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BASE helps two economically weaker students shine in the JEE 2019 exams

Overall 34 students from BASE score more than 99 percentile

Bangalore, January  2019 : Keeping up with the tradition of BASE of giving out the best result each year and helping the young minds reach their desired goals, 34 students from the institute scored more than 99 percentile in their first attempt of JEE Main 2019, the results of which were announced recently. Sundararajan Srinivasan, Sashank K J and Chetan Reddy N were the top three students who secured 99.977, 99.961 and 99.929 respectively. Among the toppers were two students hailing from small villages of Karnataka, M Sudeep Gowda and Niranjan M Hegde who scored 99.88% and 99.70% percentile to secure their dreams of studying in top educational institutes in India.

M Sudeep Gowda, hailing from Honchanhalli, is a son of a farmer and had dreams of becoming an IITian since he first learnt about it in class 6th.  With an aim to learn more about the exam and its pattern, he joined the TAPAS program which is a free residential program jointly initiated by Rashtrotthana Parishat and BASE in 2012. The course aims to provided free PU education and IIT entrance training to all its selected students belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society such as children of daily wage earner, cobbler, auto driver, house maid etc. In initial days, Sudeep faced a number of challenges due to sudden change in the level of content and course. However, proper mentorship from BASE and Rashtrotthana teachers helped him strategically cope up with the course and adopt advanced learning techniques.

Elated with his recent success, M Sudeep Gowda said: “Regular practice of worksheets, periodical tests and guidance from teachers helped me in overcoming the exam fear and evaluate my mistakes. I adopted several practices such as keeping myself up to-date with the subject taught in class and getting my doubts clarified on the same day, which helped me understand the concepts better.  All of these practices ensured that I fare well in the exam. I am now focusing on preparing harder and better my result in the second attempt”.

Niranjan Mahabaleshwara Hegde, who comes from a Lakkisarale a small village near Siddapura in Uttara Kannada district said: “I was determined to academically excel within two months and adopted a strict timetable to get acclimatized to the higher level content. This helped in performing well in the mock tests and further guidance from my teachers helped me in improving my performance. BASE helped us to grow academically, people from Rashthrotthana cared for our physical and mental health and made sure we were in good shape.I used to study 3 to 4 hours a day and used to revise and summarize the lessons taught on a daily basis. Yoga and prayer was part of daily routine which helped us in maintaining calm during the exam. By the time IIT Main exam were near I had gained enough confidence and hence could do well in the exam. I am happy with the score I have got, but I aspire to do better in the next mains and the subsequent advanced test. I wish to work hard and bring laurels to my teachers and parents.

Congratulating the students, P. Srinivasa Sastry Head (IIT-JEE Achiever Program) BASE Educational Services Pvt Ltd, said: “Thanks to our esteemed faculty and our academic planning. Which made this astounding success possible. I congratulate all those who aced up in the exam. We are also expecting a larger number of our students excel well in the forthcoming JEE Main exam which will be conducted in April 2019”.

About BASE: BASE Educational Services Pvt Ltd Is a 27 year old organization based in Bengaluru. BASE has pioneered training for IIT-JEE in Karnataka. Today BASE has 10 Centers in Bengaluru and also has its presence in Mysore, Hubballi ,Tumkur& Udupi. It’s the most sought after Institution by students and parents for IIT,NEET,CET training. BASE also supports students for KVPY, Olympiads and NTSE. BASE offers a Foundation programme in Science and Technology (FSnT) for students in class 8 - 10. In 2015 BASE entered into a strategic Academic alliance with Resonance Eduventures Ltd , Kota , a reputed national level institute for IIT and NEET.




Posted on 2019-01-31 03:23:15

Need to strike a balance while preparing for both board and competitive exams

Being a class 12 student in India comes along with great academic pressure. This is mostly because a student’s career and bright possibility in future depend on his or her individual skill to overcome the conjoined challenge of the board examinations along with several competitive exams. The students not only have to prepare for both simultaneously but also have to ensure that they score well in both as mark sheets of both these exams determine how secure and successful a life they would live in years to come.

