Vol. – 7 Issue XXIII, April – June 2011 ANUNAAD

Vol. – 7 Issue XXIII, April – June 2011 ANUNAAD

Quotes                             4
RKV Sir’s Message                    5
IIT SNIPPETS                        7

Cover Story                        8
Technology lovers have a new reason to cheer! RajIv Kumar’s RockeTalk, India’s first mobile-only social network application creatively engages net generation with fascinating features and functionality. Read and explore!
Amazing Maths                        11
Workout in the WAR ROOM at Powai bastion to continue building India                        12
Reso Reaper                        14
Olympiad Prowess                    15
Winners From Yearlong Classroom Contact Programmes    16
Winners From Pre-Foundation Career Care Programmes    18
Chemistry Digest                    20
Resonance: The synonym of success since 2001        21
Resonating Ruminations – 2010                22
Reso-Seed                        24
Talent Hunt                        25
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay            28
Dare to change ITI into IIT?                29
In trying times never stop trying                30
Parents’ Page                        32
Entrepreneurial Journey                    33
Think To Win                        34
Career Link [NTSE]                    35
Rainbow                        36
Know Mania                        38
Eureka                            39
Khul Ja Sim-Sim                        41
Snap Shots                        43

All over the developed world, population is shrinking and ageing, resulting in a decline in working age population. This is where India can score. In coming years, India will be the country which will have the largest working age population in the world and possibly the youngest population too.
The question of whether a large population is a bane or a boon has suddenly changed into the need for creating a sustainable population to keep economic growth going. Today, we need to take steps to make the population more productive. The government has come out with a skill development mission to create a skilled population of 50 million but the odds are against achieving this number. So, while India would be going through the most exciting phase of economic development ever in the coming years, with the potential to grow its economy by over four times, the lack of an adequately educated and skilled population would be a drag, preventing the country from achieving its potential. Bridging the gap between the world of education, training and work, therefore, gains a special significance. Individual as well as collective efforts have sparked a need for the development of technical skills. Only 23, Abhishek Humbad is the founder of clean-technology start-up NextGen. It earns revenues of 1.5 crore from marquee clients like the Reserve Bank of India, chip-maker Intel, and software services majors Infosys and MindTree. He is a young entrepreneur; and he is yet to receive his post-graduation degree from Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B).
IIT-Bombay Alumnus Rajeev Kumar’s RockeTalk is a boon for differently abled people looking to communicate via mobiles, contributing towards skill development endeavors.
A.M. Naik of L&T has constructed a technology packed image of the country on which, today, the world can bank upon.
Kollipara Venkatesh Rao (KVR) an alumnus of IIT-Bombay, presently a faculty member at Resonance Mumbai, induces inspiration to chase a determined goal, is fulfilling his mission to equip young aspirants to develop technology for the nation.
Unbelievable growth could be seen among the citizens of unprivileged class as testified by Sanjay Akhade, the young man from Nashik. Instead of blaming any one for adversities, he proved that no hurdles can stand in one’s way.
Let’s take bigger goals with every bigger step and learn to develop the skills. That is how we will never have to worry about our future.

Acoss the globe, there is a growing belief that the path to happiness for society as a whole lies through spending on the welfare of its youngest members: their health, education and general well-being. It is nothing less than a blessing for India to consolidate this belief as it capitalizes on its pool of young people who are raring to go. The Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has already announced a 24 percent hike in the budget allocation for education, this year. Considering the ever-growing terrific amount of information that exists in the world, and governments’ and private investors’ positive intentions of making huge investments on youth and its education, it can confidently focus on the goals and look forward to sunnier times ahead.
As an education industry professional with more than 15 years of academic experience, I strongly believe that today’s youth are reservoirs of huge potential waiting to be tapped, trained and utilized for the needs of this ever-changing world. And if directed and managed systematically and scientifically, these pulsating inner energies will become responsible innovators and custodians of a new, desirable world. I believe that if we bring all our knowledge, learning, experience, content and a good intent together, to create comprehensive, transformational programmes that raises the students to a different plane of understanding and involvement, they shall be lapped up by top institutes of national importance and we will be fulfilling our mission of ‘Educating for better tomorrow.’
Wedded to our vision, mission, philosophy, core values and goals, Resonance accelerates its positive march ahead with well-structured and accountable processes, consistent academic quality and management, responsible mentorship and remarkable evaluation system, with more academic offerings to facilitate the fulfillment of variegated dreams. And the common philosophy applies to all its study centres across the nation. Identifying critical needs of medical aspirants and developing an optimum combination of leadership, faculty team, enriched curriculum, necessary resources and effective methodologies, our newly-formed Pre-Medical Division ensures the same success in Medical Entrance Examinations that Resonance has achieved in IIT-JEE. Along with this, our academic association with Disha Delphi Public School at Kota and Jaipur, well-supported by technology and human expertise, intends to take the learners beyond the immediate curriculum needs and cultivate inventive thinking and differentiated learning. Optimistically ahead, Resonance will soon tread the turf of college education as well. We have already reached a large number of the students across the country through our DLP (Distance Learning Programme) too, and have strengthened their learning. In association with HCL, we have made available our DLP products at HCL Distribution centres nationwide and have also connected with students from class VII to XII through Live Video Learning Programmes (LLPs). Now, any dream can become a reality with us.
An astonishing amount of time and attention to detail has been spent in building magnificent premises for Resonites. All my young friends – existing and prospective students – I invite you to embark your own personal journey of success to be able to rise to the demands of 21st century, join hands with eager educators and sincere students, and share the happiness of moving everyday closer to your goals. We see your boundless aspirations and we have the supporting tools in place to help you realize it. At the same time, we expect that you will take charge of your own learning with a sense of responsibility and with the eyes of Arjuna that could cut through all distractions and aim THE target.
I must appreciate, congratulate and thank students and parents in all parts of the country for their belief and patronage to Resonance which has always valued your trust, sincerity and commitment. Be assured, we will remain focused on your success and our responsibilities, as we have always. We extend our best wishes to all Resonites and we assure you that with all our capabilities and your efforts put in, we will meet success in IIT-JEE 2011, too.
An understanding and practice of what best can be done to farm knowledge and talent that the produce becomes the national pride and an international yearn has persistently motivated Kota System for many triumphant years in row and it shall continue to do so.
Welcome to be a Resonite!

