IIHMR University Records Highest Package This Placement Year, Exceeds its Last Record by Double

Mumbai; 17th April 2024: IIHMR University, a leading health management research university in India, recorded phenomenal placements so far this season with the highest package of 35.62 LPA. This is the highest package beating IIHMR’s previous high of 17.22 LPA in 2022. The ongoing placements at the institute have already witnessed 75% of the students being placed till now in multiple roles across diverse organizations both nationally and internationally at noteworthy packages.

Speaking about placements, Dr. PR Sodani, President, IIHMR University shared, “We are delighted to receive excellent placement response from the recruiters on campus this year. Packages in the healthcare industry are witnessing a spike secondary to the global growing emphasis on bolstering healthcare infrastructure. I want to congratulate the students on getting placed and wish them well for their future as they continue to build their success stories.”

Remarkable to note is that according to a collaborative study by Pristyn Care and Indeed, job postings for healthcare professionals increased by 22.4% between January 2021 and January 2023, indicating a growing demand for these professionals in India.

IIHMR University Records

According to the placement officials at IIHMR University, the total number of recruiters has gone up to 60+, with HJ Hospital, IPE Global, Nuva Bupa Health Insurance Ltd., Tata AIG, Lupin, Deloitte, PWC, E&Y, Infosys, and Fortis Hospital to name a few from a long list. The sector-wise placement data revealed Hospitals to be the highest recruiters at 30% followed by Consultancy, Pharmaceutical, and Health IT at 15%, 12%, 11%, and 11% respectively.

The current year registered a massive rise of 220% in the number of students securing a package of 13 lakh and above. The 10 lakhs plus CTC range registered an increase of 82% in students in 2024. The 8 LPA plus packages witnessed a commendable rise of 115% as compared to 2021-23.

BYJU’S announces strategic reorganization in management structure

16th April 2024 BYJU’S today announced a major reorganization to streamline its operations and position the company for long-term success. As part of this strategic shift, BYJU’S is consolidating its businesses into three focused divisions – (1) The Learning App (2) Online Classes & Tuition Centres, and (3) Test-prep. This new structure will enable each vertical to be nimbler, cost-efficient, and better equipped to capitalize on market opportunities while leveraging the power of the BYJU’S brand and ecosystem. Each of these units will have separate leaders who will independently run the businesses sustainably to ensure profitability.

The changes follow an extensive seven-month operational review and cost optimization exercise led by outgoing BYJU’S India CEO Arjun Mohan. Mohan will now transition to an external advisory role, lending his deep EdTech expertise to the company and its founders during this transformation phase.

“This reorganization marks the start of BYJU’S 3.0 – a leaner and more agile organization ready to quickly adapt to evolving market dynamics, especially in the realm of hyper-personalized education,” said Byju Raveendran, Founder and Group CEO. “By focusing on our core strengths with three specialized business units, we will unlock new growth opportunities while continuing to focus on profitability.” “Arjun has done an outstanding job steering BYJU’S through a challenging period,” he added. “We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to his continued contributions as a strategic advisor.”

This new phase will also see Byju Raveendran taking a more hands-on approach in spearheading the daily operations of the company. Over the past four years, he had focused primarily on strategic aspects such as raising capital and driving global expansion. However, recognizing the need for strong leadership during this challenging hour, he will now be deeply involved in the company’s day-to-day functioning, leveraging his expertise to steer BYJU’S towards its next phase of growth and innovation.

With this new organizational structure and with the return of Byju Raveendran as the operational leader, BYJU’S is now well-positioned to begin its next chapter of innovation-led growth by launching at scale its new suite of AI-first products that have already received overwhelmingly positive feedback in the pilot phase.

Boosting personalised learning, Dreamtime Learning Hub launches its micro-schooling hub in Pune

Pune, 16th April 2024: Expanding the reach of the micro-schooling concept in India, Dreamtime Learning Hub is set to add another micro-schooling hub in one of the largest IT cities, Pune. Located at Kalyani Nagar, a prime residential and commercial hub in eastern Pune, the hub aims to provide an interactive and immersive learning experience. The hub is partnered with Goenka Education and named as Goenka Education’s Dreamtime Learning Hub. It is aesthetically designed and offers learning experiences with a perfect blend of cutting-edge technology.

The company launched its first micro-school in Hyderabad in March 2023 and within a span of one year, they received a favorable response from parents and students across the city.

