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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Integrating Skills in Higher Education:Problems & Prospects

Title: Integrating Skills in Higher Education:Problems & Prospects
Author: Dr Raheijuddin Sheikh
ISBN: 978-93-86934-05-5
Edition: 1
Year of Publication: 2017

About the Book:

As it is rightly mentioned in the Framework of the National Skill Development Mission, India has become one of the youngest Countries in the World with the largest population of youth by the end of 2022. The Country has now more than 55% of the total population below 25 years of age and over 65% of the population in the working age group ranging from 15 years to 59 years of age. The population pyramid of the Country is going to bulge across 15 years to 59 years of age groups over the next one decade. This demographic dividend is predicted to have advantage which may last only until 2040. India, therefore, has a very narrow time frame for harnessing the skill potentialsof the youth as per this demographic dividend and to overcome the skill shortages in time.
In the same report it is also stated that India currently faces a severe shortage of well-trained, skilled workers. It is estimated that only 2.3 % of the workforce in India has undergone formal skill training as compared to 68% in the UK, 75% in Germany, 52% in USA, 80% in Japan and 96% in South Korea. Large sections of the educated workforce have little or no job skills, making them largely unemployable till now. However, India has taken up many initiatives which would focus on scaling up skill training efforts to meet the demands of employers and drive economic growth.It is a well-known fact that Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country.Therefore, we need to find out an education policy where Knowledge may be integrated with Skills in a judicious proportion in the higher education sector.
From the statistics discussed above, we are expecting to make India a Skill Country in the World by the end of the next decade or so. This needs perhaps, a tough competition with some of the South Asian Countries including South Korea who had already achieved a target of almost 100% skilled youth in the workforce followed by Japan and China. We are expecting40 crore people trained in various skill sectors by the end of 2025. This dream would be fulfilled only when the youth in the north eastern part of the Country are givenskills trainingin all sectors irrespective of the skill gap analysis under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). This is because India needs to capture the international skill markets in the north eastern region before it has been under the control of the South Asian counterparts including China and Korea. The people in the north eastern region more particularly, the Manipuri youths have to be focused while harnessing the skills potentials with more attention, more infrastructure and more facilities as a targeted mission to make each and every individual trained in all skill sectors.
It may be maintained that Manipur stands at the corridor of the proposed Trans Asian superhighway and the capital city of Imphal would become one of the skills hotspots in the World. It would be the people of Manipur who would defend the nation’s skill policy from the South Asian Countries. Even today, the Paona International Market at Imphal has been dominated by the innovations and skills from Myanmar. Many items of daily requirements, though not durable, right from the smallest needles to the biggest ones including the products of Information Technology (IT), Food, Beauty and Wellness, Apparel and Households etc. can be purchased at the cheapest prices either from the international border town of Moreh or even from the Paona International Market Complex at Imphal City.
India has initiated translating the erstwhile Look East Policy into Act East Policy enhancing the international trade linkages with the South Asian Countries including China, Japan, Thailand and Korea etc. In the meantime, out of 28 lakhs population of Manipur more than 7 lakhs educated youths are now seeking employment with more than 3 lakh girls listed in the employment exchanges. Many boys and girls have been scrambling for jobs in government offices only as they cannot find any big industries for placements. Many had to go outside the state seeking for employment as we can see a large number of Manipuri boys and girls who are working in offices in the big cities in India. At this moment, the skill development programs which are being implemented in Colleges and Universities are going to be a boon for the youths.
We also have enough potential of skills particularly in Art & Culture, Games & Sports, Tourism & Hospitality, Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, Beauty & Wellness, Traditional Art & Crafts, Food & Agriculture, Information Technology (IT) & IT enable Services. Some of our traditional Art & Crafts are also dying out due to the lack of support in terms of infrastructure, management, training and funding. If proper skill education is given to the youths in these sectors, still we may hope for running much faster than the neighboring countries and can make the sale of our skills and innovations in the international markets.

Development Questions In North East India

Title: Development Questions In North East India
Editors: Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam, Hanjabam Ishworchandra Sharma, Sadam Hanjabam
ISBN: 978-93-86934-00-0
Edition: 1
Year of Publication: 2017

About the Editors
Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam(MSW, PhD) is Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur. He received his PhD in Social Work from the School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He was awarded Fogarty International Centre Fellowship to conduct research at the Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida, Florida, USA.
Hanjabam Ishworshandra Sharma (MA: Economics, PhD) is Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Manipur University, Canchipur. He received his PhD from Department of Economics, Manipur University.
Sadam Hanjabam (MSc: Agriculture, MPhil: Development Studies) is PhD Scholar, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. 

Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam & Hanjabam Isworchandra Sharma
Section I: Discourse, Politics & Conflict
1.Rethinking Development Discourse in Northeast
Raile Rocky

2.Neo-Liberal High Growth Trajectory and Violent Conflicts in the North
Eastern region
Chinglen Maisnam

3.Livelihood and Social Security in Development Discourse
John Gaingamlung Gangmei

4.The Process of Nationalizing India’s North-Eastern Frontier Space and the Issue of
Ningthoujam Rameshchandra

Analysis of Manipur
Pebam Nganthoiba Mangang

6.The State & Political Apology: Towards Peace-building in the Northeast India
Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam

7.Justice is the Foundation of Peace and Development in Manipur
Jinine Laishramcha

Section II: Location, Resources & Dilemmas

8.Tipaimukh High Dam on the Barak River: Conflicting Land and People
R. K. Ranjan Singh

9.Grey Areas and Hazards of Oil Exploration in Manipur
Homen Thangjam

10. Agricultural Development in Hills of Manipur: Historical Evolution of the Structural
G. Hiamguanglung

11. Backwardness Problem and Conflict in Manipur Hills: A Study from Land Perspective
Benjamin Gangmei

12. Tribal Economic Backwardness in Manipur: The Contemporary Experience
Sheikhohao Kipgen

13. Mapithel Dam Amidst Militaristic Development in Manipur
Jiten Yumnam

14. Locating Manipur in India’s Look EastPolicy
Sadam Hanjabam

Section III: Gender, Governance & Crisis

15. Understanding the Gender Dimension of HIV/AIDS
Kamei Beeju

16. Integrated Scheme for Women Empowerment and Status of Women in Northeast
M. Tineshowri Devi

17. Hmar Women in a Changing Hmar Society: Issues of Human Rights Violation
Grace Laltlinzo

18. Governance and Rural Development
Subhabrata Dutta

19. Trust Deficit & Unfinished Agenda of Nation-Building
Ch. Rupachandra Singh

20. The Social Costs of Insurgency
K. Gyanendra Singh

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Zinc Sulphide: A Nanostructured Material

Title: Zinc Sulphide: A Nanostructured Material
Authors: Dr. Laishram Raghumani Singh, Dr Md Raheijuddin Sheikh (Shamu), Dr. A. Nabachandra Singh
ISBN: 978-81-933788-9-2
Edition: 1
Language: English
Category: Chemistry

About the Book:
Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), also known as “Zincblende” or “Wurtzite” based on its structure in the pure form, has many applications in the present society including the latest technology as phosphorescence phosphor, scintillation detectors. It has also high antioxidant and antifungal properties. Many researches have been undertaken for new developments in the fields related to the synthesis, characterization, validation and authentication of the ZnS nano materials. This work is a tryst to bring everyone in the world of physical techniques which are being involved in synthesis of the ZnS in a very simple and cost effective approach, more specifically by the Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) and characterization with amazing results. 

Materials with reduced particle sizes to nanometer scale are gaining unique noble properties over those in their bulk states in optical, electrical and photoelectronic properties. The basic reason is that the particles of the materials in nano scale exhibit quantum confinement effects. Of the three classes of nanoparticles, quantum dots which exists nearly in zero dimension under quantum confinement effect with particle diameters l-10 nm is the centre of attraction of the current nanoscience research for different technological applications. The physical reason is that materials under quantum confinement effect possess a number of allowed energy states at this lowest dimension within the band gaps which under suitable photo-excitation can generate unique noble properties.

In the present investigation, the synthesis of Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) embedded ZnS matrix nano-composite films are carried out by CBD technique at different molarities, substrate temperatures and film thickness. Study of the nanostructures and several photoconductivity properties of the films under illumination of white lights of different intensities in air under different experimental conditions are carried out and discovered that the material is suitable for efficient solar photovoltaic cells, photo detectors and quantum computers under suitable conditions.

By manipulating the atoms and molecules in the matrix ZnS films at different molarities, substrate temperatures and film thickness and on exposure to different intensity of white lights in air under suitable applied biases applied fields and ambient temperatures, new photoluminescence and photo-electronic properties will be expected far better than those in their bulk states.

About the Authors:
Dr. Laishram Raghumani Singh son of Shri Laishram Chaobhal Singh was born on the 1st March 1976 in a small village called Awang Jiri, Nambol under Bshnupur District in Manipur. He completed MSc in Physics from Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, MPhil in Physics from Madurai Kamaraj University and PhD in Physics from CMJ University, Shillong. Till date, has published more than 10 research papers in the reputed Journals and presented about 15 papers in the National / International Seminars/Conferences. Presently, he is teaching in D M College of Science, Imphal.

Born in 1968 at Sangaiyumpham Part-I in Thoubal District, Manipur, Dr Md Raheijuddin Sheikh (Shamu) is known for his works in Science and Literature. He did BSc with Physics (Hons) from D M College of Science, Imphal, MSc in Physics from Manipur University and PhD from Gauhati University on his thesis “Physical Methods (Techniques) in studies of Indian Cultural Heritage” under the supervision of Prof. Anurup Gohain Barua, published more than 15 research papers in the peer reviewed journals, 12 in conference/seminar proceedings, completed 2 Research Projects: 1 under UGC, New Delhi & the other under HMS, UK.
“Physics for Cultural Heritage”, “My date with a Pretty Slag”, “Selected Science Plays”, “Education for Employment”, “Scientific Methods for Cultural Heritage Research” are some of the books published at the National and International levels, “Khong-ngu Nang-gi Banshi” is the book of literature awarded the 1st Prize in the All India Competition for radio playwrights - 2000,  “Mass Media in Conflict Zones” & “Dating with River Terraces” are some of the titles published as co-author.
Dr Sheikh served as a Principal on regular basis in Manipur College from 2014 to 2016, completed the India-Australia VELT Programme under the UGC-AICTE & Australian TAFE Directors as a Skill India Mission. He is currently serving as the Director of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centre for KAUSHAL at Dhanamanjuri Community College, a Centre for skill based Programmes, R&D in the higher education sector in addition to teaching as Associate Professor in D M College of Science, Imphal.

Dr. A. Nabachandra Singh was born on 1st March 1964 at Khekman, Thoubal District, Manipur, India. He completed M.Sc. in Physics topping with first class from NEHU, Shillong in 1986. He earned Ph. D. from Manipur University in 2002 on his thesis "Thermoluminescence studies of quartz and feldspars having Applications to Dating" under the supervision of Prof. R. K. Gartia. He joined teaching as a Lecturer in Physics in Government Colleges in September 1987. He was serving as Principal at Lilong Haoreibi College, Lilong, Manipur from 2014 to 2016. Right now he is teaching Physics at Thoubal College, Thoubal Manipur.
Dr. Singh has completed three research projects two of which were sponsored by UGC and one by AERB, Mumbai. So far he had published more than 30 original research papers in peer reviewed journals and about 40 research papers in Conference Proceedings. He has authored a book entitled "The Salt: Luminescently Cooked" and co-authored a book entitled "Dating with River Terraces" published by Ruby Press & Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. His areas of interest are Luminescence Dating/Dosimetry and Nanomaterials for applications of in vivo optical imaging.

Business and Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining

Title: Business and Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining
Editors: Dr. Sunildro L.S. Akoijam, Dr. Nilam Panchal, Dr. W. C. Singh
ISBN:  978-81-933788-1-6
Edition: 1
Language: English

About the Book:
The future of business lies in its sustainability. Any business which is likely to put undue pressure on environment, over exploit resources, and adopt practices undermining health and hygiene will run the risk of being rejected and hence move out of the context. This emanates from strong economic and social logic. The economic logic drives business and how it will fare in the market. The empirical EKC hypothesis (Environmental Kuznets Curve) provides evidence that environmental quality is a luxury good and it is demand more as the income increases. Below a cut-off point, there is a positive relationship between per capita income and environmental degradation, while once the turning point is reached, above a cut-off per capita income, the environmental degradation stops and improvement in environmental quality starts occurring.

About the Editors

Dr. Sunildro L.S. Akoijam is currently an Assistant Professor in area of Marketing and Strategy at Department of Management, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura Campus. He has more than 4 years of teaching experiences at the PG level in the Universities. Before joining NEHU, he was working at the Institute of Management Studies, Kurukshetra University. He did his MBA from Amity University, Uttar Pradesh and PhD. from Manipur University. He is a UGC-JRF (NET) qualified scholar. He has presented several research papers and case studies in various International and National Seminars and Conferences. He has also participated in various Workshops, Faculty Development Programmes, short term certificate courses and academic related activities organized by Premier Management Institutes in different parts of the country and abroad. He has visited several foreign countries including Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand for the academic activities. His research papers have been published in various referred International and National Journals. He is a member of esteemed management associations like All India Management Association (AIMA), Rural marketing Association of India (RMAI), Delhi management Association (DMA), International Society for Development & Sustainability, Japan, The Society for Management Education, Kurukshetra etc. He is associated with various National and International Journals including Emerald (UK), Journal of Reviews on Global Economics (Canada) etc. as an Editorial board member or reviewer. He has also organized several academic activities like Seminars, Conferences, Symposium, FDPs, workshops and Management Fest.

Dr. Nilam Panchal (Ph.D., M.Phil (Gold Medalist), PGDIRPM (Gold Medalist), MBA and FDPM- IIMA) is working as an Associate Professor, B. K. School of Business Management, (PG Department of Management Studies) at Gujarat University. She has been associated in the past with The Institute of Management, Nirma University as a Faculty. She has more than 15 years of academic and industry experience. Her core interest areas include Corporate Finance, International Finance, Corporate Restructuring and Human Resource Management. She has attended Faculty Development Programme (FDP) in Management from the prestigious institute, IIM Ahmedabad and also FDP in Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. She has been a participant in various Management Teacher’s Programmes (MTPs) and FDPs at IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Indore, IIM-Noida, MDI, Gurgaon to name a few. She has published many research papers in refereed national and international academic journals and articles in business magazines. She has also contributed chapters and cases in books and has presented papers in many national and international conferences. During the course of her teaching career, she has also displayed administrative capabilities in various assignments as coordinator of Examinations, Post Graduate Programmes, Placement & Training, Management Development, Course Coordinator and such related areas. Presently, She is a Co-ordinator of Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Finance Management for the Management Academy, BKSBM, Gujarat University. She is a member of advisory committees for the Student Development Activities and placement related activities of the institute.

Besides, Dr. Panchal has delivered keynote speeches and talks in international and national level conferences/ Seminars/ Training Programmes across the nation. She has conducted Employee Development, Management Development , Faculty Development and Women Development Programmes for Executives & Middle Level Managers of different organizations like Kohler India, GNFC (NARDES & Ladies Club), P I Industries, Classic Hotels, Zindal Industries, Babina Diagnostics, Asian Paints Limited, to name a few.  She has been awarded Merit certificate by Education Department, Government of Gujarat in recognition of the high position secured in the list of meritorious candidates qualifying for awards in the Gujarat. She is recipient of various awards and Prizes for Best research papers, best performer and best teacher. She is a member of various associations like AIMS, BDMA, ITC, and IARA. She is passionate about teaching, research and training and has been engaged in enabling Individuals and Organizations through coaching, training, learning and development. She has taught a courses at MDI- Murshidabad, Kolkata. She initiated and established a FMDP Cell in the Gujarat University and has been conducting Management Development Programmes (MDPs) for middle-level executives and Student Development Programmes on a regular basis. Besides, she has been member of Editorial Boards of various national and International Journals.  

Dr. W. C. Singh is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and International Business in the Manipur Institute of Management studies, Manipur University. He has completed the Faculty Development Programme in Management (34th Batch) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Prof. Singh started his teaching career in the year 1995. He teaches MBA and PhD programme students at different Universities/Institutions in India. Before joining Manipur University in the year 2007 he worked with Amrapali Institute of Management & Computer Applications (Haldwani, Nainital), Institute of Management Studies (Dehradun), Rai University (Dehradun), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (Katra, Jammu & Kashmir), Mizoram University etc. Prof. Singh traveled different parts of India and many other countries for academic purposes.
Dr. Singh has been conducting Management Development Programmes, Employees Development Programmes, Case Method of Teaching for Management Teachers & Scholars, Cross Cultural Sensitivities Workshops etc. in many public sector, private sector industrial units, and to different Universities/Institutions throughout India. Besides, he conducted training sessions for India Civil Service Officers.
Prof. W. C. Singh has produced 4 PhD Scholars till 2015. His major research areas include- Organisational Culture, Organisational Climate, Cross Cultural Communication and Sensitivities, Youth empowerment etc. He was key note speakers of different National and International level programmes. His research papers have been published in many of the National and International Journals of repute.