Monday, May 12, 2008

INTERVIEW in ORKUT FAME

Interview of Dr.T.P Sasikumar- A space scientist, social worker.
Filed Under (Career, Education, Interviews, Social Service on orkut) by zazo on 10-05-2008
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Zazo: Dr T.P Sasikumar has tons of achievements and long list of qualifications, There position in society and in there professional circle is far more bigger than what i can describe here. I would like to request Dr Sasikumar to write about himself in there own words and would also like to thank you for giving me this pleasure which is my biggest achievement ever till now.
Welcome Sir to Orkut’s Hall of Fame!
Dr. T.P Sasikumar:
Thank you.
I am truthfull to self and to all around who interact with me as best I can; trying to be less of frictions and as simple as I can in interpersonal relationships.
Keep motivation and skill active and use the opportunity as best as I can like a tree and a river.
Learning and teaching is the passion, happy on all that I have around me and proud on this gifted life.
Zazo: Sir, please tell us about your educational and professional background.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I was a good student at young age.At teen (10th) had very bad mark. I passed out at My native school at Naduvil in 1979. In VIII I was with Tagore Vidya Nikethan at Taliparamba. In Kannur, Kerala.BSc. Maths I got 89 % at Payyanur College, Kannur Kerala after studying at Kanjangad Nehru and Kannur SN Colleges for a while.MSc. Second Rank at Cochin Uni. of Science & Tech in 1986.MPhil at Bangalore Uni. with First Rank.PhD at Bangalore in Fluid Mechanics/Heat Transfer in 1989.
LLB at Osmania Uni. after I got into Space Dept. for Job.MBA from IGNOU with HRD / Knowledge management of ISRO.MS in Psychotherapy and Counseling from IPMS, Mumbai.Studied little Indian Knowledge though Veda, Upanishad, Thanthra etc. from various gurus including (Late) Brahmasree K P C Anujan Bhattathiripad.Astrology and Vasthu from Payyanur (Late) Kesavan Achary.Hypnotism and Many of the Therapies including REIKI, Pranic Healing.. and initiated with ESOTERIC Healing and DOWSING..Professionally learned Computer Vision, Image Processing, Remote Sensing, Mapping etc.
Zazo: How do you feel getting so many degrees& certificates, Is there any subject you left or wish to study?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The certificates are not the credit.I read only serious matters. But they made me to read. When I have target, I get focused. Else i am not a serious reader. A serious reader need not bother on certificates.I have half done MA Philosophy, left for some reason. Wanted to read more on Philosophy and Psychology.I wish I know more biology and chemistry.I am not satisfied.Presently keen on Gita, Yoga Vasishta and Works of Ramana, Sankara et. al.Need more time to read and teach.Waiting for 2009 october to take VRS for full time learning and teaching.
Zazo: Sir, please throw some light on your job profile and any new or completed projects if possible?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Basically I am in Space Department as a Scientist since 1989.
Worked on Remote Sensing, Mapping, Image Processing, Photogrametry, Computer Vision etc..
Was with Calicut University at Kerala as a DIRECTOR of UGC-Academic Staff College for over an year on deputation.The job was training teachers - Orientation and Advanced topics in their concerned fields.
Apart from all these I teach at various Colleges/Universities/Institutes/Public/etc..Was with Vivekananda Institute for Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Mat at Hyderabad for so many years were hundreds of youth attend my classes weekly.Teaching Educational Techniques / Effective Learning & Teaching / Management / Human Rights / SOFT-SKILL, MAN making / Attitude Setting / Personality Development / Mind management etc. is my passion.General Talks and Spiritual Talks at Temples are also part of my life since 8 years.
Zazo: On the part of Education in India as you experienced please tell how you find it the whole system of education?, where India is lacking? and where we need to improve? The statistics shows development in South India what about North and North Eastern states?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: It is a wonderful question, but don’t have a page answer.See the bloghttp://drtpsasikumar.blogspot.com/NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENTfor my view.
India need education that will teach about what we need in India, and what we need to do to grow further.
Our education have no learning of our culture, history, system.We have not much grown in the basic far sighted education planning..
The change, faster tracks and development in South is just due to the better English and the international role they play. Many goes abroad and gets educated. and many are employed outside.
These are good for immediate growth and development.
But as India, we are not growing and living with the money we are getting by supporting the developed nations. Also working for them.
