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June 2, 2020
Vol 44, Page 1

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

What They Say?


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
–Mahatma Gandhi


EVERYDAY LESSONS


Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Outliers - The Story of Success’ says that Achievement = Talent + Preparation. He gives us a magic number: Ten Thousand Hours. "The emerging picture from studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything." He, along with a team of psychologists, looked at the best of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, musicians, chess players, cricketers, scientists, doctors, artists, and found out that they all were not just gifted with natural talent but had reached the top after these 10,000 hours of practice.

If we practice for 10 hours a week, we can reach that number in 1000 weeks, that makes it about 20 years. So, therefore, it's all about starting early. The earlier you begin to practice or train your brain in a particular field, more are the chances of becoming successful at a young age.



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This Day for You - June 2



Spotlight:

Today the Supreme Court will hear a plea, filed by a Delhi Man proposing the replacement of the word India with ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’, claiming it will “instill a sense of pride in our own nationality.” Look out to the news to see what happens!

The World Celebrates:

Republic Day / Italian National Day (Festa della Repubblica) - Italy
Children's Day Extra Holiday (Ziua internaţională a ocrotirii copilului) - Moldova

You Share Your Birthday With:

1840 - Thomas Hardy, English Novelist and Poet.
1955 - Mani Ratnam, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter
1987 - Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
2014 - Telangana, the 29th and the youngest state in India. It has a glorious history of at least two thousand five hundred years or more.

Famous Events:

1924 - The (American) Indian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country is passed in Congress.
1946 - Italy became a Republic. In the aftermath of World War II, the people of Italy passed a referendum to replace the governing monarchy with a republic..
1953 - Elizabeth II crowned queen - On this day in 1953, 27-year-old Elizabeth II, the elder daughter of King George VI, was crowned queen of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey, having taken the throne upon her father's death in February 1952.
1962 - During the FIFA World Cup multiple police intervention was required because of the fights between the players of Chile and Italy. This was one of the most aggressive and violent football games in history.

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Aryaveer Zehan Negi,
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Aryaveer Zehan Negi,
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Gary Vaynerchuk - The Guy who inspires Entrepreneurs



Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Vayner Media, a full-service digital business sustaining Fortune 500 clients crosswise the company’s four scenes. Vaynerchuk is one of the most asked after public speakers alive today. He is an enterprise entrepreneur, four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber.

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Gary Vaynerchuk had born Gennady Vaynerchuk on November 14, 1975. He is a Belarusian-American entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and Internet personage. First known as a wine critic who extended his family's wine business, Vaynerchuk is best known for his work in digital marketing and social media as the chairman of New York-based publicity company, VaynerX, and as CEO of VaynerX subsidiary, VaynerMedia.
DailyVee is a daily, video-documentary series on YouTube that chronicles Vaynerchuk's life as a businessman. Started in 2015, Vaynerchuk records live, interviewing others, and broadcasting investor meetings and strategy sessions at VaynerMedia.

In the series Vaynerchuk implements social media strategies, especially through Snapchat and Instagram, to demonstrate social-media marketing. Vaynerchuk hosted a video blog on YouTube called Wine Library TV from 2006 to 2011, featuring wine reviews, tastings, and wine advice. The show debuted in February 2006 and was produced daily at the Wine Library store in Springfield, New Jersey. At 1,000 episodes in 2011 Vaynerchuk retired the show and replaced it with a video podcast, The Daily Grape.

In 2010, Vaynerchuk launched Wine & Web on Sirius XM satellite radio. The show's programming paired new wine tastings in a "Wine of the Week" segment with coverage of gadgets, trends and startups in its "Web of the Week" segment.


In August 2011, Vaynerchuk announced on Daily Grape that he was retiring from wine video blogging. In 2014, Vaynerchuk launched The #AskGaryVee Show on YouTube with his content-production team. In the show, Vaynerchuk canvases questions from Twitter and Instagram and responds extemporaneously. Show questions, most commonly on entrepreneurship, family and business topics, are pre-screened by the production team, but remain unseen by Vaynerchuk until each show's taping. The AskGaryVee Show inspired Vaynerchuk's fourth book, AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness.
He's definitely the guy who has changed the face of media on the Internet!