A young man in a train gazes intently at his mobile device, to which he is listening through earphones. He is engrossed in net-surfing, in his film, his television show, his computer game, and becomes a focal point for fellow passengers. The scene is nothing new.
Starting off as wireless cell-phones, specifically, used by business class people in the 1970’s and 80’s, mobile phones which look like bricks in 1990s because of hefty batteries, have impressively evolved as ‘THE gadget for the masses.’ These stylish gadgets have permeated every market such that life without them seems impossible to imagine. Erasing the boundaries, mobile has enabled people to communicate across the globe.
Cell phones are made not just to create a style statement but to incorporate maximum rich features as the products of advancements in the communication technology sector. Most of the recently released mobile phones feature mobile broadband, Bluetooth, multimedia features embedded in them, in addition to GPS navigation and some have
touch- screen technologies. 3G mobiles are more popular in the west and are widely used phones of late. The latest 4G technology is now being deployed on WiMAX systems and reaches out to many remote places through wireless broadband technology. Recent players like Adobe and Google have come up with text-rich features for mobile platforms that contain every imaginable feature built in.There are also centers to promote the use of mobile applications like the ‘Center for Mobile Technology’ that aims at enhancing mobile learning at all levels. The internet has contributed to the improvement of overall awareness to mobile usage. Social network sites facilitate the promotion of a new brand and also allow users to freely discuss the latest gadgets and accessories.
Rajiv Kumar, who has kicked off India’s first mobile-only social network RockeTalk, has always been associated with path-breaking technologies right from the beginning of his career. Way back in 1999, when bluetooth was still a word understood only by the geeks at Nokia and Ericsson, IIT Mumbai graduate Kumar was busy creating new uniform standards for this technology, which is a proprietary open wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances. Technology stacks developed by Kumar’s firm, Widcomm which got $35 million in venture capital funding are now being used in cell phones, laptops, hands-free car kits and wireless headsets.
The Facebook success story has been made into a movie, ‘Social Network,’ that seems to have charmed urban Indians; but a majority of non-urban Indians, still oblivious to it, find an option with Rajiv Kumar’s Rocketalk, which had an enterprise audience in mind when it was started. But when put out for trials on interactive forums, the feedback received was skewed towards non-enterprise users. So the penny dropped and today Rocketalk claims 6.7 million users, of which a majority (4.2 million) is Indians. The biggest USP of Rocketalk is that it lets people communicate with each other in the language of their choice. It is not restricted to just text messaging, you can upload voice messages and videos in any language. You can post messages; join communities; send greetings; share pictures; videos and text messages. It works on all Java enabled phones and the handset doesn’t necessarily have to be a smart phone. While it’s currently available only on mobile phones, with its network agnostic model seems to be working well, the user demand has pushed the team to develop a PC variant, due to be rolled out soon. Some use it to get their 2 minutes of fame; others use it to talk about their interest areas and business. Everyone can find something they like here. The brand has over 100,000 communities bringing together people interested across different genres – cricket, travel, humour etc.
Rocketalk is gaining popularity gradually. On an average Rocketalk users exchange about 3.5 – 4 million MMSs per month with an average time spent on the site per visit as 45-46 minutes. Rocketalk is also one of the top downloaded applications from App Stores of most service providers with numbers hovering around 100,000 per month.
While the Rocketalk team is happy with the acceptance, one of the main challenges before them, says Kumar,”is the availability of incredible number of handset models in the market and to make our application work on all of them.” he says. They also want to educate more people on the usage of the Internet on their handsets so that more users can access the application. The Rocketalk team currently consists of engineers majorly and few creative people and have recently opened office in Delhi.
In a market like India where consumer sensibility changes every few kilometres, Rocketalk holds a great promise. “The service provided by Rocketalk is very unique in the Indian environment. Compared to high growth markets like China, India still has very few options available for use on mobile. Rocketalk with its text, data and voice-based connectivity is a wonderful offering in the space,” says Rajeev Kumar.
Beginning his career as the Director at

