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December 2012 Inspiring Teachers Volume 6, Issue 12 Driving educational change through excellence in teaching Shankarson
December 2012
Inspiring Teachers
Volume 6,
Issue 12
Driving educational change through excellence in teaching
Shankarson
Articles this month:
Roy
28 th July 1977
to 26 th Nov
Faculty of the Month
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2012
Lensoo marches ahead
with IUCEE
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Shankarson Roy (pronounced Sankarshan)
– the faculty for this month is no more with
us. We lost him in a freak accident on 26th
Nov 2012. I am sharing my experience with
him for a brief period of 20 months as a co-
trainer and a friend.
Also by sheer accident, my family and I were
closely involved in the 36 hours after his
accident and bid him farewell at the airport
on his last journey to his hometown
Shillong. We grieved for him as we would for
a family member. In the last few months, we
were trying to develop the corporate training
profile and almost talking every day. So it
was really shocking to lose him suddenly. I
can’t imagine how his parents and sister
have coped with the news. When I met him
last March, he was a partner with Career
Aces which trains students for placements.
Through Career Aces he had trained
students at several colleges in Hyderabad as
well as other towns. Invariably he had a
huge fan following wherever he went and
several of his students would still seek his
support on phone. He had a heart and soul
for counseling people in need. He developed
this during his tenure at an NGO (to help
suicidal people) for four and half years.
Shankar trained faculty through Teacher’s
Academy at several places. Notable among
them was a five day program we did at
Mettur for school teachers on CCE, sessions
we did at IIIT-H in the Enhance Edu Lab for
college faculty, and the sessions we did at
Nalla Malla Reddy Engineering College. We
had a particularly challenging experience
last summer at NMREC but he dealt with
the situation with patience.
Born on 28 July 1977, Shankar graduated in Computer Science from NEHU, and secured his first

Born on 28 th July 1977, Shankar graduated in Computer Science from NEHU, and secured his first job in HSBC while he was studying to become an ACCA (Association of the Chartered Certified Accountants, UK). He had worked in accounting firms and a KPO garnering experience in Indian Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards. He had also trained employees in various private and public enterprises.

Faculty of the month

Shankarson Roy

A thorough gentleman – In all my interactions with Shankar I noticed he practiced etiquette and courtesy very naturally and

consistently. He would never pick up his mobile call without excusing himself, he would always open the door and give way to others etc. And this was not with just me or some selected people, he was the same with everyone. I learnt many things from him. A constant learner - After the sessions, we would invariably discuss and reflect on things people liked and things that didn’t go well. We would think of how we should improve the session next time. We particularly enjoyed designing games, icebreakers or energizers. Whenever Shankar was with me, we would never start a session without an energizer. And most often, these activities would bring out unexpected learning and laughter. Everyone looked forward to these games. An excellent trainer - I have sat through most of his sessions during our joint

programs. His main strength as a trainer was that he paid attention to every single individual in the class. When people spoke he gave them his complete attention. He never hurried them – due to insufficient time or if the person wasn’t able to express himself properly. He depended very little on the presentation or the slides. His sessions were rich with his own experiences. Satheesh, a senior scientist in a DRDO lab at Bangalore says, “Shankar had excellent memory---to

elaborate this

...

I

discussed

with him one or two solutions implemented in our lab on previous

night

......

he

remembered

and asked me to explain in

the class room when that related topic came for discussion.” He further adds, “Shankar had excellent language and ability to explain things supported by examples and experience” Most people called him ‘energetic, brilliant and charming!”

An exceptional human

being – Shankar would talk to his parents regularly. While travelling I noticed that he called them both and updated them about the flight or the train and taxi. He would invariably call them after dinner. Once he told me that they were always worried about his safety because they had seen some really bad times (extremism) when he was young. Deepthi, one of his students, says “He is a person for whom life has always been a challenge and ironically is the one who has gained maximum contentment from it. A cheerful and fun loving person, yet very sensitive. He is the one who has shown me a different perspective of being sensitive which usually is considered as weakness by most. It is because of his sensitivity towards emotions that he has been able to impact lives of so many people around him. He also said, the biggest thing one should learn is to forgive others and also forgive oneself just for our own sake.

Lensoo marches ahead with IUCEE collaboration

Some months back we have carried separate articles about Lensoo and Indo US Collaboration on Engineering Education – IUCEE. Now it’s a pleasure to announce a happy union of the two. Just to remind you, Lensoo is an online learning marketplace that connects learners, publishers and experts. Lensoo provides a service for publishers and experts to market their courses and time. Lensoo enables an active learning environment for learners to engage with the community and experts.IUCEE is founded by University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) with the help of the

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Pan IIT (organization of IIT alumni), International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE). Right now hundreds of colleges in India have signed up for IUCEE lectures and projects. After trying out many platforms IUCEE has chosen to work with Lensoo. Now Lensoo has more than 500 professors and 300 courses available. Several of these courses are also available on the open marketplace and not just for the IUCEE members. So all

engineering students and faculty can access and benefit from this initiative. Besides IUCEE, world renowned Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford Medical School, Professor Mahadevan is now using Lensoo platform for his courses in pediatric emergency that he teaches worldwide. Now Lensoo is actively discussing with leading universities and institutes to build content portfolio around Business, Management, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. So keep looking up www.lensoo.com for interesting updates.

Lensoo marches ahead with IUCEE collaboration Some months back we have carried separate articles about Lensoo

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