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback.



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What is a Caste System? And why do we still have it?


In the early Vedic Period, people of India were confused with the professions they should choose for themselves. That is when four varnas or castes were created. These four varnas are brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya and shudras. These varnas were based on the responsibilities of labor. For instance, Bramhans were allowed to study history, philosophy, language and perform ritual. Kshatriyas were allowed to learn tactica of the war-field, mechanism of weapons and policies of running a state. Vaishyas were the businessmen and sudras were the people who performed other works for the rest of the three varnas. But with time, this categorization of labour became a social evil like racism. Keep reading to find out how…

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Earlier, the varnas were only based on labour. Son of a Pundit could become a Shudra, son of a Ruler could become a businessman Vaishya. But later it became a hereditary ritual. Profession of a person was decided by the profession of their forefathers. This made the brahmanas, the most powerful in the Indian society. And shudras were the least powerful who could not pursue their dreams, and were made to serve the other upper castes for generations. They were even considered untouchable.

However, for centuries people of India have internalized this caste system and have looked at various professions as the work of the lower caste. For instance, in India people are more keen on becoming doctors, engineers or lawyers. But similarly professions like shoe designer, fashion designer, chef, caretakers, etc are conceived to be the work of the ‘lower caste’ or shudras. And that is why, people who opted for these professions did not get full support from their family or the society.


Even B.R.Ambedkar, the writer of our constitution, had to face the practice of untouchability. He and his family belonged to the lower caste. As a child he was not allowed to pursue school education. In school he was made to sit on the floor, while other children of the upper caste sat on benches. But his rebellious spirit defied all the rules of the caste system. And he chose the medium of education, and worked very hard to one day write the constitution of Independent India.

Practice of the caste system still exists in our Indian society today. A system that was based on the division of labour, has become the reason for people to look down upon each other. Whereas the truth is, in our modern society there is no need for a varna system. We are independent individuals to choose our profession. And the profession of our forefathers should not determine our choice of profession. It is even worse to look down upon someone for they are not doctors, engineers or lawyers.

Credits: Lovely
Let me know what you think about the Caste system.
Write to me at papris705@thesocialschool.in for more information, opinion or queries.


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Making of a Biotechnologist

So you read the last two articles on biotechnology (Part 1, Part 2 ) and its applications and now you must be intrigued about how one can go about carving out a career for themselves in this up-coming and much-to-be explored field. Splendid! In this article, which is going to be a relatively shorter one, that is exactly what we’re going to be looking at. The industries that require skilled biotechnologists are - Pharmacy(called biopharmaceutical industry), medicine, industrial biochemistry, biochemical industry, bioinformatics and biological big data, etc.

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One must keep in mind that biotechnology is an amalgamation of both biosciences and technology. Ergo, one needs to be trained in both the fields in order to venture into the biotech industry. Your journey in biotechnology starts with your subject combination after your 10th grade. Now, your subject combination must be sciences preferably with both mathematics and biology/biosciences. However, recently, in order to promote biotechnology, the CBSE has introduced biotechnology as a separate subject that can be chosen for one’s +2 education.
After your schooling, there are several pathways that one can follow in order to make a career in biotechnology. I’m going to elucidate the various pathways in a succinct manner.

a) Through the basic sciences pathway - The simplest way. You can enrol for a 3-year/4-year Bachelor of Science programme in biotechnology that is offered by a plethora of universities/colleges across India. After your graduation, you could opt for further studies or try your luck in the industry. However, most scientist positions in the industries require a minimum qualification of post-graduation in biotechnology. A PhD would be ideal though.


b) The agricultural sciences pathway - If the field of green biotechnology piqued your interest, then this is the best possible route for you. Enrol for an Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) accredited, 4-year programme in agricultural sciences i.e, AgBSc/BSc(Ag) at any recognised university across India and follow it up with a post-graduation in biotechnology. This field generally would always require a PhD. Green biotechnology is probably the most important field of biotechnology in India because despite being predominately an agricultural country, its agricultural yield is woefully low.