2001-02
§    Resonance established on 11th April 2001, at Kota (Rajasthan)
§    161 selections (IIT-JEE 2002) in Resonance’s first year
§    2 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 48
§    Students enrollment in Yearlong Classroom Contact Programmes (YCCPs) crosses 1000 (IIT-JEE)
2002-03
§    170 selections (IIT-JEE 2003)
§    2 ranks in Top 100 with     Top rank of 87
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 2000 (IIT-JEE)
2003-04
§    312 selections (IIT-JEE 2004)
§    Classroom – 277, Distance Learning – 35
§    1 rank in Top 100 with Top rank of 96
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 3000 (IIT-JEE)
2004-05
§    355 selections (IIT-JEE 2005)
§    Classroom – 289, Distance Learning – 66
§    2 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 80
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 3500 (IIT-JEE)
§    ResoNET (Resonance National Entrance Test) is conducted across India for the first time
2005-06
§    710 selections (IIT-JEE 2006)
§    Classroom – 495, Distance Learning – 215
§    6 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 28
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 5000 (IIT-JEE)
§    Introduction of JEE Preparatory Tests (JPTs)
2006-07
§    883 selections (IIT-JEE 2007)
§    Classroom – 482, Distance Learning – 401
§    6 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 14
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 8000 (IIT-JEE)
§    Introduction of Pre-foundation Career Care Programmes (PCCPs) for Classes VIII, IX and X
§    Introduction of Hindi-medium YCCPs for IIT-JEE
§    Introduction of Online Test Series for IIT-JEE
§    Introduction of Faculty Training Programme (FTP)
§    2 students from YCCPs win Gold and Silver medals in International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
2007-08
§    1064 selections (IIT-JEE 2008)
§    Classroom – 612, Distance Learning – 452
§    9 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 18
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 10,000 (IIT-JEE)
§    177 National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) selections from PCCPs
§    Introduction of Unique Scholarship Programme (USP)
§    Launch of  Information Centres (ICs) in Delhi, Lucknow, Indore, Chandigarh, Patna, Ranchi & Kolkata and Study Centre with YCCPs in Bhopal
2008-09
§    1621 selections (IIT-JEE 2009)
§    Classroom – 859, Distance Learning – 762
§    First Top 10 rank for Resonance – Anvit Singh Tawar (AIR 9)
§    6 ranks in Top 100
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 14,000 (IIT-JEE)
§    189 National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) selections from PCCPs
§    Launch of Study Centres at Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai and Nagpur
§    2 students win Silver Medals in International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in London, UK
§    Introduction of Fast-track Classroom Contact Programme (FCCP) for IIT-JEE
2009-10
§    1652 selections (IIT-JEE 2010)
§    Classroom – 1078, Distance Learning – 574
§    14 ranks in Top 100 with Top rank of 19
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 17,000 (IIT-JEE)
§    Launching of Yearlong Classroom Contact Programme (YCCP) for AIEEE exclusively for old Resonance students
§    Launch of Study Centres at Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot and Udaipur
§    Introduction of Class VII in PCCPs
§    Introduction of first In-school Classroom Contact Programme (ICCP) at Chandigarh
§    Introduction of free of cost In-school Classroom Contact Programme (ICCP) at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Bundi
§    3 students win silver medals in the final stage of International Jr. Science Olympiad held at Baku, Azerbaijan
2010-11
§    Students enrollment in YCCPs crosses 21,000 & for all course 30,000
§    Launched Video Conferencing Classes for the first time for the aspirants of Nasik & Chennai
§    202 National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) selections from PCCPs
§    Launching of Yearlong Classroom Contact Programme (YCCP) for AIEEE & AIPMT
§    2 students from YCCPs win Silver and Bronze Medal in International Physics and Chemistry Olympiads respectively
§    YASH GUPTA – A student of the Resonance Udaipur Study Centre won the GOLD MEDAL in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO-2010) held at Abuja, Nigeria
§    Change of existing Tag line to ‘Educating for better tomorrow’
§    Launch of Live Video Learning Programmes in colloboration with HCL
§    Launch of Ahmedabad Study Centre