Juggling between board and competitive exams is not an easy task and the difficulty level of the two sets of exams varies. There is a need to balance preparation for both and handle the pressure and anxiety that students experience from them. While board exam papers are set keeping in mind the ability of an average student, entrance exams offer more complex questions and are way ahead in terms of question paper standard. These exams test logic, aptitude and reasoning ability of the students, and inculcate a competitive spirit among them to get into top colleges across the country.

Usually, the board exams start in the month of March, while competitive exams begin a month later giving students a leeway to plan their strategy and perform well in both. However, this year competitive exams such as IIT –JEE will be happening twice a year. The first attempt for IIT-JEE will begin from January 9 onwards. Following this, along with board exams, the students will be burdened with 18 other competitive exams like NEET, Comedk and AIIMS. This can put them under immense stress. 

With exam season fast approaching and less time in hand, the key to achieve one’s goal and fulfil the dream of getting admission to a desirable college will depend on how efficiently the students balance their time and tackle stress while preparing for both the competitive and board exams together.

Students can adopt the following steps to take a balanced approach which will assist them in boosting their performance and ensure that they come out with flying colours in the examinations.

Go by the timetable and a systematic revision plan:  It is necessary for students to follow a scheduled time table and a revision plan at this hour. A systematic revision plan enhances clarity both concept wise as well as course wise. Furthermore, it also allows them to keep a track of their performance. The timetable and revision plan should be devised in a way that the course for both competitive exams and the board exams is covered with equal focus on both the conceptual and theoretical topics. An ample amount of time should be dedicated in practising and revising the weaker subjects and basic concepts as students often make big mistakes while attempting the basic questions during competitive exams.  It is also essential for students to not make any drastic changes in their time table and limit the time they dedicate for leisure and other activities at this time in order to channelize their complete energy on preparations. 

Opt for mock tests for better preparation

Though the syllabus of board exams and competitive exams are broadly similar, the examination pattern is different. Board exams follow the traditional practice of blending questions of short and long answers, while the focus in entrance exams is on multiple choice questions. Thereby, it is important for candidates to practice mock test papers of every subject for both the exams on a regular basis. The preparation can also include solving/answering previous years’ question papers. To be able to do this well, students have to be regular to class and follow a proper time table. Mock tests enable students to differentiate between basics and higher level questions of a subject. This helps them face the board exams where basics are crucial, and the competitive tests, where complex questions are vital. Students should get used to this difference by taking up mock tests frequently.

Correlate topics of board and entrance exams

Students can also try to correlate topics of both the board and entrance exams. This could make problem-solving easier and result in positive outcomes from both the exams. In case a topic you are studying at college is similar to the one at your coaching institute, try to complete studying this topic as fast as possible so that you can concentrate on other topics. 

Make your exams stress free

An array of exams is bound to have a psychological effect on students. This gives rise to stress, anxiety, fear and restlessness leading to decrease in concentration and overall efficiency of the students. It is advisable for them to maintain calm as there is no point in panicking and studying for 8-10 long hours, when one cannot retain the concepts that can be grasped in just two hours. It is essential to follow a good sleep pattern of at least four to six hours and maintain physical health by participating in activities such as yoga and meditation. A good physical and psychological balance help in boosting their overall performance. 


Posted on 2019-01-19 12:21:52

Early preparation is the key to success in competitive exams 2019 ( JEE Main , NEET )


Every year, thousands of students passing out class 12 examinations in India appear for the top competitive examinations such as IIT and NEET to achieve their dream of securing a seat in the top colleges of the country. However, with the number of aspirants increasing every year, only a few students are able to achieve their goal. With the competition getting tougher, students have become more conscious to start their preparations early. 

 Early preparation often benefits students in competitive exams as it not only provides them an ideal time to analyse their abilities but also gives them a better grasp of the concepts. Many students nowadays, are joining coaching centres and are taking various special courses from as early as class 9 which helps them in striking a balance between the competitive exams and school curriculum. Moreover, the concepts and topics introduced in class 9th curriculum form the basics of the stuff which needs to be prepared for the entrance exams conducted after class 12th. Therefore, it is advisable that the initial preparations for the engineering/medical entrance exams should be started from high school.