We need to improve the infrastructure. The educational background of India is good. We could attract foreign students to India, instead of the today’s situation, of students from india are going abroad for education.
Zazo: What is your comment on introducing sex education as a subject for school students in India?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The basic biology that is taught in the school level is enough.The animals don’t learn sex in the classes. Instinct is the lesson.What is required is the human value education.Value based education will set human nature. Being human is human being.Thus not just sex, all the feelings are controlled. Learning to live as a social being, living protecting others’ rights.Hatred, unwanted competition, human right violations, etc. can be stopped.
Zazo: Being a space scientist for so long you have seen many ups and downs, many development and new technologies. Where you place India among some developed countries like U.S, Russia & Japan?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: The question is India developed or not.Money matters.The knowledge and the power will not make money, need to strive.We lack that.We work abroad and they get the merit and credit.Indians are great, but not India.We will be able to make India too great.To achieve this in the near future, we need good leaders.
Zazo: Any political leader in past you got impressed with? Who is your role model?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Mahatma Gandhi..
Many may not call his as political leader, but he was… SWAMY VIVEKANANDA.Vivekananda predicted the future of India..
They had a vision for the country.Not of selfish interest.In these days may be KALAM.
Not many other political leaders around..
Had lot of hope on Bajpai, but the party is not in good shape..Bajpai was good as an opposition leader and had good vision.
Not more..on this..
Zazo: Sir, what is your work as a spiritual director and life skill trainer? Please tell us a little bit about your journey to spirituality.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Nothing around us is constant so people move between happiness and sadness.If we fluctuate with those scenes we are unable to be constant internally.But when we turn to the One who is permanently radiating virtues, we receive power and become unshakable.God offers all His potential to us.He is ever constant in being the light that never fades.That he is within..I found people lack this understanding.
Our Traditional style had lot of methods for this realization…Many of them is today being commercialized…
In a small way, wherever I can reach I am taking the messages, as i understood.
Personality Development, Communication Skill, Positive Thinking/Acting, Mind Management, Activity Management are all LIFE Skills….
Both Spiritual Direction and Life Skill are same…This is the message I am taking to people.
Had 1000s of classes / workshop ..Over lakhs of public / youth / students / teachers …over variety of topics across govt. offices / clubs/ educational institutes / banks / temples / etc..
Zazo: What about your online activities, like your yahoo group…what is the purpose of that group? you also own a blog and some communities on orkut too..Hows that going on?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: It is almost 3 years back, I started yahoo groups. That was when same questions were asked by many of the students the answers were put on groups postings and asked the students to see them. Few lecture schedules were also intimated through the group.
Orkut started again for my students of Ramakrishna mat, the youth, around 200 averages per week, whom I see and most of them wanted the orkut reference.
The blog was again by some one demanded, i am not very up-to-date on it.. Still posted a few.
The community LIFE is to LIVE picked up very fast, as i was very active in the lectures during that time.
2005 October as I moved to Delhi and I lost my password of gmail and the LIFE is to LIVE community password too. Someone hacked.. My old orkut login too I lost. I had more than 1000 friends and I had to remove many of them, that is the time I lost it.
It is then i started LIFE made SIMPLE. As I don’t have many lectures around these days the growth is less. But have a few who reads and sends email to me. they scrap too. But don’t reply on the community.
I am not very pushy and thrashy.. have a few good friends and they are with me for long..
I got many of my relatives too on the list, they otherwise would not have been in contact.
My stay in Delhi, I got arranged through my orkut friend, whom i have not met yet.Social network have done a lot of favour to me and I am positive on them.I have good number of friends, many of them keep in constant touch too,even when they are not live and active on orkut.