Enormous resources, ability, energy and power lie within all of us for building up a supremely successful life. Rimple Singh Sindhu’s victory of his dreams elucidates the unwinding of the infinite energy within. He appreciates the academic atmosphere at Resonance and expresses huge respect for RKV sir and
recounts the live environment of Resonance classes. His attributions of great teachers are due to RKV sir & SPS Sir.
What does Resonance mean to you today?  My little accomplishments have largely  come from Resonance. From what I saw during my stay at Kota, most of the coaching institutes seemed to be there to earn money. But the goal of Resonance did not appear to make just profits. It was there with distinct goal of delivering to the students. To me the increase in the number of selections year after year is a testimony to that. I feel, Resonance could be the first choice for every student coming to Kota for IIT-JEE coaching. Thanks Resonance for coming in my life and making it so special.
What inspired you for Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)? The status symbol of IITs, job security and most importantly, the quality education with opportunities of all-round developments at a negligible price.
What is required to get into IIT? I believe one should possess a strong determination and patience. In my own case, there were times when I used to do DPPs and get only 1 answer correct out of 10 but with my strong determination of ‘I can do it,’ and repeated practice  close to IIT-JEE, I was able to attempt 8 – 9 questions correctly out of 10. The moral that one can learn is, work hard and  success will come. It may be that you may have to wait a little for it.
During your study at Kota, did the environment of Kota city contributed to your success? It is a nice and a quiet city with good academic environment. One can observe helping natured people around.
I did not go around the place due to the tight schedules but I carry fond remembrances of a good city.
What changes did you find in you after joining Resonance? Indeed there was a striking change – I started respecting time. Every second had become so precious for me which was a great change. Until class XII, I used to memorize formulae, but after joining Resonance, I learnt to understand them. Resonance laid a strong foundation success will come. It may be that you may have to wait a little for it.
During your study at Kota, did the environment of Kota city contributed to your success? It is a nice and a quiet city with good academic environment. One can observe helping natured people around.
I did not go around the place due to the tight schedules but I carry fond remembrances of a good city.
What changes did you find in you after joining Resonance? Indeed there was a striking change – I started respecting time. Every second had become so precious for me which was a great change. Until class XII, I used to memorize formulae, but after joining Resonance, I learnt to understand them. Resonance laid a strong foundation for my future and what I learnt there helped me during my B.Tech at IIT Bombay and even here in Canada in my MS Programme.
Do you believe that in the contemporary technocratic world, IIT as a brand can bring moral and mental support to a student? Yes, of course. No doubt about it. As soon as you get into IIT, people start respecting you and assign a credibility to your profile. It’s here that you start feeling mature and more responsible. This is a great factor in building your path for success.
Did ‘ANUNAAD’ at any stage help you motivate for the sustained efforts for IIT-JEE? I used to read it during my rest hours and tried to solve the problems given in it and though of my picture in it some day, although I never got one. The toppers pictures in it always gave me a push to study more so I think ANUNAAD is motivational in that sense also apart from the enriching content which is ever-boosting.
Interested fields: My fascinating fields have been Structural Engineering, Stochastic processes in Civil Engineering and  Parallel computing in Civil Engineering.
Accomplishments: During my B.tech, Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay, I was a project member of Sewerage system design for Haldia City under prof A.K. Gupta of IIT-Kharagpur.
What are your future plans? Currently, I am doing MS in Structural Engineering in Carleton University, Canada. After MS I intend to do Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and become a professor in this discipline.
Any message that you will like to give to your successors at Resonance: Just believe in yourself. Have patience and remember that success will only come after certain sacrifices. Work hard. Resonance is all you need to get into IIT. Good luck.
Rimple takes up the challenges as they come to him as he feels that the key to success is to break the barriers and explore new avenues which can lead to a new thinking which is beneficial for the country at large.

Reso Roll No. & Batch: 503731 (R2) | Year: 2005
Father’s Name: Mr. Manjeet Singh Sandhu
Father’s Occupation: Agriculture
IIT-JEE Rank: 1797 |Category: GEN
IIT: IIT-Bombay
Branch: Civil Engineering (B.Tech)
Class XII performance: 72.6 %| AIEEE Rank: 6067
Owe success to: Resonance. Not only to the teachers but the entire management team, who have supportive attitude and maintain a
student- friendly atmosphere .

About IIT Bombay:
IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognized as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it at par with the best institutions in the world. Institutes in positions of excellence grow with time. The ideas and ideals on which such institutes are built evolve and change with national aspirations, national perspectives, and trends world – wide. IIT Bombay, too, is one such institution.

Dare to change ITI into IIT?