Benefits of early preparation

Starting early ensures better planning: Students in class 9th have less pressure and more time to get acquainted with the pattern of the examinations. Starting early also assists the students in analysing their strengths and weaknesses and accordingly they can balance their time for studying the weaker and stronger subjects. While preparing at the last minute, students often rush to complete the syllabus and are not able to overcome their weakness due to which they lose marks in the exams.

 It also ensures that the students are prepared well in advance for the class 11th examination. Class 11th syllabus often undergoes drastic changes and thus its importance is high as students might face difficulties understanding it at the beginning.

Gives more time to solve mock test paper and get the basics right: Mock tests give an insight to the students on the actual exams. Preparing early ensures that students are able to tackle the pressure situations. Solving mock tests helps the students in building strategies, helps them in better time management, gives more time for performance review and doubt clarification. It also ensures that students acclimatise themselves to the pressured environment.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy: Competitive exams usually assess all the knowledge that students have gained in their entire schooling up to 12th standard. This often become too stressful for the students who burn the midnight oil to score well in these exams. However, with more time in hand students do not require to cram their timetable with plenty of subjects and instead can prepare a balanced schedule with enough breaks to refresh their mind.  A healthy body and refreshed mind are the key elements towards achieving a good academic score in the competitive exams and hence play a vital role while preparing for competitive exams.  It also acts as a confidence booster and ensures that the students remain motivated during the course of their preparation.

 Early preparation lays a strong foundation and helps them in building an approach towards scoring well in the competitive exams. Higher grades and ranking in these exams throw open new doors for the students enabling them to crack the top engineering and medical institutions in the country. Competitive exams require a lot of hard work and dedication and thus students should refrain themselves from forcing to start the preparation and instead should have a proper discussion with their parents to analyse their mental ability to handle the pressure.


Posted on 2018-12-13 04:52:27

Positive Thinking – The vehicle for life’s journey

Our life’s journey is a continuous sequence of hopes. If we are not hopeful of getting up tomorrow, we will not prepare for tomorrow’s breakfast also. For a brighter tomorrow, everyone should think positively. It is good to start with the idea of a purpose in life. If we believe there is a purpose in life, we will take responsibility for it.

One can see life as a glass half-full or half-empty. The one who sees the glass as half-full is an optimist and the one who sees it as half-empty, is a pessimist. Pessimists push themselves into a life of fear, anxiety, despair, ill health, and so on. These people don’t understand that thoughts are not facts. They suffer more because of negative thinking, from imaginary fears which are much worse than the real consequences of any problem. Abraham Lincoln once said that “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” The following story illustrates this idea.

In a village lived a farmer, who had two rabbits. One day he dug holes and hid two carrots in his field and asked the rabbits to go and get them. The first rabbit dug a couple of holes and couldn’t find it. It said “How many more holes do I have to dig? The field is so big and I’m tired! I guess it is not worth the effort”. Saying this, the rabbit sat down. The second rabbit ran around digging holes and with each empty hole, it told itself- “One less hole to dig which means I’m closer to finding the carrot!” Finally, it got both the carrots. The outlook of a positive thinker is – I shall succeed only if I think I can. It’s all in the mind.

Positive thinking people see disappointments or failures as temporary, while it is not so in negative thinking people. Even when negative thinkers succeed, they do not give adequate credit to themselves. And they never enjoy their success. They never learn. However, when things fail, it is much worse for negative thinkers. They take blame on themselves even for things that they are not responsible for and also situations which are not in their control.

Positive thinking people are generally self-motivated, discuss lot of ideas with family and friends, think of good times. They look at failures as challenging opportunities and learn from them. They understand the importance of their role in doing things. Generally, they are very busy and do not get distracted because they are focused. With each success, they become more positive.

According to research findings, positive thinking people have longer life spans, low stress levels, extremely low chances of depression. They have better health, they exercise, meditate, relax and get ready for new challenges. They think failure is an opportunity to move forward in life.