Micro-schooling is a community-based concept that exclusively focuses on hyper-personalized curriculum and is also becoming an emerging trend in the Indian market. Many parents, such as kids from affluent families, HNIs or the entertainment industry, are shifting to micro-schooling due to its flexibility, personalized learning, and competitive costs compared to traditional schools. It is also driven by a growing demand for flexible education options and has a smaller student-teacher ratio.

Ms. Lina Ashar, Founder of Dreamtime Learning Hub, said, “We are excited to expand and open our first micro-schooling hub in Pune, following the success of our hub in Hyderabad. It is exciting to see the adoption of personalized learning among parents compared to the traditional model. This huge transition has been phenomenal over the past year, and our positive response in Hyderabad increased our pace to strengthen our presence in other major cities. We have observed a huge population of nuclear families in the city, and it is a challenge for every parent to balance between their work life and their child’s education. To help them meet the gap, our micro-schooling hub will prove to be a one-of-a-kind school focusing on personalized learning. With this, we aim to emphasize the importance of a hyper-personalized curriculum and believe education should be a life-changing experience for every kid.”

The first microschooling hub in Pune provides tech-enabled experiential learning for learners aged 3 to 16 years old. It also brings an exclusive community of 180 learners who can co-create and learn alongside the child in an experiential, engaging, and collaborative environment. The hub also adopts a collaborative approach and focuses on social-emotional learning.

Mr Sudhir Chandra Goenka, Chairman of Goenka Global Education said, “I am proud to foster a strong association with Ms Lina Ashar and drive her legacy and her dream project to new heights. Creating a distinctive path for young minds, she has dedicatedly worked hard to transform the concept of learning and teaching methodology. We have been continuously thriving in our presence in the education segment, and over the years, we have built a learning community that inspires children. This partnership will add our recognition in society and expand the image of Ms Lina Ashar as an industry expert in hyper-personalised learning”.

Giving a wider realm to personalized learning, Dreamtime Learning Hub offers exceptional facilities that cater to the diverse learning needs of students. The facilities include the community hub, studio space, drone, robotic space, learning hub, tree house, animal petting corner, and more, providing learners with opportunities that promote academic and personal growth.

With these best-in-class facilities, Dreamtime Learning Hub paved the way for future expansion. Hence, the company aims to replicate its model in other academic hubs such as Bangalore, Chennai, and Delhi.

GD Goenka University Hosts National Seminar On Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

New Delhi, 16th April 2024: GD Goenka University’s School of Law, in association with the School of Medical and Allied Sciences and Statesman Law Partners, recently organized a captivating National Seminar on the theme ”Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: Exploring Policy, Ethics and Social Impact.”

The legal framework around drug policies has been a topic of extensive discussion in our country. The complex nature of drug-related concerns demands a thorough reconsideration of existing laws and policies to ensure a comprehensive and efficient approach to managing the challenges posed by drug abuse, trafficking, and related criminal activities.

Given this, the one-day National Seminar explored the multifaceted aspects of drug laws, their impact on society, and the need for timely reforms. It also served as a strategic platform that brought together experts, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the prevailing challenges and opportunities in drug policy.

The Seminar’s inauguration ceremony was graced by the esteemed presence of Chief Guest, His Excellency Honourable Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana, and Honourable Mr. Ernest Nana Adjei, Minister-Counsellor (Political and Economics), Republic of Ghana.

Also in attendance were Honourable Mr. Narendar Ahooja, Professor of Practice, MVN University Palwal Gurugram and Former State Drugs Controller at Food and Drug Administration Panchkula, along with Honourable Prof. Dr. Kim Menezes, Vice Chancellor, GD Goenka University, Mr. Kartik Sandal, Founding Partner, Statesman Law Partners, New Delhi, and Mr. Abhishek Mishra, Partner, Statesman Law Partners.

”The subject of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is a global concern that requires a collaborated effort from all stakeholders. I am delighted that GD Goenka University has taken the initiative to create a platform for experts from diverse domains to foster knowledge exchange and derive innovative solutions,” said His Excellency, Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh.

The Seminar also featured four parallel technical sessions with over 40 speakers and four session chairs discussing varied elements of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, their legal and health implications, and current legal and policy gaps. The event also included a workshop on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances delivered by Mr. Narendar Ahooja, Professor of Practice at MVN University Palwal Gurugram and Former State Drugs Controller at Food and Drug Administration Panchkula.

