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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Open Courseware Initiative




Notes??
                         The most asked questions throughout my entire engineering life. Engineering books are quite expensive and some college teachers are hopeless. I dont say all my teachers are bad. I really respect my teachers for making me what I am and shaping my thinking and knowledge. But its true that occasionally we meet a teacher who has no idea what he is doing amongst learners. So notes make a big difference in studies. Well my career and education have become a joke as I am still not a recognized engineering graduate in Canada. So I will be giving my engineering exams again, for the third time. Hence, I can award myself the designation as the most experienced and trusted source on engineering course material .

ocw consortium home page

                          I wanted to share these with all my friends and budding engineers who have the above question in mind. Truth Chariot will include various tutorials and thats not what this post is about. While studying for my engineering exams, I came across the Open Courseware Consortium. A gold mine for course material seekers. It wasn't as developed as it is right now, but still helped with some notes for my engineering exams. Various educational institutions around the globe came together to make education available to all via the internet. Noted institutes include - MIT, Indian Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Open University Netherelands, IGNOU etc. There are so many institutions with hundreds of courses.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lost Indian Culture - II

                             I did break some serious beliefs in my first post and this one will drill deeper and clean a few more. The concept here relates to culture and religion. Basically, there are eight religions in the world - four originated in the Gulf and the rest in India. Most religions present in the west originated in the gulf and are called western or Abrahamic religions.                          
                            The four religions originating in India are called Dharmic paths, as per Wikipedia. This is the most common mistake made by all Indians as no proper explanation is offered on what Dharma and Pantha are. Aptly, Indian religions should be called Panthas (Paths). However, that isn't the purpose of this post. Indians are believed to be very cultured and religious. Modern Indian citizens tend to think that religion divides, spreads exploitation and is fascist. But neither the religious, nor the self proclaimed secular know what our religions and culture teach us. Negligence to scriptures will lead to the same fate we are in today. On the other hand, Mass Imitation (in the name of religion) is so profound that it can be called a new religion in India. It runs without any scriptures, only by word of mouth. Am I making false claims with no firm base to my inference? The following two anomalies in our culture and religion will clarify: