Over 60 Educators Participate in Bengaluru Leg of the International Career and College Counseling (IC3) Regional Forum Hosted by Vidyashilp Academy Education Experts Emphasise the Need for Counselling Offices Across High Schools in India

Students of Vidyashilp Academy share their dreams and career aspirations at the IC3 Regional Forum
Students of Vidyashilp Academy share their dreams and career aspirations at the IC3 Regional Forum

One of India’s most respected educational institutions, the Vidyashilp Academy organized the Bengaluru leg of the 2018 IC3 Regional Forum with participation from more than 60 educators from across Karnataka. The day-long workshop was curated for career counsellors, teachers, school principals and university stakeholders, who deliberated at length on issues that directly affect

Ganesh Kohli
Ganesh Kohli

the ever-growing student population in India.

Experienced career counsellors and university representatives from around the world exchanged ideas driving latest global trends in the field of career counselling. They discussed ways to successfully incorporate global insights into the education systems in India. The participants further emphasised on the importance of creating a conducive environment for students to explore their interests by relying on their innate strengths. All delegates agreed on the urgent need to set up counselling offices in high schools considering the growing multiplicity of career options amid increasing uncertainty about future opportunities.

The event was also marked by the presence of over twenty university representatives of which fifteen universities were from the U.S.

The main aim of the IC3 Regional Forum is to discover ways to provide access to holistic counseling practices to students across the country. Apart from India, these regional forums will be held at local high schools across South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East countries.

Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Chair; President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Former High School College Counsellor, said, ‘If we are to transform the lives of the enormous population of students in India, we must aid them with proper career and college counseling. We need to equip every school with a team of effectual, robust, and well-researched counsellors who can aid young students in picking the right career path from the myriad options available. The IC3 Regional Forum is an initiation in this direction, as now counselors can discuss, and come up with the tools that previously only premier schools in India and abroad have had access to.’

Responsible Netism 2nd National
Cyber Psychology Conference

Responsible Netism – an educational initiative by the Ahaan Foundation has been striving towards promoting cyber wellness within Maharashtra since 2012. Team Responsible Netism hosted the second National Cyber Psychology Conference on the 18th and 19th of January 2018 at the L N Welingkar’s Institute of Management, Development, and Research, Matunga, Mumbai.

The conference highlighted the emerging need for Cyber Wellness in order to formulate a strategy of intervention on Building a Cyber Hygiene Culture and inculcating values on Responsible online behaviour to combat online distress. Striking the right balance between internet enthusiasts and internet alarmists would enable us to care for technology dependent children and families and encourage E-Readiness through mindful engagement practices.

The panels hosted over 50 distinguished speakers across the country covering a number of topics ranging from Online Radicalization, Digital Diarrhoea, Child online safety – Legal Rights, Gamology, Responsible Journalism, Cyber Hygiene Policy, Crisis Management – role of Law enforcement to building Cyber Care Givers. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the conference is expected to help Responsible Netism identify new areas of research and policy.

The outcomes of this conference were truly enlightening since it cleared myths about online radicalization and our religious cultural biases and beliefs related to them. There was an urgent need felt to collectively spread the message of online safety across the school eco-system which included its staff and communities surrounding them. The significance of education and training among law enforcement, mental health workers, parents and school authorities was evident to build intervention strategies on protection and crisis management. Children contributed their experiences and views about their usage and recommended that gadget rules and norms should apply uniformly to all at home and not just to children. There was common consensus on the need to build a concrete policy on cyber hygiene to be implemented within schools across the state. This conference is followed by a round table involving all stake holders in planning and formulating guidelines and polices on online protection for the state.

Responsible Netism and Ahaan Foundation have been working towards training young internet users and their parents in cyber awareness and safe and responsible internet use practices since 2012. They regularly conduct workshops and classes for school students and relevant adults. This conference aimed to take the initiative further to build policies on child online protection. They have successfully sensitized over 8 lakh children in 800 educational institutions in the state.

