What does a college education provide?


‘Only 10% grads are employable’

Higher Edu Must Be More Flexible, Says NAAC Chief


Pune: Chairman of the National assessment and accreditation council (NAAC) executive committee, Goverdhan Mehta, has called for an innovative approach to raise the employability of graduates passing out of universities with traditional arts, commerce and science degrees.


Useless degrees?

“We need out-of-the-box thinking to tackle the issue, considering that barely 10% of the 30 lakh students, who pass with these degrees every year, are considered employable in today’s competitive world,” he said at the 105th convocation ceremony of the University of Pune (UoP) on Saturday. Officiating vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande presided over the ceremony.
Mehta, also a noted scientist and former director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said emphasis needs to be laid on blending skills with education for employment, entrepreneurship development, knowledge and creation of wealth.
“The prevailing higher education system needs to be more flexible in terms of adapting to the modern-day changes,” he said. “Promoting liberal education can be a good alternative in this direction to help the system come out of an age-old structured format,” he said. “Inter-disciplinary studies should be taken up by students instead of going for traditional studies,” he added.
Earlier, Chahande said the university is making efforts to promote value-based education, which is critical to the development of students.


Thank  you for taking this test….Here is a simple question which can mean the difference between life and death for you, especially if you are planning a vacation!

Actually this is my first poll on this blog…

Swim or drown!

Candle making at home, first attempt

We got a candle making kit and decided to try it out. It was fun, we learnt a few things, made some mistakes, and finally made a candle!

This process teaches principles from Physics, Chemistry, colour mixing, patience, preparation and timing.

Here is what you will need:

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • A small steel pan [like in your kids kitchen set] which you are sure will not be used for anything else since it will contain wax later.
  • A flat bottom pan to heat water bigger than the steel pan above, in which we will place this steel pan.
  • Adult supervision
  • Gas or similar heat source
  • Candle making kit
  • Camera to record your experiment


Read the instruction manual first. Very important.

Select the shape you want to use for your candle. Measure appropriate number of spoons of wax pellets into the steel pan.

We selected the square pyramid shape, so used 5 tea spoons.

Pour water into the bigger pan, place smaller steel pan carefully into it.

Keep on hob and light it.

Let the wax melt.

In the meantime, take some cooking oil and daub the inside of the mould [use an ear bud]

Select the wick, cut it 2 inches longer than the length of the candle, immerse it in the molten wax, remove and keep it aside to cool. Tie it to the stick.

Pierce the bottom of the mould, pull the wick through it, and seal the bottom with sealer as shown [very important to prevent wax from dripping down while pouring in the mould]

The wick has to be tied to a stick

By now the wax should have melted fully. Cut small pieces of colour, and put into the molten wax.

Watch the colour melt into the molten wax, it is beautiful!


Now it is time to add stearin, which is a pale yellow powder, into the wax. Then get ready to pour this mix into the mould prepared for it.

We poured the wax using a teaspoon, slowly, so as to avoid air bubbles getting trapped inside the mould.

Keep it on a firm cool surface to set, for a few hours.


We had some extra wax so we poured it onto the adjoining mould for two floating candles. These do not need a wick before hardening.

Finally after a long wait, out came our first candle!

Here it is!

Looks so lovely, especially considering all the hard work put into its making!


Moon watching

The New Year started with an interesting Astronomical lesson for us. The team from Nehru Planetarium arrived by 6:30 pm with their astronomical equipment.

The evening started with a powerpoint presentation explaining the Solar system, planets and other interesting facts about Astronomy.

Through powerful 4 inch Telescopes from Nehru Planetarium, and with a lively Power point presentation, residents of Borivli and Dahisar enjoyed a celestial feast late evening on the 6th of January 2012.

Then the crowd formed lines to first see Jupiter, which was clearly visible with three of its moons shining bright.


After that, they saw the moon with its craters clearly through another telescope.

Thanks to Mr. Prabhu and team from Vintage Football ground for allowing New Link Road Residents Forum to use their grounds for this occasion free of charge.

You can contact us for future events at http://www.newlinkroad.wordpress.com

Five year old drawing with Bamboo

Here is a 5 year old homeschooling girl using the Bamboo tablet from Wacom to draw, on the computer.

This video was made using Windows Moviemaker, and the song in the background is..well you should know it by now.

The Bamboo tablet is a great tool for creativity. http://www.wacom.asia/bamboo-tablets/bamboo-pen-and-touch

Bamboo tablet


There is no mess, no environmental cost compared to paper and ink, and we can always undo what we do not want. But you do need electricity. Everything has a cost, but comparatively there are some plus and minuses in this too.

We use Windows Paint or Corel Photopaint to draw.

How is it for you?