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E-learning portals affirm a shift in perception as users adapt to challenges

24 May, 2020
Deccan Herald

E-learning portals have seen a tremendous surge in user metrics during the lockdown. The transition to e-learning has had its roadblocks, but activity on various e-learning platforms and online operations in traditional institutions indicate that people are acclimatising themselves to the new...

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Your employee is an asset, not a burden

24 May, 2020
Live MINT

​Recessions are part of business cycles. In the past 100 years, the world has faced severe economic downturns every few decades. The reasons have been different, but all of them have caused massive disruption, from mass unemployment to falling of governments. Still, most leaders, political,...

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6 states merge with Sampark foundation to create platform for Hindi govt school childern

02 May, 2020
India Today

The Coronavirus crisis has suddenly upended lives across the world, with schools, colleges shut as a precautionary measure, affecting the education of millions of children, who are forced to sit at home. As a result, children are losing precious learning...

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Uttarakhand education department brings school to students through animated lessons via ‘Sampark Didi’ app

20 April, 2020
Hindustan Times

With the aim of bringing school to students amid the lockdown, the Uttarakhand government has now started animated lessons for students through a mobile application named ‘Sampark Didi’.

Mukul Sati, additional state project director, Samagra...

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Haryana Chief Minister and Education Minister Launch ‘Sampark Baithak’ mobile application

24 April, 2020
Sampark Foundation

The Coronavirus crisis has suddenly upended lives across the world, with schools, colleges shut as a precautionary measure, affecting the education of millions of children, who are forced to sit at home. As a result, children are losing precious learning time. Global agencies such as WHO and...

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Haryana education minister launches mobile study app for primary school students

28 April, 2020
The Times of India

YAMUNANAGAR: Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal on Thursday launched the 'Sampark Baithak' mobile application for children in the state's primary schools to help them study from home during the lockdown period. After launching the application here, the education minister said the...

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Hry education minister launches mobile study app for primary school students

24 April, 2020
The Week

Yamunanagar (Har), Apr 23 (PTI): Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal on Thursday launched the 'Sampark Baithak' mobile application for children in the state's primary schools to help them study from home during the lockdown period.

After launching the application here,...

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Haryana Education Minister launches ‘Sampark Baithak’ app for primary students

24 April, 2020
India Today

Haryana education minister, Kanwar Pal, said the curriculum of Class 5 has been made simple and interesting through cartoons and films via this app.

After launching the application here, the Haryana education minister, Kanwar Pal, said the curriculum of Class 5 has been made simple and...

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Haryana education minister launches mobile study app for primary school students

24 April, 2020
Hindustan Times

Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal on Thursday launched the ‘Sampark Baithak’ mobile application for children in the state’s primary schools to help them study from home during the lockdown period.

After launching the application here, the education minister said...

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Baithak aims to reform the learning curve of students in rural India

20 April, 2020
Financial Express

This app will also serve as an interactive and fun classroom for teachers and children. To make this a reality in partnership with the state governments we launched “Sampark Didi ke saath—Nau se Gyarah.” 

The Covid-19 pandemic has...

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In crisis times, we need creatve solutions that inspire growth

17 April, 2020
The Hindu Business Line

Effective leadership is that which anticipates hurdles and sees them as opportunities for growth and development of all.

As companies across the globe witness de-growth in every direction, they tend to put their expansion plans on hold, cut employee costs and prefer to wait and watch...

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Sampark Foundation Chairman Pledges Rs 10 Cr To Ensure No Child Is Left Behind

17 April, 2020
Business World

Vineet Nayar, Founder and Chairman, Sampark Foundation, said, “We wish to ensure that every child gets an equal opportunity to continue their education during the coronavirus crisis.”

The Coronavirus crisis has suddenly upended lives across the world, with schools, colleges...

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Sampark Foundation pledges Rs 10 crore to ensure online classes for government school children

16 April, 2020
Economic Times

Baithak provides access to teaching resources in Hindi. This app allows users to download the content for free and view without internet.

NEW DELHI: The Coronavirus crisis has upended lives across the world, with schools, colleges shut as a precautionary measure, affecting the...

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Sampark Foundation rolls out Baithak to ‘bring school to children

17 April, 2020
The HIndu Business Line

Sampark Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded by former HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar, has launched an app — Baithak — with a free learning and development platform in Hindi.

The platform will provide education to about two crore children across the...

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Coronavirus outbreak: The hidden opportunity in social distancing

05 April, 2020
Business Todat

I have always believed that the mind of an Indian is far more capable of handling unspecified, unwarranted, unexpected challenges as compared to the mind of a person born and brought up in a developed country.

The story of an Indian man, who sets out to go to the ATM on his scooter to...

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Ethical leaders blaze a trail in times of crisis

26 March, 2020
Live MINT

In the past few weeks, India has had a slew of bad news. A pandemic is tightening the stranglehold on the economy, and the Yes Bank saga continues to unfold.

It is in times of crisis that the character of the promoters of a company is revealed. There are many examples where celebrated...