Zazo: Sir how was your experience outside India?, I saw that you gave many lectures in different countries, any memorable moment you want to share with us?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I had a few lectures in OMAN, MUSCATAt muscat I remumber the special secretary and Kimji (the richest at Oman) attending my talks. The personal meetings after the lecture at their invitation showed lot of love and admiration.I have never had such an encouragement in India.
In SOHAR, OMANI remember the crowed, the keraliates, who are all very poor and lives in small sheds.After the lecture they offered me some money, I rejected.They said mainly people come here to collect money, and we find someone rejecting - their first experience.I told them I am living in a better place and have better facility than you. So you require money and not me.I felt that they love others more than them.DUBAI, In an SCHOOLI was chanting the slokas and asked the students to repeat, they could not, i said leave it. They didn’t leave. They wanted to learn it. The one hour class went for three hours. The students were from Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Europe, UAE etc..I have not found any other places; the kids are much interested to learn like this.The students in one school interviewed and they recorded the interview to write in their magazine.
DUBAI, Narayanettan.The one who came to attend my class in Dubai have not left my company for the ten days and attended all my 42 lectures without attending his office and home. He was with me throughout.
In India too have many such instances, but those abroad was a few sticking..
Zazo: What is the key to success in your words? I think this is the question every student and professional want to ask.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: For every success one should haveattitudeskillopportunityis equal proportion.
Anything more and anything less will have problems in life.
The opportunity is not in our hand, but as it comes, one have to use it.
Skill need to be developed with specific target in mind, else will go waste and will feel bad for not having opportunity, and will get into depression.
Good attitude will create a balanced desire and enjoyment in life at all levels.Will have been happy and never get satisfied.The desire to grow and achieve higher must be within.
When one achieves what he aims, he is called successful.Thus desire is a must for as the starting point for the success.
Zazo: Did you ever faced failure in your life? if yes, how did you came up with it?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: I had and do have many failures in LIFE.Every one will have.
Whe I took birth, i won over millions of my unborn brothers and sisters, that is success..THE BIGGEST WAR EVER ANYONE WILL FIGHT IN HIS LIFE, is before the birth.
I lost my father and sister in an accident when i only survived, do we call it a failure.
I never had a childhood of enjoyment, a traditional village farmer’s son, FAILURE ?
I was the last rank fellow in my 8th class, a failure.
many in list…. is this all failures ? Yes, I do had pains and grief over these.. at those times, they were failures…
THESE sort of stories each and everyone will have …Not getting good marks, not getting the job required, not getting promotion, not getting the gilrl loved, not having a good house, car etc. etc…. NOT OF MY CHOICE !!
I HAVE NO SUCH FAILURES… or had many… but i always feel they are not failures..
ONCE you miss a bus, u has many options.Once you get into a bus, you miss many busses..
So missing a bus is good..
This is my word.. i keep telling this to people too..SO nothing in life is a failure..We get chances and many more chances..Thus failure is only a displacement for a short time.. must enjoy it.Take it as a challenge..THAT IS WHAT I DO.
We do not know what is good for us, let god decide and provide the best…HAVE FULL FAITH IN GOD… DO the JOB.THAT IS WHAT I DO.
Zazo: Please give a guidance and way to those students who are intended to become a scientist and teachers as you experienced both.
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: Learn well any subjectthat is it..one can get into research…and be a scientist in any field of interest….
And one learn the subject then will be able to teach well.Thus could be a good teacher..
Research and teaching must go together..a teacher who is not research cant be active and grow.
a researcher who is not a teacher is not practical too..
The field of research is not the matter, but the aptitude and the outlook mattersthat will help being a creative teacher too.
Zazo: Any message to the readers of this interview?
Dr. T.P Sasikumar: If this interview could inspire a few..This is a wonderful experience.The effort of this person who tried this is worth.
I enjoyed, and thank you very much.
Let this Hall of fame be full….So that these first fame will be out and new good faces are up..
All the very bestBye.DrTPS
Zazo: Thanks a lot sir for giving your precious time for this superb and informative, inspiring and wonderful interview…i really enjoyed talking to a personality like you. Thanks for all the appreciations and kind words.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT

Education, Science and Technology is
NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT
for Combating Hunger and Violence

Dr T P Sasikumar
Scientist, Department of Space, Secunderabad - 500009
drtpsasi@gmail.com, 09440422863 / 04027242863 / 09447437948

Is there a better way than education, science and technology to combat hunger and violence? ‘Necessary’ part need not be elaborated through write-up or explanation. ‘Not sufficient’ part has two clear meanings (‘not enough’ – need more and ‘can not support’ – need to be supported with something more). These two aspects will be discussed here.
National Objectives
The increase in scientific and technological knowledge and the ways in which the knowledge is transmitted as education are fundamental to the pursuit of national objectives. Developing new technologies, establishing industries and initiatives in education can only combat disease, hunger, violence etc.
We are living in years when people fear deadly attacks by terrorists, suffer from genocide or massive violations of human rights carried out by, on most occasions, their own governments. Despite the great advances in science and medicine, millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and other killer diseases. Despite all the efforts, too many people live in extreme poverty, hunger, disease, or do not have access to clean water, or to basic education and health. Worst victims everywhere are the women and children. Hunger and lack of opportunities deprive people of their dignity as human beings, leaving them hopeless and incapable of pursuing the kind of life they may desire. Marginalization and abuse based on gender, religion, social turbulence, repression, violence and terror are all closely linked to poverty and the concurrent lack of basic human rights. These are huge, persistent problems, which call, as never before, for unity within the international community; for unity across borders and religions, and for an integrated approach to solve them; that is, based on education, science and technology, commerce and development for peace, human rights, health, wealth and knowledge through democracy.
Development - a Paradox
“How many people have benefited from the education, development of science and technology?” Living in the developed / developing age of science we have moved human beings to a New World that is “full of promise” as well as “of peril”. The paradox of our times is that on the one hand, we have made abundant and remarkable scientific and technical achievements and improved the education but on the other hand, violence, conflict, uncertainty and hunger overwhelm the world.

As we are in our journey in the twenty-first century, we cannot but, consider the paradox existing in the level of development reached by the modern world. On one hand, through globalization, an irreversible trend toward a global city has been established, while on the other, divisions and gaps have increased. Progress in the fields of science, technology, commerce, trade and communication, has boosted global wealth to levels that seemed unreachable few decades ago. We can now see immense possibilities. We have the power to change the world for the better. However, great differences still exist between regions -- disparities and inequalities have over the years only augmented causing the world to enter into a new era of insecurity, health, wealth and knowledge. With a click of a mouse, billions of dollars move from one part of the globe to another. Science has provided many improvements for human life, yet in today’s world we still see people
o without minimum income
o with no access to drinking water
o without adequate sanitation facility
o breathing polluted air that is below acceptable standards and
o dieing of hunger

In the past few decades while science has been developing with unprecedented speed, more and more issues considered to be threats to human survival have become urgent topics to resolve. Advanced science had widened the already widened gap between the rich and the poor. In today’s world, the top 20% of the world’s wealthiest population consumes 85% of its income, and the remaining 80% population live on 15% of the world’s income. The bottom 20% lives on a mere 1.3% of the world’s total income. And these disparities are still growing. A generation ago, people in the top 20% were 30 times as rich as those in the bottom 20%. Now, they are more than 70 times as rich.
The three wealthiest people on the earth have more money than the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of the world’s 47 poorest countries. The richest 15 persons have more wealth than the combined GDP of all of sub-Saharan Africa with its 550 million people who control the trend of this widening gap? The more wealth a country has, the more advanced its science will become simply because it has sufficient capital to invest into developing new technology; new products and such investments will in turn bring more gross income for the nation. On the other hand, a poor country cannot even overcome its hunger, let alone invest in science and technology. Therefore, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. The rich population will consume most of the world’s resources whereas the poor people have to face more hunger-caused deaths.
Non-violence – Peace Culture : Education
As Mahatma Gandhi has said: “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being”. Scientists and Educationalists must have social responsibility and the task is of securing peace, health and wealth for the whole society and not only for a few industrialists and the richest upper stratum. Non-violence can flourish only when all are free of hunger, hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and hatred. Until then, each and every one of us would have to contribute – collectively and individually - to build peace through non-violence.
Despite so many troubling issues in our human society, most people wish for science to develop and advance faster. They see science as the God for all human beings. But, is science capable of solving all these problems? What we find is that all the challenges that we are currently facing are beyond the control of science. Even though the rice genome has been fully sequenced today, there are still more than 800 million people suffering from hunger. How many people will think of it and help these hungry people after they themselves have a good meal with plenty of wine? How many people will think about the scarcity of the earth’s resources after they have consumed them wildly? How many people will worry about the pollution and deterioration of the air and water and the erosion of soils? Even if science advances further, can it change the corruption of human moral standards? Even if science develops at a higher speed, can it prevent the rich from consuming less?
Even if science develops ever faster, it can not stop violent politicians from abusing human beings and killing innocent living beings. If human beings are controlled by their never-ending desire for profit, the advancement of science can do nothing to help maintain our ecosystem. Hearts returned to all of the high moral standards and traits such as kindness, diligence, gratitude, loyalty, politeness, and so on can only help. If all these good moral standards returned to human beings and to social communities, and if everyone completely follows them, human beings will instantly solve all those troubling issues such as environmental pollution, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, man-made destruction, violence, wars and terrorism. When human moral standards rise up again, the ecological environment that we depend upon will improve as well. Education, Science and technology in the hands of people with good heart could do wonders.
The most significant way of promoting a culture of peace is through peace education. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts of the world, in all societies and countries as an essential element in building a culture. Peace studies in all educational institutions must be incorporated as part of their curricula. We must pursue our goal of a world without violence with even greater commitment, dedication and, above all, unending enthusiasm. Your work will empower the people of the world to secure for all of us, the inherent right to peace and non-violence.