A yet another brilliant shade in the Academic Spectrum of Resonance

B.Tech, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Year of Passing: 2001
IIT-JEE (AIR): 1800
Branch:
Civil Engineering

He forgot everything else and worked inexorably for the pursuit of interchanging ‘I’ and ‘T’ of ITI (his father’s degree) to IIT (his degree). Mr. K.V.P.Rao, one of the custodians of academic excellence at Resonance, began painting his dreams from his father’s backyard but with eyes wide open and fixed on the goal. After completing graduation from IIT-Bombay, he did his master’s in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, USA. A fitness conscious person, Mr. Rao loves walking/jogging, trekking, touring places, and enjoys watching movies. He is working with Resonance for two years now. This issue offers some motivating insights from his life, Collected from the interaction we had with him.
Please tell us about your early childhood?
Born and brought up on modest soil, I grew well under the humble care of my father, who works as an Indian Railway employee (after having done the vocational course ITI- Industrial Training Institute), and my late mother who was a home-maker.
What inspired you for IIT?
Inspiration starts at home and continues to gain density from external sources. At home, I was influenced and inspired by my father to study and work hard to ensure a good future. For IITs, specifically, I made a goal to interchange ‘I’ and ‘T’ of ITI (my father’s degree) to IIT (my degree). And by concrete hard work and grace of God, I was able to crack the JEE.
What qualities one must possess to get into IITs?
An insatiable hunger and thirst for bright future starts the whole process. Persistent & consistent hard work sustains the pace and helps raising one’s bar or the benchmark. And the third quality that always walks behind, supporting it, is ‘perseverance.’ It is the proper blending of these three qualities that one must have to get into IITs.
Please share your experiences pertaining to studies at IIT-Bombay?
The informative, encouraging and constructive atmosphere at IIT  Bombay is a rich mix of academics, sports, festivals and the life, overall, is nice and sweet there. The diversified experiences accelerate students’ desire to excel and lead in every aspect of life and they emerge as efficient and effective members of society’s most powerful institutions.
How has your teaching experience been with our students preparing for IIT-JEE at Mumbai Centre?
The name of the institute says it all. Teaching at Resonance ‘resonates’ with students. The entire team at Resonance Mumbai Centre is working constructively and innovatively under the able guidance of Lokesh Sir. Undoubtedly, as always, the teaching material and tests at Resonance, after being scientifically  tailored according to the needs of the students and after being given attention to details and subtleties, are delivered systematically and effectively to match the requirements for IITs.
What made you enter the field of teaching? What is the responsibility of a teacher according to you?
I am a teacher ‘by choice’ and teaching gives me immense satisfaction. Amid all the development that goes on, ‘developing people,’ I believe, is the most important as it is people who drive the change and development. And teaching people at tender age, when they are sincere pupils, is quintessential for making the deepest impact on their lives, career and the society as a whole.
A teacher who can learn, unlearn and relearn brings out the best learning outcomes. Willingness and ability to adapt oneself to classroom situations and learning needs is one of the greatest assets & responsibility of a teacher. Innovative teachings methodologies facilitated with classroom environment that is conducive to learning would motivate students to become self-disciplined and self-dependent.
What suggestions or words of wisdom will you like to give to the students preparing for IIT-JEE at Resonance to increase their productivity?
Walk in grace with constant hard work and sharp focus that cuts through all distractions with feet pressed firmly on strong path of sincerity. Involve others when required and inculcate group discussion culture.
I will say, “Slow and steady always ends up in a sweet spot in a race.” The word ‘slow’ denotes making constant efforts to grasp concepts, even if you take time to understand.
I will say, “ Don’t worry about which rank you are going to get, just do your job of working hard religiously and everything will fall in a right place.”

