureaucracy or red-tapism in such organisations and I just wonder how people survive in such environment. I can only pray that they learn something new about their work in which I found it highly doubtful.
One can learn a lot when one works in a startup or take new initiatives in an organization. As per my experience working in startups, the main drawback is that salaries are always credited 7 or 10 days late. There are no provident funds or health insurance and forget about the leave policy, one just can’t think of it.
The scope of learning and development is huge in startups because you are being encouraged to experiment new concepts, be it in marketing or product development for different domains. At times, you would be required to work more than regular working hours, I still remember in one of my startup careers, I was asked to send a report on Christmas Day, 25th of December because I was taking care of a pilot project which was still at its nascent stage, back in the year 2014. I do feel sad doing an office work on Christmas but can’t help it when situation demands.
In startups, there is no hierarchy or red-tapism and employee engagement is at the highest because startup founders and co-founders don’t have the luxury of resources available and manpower is always scarce.
Shillong Corporates of Delhi needs to be encouraged to work for startups because it is the only option to be able to start their own venture in their hometown and to survive or else we would be like dead leaves that gets carried away wherever the wind blows.
And last but not the least, never use contacts or lobbies to start your career because it is nothing less than taking a short cut to success.
(The writer is a Business Development Consultant from Shillong)
With social media continuing to become a cause of concern for the enforcing agencies, considering the number of cases being blown out of proportion across the state, due to irresponsible usage of the internet, the Meghalaya Police is coming up with a strategy to tackle this problem in the virtual world.
From the fall of the ‘Mighty Congress’ to the rise of a new Government; from landmark decisions to controversial bills; from granting freedom to a cop-turned militant to thumping a final nail on the GNLA’s coffin; from violent protests to weeks without internet; from brutal attacks to tragic accidents, Meghalaya has seen it all.
A lot has happened in the past one year — the ‘abode of Clouds’ — Meghalaya witnessed not only changes but was also reminded of the grim days when the Pine City was subjected to curfews, internet shutdown, flag marches and law and order failure.
In this busy and fast paced world, where each and every person is busy in some form of a rat race, it becomes difficult for parents to keep a check on their children while coping with their own tasks. However the advancement in technology accompanied with a dash of innovation promises to make things easier for them. Here is how!
With increasing difficulty faced by parents in keeping a tab of their children’s attendance in school, a Shillongite, Polok Das came up with the idea of Auto Attendance System. This was introduced in the School Attendance System in Northeast India’s Shillong and since 2012 many Schools in Meghalaya have been using this Solution.
Stemming its roots from Meghalaya, they now offer their services to many schools located in Guwahati, Tura, Tripura, Shillong and Tinsukia in entire north east India. They are now looking forward to business presence in Dimapur, Imphal and Itanagar as well.
Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, the initiator of this solution in Northeast India said that upon realizing the huge technological gap between Northeast and mainland India, he decided to go ahead and bridge it. Also, given the fact that bio-metric devices have become outdated, this technology was introduced.
This system is more advanced as compared to biometric device and there is no need for card swapping ( like ATM) or Thumb Impression.
The Hardware Equipments’ ( 1 machines for every 250 Nos Students), school attendance software with Basic School ERP, SMSes , necessary cabling are provided free of cost to the Schools. Charges only applied for service on yearly basis whereas all hardware and identity cards are free of cost.
“With this system, teachers do not need to take any manual roll call in the class room or do any calculations to find out the percentage of absentees every month. The system automatically generates these with the help of attendance software.
In this system RFID readers will be installed in the schools premises and after the morning assembly students will show their ID cards to the device and attendance will be taken within 5 minutes of time irrespective of any number of student’s strength in the school. The students who are absent their parents will receive an SMS in their registered mobile number which the system will send by itself. Students who try to bunk classes or inform parents having extra classes school can send bulk SMS to their parents if there is no such extra classes are conducted by the school at any point of time.
These RFID cards can be used as student’s and staffs school Identity Card too apart from taking their attendance in the school. They also provide ID card printing service free of cost. Moreover, the School does not need any external vendor for student’s ordinary Identity Card printing where the school generally spends Rs 80 to Rs 150 per student per year.
“We will provide the identity card for free along with printed lanyards and card holders, SMSes attendance software with basic School ERP software ( off-line)”, he said. Also a certain % age of profit is given to financially weak students as a scholarship every year.
To make things more convenient for the users, a guarantee of service facility within 24-hrs is also provided by them in any state of India. Hence, through this venture of theirs, they are also providing employment employment opportunities to many in cities.
The software performs the following functions:
The student Master containing the complete data of the students with Roll no, Name, address, photo, Std, Div, Parents Details etc. The fields can be added or removed as per our requirement as per General Register
-Standard and Div. master
-Teacher and Class Teacher Master
-Time Table Master
– Any other masters can be added as per special requirement.
The online attendance transactions would be handled by the software without any propagation delay
-Special Time In (Late coming)
-Data maintenance for the whole academic year.
The reports can be filtered by following fields:
The Reports will be as follows:
-Late coming Reports
-Percentage Attendance Reports
-Class wise Reports
-Division Wise Reports
-Student wise reports
-From date – To Date Reports
-Half Yearly Reports
-Absenteeism SMS : In case the student remains absent for the day, the system is capable of sending alert SMS automatically to the parent the (“Your Child Name “Krutika” Std=IX Div= A is Absent for the day”,Balvikas Mandir, ) so as to keep informed regarding the day’s absenteeism of the child.
-Special SMS: If in case any special message to be passed on to a specific parent, a special SMS can be sent to the specific parent e.g. “Your Child Name Krutika is not keeping well plz collect her immediately” Balvikas Mandir,
*The marks also can be SMS’ed to the parent while mark sheets are printed simultaneously. e.g.( Krutika Sem1 Marks Marathi=55,English=45,Hindi=67, EVS=56,Wexp=56)
-Marksheet Printing : The mark sheet also can be printed from the systems for all classes. Here teachers only have to enter the marks and all totaling, Grading all done by system. And gives marksheet in printable format
Any other reports can be added as per requirement of the customer. As having In-House Development system, the software can be made as per requirement.
With a great success rate so far, this technology is surely going a long way in solving the nitty-gritty issues of managing the students which will in turn help in diverting the focus on better education in many schools not only in Northeast India, but also in the entire country.
You can visit their Youtube link for the demo here-
Shillong Public School
Hill Crest Hr Sec School
Hill view secondary school.
Govt girls hr sec school.
P.N choudhury hr sec school
St Jeromes Hr sec school
ST claret Hr Sec School
JAIL road Boys’ Hr sec School
K.C secondary School .
OASIS English Secondary School
GODWINS English School
SIKSHA bhavan Monteswari School
In TURA, schools have started incorporating this system from this year onwards
TURA Public School
Mount Sinai Secondary School
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