This conference is the brainchild of team Responsible Netism of Ahaan Foundation along with stalwarts from the field of Mental Health, Media, Information Technology and Law Enforcement. They are led by eminent members including Psychologist and HoD of Psychology SNDT Women’s University Dr Anuradha Sovani, renowned Social Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Dr Avinash Desousa, Chief Editor of Maharashtra Times Mr Ashok Panvalkar, Tech and Design Mentor – Mr Rajiv Vaishnav, legal guardians, renowned Cyber Law expert Adv Prashant Mali, Adv Vaishali Bhagwat with an esteemed panel of advisors including Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe – Group Director L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Team Responsible Netism of Ahaan Foundation appeal to all to join to promote the cause of child online protection to collectively build a cyber safe world for children and adults. www.responsiblenetism.org

Kohinoor American School Awarded
India’s Best School 2017-18 by Education Today

On 9th January 2018 Kohinoor American School (KAS), Khandala, a leading IB World School, was awarded India’s Best School 2017-18 under Jury Choice Award Category and was also ranked No. 1 in India for Innovative Teaching. The school added another feather to its hat of achievements.

The India School Merit Awards 2017-18 were based on overall Jury Rating, Parents’ Votes and the Education Today Team Analysis. The schools were categorized under many parameters such as value for money, holistic development, individual attention to students, innovative teaching, co-curricular activities, etc.

Expressing happiness over the award, Sunil G Karve, Hon. Chairman Governing Board, Kohinoor Education Trust said, ‘The school endeavours to achieve excellence in all the fields and it is indeed a great honour to receive the award. This is a result of sheer hard work and effort that the school has put in all these years along with our excellent staff and deserving students.’

About Kohinoor American School (KAS)

Kohinoor American School (KAS) established in 2014, is a first of its kind American style IB World School situated in the scenic hill station town of Khandala. KAS led by veteran American educators is a co-educational residential school which offers the MYP & DP programmes. The bedrock of KAS is the solid foundation of four pillars: Knowledge, Wellness, Service and Peace. These virtues are inculcated in the students through the school’s curricular and co-curricular activities. Each student at KAS is considered unique and so personalized attention is provided to everyone.

The ancient gurukul style of education in India has been blended very carefully with the contemporary Western style of teaching and learning so that it provides the best of both the worlds to students. KAS is a community of learners within a multicultural and multilingual family setting. KAS provides a holistic virtue-based character development programme which is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in order to prepare students to meet the challenges of both our contemporary world as well as the future.


MYP Principles into Practice
– ATL (Approaches To Learning)

Oakridge International School, is championing core skills to help prepare young learners for life and work in a globalised economy.

IB, with its emphasis on authenticity of knowledge and anti-plagiarism, requires its students to have the skills to use authentic knowledge responsibly. In this regard, ATL Skills become all the more important and relevant for us.

Our IB faculty member and MYP-Coordinator requested us to take a session on ATLs in the Library for Year 4 students. We collated relevant information and prepared a platform that teachers and students dip into and use to reflect on the process of learning.

With the support of our Year 4 students, the library staff made a dedicated wall for ATL Skills in the library. We have chosen spider web as the format to display these ATL skills and clusters so that students can understand the interconnected nature of ATL skills better. Secondly, its relevance, across the curriculum, as a tool for learning how to learn it, is best manifested in this diagram.

The day selected for this activity was 7 February 2018. Faculty members from the IB fraternity were invited to participate with Year 4 students in this learning activity.

An activity titled ‘Think-Pair-Share’ was conducted to explore the skills that define the nature of the subject. They all worked in their respective teams and shared their learning of various skills.

The objective of this session was to bring ATL skills in every IB class. The whole experience has been very inspiring. Seeing MYP students engage with learning and develop their skills was a rewarding experience for us.

We are sure that with the help of this activity, the entire teaching fraternity will be benefited. The response from the students was impressive as they have started incorporating these skills in their daily lives.