In trying times
never stop trying
It’s a story of  determination that took a boy from the slums to a career in the IAS. Sanjay Akhade, born to a father who was a porter and a mother who worked as a beedi worker, has changed the wheels of his fate to become an IAS officer.  Sanjay Akhade, A determined guy has cracked the most prestigious exam of India, UPSC -IAS Exam. He is from Nashilk and has secured 263 rank.
Son of Dhyandeo, an unlettered porter, and Vimal, a beedi worker, growing up was about bringing home some money. He cleaned tables at hotels, worked at a medical store, distributed newspapers and manned an STD booth through his teens.
Although a topper in school, Sanjay dropped out and pursued a course at the Industrial Training Institute; getting a job was priority. He would attend class from 10 am to 5 pm and work at the STD booth till midnight. “I was a voracious reader and would read whenever there weren’t any customers. If I liked something, I would jot it down in a diary,” recalls Sanjay.
Despite a really hard life, Sanjay did not wallow in self pity and curse his fate. He found a way to learn and grow, within his limited resources. And not for any particular reason. But somewhere deep down, he knew this was the only way to escape from the prison of circumstances and make something of himself.
Self-study was what the Marathi-educated Sanjay depended on as he learnt English through newspapers. His drive was recognised by a regular customer, Digambar Vaishyampai, a teacher who started bringing him books and encouraged him to return to studies. It was with his backing that Sanjay enrolled for the HSC exam and subsequently pursued his BA, ranking first in all exams, despite not being able to attend lectures. His family started backing him too. His mother says she can’t even read the clock, but wanted her children “to make life better”.
A UPSC advertisement Sanjay chanced upon got him interested in the services. He trails off into another incident that further strengthened his resolve-a narration that brings back memories of Slumdog hero Jamaal being interrogated by policemen. “A college friend of mine once had trouble with a cop, who smashed the windshield of his autorickshaw. When I questioned the action, I was thrashed,” says Sanjay, adding that he could perhaps join the IPS and reform the system. But achieving his goal wasn’t easy. He first gave the UPSC exams with history as his subject in 2006 and failed twice. Although from a minority community, Sanjay applied through the open category as he wanted to play fair. “People would tauntingly call me collector sahib and tell me how life would never change, but I believed otherwise,” says Sanjay.
He got married last year and has a four-month-old son named Yash. His interview in Delhi was his first trip to the capital. “I gave my interview in English, as I didn’t want to lose the essence of what I said during translation.” Employed with an insurance company, he dutifully returned to the rut, praying all along for his results. When his phone rang on his birthday, he knew good news was on the way. “My friends called to say I had cracked the exam.” His newly rented flat buzzed with visitors.
“Entering the services will not change our lives at home, but will help me change the lives of many others like us.” He says his background has helped him understand better what the government needs to do. It’s a story of  determination that took a boy from the slums to a career in the IAS. Sanjay Akhade, born to a father who was a porter and a mother who worked as a beedi worker, has changed the wheels of his fate to become an IAS officer.  Sanjay Akhade, A determined guy has cracked the most prestigious exam of India, UPSC -IAS Exam. He is from Nashilk and has secured 263 rank.
Son of Dhyandeo, an unlettered porter, and Vimal, a beedi worker, growing up was about bringing home some money. He cleaned tables at hotels, worked at a medical store, distributed newspapers and manned an STD booth through his teens.
Although a topper in school, Sanjay dropped out and pursued a course at the Industrial Training Institute; getting a job was priority. He would attend class from 10 am to 5 pm and work at the STD booth till midnight. “I was a voracious reader and would read whenever there weren’t any customers. If I liked something, I would jot it down in a diary,” recalls Sanjay.
Despite a really hard life, Sanjay did not wallow in self pity and curse his fate. He found a way to learn and grow, within his limited resources. And not for any particular reason. But somewhere deep down, he knew this was the only way to escape from the prison of circumstances and make something of himself.
Self-study was what the Marathi-educated Sanjay depended on as he learnt English through newspapers. His drive was recognised by a regular customer, Digambar Vaishyampai, a teacher who started bringing him books and encouraged him to return to studies. It was with his backing that Sanjay enrolled for the HSC exam and subsequently pursued his BA, ranking first in all exams, despite not being able to attend lectures. His family started backing him too. His mother says she can’t even read the clock, but wanted her children “to make life better”.
A UPSC advertisement Sanjay chanced upon got him interested in the services. He trails off into another incident that further strengthened his resolve-a narration that brings back memories of Slumdog hero Jamaal being interrogated by policemen. “A college friend of mine once had trouble with a cop, who smashed the windshield of his autorickshaw. When I questioned the action, I was thrashed,” says Sanjay, adding that he could perhaps join the IPS and reform the system. But achieving his goal wasn’t easy. He first gave the UPSC exams with history as his subject in 2006 and failed twice. Although from a minority community, Sanjay applied through the open category as he wanted to play fair. “People would tauntingly call me collector sahib and tell me how life would never change, but I believed otherwise,” says Sanjay.
He got married last year and has a four-month-old son named Yash. His interview in Delhi was his first trip to the capital. “I gave my interview in English, as I didn’t want to lose the essence of what I said during translation.” Employed with an insurance company, he dutifully returned to the rut, praying all along for his results. When his phone rang on his birthday, he knew good news was on the way. “My friends called to say I had cracked the exam.” His newly rented flat buzzed with visitors.
“Entering the services will not change our lives at home, but will help me change the lives of many others like us.” He says his background has helped him understand better what the government needs to do.