Conclusion – Necessary but not Sufficient
Hunger and violence reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. Science and Technology programme is that we designed to examine thinking, policy and practice on vulnerability and poverty. It provides students, teachers and researchers with the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty and violence.
Students must have dissertation on aspects of poverty and violence reduction as part of their course. Education must provide compulsory professional skills for using the knowledge towards the development of the society.
Every student must gain knowledge of the main theories, concepts and debates of development in their historical and contemporary context with specialised knowledge on combating poverty and violence. Also the ability to use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Every student must have a course that is designed to equip them to appreciate, understand and assess poverty and violence. The student must be able to examine the impact of economic growth and social development on hunger, inequality and violence and vice versa. The course examines the social, political and economic drivers of vulnerability and considers how local, national, regional and global policy influences the processes.
Every Social Science student must gain practical understanding of how established techniques of education and research in science and technology are used to create and interpret knowledge for the benefit of the society.
Science and Technology students must gain the ability to engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with hunger and violence reduction and development.
Education, Science and Technology together looking with a humanistic approach can only combat hunger and violence. Education must be - of life, - for life and - through life and must aim at
(1) yoga : total development of life, i.e., physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual;
(2) udyoga : correlation of education and manual work leading to self-reliance in the basic necessities of life; and
(3) sahayoga : harmonious living with nature and society.

Cross Flow Needed, Specific to India: Villages - Cities
India is a country where 80 per cent of the people live in villages. There is little education in the rural areas, as these have suffered neglect for centuries. If the village child is educated, he tries to find a job outside the rural areas and is uprooted from the family and the village: there is a brain drain from rural to urban areas. Education, Science and Technology should reach in villages to help them to stay in the villages.
It is said that nations are not built by parliaments or assemblies. Nations are built in families and in schools. As Lenin said, "If I know the songs on the lips of your children, I can tell you the future of your nation". People’s education and child education are interdependent and they must work simultaneously. The aim of education is not solely to induce literacy and numeracy. This is only a medium. The aim of education is to develop the whole personality of the child. The personality of the child is developed in the family and in the school, hence it is essential to develop the family too. People’s education and children’s education must go hand-in-hand, so education must be correlated with development work. Jawaharlal Nehru, had said, "A poor country like India needs a school which would be a centre of development also”.
It is inconceivable that there should be some 800 million people going hungry in a world that has the resources to provide the most basic of all human needs. What a world we are now living in! This contrasting fact is true in our ‘Incredible India’ too!!
Our development must be evaluated at villages. Poverty is in Villages. Violence is in Cities. Education, Science and Technology is in City. Our villages must have the infrastructure and facility like any city; and city must have the feelings and relation like any village. This cross flow of education, science and technology along with non-violence culture can combat hunger and violence.
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