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CM Trivendra Singh Rawat launches Sampark Foundation’s learning platform Baithak and advance English Kit

13 March, 2020
Sampark Foundation

The Uttarakhand government and Sampark Foundation have decided to deepen their collaboration to ensure the effective implementation of the Sampark Smart Shala (SSS) English and Math program in over 16,000 government schools across the state. The program will improve...

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Sampark Foundation’s disruptive, inclusive innovation among Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for a $100 Million Grant

20 February, 2020
Sampark Foundation

Noida, Feb 21, 2020: Sampark Foundation’s disruptive, inclusive innovation—Sampark Smart Shala program –aimed at transforming the learning outcomes for millions of children, has been selected as one of the Top 100 in the prestigious John D. and Catherine T....

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Government Data Reveals Falling Budgetary Allocation For Education In Last 5 Years

06 October, 2020
NDTV

As per government's data, the budgetary share for education sector is witnessing a downfall for the last five years. The data has been shared by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Education should have received higher outlay - Vineet Nayar

06 February, 2020
The Hindu Business Line

Every year, as the government announces its annual Budget, the country anticipates big-bang reforms in various sectors. And when it does not happen, disappointment is natural. But, a desired change, especially in sectors such as education, and health — considered core to a nation’s...

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India still grappling with low learning outcomes in rural areas, here’s a solution

06 January, 2020
Financial Express

It has been 10 years since the Right to Education Act came into effect, but India is still grappling with low learning outcomes amongst school kids in rural India. Learning outcomes is the skill a child is expected to acquire after completing a specific grade of education. Unfortunately, 60% of...

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Ideas Of Disruption Are Not Big. They Are In Your Stories And Hearts

18 December, 2019
Outlook Business

During recession, when companies chased customers, he put employees first at HCL Tech. When CEOs in their fifties were wondering which company to head next, he was selling his shares worth #1.3 billion to start Sampark Foundation to teach children in rural India. And when leading Indian...

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Frugal tech innovations in education

14 November, 2019
Financial Express

As cold winds blew into the classroom through the broken window panes, Sawan and Gita, sitting on tattered rugs in their class, curled up to keep their bodies warm. The teacher standing in front of them had two challenges. How does she teach a room full of children at different stages of...

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How do you transition to a career in giving?

06 November, 2019
The Hindu Business Line

You are in your fifties and, after having put 30 years in your chosen profession, wondering about your second innings. There are consultancies available, offers coming your way, but ideally you want to give back to society and searching for ways to do that. This is a question that plagues...

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If you want to be great, you have to attempt something that may look stupid: Vineet Nayar

19 October, 2019
The Hindu

The founder of Sampark Foundation, believes we need to relook our education system and parenting. Increased investments in education, high enrolment rate and accessibility to education is good news for a country looking to become an economic power, with the backing of a flourishing...

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The Greatness of Stupidity

19 October, 2019
The Hindu

All of us have made a few stupid decisions at some point in our life. By ‘stupid’, I mean the most illogical decisions. I believe that on an average everyone makes at least 25 such decisions in their lifetime, be it picking a job or a carrier one should not have; taking risks one...

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"My mother told me, you are selling your soul"

02 November, 2018
Forbes

It was 2005. I had started asking questions around the purpose of life and the frugality of leading a life in the pursuit of profit. I wanted to do something dramatically different that had a purpose. Once again, I did not know what and how, but I knew the why. My mother, Anupama and I formed...

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Sound principles

05 June, 2016
Fortune India

For much of last year, I was addicted to Serial, a blockbuster podcast based on a real-life murder mystery, by American journalist Sarah Koenig. Koenig’s voice has an honest, likeable quality that draws you in (and pushes you to binge-listen). I was one of Serial’s 80 million...

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CM launches Sampark Smart Shala Programme

30 July, 2019
5 Dariya News

In the present era of cut-throat competition, it becomes vital that the students have access to best education and learning aids so that they could prepare themselves for the competitive world. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while presiding over the launch of Sampark Smartshala...

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Smartshala in 10,661 schools

30 July, 2019
Tribune News Service

Shimla: CM Jai Ram Thakur launched Sampark Smartshala English and Maths Programme under Samagra Shiksha Himachal here today. He said the major objective of the scheme was to ensure the provision of quality education.

“I am sure that this smart-kit will enhance learning...

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From people manager to thought leader

22 February, 2019
Mint
  • As routine tasks are automated, humans will have to learn the art of inspiring others around them
  • The world of management as we knew it is dead, as are the typical management pyramids

As I fly around the world looking closely at organizations and talking to...

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Why our kids need to keep pace with big tech revolutions

15 April, 2019
Financial Express

For the last few years, India has been celebrating a near-100% enrolment rate: Almost all children are getting admitted to school. But for every 100 who enrol, only 70 finish school (Source: The Hindu Data Point, 4 January 2019. Data sourced from udise.in). This means 30% children drop out of...

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How A People-First Culture Is Transforming Education In India

08 May, 2018
Forbes

Since 2005, when he became president and later CEO of HCL Technologies, Vineet Nayar has led a remarkable turnaround that saw the company triple its revenues and income growth. He wrote about this in his book, Employees First, Customer Second. The value-based leadership simultaneously resulted...

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