PARENTS’ PAGE – a Fair Share Of Faith
Starting off from this issue, ANUNAAD introduces the readers to honored parents whose children successfully cracked IIT-JEE and whose faith in Resonance and in their children stood steadfast as a great support during the exhaustive preparation for writing one of world’s toughest examination.
Mr. Prakash Chand Jain is a proud parent of Prashant Jain, the student who cracked
IIT-JEE 2008 with AIR 42. His brilliant performance, during preparations at Resonance, reflected his hard work, efficiency, determination and balanced mind. As a father, Mr. Prakash Chand Jain let his children pursue their own dreams and goals and believed in a liberal upbringing. This issue presents a brief summary of our interaction with him.
Tell us something about your family and family background. We come from business oriented families where education has no precedence over family business, but our children walk confidently on their chosen paths. We have three children: Prateek, Prashant and Prerna. Prateek is a commerce graduate and has joined our family business. Our daughter Prerna is also a commerce graduate and a C.S. pursuant. She has recently earned accolades by clearing C.S. foundation with first rank in Kota, in her first attempt.
Share us something about Prashant’s early childhood and education. Prashant has been an inquisitive child right from his birth and has always carried a bag of endless questions. A studious boy, but he never accepted the things as they were and owned a different perspective. Since the beginning, Prashant’s favorite subject has been Mathematics and he earned full score in 10th board. He followed his heart and mind in striving for IIT-JEE.
What is your business/occupation?
I am a commission agent and a grain merchant in Bhamashan Mandi, Kota. I also own a fertilizer agency at Nayapura (Kota) and my wife is a home-maker, who manages home religiously.
Give your views/opinion for Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) is the most prestigious and most sought after institute which is capable of giving knowledge that not only increases your intelligent quotient but also gives your child a wide range of livelihood opportunities to choose from.
How did you know about Resonance?
An institute can best be defined in terms of its results; everything else follows naturally. Resonance has a reputation of giving marvelous results year after year. It has already been in the good books of our friends and relatives and it didn’t take much time for us to realize that we can depend on its strong faculty and  supportive environment.
What changes did you find in your son after joining Resonance?
He became even more sincere in studies,  got desperate for his objective and developed positive spirit to write
IIT-JEE. Finally, the joint efforts of Resonance and of his own were rewarded, as he got selected in IIT.
How did you find academics and overall environment at Resonance?
Resonance has a competitive, supportive and encouraging environment. It’s systematic delivery kept us assured of our child’s progress with the transparent and regular evaluation system, specifically the periodical SAPER delivered to us timely.
Any memorable event/ incident of your life that you wish to share with us. The most unforgettable moment for us is the Felicitation Function at Resonance when we were honored as the chief guests when our child got selected in the first attempt, earning 42nd rank in JEE. Joy knew no bounds when he drove home the grand achievement that we had been dreaming together for years.
What is your message for parents of Reso students? Though it’s easy to drift to the course of anxiety during the desperate months of rigorous preparation but believe me, being patient certainly helps. More important than this, it’s necessary to have sustained faith in the institute and your child’s efforts.
Comment on the  accomplishments of your son, Prashant. Our son’s achievement is like a dream come true for us. He has always been a topper in school, and won the selections in NTSE, IIT-JEE, Chemistry Olympiad, and so on. Right now he is the cultural coordinator at IIT-Bombay and leads a team of 20 people who carry on their responsibilities under his guidance and supervision. Resonance, our son & our support served as wind beneath our son’s wings who always wanted to fly to the Promised Land of ambitious dreams.

MOTIVATIONAL STORIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO

FROM RAGS TO RICHES
Ritesh Sarvaiya, chairman & MD, Rikhav Infotech started with absolutely nothing, which in a way, encouraged him to take tremendous risks in life. “No matter what I did, I knew I had nothing to lose. While I was studying in college, I used to work under a pharmaceutical distributor and sell glucose bottles to doctors. In 2002, immediately after graduation, I started selling the newly launched Sunday Express subscriptions. On every subscription sold, I used to get rupees 5. I had been given a target of selling 20 subscriptions a day. Though it was a physically and mentally strenuous task, I worked hard to achieve it. Moreover, door-to -door selling only helped me to become more tolerant towards others and their nature. And above all, the satisfaction I derived when I received rupees 100 or more everyday after a hard day’s work was priceless,” reminisces Sarvaiya.
“After a small stint at a school, where I used to teach computer to school kids, I landed into my first serious (read: long-term) job at Reliance Infocomm where I worked as an associate executive. There, I could see the bigger picture and how a small idea can become huge and create a lot of wealth for the country. After another two years at Wipro, I finally realised that if you have the passion and belief in whatever you do, you can achieve anything.
In 2006, Rikhav Infotech was conceptualized as a website development company and the rest, as they say, is history,” he continues.
I had always learnt the importance of processes even when we were small. And I knew that these processes would be hugely beneficial as we grow. Today, we follow the same processes and it has made life much simpler, seamless and transparent.”

BANKING ON IDEAS
Rajesh Bhatia, founder & MD, Tree House was an investment banker prior to setting up the chain of pre-schools. “In my previous role, I used to guide companies on ways to make their niche businesses grow. Hence, when the thought of opening a
pre-school came up, I used all my professional experience and skills towards building Tree House to what it is today. Opening a pre-school was a perfect decision as it fulfilled my entrepreneurial urge and at the same time made a meaningful contribution to society,” says Bhatia.
Why is this shift in role and he says, “Tree House originated from my own need as a parent. I was seeking admission for my son and found that there was a lack of quality pre-schools in the city. I sensed an opportunity to build a business and offer a differentiated service and that’s how the first Tree house was set up  with an intention of providing quality pre-primary education at affordable prices, at a center near a child’s home.”
How different is this from the previous line of work and he says, “I would say that the two job profiles are drastically different, where in one, I met many people related to the financial sector as an I-banker while in the other, I met people related to the education domain. In my current role, I have developed a unique business model by using my previous skills as an I-banker to the fullest.”