“This One Day National Seminar on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is part of GD Goenka University’s commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal SDG 3 on Good Health and Well-being. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances have brought substance use disorders to the young generation, and preventing this is the responsibility of every educational institution and every stakeholder in society,” said Prof. (Dr.) Azimkhan B. Pathan, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, School of Law, GD Goenka University.

The National Seminar culminated with the Valedictory Ceremony graced by the Chief Guest Padma Shri Dr. Jitender Singh Shunty, Member HNRC and Former Member of Legislative Assembly U.P., Mr. Japan Babu, Additional Legal Advisor, Narcotic Control Bureau & Legal Advisory to Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, Adv. Nadeem Murtaza, Advocate, Allahabad High Court Lucknow Bench, and Mr. Kartik Sandal, Founding Partner, Statesman Law Partners, New Delhi.

The Seminar’s outcome, including all deliberations, inputs, and suggestions during technical sessions, will be sent as a report to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Narcotic Control Bureau, etc., and will also be published in the seminar book proceeding.

The GD Goenka University’s School of Law aims to explore and recognise novel areas of law and policy through persistent engagement. This includes developing legal theory and practice, academic potential, critical analytical ability, and advocacy skills for a holistic learning experience for students.

Roots Foundation, in collaboration with Cummins India Foundation and Samhita CGF, organizes Career Guidance Conclave 2024

Roots Foundation,

Pune, 16th April 2024: Roots Foundation, in collaboration with Cummins India Foundation and Samhita CGF, organized the ‘Career Guidance Conclave 2024’ at Mahatma Phule Sanskrutik Bhavan, Wanowrie, Pune, Maharashtra. The conclave aimed to empower the youth with insights, strategies, and resources essential to navigating the complexities of the modern professional landscape.

Over 300+ students, along with 13 teachers and parents from diverse backgrounds, eagerly participated in this conclave, seeking guidance and motivation to make informed career choices. The event served as a platform for attendees to explore numerous career avenues, gain valuable insights into emerging industries, and establish meaningful connections with mentors and professionals across various sectors.

The conclave featured a distinguished panel of guests, including Ms. Soujanya Veguru, Head of Corporate Responsibility(CR) at Cummins India Ltd., Ms. Avanti Kadam, Executive Manager – CR at Cummins India Ltd., Mr. Anil Mandrupkar, General Manager – Key Accounts – Distribution Business at Cummins India Ltd., Mr. Abhishek Kadam, Senior Associate at Samhita – Collective Goods Foundation, Mr. Ritwik Bahuguna, Founder & General Secretary, Roots Foundation, and Ms. Vidula Chopra, Program Manager at Roots Foundation.

The conclave was a part of the Life Employability Skills for Adolescents Program (LEAP), a collaborative initiative aimed at holistic development among adolescent students. LEAP focuses on enhancing Functional English, Life Skills, and Career Guidance across 19 schools in Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune, benefiting over 2,000 students from classes VIII-X.

Focusing on students in grades 10-12, the conclave guided to help them choose career paths aligned with their interests. Experienced speakers from various fields, including Mr. Ajay Mehta, Sr. General Manager, New Product Development, Cummins India Ltd., Professor Vijay Navale, Guide and Lecturer, Dr. Malhar Ganla, Healthcare Consultant, Brigadier Vidur Ramchandra Nevrekar, a Military Veteran, and Ms. Shreeja Rao, a Law Student and Global Youth Advisor for Google Through Canvas8, shared insights from their career journeys, offering personal experiences and reflections.

M. Ritwik Bahuguna, Founder & General Secretary of Roots Foundation, emphasized the immense awareness levels in today’s students. He underscored, “In today’s times of information glut, it is important for students to stay focussed to be able to realize their true potential in their area of interest.”

Ms. Saujanya Veguru, Head – CSR, Cummins India Ltd., addressed students and said, “In today’s rapidly evolving world, technological advancements like AI have significantly altered the career landscape. With many options available to young students, staying motivated, continuously learning, and embracing new opportunities for skill enhancement is imperative. Curiosity is key which helps in making informed decisions about future career paths.”