c) The engineering pathway - Opting for this pathway would make you extremely skilled in the technical part of biotechnology. You can enrol for a 4-year engineering programme in biotechnology/bioengineering at any recognised university across India and after your graduation, go for a post-graduation in the same field. This would make you highly employable in the biotech industry as a bioengineer. However, if you want to try your hand as a researcher/scientist, you should opt for a PhD.

d) The pharmacy pathway - Choosing this route would make you extremely valuable in the biopharmaceuticals industry which has already had a tremendous impact in the field of medicine and healthcare. Enrol for a 4-year programme in pharmacy at a Pharmaceutical Council of India(PCI) recognised college across India followed by a 2-year post-graduation programme in pharmaceutical biotechnology. This makes you industry-ready. However, just like the previous two routes, any scientist/researcher position would, in most cases, require a PhD.


India has an acute dearth of scientists, and not just in biotechnology. The scientific community in India is always ready to welcome you with open arms if you possess the enthusiasm and the resolve to uncover new scientific mysteries and the determination make a change.

Credits - Arko De.
Sources - NCERT.

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STAY-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES

I DISAGREE

(Asserting disagreement in respectful ways)

Goal:

To learn different ways of respectfully communicating when a person disagrees with a statement someone else makes.

How it Works

Together, the group brainstorms a series of statements and writes them on a board or a paper. The statements could be true or imaginary, such as, “An island in the Pacific Ocean is home to a green hippo.” or “My Uncle was the President.”

Then, each individual gets to be the speaker. The speaker says one of the statements (as if it’s true, even if it’s imaginary).
Others around the circle raise their hands, and the speaker will call on one at a time to practice respectful disagreement. The person called up will assert their own different view in a way that shows respect for the speaker and also asserts a differing point of view.
Rotate until all have had a chance to participate.

Extensions / Group Discussion


1) How did you feel when you disagreed with the speaker?
2)How did you feel when someone disagreed with you?
3) Most of us have encountered criticism or disagreements that were disrespectful. What made this experience different?
4) Do you tend to assert your disagreement or not? If so, when do you choose to assert yourself?
5) Did you learn any new ways to communicate disagreement for the future? What were they?


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Three students of the University of Delhi have filed a petition in the High Court of Delhi against the Open Book Exams announced by Delhi University, raising the concern of violation of Right to Equality of the petitioners and the students, at large, because of the difference in technological infrastructure, connectivity and the atmosphere including background noises, sitting space, dedicated room, etc which will “adversely affect the interest of students” of rural and poor urban areas. The petition mentions a lack of approval of OBE “through any rules, regulations or decision of the Academic Council (Section 23 of the Delhi University Act).”




India has ordered its internet service providers (ISPs) to block file-sharing website WeTransfer at a time when hundreds of millions of people are working from home because of a nationwide lockdown to stop the novel coronavirus. The order, dated May 18, from India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which was reviewed by Reuters, does not specify a reason for blocking the website, but invokes a clause from conditions laid out for granting licences to ISPs.


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Proving that the world is still full of mysterious and exciting things that are unknown, American scientist Tim Bartholomaus has recently published a paper with his findings after an unexpected encounter he had with other-worldly balls of green moss atop Root Glacier in Alaska. Scattered across the ice, Tim began to look into what glaciologists in Iceland described as “glacier mice”.

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Teacher's Blog

GLOBAL WARMING

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By-Bhavana Ahuja
Librarian, The Heritage School, Rohini

Global warming- Ah, What to say !!
It affects us every single day.
Mother earth is in excruciating pain,
Every being on the planet has nothing to gain.
From depleting ozone to changes in temperature,
We are spoiling each particle of our nature.
We all have to think and foresee,
Otherwise our future will not be glee.
Oh!! Our Earth is so precious and can't be replaced,
So we need to save it or our races will be erased.

June 2, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in



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