Positive thinking people believe in the saying – ‘we are what we think’ (yed bhaavam, tad bhavati). In our Indian homes, it is customary that as we leave home, we tell everyone in the family- ‘I will go and come back’. Nobody is supposed to say I am going. This is to ensure a safe and happy return. This is symbolic of positive thinking. Parents advise children to seek the blessings of God and elders before leaving home. This would make us feel confident and positive through the day. On the other hand, if somebody leaves home after quarrelling, arguing, shouting, and screaming, all the good things may be lost and the whole day may be spoiled. This may severely affect human relations at workplace/school and bring down both quality and efficiency of work. Ultimately positive things are lost and negativity dominates.

Once a professor entered a classroom and announced that he would be conducting a surprise test. All the students were shocked but had no choice. The professor handed over the question paper to all. Everyone was surprised to see a blank paper with just three small black dots on it. The professor then asked them to write what they saw on the paper. Everyone wrote that there were three small black dots on the paper. The professor saw the answer scripts and said “Our life is like this paper. We just look at the black dots but forget to see that the entire paper is white”. This is like our losing all the beautiful things around us even with only a few negative thoughts.

Everything we see around, like the chair, the table, the beautiful garden, are initially created in the mind. A positive thought pursued with self-confidence and undistracted efforts is the gateway to success. An example of this is evident in this success story of a boy who was rated useless.

There was a boy who struggled in studies right from kindergarten to class twelve. During the parent-teacher meetings, his parents always had to hear that their son can never graduate in life. Later in life, he not just graduated from a top university but went on to become one the most successful entrepreneurs in his region. After several years, one of his classmates met him and asked him how he became so successful although he struggled so much through his school. He answered “Positive thinking. I always told myself that they were wrong. I told myself everyday exactly what I wanted to hear from others. This made my life move forward successfully.”

One of the takeaways from this story is not to get distracted by what others say about ourselves but listen to the self. After all, no one knows us as much as we know ourselves.

-Dr H S Nagaraj


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Posted on 2018-11-29 06:02:05

Smart Decision – A Life Changer

Every morning when we wake up, we have several decisions to make. Starting with the simple ones, like which dress to wear, what to eat for the breakfast and lunch, how to commute to my workplace and so on. There are more complex ones, like what career should I pursue, should I take a job now or study further, should I move to another city for better career opportunities, etc.

Decision making is the process of selecting a logical/right choice from the available options and acting on it. It is an integral part of our lives. Research findings indicate that as adults, we make approximately 70 decisions in a day. Some decisions are minor and some are major. Successful people make the small decisions routine, so that they can free their mind to think, analyse and implement major decisions. Decisions can also be intuitive or taken with proper reasoning. The best decisions are always the ones which are a combination of intuition and reasoning. This reminds us of an age-old saying “Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.”

Sometimes the results of our decisions may be different from the expected ones. In such cases, we should know why they are so. The reasons can be that we have very little information to make a decision or so much information that we are confused. There may be too many people involved in decision making or there may be people with vested interests. There are times when there is no emotional attachment, meaning that any decision taken does not matter. Or there may be too much emotional attachment meaning that the decision can’t be rational.

Decision making becomes simple if we are clear about our goal/problem. We need to list out the available range of alternate options. If necessary, we need to search for information. We can then list and weigh the pros and cons of the available options and identify the best option. Then, we can implement the chosen option/plan.

Sometimes the situations are tricky. The decisions we take have to be smart. We need to understand the decision making is not on normal expected behaviour but on the deviations from the normal happenings. Here is a story to illustrate the same.

Once upon a time, in a village, there lived an old cunning moneylender, Rudrappa. A farmer named Narayana, who lived in the same village, had taken a loan from the moneylender to buy a piece of land. Since there was drought for a couple of years, Narayana had no income and hence his debt, along with the interest, had almost doubled. Rudrappa was least concerned about the plight of Narayana and kept pestering him to return the money. Narayana begged saying that he would need more time to clear the debt, but it fell on deaf ears.