Mr. Sharad Dua, Director, Collective Goods Foundation mentioned that, “At Samhita-CGF, we are passionate about empowering young people to chart their career paths. Through the Career Guidance Conclave 2024, we are leveraging our expertise in impact sectors and emerging markets to equip students with the tools and connections they need to thrive. By equipping the next generation with the right guidance, we are not just shaping individual futures, but also building a stronger, more impactful workforce. By working collaboratively with organizations like Cummins India Foundation and Roots Foundation, we can empower them to become future leaders and changemakers.”

The students actively engaged with the speakers, posing questions about their career paths and seeking guidance on navigating their professional pursuits. The speakers shared advice and addressed the students’ queries.

Additionally, the students were also provided with comprehensive handbooks, containing tips on identifying career interests, strategies for career planning, resources for further education and training, and invaluable insights into various industries and job roles.

University of Leicester and The Apollo University Partner to Revolutionize Global Healthcare

University of Leicester and The Apollo University

16th April 2024 Strengthening collaborative education and research ties between the UK and India, University of Leicester (Leicester) and The Apollo University (TAU), a part of the Apollo Hospitals Group, have initiated an unprecedented program partnership. Marking a significant milestone, this collaboration launches a computer science program wherein students commence their studies with two years at TAU in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India, before progressing to their final year and graduation at the University of Leicester, UK.

The Apollo University and University of Leicester aim to prepare 120 students for the first cohort, with the curriculum jointly mapped between the two universities. Students who achieve a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics during their Intermediate or diploma studies, and successfully complete Class 12 or its equivalent with these subjects as majors from a recognized Board are eligible to apply for the Programme. Upon successful completion of their studies at TAU, students have the opportunity to select from computer science programs specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, or Software Engineering at Leicester. Furthermore, the articulation pathway (formally agreed and approved admission route, for enrolled students) provides students with the option to pursue a one-year master’s degree in their chosen discipline. Post-course completion, students who are eligible will also have access to placement opportunities and post-study work visas in the UK.

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Henrietta O’Connor, said: “We are delighted to announce this first official step in our partnership with the Apollo Hospitals Group which reiterates our shared vision around using the power of education and research to bring real-world changes, particularly in the areas of healthcare and data science. We were recently awarded the highest possible rating of overall Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for the experience and outcomes we deliver for students and this accolade, alongside our top 30 result in analysis of the Research Excellence Framework, shows the University of Leicester is a world-leading research-intensive University with the power to create graduates and staff members who drive world change. It is very exciting to harness this power through our alliance with Apollo and a global degree programme that could transform the healthcare of the future.”

Professor Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of The Apollo University said: ” Apollo University has always been a flagbearer towards quality training programs in technological and healthcare research. I view this alliance as a unique opportunity to redefine the landscape of higher education. Being at the forefront of healthcare transformation, my vision for this partnership goes beyond academic boundaries. It is about creating pathways for students that transcend geographical constraints, allowing them to absorb the best of both institutions and work towards advancing global health.”

The partnership follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year between the University of Leicester and the Apollo Hospitals Group, a globally recognized integrated healthcare service provider. The MOU outlined a collaborative vision in healthcare management, healthcare, and data science, leveraging cutting-edge research and educational opportunities to harness the potential of artificial intelligence and address global healthcare challenges and skills shortages in both the UK and India.

Acharya Prashant Engages with IIT Students on Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being

Acharya Prashant Engages

New Delhi, 16th April 2024: Acharya Prashant, founder of PrashantAdvait Foundation and former civil service officer, interacted with IIT students on mental health. More than 1000 people from across the country participated in the session. He said that there is a deep connection between the mind and spirituality. The mind can be controlled through spirituality, which strengthens inner peace and provides a feeling of connection with a power greater than oneself.

On Sunday, Acharya Prashant, founder of PrashantAdvait Foundation, inaugurated the workshop on mental health organized under the aegis of the Alumni Association in Dogra Hall of IIT by lighting the lamp. He said that the entire environment of the mind changes rapidly. What do we not change, and even after changing everything, we do not find peace? People change houses, change jobs, and even after changing all this, the mind does not find peace. He said that the mind needs something; without it, it will not stop. Without it, it will keep running here and there. Ultimately, wherever you run, you run with the thought that if you have got this, then you don’t need anything else after this; if you know that even after getting the thing you are running towards, you will need more, then would you run towards it?

Acharya Prashant said that in the race to get ahead and in a hectic life, man has become lonely. We don’t know what we are, why we are living, what our purpose is. Due to these reasons, mental depression is occurring in the youth. He said that first of all, we have to know ourselves. Only spirituality can help us with that. Spirituality can remove the stress from our daily lives. He said that research has proven that spirituality can benefit both the mind and the body.

Spiritual practices help reduce negative emotions, find meaning, and deepen relationships with others. Spirituality helps overcome issues such as self-esteem, low self-confidence, lack of self-control, and fear of daily tasks and challenges. It can also directly strengthen mental health. He said that even those who do not follow any religion can benefit from spirituality, as it is a prevalent concept among secular communities that spirituality is only for some people who are associated with a particular religion, but it is not so. Spirituality is necessary for every human being.

He said that people have never learned to use spiritual resources, whereas they can do so very easily. Acharya Prashant said that the youth need the right guidance, but they do not get it. We also do not know how to live the right life. Any work cannot be chosen to make a career; the right work has to be chosen, and the right work is chosen with self-knowledge.

He said that the Earth’s temperature is increasing, which is a matter of concern. But we are so engrossed in pleasures that we are not able to understand that we do not have much time left. Only two years are left. If we still do not wake up, then it will be too late, and then great destruction is certain. But we do not worry about ourselves. Do you know what belief is embedded in that? ‘We are right, we do not need to worry about ourselves!’ If we have to worry about ourselves, then, first of all, we will have to accept that there is a danger to us, and we need to get right because we are wrong So we do not want to worry about ourselves.

He said that the way humanity is going and the structure of living that we have created now, completely based on ego, will kill us from the outside. And if it does not kill us from the outside by chance, then our destruction is certain from the inside. He said that the ratio of mentally ill people in this world today has never been so high. The average stress levels today were not as high even during the Second World War, nor were they found in soldiers as they are in common people today. Look at the research paper.

When were there as many cases of depression and mental disorders as there are today? We are rapidly moving towards a world in which every person will be mad; healthy from the outside but psycho (mad) from within. What will you do then? Self-knowledge is the only solution.

Before the session, Alumni Association Secretary Pankaj Kapadia honored Acharya Prashant by giving him a memento. During this, IIT Delhi students, faculty, and sadhaks from all over the country participated. After the session, Acharya Prashant gifted a Holistic Individual Development Program (HIDP) created by to the students of IIT Delhi so that they can develop themselves in a spiritual way.

DEAR a novel initiative rolled out by a city school received an overwhelming response, 1200 kids and parents participated

DEAR a novel initiative rolled

Hyderabad,15th April 2024 …. DEAR -Drop Everything And Read, a novel initiative of a city school St Peter’s High School, Bowenpally witnessed an overwhelming response with more than 1200 kids and parents of pre- and primary classes of Nursery to 5th class participating in it on Saturday.

D.E.A.R. which stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” was a celebration of reading, conceptualized to remind parents to make reading a priority activity in the lives of their kids.

The program provided students with much more than a just-sit-there-and-read experience. The entire school campus was transformed into several creative reading arenas, corners, and places. All were decorated very attractively.

There was a beach corner for leisure reading for which a swing and a rope hammock were set up. A jungle reading corner was another attraction. It was set up for an adventurous reading experience.

The school and teachers put in a lot of effort to make reading corners as creative as possible, and as inspiring as possible to encourage kids to have a long-lasting reading experience.

Reading corners are the perfect place to get lost in a good book, said Mr. T. Alphonse Reddy, Correspondent of the school.

Theme-based reading corners were set up, where kids read books along with their parents, added Mr T. Alphonse Reddy, Correspondent of the school.

The dreamy reading corners the teachers painstakingly created offered unimaginable reading corners the children loved to spend time and immerse in a reading experience, said Ms Lilly Rebecca, a parent.

Reading was never made so exciting, said a kid, Alin who is studying in fourth standard.

To distract the attention of the kids from devices, and digital gadgets and teach them a very important skill, reading must be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools, opined many parents.

We all know how important reading is. So, they made reading fun by transforming open spaces into amazing reading corners for kids to look forward to exploring through their books, added Pavani, a mother of a child.

Some reading corners had a library that housed books, magazines, and periodicals.

Looking at the response and enthusiasm we have seen from kids and parents, we will roll it out the first Saturday of every month from now on, said Dr K Suvarna, Principal of the school.