One day while Narayana and his 20-year old daughter Lakshmi were at the field, Rudrappa came there. Lakshmi was not just beautiful but very smart too. Rudrappa always had a secret desire to marry Lakshmi. He came there with a wicked plan to ensure that Narayana would marry Lakshmi to him. Rudrappa told Narayana “You are yet to clear my debt. I’m sure even if you work for the next 20 years, you will not be able to return my money. So, I have a proposal for you.” Narayana and Lakshmi were surprised and wanted to know what the proposal was. Rudrappa continued “I will forgo the debt if you marry your daughter to me.” Both Narayana and Lakshmi were shocked! Lakshmi immediately protested saying she will not marry Rudrappa. Rudrappa was not willing to give up. He told Lakshmi “Let us not decide whether to get married or not, let fate decide for us. Let me pick 2 pebbles from the path here – 1 black and 1 white. I will put them in a bag. Without peeking you pick up one stone from the bag. If you pick black, you will have to marry me and the debt will be forgiven. If you pick white, you don’t have to marry me and your debt also will be forgiven. If you do not pick any, I will ensure your father is thrown in the jail for the rest of his life.”

Lakshmi knew Rudrappa was upto some trick but had no choice but to agree to this condition. Rudrappa distracted Narayana by talking to him while he picked 2 black pebbles and put it inside the bag. The clever girl saw what Rudrappa did and had to decide what to do now. If she called Rudrappa a cheat, he would then harass her family further. If she kept quiet, she had to marry him. She thought quickly and came up with an idea. Rudrappa came to her and asked her to pick a pebble from the bag. She closed her eyes, put her hand in the bag and took out a pebble. She then acted clumsy and dropped the pebble on the ground which was filled with colourful pebbles. She said “How clumsy of me to drop the pebble! But let us not worry. If we look into the bag we will know which coloured pebble I dropped.” Saying this, she picked up the black pebble from the bag and showed it to Rudrappa. She said “I must have dropped the white pebble which means that I do not have to marry you and you will also forgo my father’s debt.” Rudrappa had no choice but to accept defeat and move on.

One of the takeaways from the story is that we should not make decisions based on where we are in the current situation but based on where we want to be.

-Dr H S Nagaraj

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Posted on 2018-11-29 06:01:07


Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist from England. He was diagnosed with a motor neurone disease when he was 21 years old. He was confined to a wheelchair and could not talk. He has to depend on a computerised voice system to communicate and yet is one of the most reputed scientists we have today.

Helen Keller was an American author, lecturer, and a political activist. She became deaf and blind due to some illness at the age of 19 months. But she did not let her disabilities come in the way of her success. She devised various methods to communicate and kept in touch with the world around her.

Benjamin Franklin is considered as one of the founding fathers of America. He was pulled out of school at the age of 10 as his family could not afford it. He worked in print shops and made his way up to become one of the most important persons in the history of America.

The above anecdotes are only a few examples of people who have fought against odds and succeeded in life. Calamity, distress, hostile environment, health problems, psychological pressures, loss of loved ones, etc., are part of life and are referred to as “Adversities”.

Some people collapse during adversities. Successful people develop grit to fight and believe that they can overcome the situation. They always see the light at the end of the tunnel. Such people accept that nothing can be done about what has happened, but they believe that they can do something about what is yet to come. These people look at challenges as opportunities to become tough in life, rather than look at them as threats. It is only the hard conditions in life that can make us tough. As the saying goes, “As the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

People who handle the adversities successfully adopt the following strategies.They remain humble, respect others and recognise that they need help. They hold on to their dreams but patiently wait for the road map to evolve gradually. They acquire the right habits and the behaviour and do not give up on their values for immediate relief. They develop an attitude to be prepared for the worst so that anything that they encounter doesn’t affect them much. They prepare a good internal and external environment. Internal environment refers to their emotional strength, courage, conviction, discipline, etc., The external environment comprises of strong family bondage and friendship.

In the case of students, the effects of adversity may damage their whole future unless they quickly evolve steps to defeat the conditions. Most of the times, apart from problems of poverty, psychological challenges, loss of loved ones, or fear of future may affect their behaviour. This in turn may land them under worse conditions like depression, fights or alienating themselves from healthy emotional attachment with family and friends. Students therefore need to cultivate healthy habits and lifestyles which include fitness, meditation, relaxation exercises as also sharing their problems with parents and friends.