St. Peter’s High School is probably the only school in India to introduce ‘Reading’ as a subject or “Reading’ as a period in its curriculum

With so many electronic devices such as Mobile, TVs, tablets, PC, Laptops, notebooks, OTT, Movie screens, and others, “TEENAGERS” have become “SCREENAGERS”. This should change, opined many parents who took part in the initiative.

Five Leading Goan Engineering Colleges Sign MOUs with Kilowott to Enhance Technical Education, Make Students Job Ready

Five Leading Goan

Panaji, 12th April 2024 – Five renowned Goan technical institutes, namely the Don Bosco College of Engineering – Fatorda, Padre Conceicao College of Engineering – Verna, Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering & Information Technology – Shiroda, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design – Assagao and Agnel Polytechnic – Verna, have signed a memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Porvorim-based Kilowott, a leading technology company, to provide students with valuable industry exposure and practical skills.

The MOUs with Kilowott, an IT company headquartered in Goa, with a footprint across three continents, further aim to enhance students’ technical skills and foster collaboration between academia and industry.

According to the terms of the MOUs, the five institutes will collaborate with Kilowott to enhance the quality and technical skills of students through exposure to industries, promote the role of information technology in the automation revolution, link education and the world of work effectively, increase employability by providing technical exposure, strengthen the relationship between the institutes and industries and align industry requirements with college curriculum.

Through the duration of the MOUs, both parties will collaborate on various initiatives, including identifying areas for student internships, organizing industry-based projects, and conducting seminars and workshops.

“We are delighted to partner with these five Goan institutions to provide students with real-world learning experiences,” said Caleb Fernandez, co-founder of Kilowott. “This partnership reflects our commitment to supporting the next generation of industry leaders. By working closely with these institutes, we aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make them more competitive in today’s job market.”

Kilowatt, with its expertise and global presence, will play a crucial role in helping students bridge the gap between theory and practice, he also said.

City School embarks on DEAR a novel initiative to cultivate book reading culture among pre-primary & primary* students

City School embarks

Hyderabad, 12th April 2024 …….. DEAR-Drop Everything And Read, a unique program to cultivate the habit of reading, particularly among pre-primary *& primary* kids announced by a city school, St. Peter’s High School.

In a press note issued in Hyderabad on Thursday, Dr. K. Suvarna, Principal of the Bowenpally-based school said the initiative is planned for 13th April Saturday at 8.30 am for about an hour. This will be held for the kids of Nursery till ~3rd~ 5th class.

We have invited the entire strength of class Nursery to ~3rd~ 5th which is about 800+, out of which we expect 200 + kids and parents to turn up for this unique initiative, Dr Suvarna added.

This is an initiative to enable children to read books along with their parents. For this purpose, the entire school campus will be turned into a reading zone. *Theme-based reading corners are being set up*, where kids will read books along with their parents, added Mr. T. Alphonse Reddy, Correspondent of the school.

The school also has another distinction of having ‘Reading’ as a subject *in its academic curriculum*. A dedicated period is kept for *Nursery to Class III* to read the choice of their book or literature during the hour.

Reading is important because it develops the mind and gives knowledge and lessons of life. But, reading habit is slowly and steadily decreasing. Technology is impacting how we read and write. With smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, children have become ‘screenagers'(using mobile, tablet, PC, Laptop, OTT, TV, Cinema and many other such screens). It is no big surprise that kids of the day read more digitally. This shift in reading habits has prompted much discussion about the future of book reading. In this light of background, the school which is known for innovative initiatives like this in the past has come out with DEAR-Drop Everything And Read initiative. This is a novel initiative launched probably for the first time in the country.

St. Peter’s High School, Bowenally, Hyderabad is probably the first of its kind school in India to come up with such a bold initiative and introduce “Reading” as a subject, said Mr T. Alphonse Reddy, Correspondent.

It is an initiative with multiple objectives. The idea behind this initiative is to de-addict kids using devices extensively, increase family bonding, and encourage parents to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading together with their kid/s.

Reading should be made a compulsory subject in school says Dr Suvarna. Reading not only improves grades and academic performance but also nurtures kids to become good citizens, informs Dr Suvarna.

How will reading as a subject work? Dr Suvarna says the research shows that kids need help to read independently and with pleasure, which will lower the role of the teachers in the primary teaching setup.