Here is a real story of a 11-year old girl, Maricel Apatan, from Zamboanga city in Philippines.

In September 2000, young Maricel went to draw water from a well with her uncle. On the way, they were waylaid by 4 people with sickles and knives. Those 4 men were her neighbours. Before Maricel and her uncle could react, the men hacked her uncle to death. Maricel started running away from them. The men chased her. As she ran, she kept begging them not to kill her but they did not listen. One of them slashed her neck with a long knife. She immediately fell unconscious. When she woke up, she saw lot of blood around her and also saw that the men were still around her. She then pretended to act dead. The men finally walked away thinking Maricel was dead. As soon as they were out of sight, she put all her efforts to get up and started running towards her house. She kept falling and losing conscious but when she woke, she would start running again. Then she noticed that her hands were falling off. They had chopped off her hands too! All she wanted was to reach her home. When she was almost close to her house, she started screaming for her mother. Her mother ran out to see her child covered in blood. Maricel’s mother was shocked beyond words and screamed in terror. She wrapped her in a cloth and started carrying her to the hospital. There was another problem now. The highway was a 12km walk and it took them 4 hours to reach the highway.

Maricel was taken to the hospital and the doctors put 25 stitches on her neck. Her wrists were chopped off and the doctors could do nothing about it. When she returned to her home with her parents, they were shocked to see their house looted and burnt. They had to start life all over again. Maricel did not give up on life. She completed her schooling from a school for disabled children and pursued a course in hotel management. She completed the course in 2008 and also won gold medal for arts and crafts. She competed another course in 2011 to become a chef! Today she works for a 5-star hotel and is famous as “Chef with no hands”.

One of the take-aways from this story is to not give up on ourselves and our dreams at adverse times but to have faith in our abilities.

-Dr H S Nagaraj

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Posted on 2018-11-29 05:58:54

Time Management – A vehicle to success

Busy and lazy people, focussed and casual people, achievers and non-achievers, old and young people, fit and physically challenged people, all have the same 24 hours in a day. It is often said that busy people have time for everything while lazy people have no time for anything. Busy people keep saying “I can do this and I can plan the next one.” Lazy people ask “Where is the time?” The answer to question as to how to achieve more in less time and achieve one’s goal lies in effective time management. “It is not about having time, but making time.”

Time management is the process of planning to maximise time for an individual’s dream and allocating the time based on priorities and importance, as also getting the best results for the time spent. Effective time management implies that as a first step, planning the time slots in each day and allocating the slots towards work needed to achieve short and long term goals. The second step would be to distribute the tasks based on the priorities and importance. The third step would be to fix deadlines for each one of the tasks. The fourth step is to spend the right amount of time for the activities to get the expected results.

Time management skills are essential not just in our professional life but in our day-to-day routine activities. “Tasks prioritisation can be done in such a way that 80% of the work can be done in the first 20% of time, so that the remaining 20% of work can go on in the 80% of the time left.” People who manage time effectively sequence things in such a way that more is achieved in less time, thus they work with more efficiency. Time management helps in higher morale and self confidence and higher achievements in career. People who do not adopt good time management strategy fail to achieve their goals, regret, blame, suffer from stress and anxiety, become pessimistic and so on. The major reasons for this are procrastination and poor self-control.

The following techniques will help in acquiring the skills for effective time management. One has to set the priorities and prepare a to-do list with the highest priority ones on top and the lower priority ones below. There is a difference between the Urgent and the Important. It is also necessary to stay focussed, take breaks to relax and to prevent break-downs. One has to be realistic in defining the quantum of tasks. One has to also ensure to finish the tasks taken up on defined timelines. For this to happen one has to also ensure punctuality and discipline. It is also desirable to keep a buffer slot to complete work that overflows. One can also ensure some incentives to reinforce motivation on meeting the deadlines. It is necessary to celebrate the completion of intermediate steps towards the goal. Sometimes it may be necessary to insulate oneself from distracting environments.

While good time management is important for everyone, it plays a much bigger role in a student’s life. If as a student, one acquires good time skills, one has an advantage. Often in student life, one tends to think there is lot of time to prepare for exam and lose time. It is not just preparing for exams, but preparing for life’s goals. Preparing for exams late often results in shortage of time and the student underperforms. A few such incidents during student career takes away self-confidence and ambition in life and one may settle for much less than what one deserves.

Here is a story to illustrate the importance of time management.

Once upon a time there was an old weaver who had 2 sons. They lived in a village near a mountain. He was on his deathbed when he called his sons and said “I don’t think I’m going live longer. I have taught you the art of weaving, make the best use of it.” The weaver died a few days later. Both the sons were shattered. Over a period of time, they came to terms with the demise of their father. The younger son decided that he should start weaving sweaters and shawls as the tourist season was nearing. He went and told his brother that he too should start weaving so that they have enough material to sell and make money. The elder brother said “Do not worry, there is still lot of time, we can start later.” Nonetheless, the younger one started weaving. He made beautiful sweaters. After a month, he again went to his brother and reminded him that he too should start weaving soon. But again the elder brother said “Do not tell me what to do and when to do. I’m elder to you and I know things better than you!” One month before the tourist season started, the elder brother began shopping for raw materials. Then, he started weaving. His sweaters and shawls were not of good design or quality, as he did not have time to do quality work. He was just thinking about the quantity. The tourist season started. The younger brother’s shawls and sweaters were sold at a premium price. Since they were of good quality and design, all of them got sold out, whereas there were hardly any buyers for the elder brother’s material. The elder brother hence learnt his lesson the tough way.

One of the take-aways from this story is that tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. List a few more.

-Dr H S Nagaraj

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Posted on 2018-11-29 05:57:51

The importance of honesty

There have been times when we have paid a shopkeeper extra amount by oversight while shopping but the shopkeeper returns that extra amount. We have also read in newspapers about incidents where someone forgot their bag of jewellery/cash in an auto/cab and the driver returned the bag to its rightful owner. These are acts of honesty.

Honesty is a value in life. Honesty is not simply telling truth. Honesty includes integrity, truthfulness and straightforwardness of conduct. King Harishchandra of Hindu mythology is the greatest example for honesty. He never uttered a lie even when he lost everything in life. We have such people living amongst us even today.

Honest people have strength of character. They do great service to the system they live in. They have peace of mind and become trustworthy in the society. Honesty becomes a big contributor to their success and wellness of society. If someone is dishonest and tells a lie to overcome a small inconvenience, one starts telling more lies to cover it up. For such a person, lying becomes a habit. In the process, one not only cheats others but ultimately cheats oneself. A liar would also suffer a sense of guilt, shame and reaches a stage where one cannot work for one’s own good. Such a person fails in life.

Imagine a student getting low marks in an exam. Low marks does not mean someone is incompetent or useless. To cover up the situation, if the student starts telling lies, he/she can never come out of it. On the other hand, with honest efforts he/she can succeed. After all, success is not just marks – being honest is more successful.

Honesty should a be a way of life and not what one does for the sake of others. One should be honest because one believes in being so. Honest people are those who speak what they believe in even if it is against the opinion of majority. They are never afraid of telling the truth and are thick-skinned to undeserved criticism.

Here is a story which illustrates the need for being honest.

Once upon a time, in a small village lived Sharada, a young girl, with her parents. Her father worked as a helper in a farm, owned by a rich, dishonest and cunning landlord. Sharada’s parents, though poor, believed that their only daughter needed to be educated. Sharada was a smart and honest girl. She studied hard and was a topper in her class.

One early morning the landlord came running out of his house and shouted “I have lost a bag of gold coins. There were 50 coins, everybody start searching for it.” Soon the news of the lost bag spread and the entire village was looking for it. Even by evening, nobody found the bag. The landlord was disappointed. Next day, when Sharada was on her way to school, she found the bag with gold coins near a banyan tree. She knew that it was the bag that the landlord had lost. She ran back home to her father and gave the bag of gold coins. The father told his daughter that they need to give it back to the landlord immediately and they left home. As they were leaving home, couple of neighbours met them and said “Why do you want to return the bag of gold coins? Anyway, the landlord has too much money and he seems to think that he has lost it. You work so hard, day and night for your daughter. Keep this money for her future. We will not tell anyone about it.” Sharada’s father replied “We may need money, but not that belongs to someone else.” Sharada added “Keeping this money would mean stealing the money. We are not thieves!” Saying this, they left to the landlord’s house.

The landlord was thrilled to get his bag back, but also got a wicked thought. He started shouting at Sharada and her father. He said “How dare you steal my money? I had 75 coins in this, now there are only 50. You stole the other 25!” Sharada and her father were shocked at this! They said they were returning whatever they found. But the landlord continued scolding them and said he would take them to the court. At the court, the judge heard the case and asked the landlord “When you lost the bag, I believe you said that the bag contained 50 gold coins, but now you are saying there were 75 gold coins in the bag.” The landlord said “Your honour, I was confused. The bag with 50 coins is with me but I lost the bag with 75 gold coins.” Then the judge asked Sharada and her father as to how many coins were there in the bag that they found. Both of them said that the bag had only 50 coins. Having heard both, the judge understood the wicked intention of the landlord and wanted to teach him a lesson. The judge gave his verdict “The landlord has clearly stated that he has lost a bag with 75 gold coins. Sharada and her father have found a bag with 50 coins. It is clear that this bag of 50 coins do not belong to the landlord and since there is no claim for this bag, Sharada can keep it for her future. If anyone else finds a bag with 75 gold coins, they can return it to the landlord.” Saying this, he dismissed the case.

-Dr H S Nagaraj

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Posted on 2018-11-29 05:55:39

BASE weaves the best success story in Pre Medical Exams

Every year, thousands of students appear for various Pre Medical Exams in hope of becoming a successful doctor one day. We, at BASE, turn dreams into reality with utmost guidance and support. This year, once again, we have proved it by actions instead of mere words.

BASE students have put up an applaudable outcome in the pre medical examinations. NEET, being one of them, is an all India level, year wise college entrance exam for students who wish to pursue any undergraduate medical course. It is the most awaited and respected exam of the pre-medical examinations.

In NEET-2017, a total of 282 BASE students qualified NEET with 4 ranks in Top 10 and 19 ranks in top 100.

Be it NEET, AIIMS or KCET, our students have proved their fortitude in every arena.

Sankeerth S., who is a part of the BASE classroom program since grade 9, bagged the 4th rank in NEET, AIR-10 in JIPMER and AIR-27 in AIIMS. “I joined BASE in grade 9 for the FsNT program and the teachers there provided me with a sense of curiosity. To all you medical aspirants, don’t be baffled by what others perceive as intelligence, work hard, keep faith in yourself and you will do well. BASE provided me with materials and other support I would require for my academic goals.”, said Sankeerth, who is the Karnataka state topper in NEET.

In the NEET state ranking, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rank were secured by Base students.

Rakshita Ramesh, who is another shining star of BASE (AIR-41 in NEET, AIR-460 in AIIMS), says,” My teachers’ at BASE had enriching experiences which were fascinating and always motivated us to think beyond the books. My journey with BASE began 4 years back as an FsNT student in 9th standard. We were taught our fundamentals extremely well and on the basis of the concepts taught we were made to think on a wider scale. This improved my problem solving abilities. Their weekly, monthly and 1st year concept tests helped me crack All India exams with good ranks.”

Along with Sankeerth, Deevith D V(AIR-198 in NEET, AIR-224 in AIIMS), Vivek Nayak(AIR – 345 in NEET) and Yash L. Kothari(AIR – 612) are others who have made it to the top.

“It is a matter of great pride to see our students perform so well. They have been very persistent in their training and have been diligently working towards their goals. We are truly proud of our students and wish them the best in all their future endeavours”, said Mr. Vallish Herur, Director, BASE.


Posted on 2018-11-29 05:54:08

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