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is conducted every year by National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi. Through NTSE, talented students are honored and helped by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship.
Scholarship: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded all over India to each student appearing for Class VIII examinations. Awardees of National Talent Search Examination will receive a sum of Rs. 500/- per month as per rules. For the courses in Basic sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law, this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.
State Quota and Reservation: Each State / Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage-II examination. Total 1000 students are selected for scholarship with applicable reservations. Selection Procedure: There will be a three stages selection process for the award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States / UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage-I will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination conducted by National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT). The Stage-II examination consists of a written examination conducted at National level, the qualified students of which will have to appear for an Interview (Stage-III). The final award of scholarship shall be declared on the basis of both the National level written examination and the interview.
Eligibility for NTSE Stage-1: Students of Class-VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear Stage-I examination.
Medium of Examination: Bilingual  English and local regional language
Pattern of Examination: A. Stage-I examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Science, Science and Mathematics. Each test (MAT & SAT) will be of 90 minutes duration and will comprise of 90 objective questions.
A. Stage-I examination conducted usually in the month of November.
B. Stage-II examination at the National level is generally held in the month of May and comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Science, Science and Mathematics,. Each test (MAT & SAT) will be of 90 minutes duration and will comprise of 100 objective questions. Only those students who qualify the written examination at the National Level will be invited for interview (Stage-III).
Both the written examinations (at the State as well as National level) will comprise of objective questions (Multiple Choice) only. There will be no negative marking.
Syllabus: There is no prescribed syllabus. It has been observed that the level of NTSE is upto class VIII in Stage I which extends upto Class X in  Stage II.
Application Form: Option1: Application forms can be downloaded from NCERT website. All correspondence related to application forms should be addressed to the State Liaison Officers whose addresses are given on the website. The completed application forms duly signed by the Principal of the school should be submitted to the Liaison Officer before the last date.
Option 2: It can be collected from school coordinator.
Examination Fee: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination (Approx Rs. 60/-). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.
Announcement of Results:  Results of the Stage-I examination is announced by the respective State Governments / Union Territories in the last week of January or in the first week of February. (Total 4000 students qualify Stage-1)
Result of Stage-II examination (National Level) is announced by NCERT in the month of July every year (Total 2000 students qualify stage-2).
The results of NTSE (Rajasthan) Stage I were declared on 11th Feb 2011 with official answer key published by SIERT. Based on experts’ opinion and feedback from students, the paper had an average toughness level.
(See the graph for subject wise breakup of question and marks allocation)

A jobless man applied for the position of an ‘office boy’ at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him and asked him to clean the floor as a part of the selection process.
“You are employed,” he said. “Give me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.”
The man replied, “But I don’t have a computer, neither an email account.”
“I’m sorry,” said the HR manager. “If you don’t have an email account that means you don’t exist. And who doesn’t exist, can’t have the job.”
The man left with no hope at all. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate.
He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.
The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go every day earlier, and returned late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled every day. Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
Five years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US. He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance.
He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan.
When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email address.
The man replied, “I don’t have an email account.”
The broker asked curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email address?”
The man thought for a while and replied, “Yes, I’ld have been an office boy at Microsoft.”
Reeta Verma
Reso-PCCP Faculty – Biology

IISC: The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru is a leading institution of higher learning with a strong tradition of research for over a century. The four year (BS) programme is designed as a balanced blend of core science and interdisciplinary topics, to serve as a launching pad for research and doctoral studies in cutting-edge areas of science and technology.
The following major disciplines are available in the BS Programme:
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials, Mathematics & Physics.
Eligibility: Candidates who have completed their 11th  PUC / 12th  Standard (or equivalent) in the preceding year and those who are expecting to complete it in 2011 are eligible to apply. The candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as main subjects during their PUC / 12th Standard. Candidates who have studied Biology, Statistics, Electronics, Computer Science, etc., should also have taken Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The candidates should have a first class or 60% or an equivalent grade (relaxed to pass class for SC/ST candidates).
Selection: Based on the merit lists of one of the following national examinations: KVPY-SA & SB, KVPY-SX/SB+2, IIT-JEE, AIEEE,  and AIPMT- appearing in 2011.
Important Information:
Form Availability: online|Offline
Issue of form: I week of Janury
Date of form submission: Last week of March
Website: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/ug
NISER: National Institute of Science Education & Research established by the Department of Atomic Energy, strives to become a citadel for basic sciences and allied subjects in terms of teaching and research. NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. Currently, NISER functions from campus of Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy.
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai.
Eligibility: Students securing at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India are eligible to apply. For Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%. Students who have passed the Class XII qualifying examination in 2009 or 2010 or are appearing in 2011 are eligible to apply.
Important Information:
Form Availability: online|Offline
Issue of form: I week of January
Date of form submission: III week of February
Exam Date: Last week of May
Result Declaration: III week of June.
Website: http://www.nestexam.in
IMU: Indian Maritime University, Mumbai offers admission to 3 – year B.Sc. (Nautical Science) Degree course at
T. S.Chanakya, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai Campus; 4-year B. Tech. (Marine Engineering) Degree course at Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Kolkata, Kolkata Campus & National Maritime Academy, Chennai, Chennai Campus; 3-year B.Sc. (Maritime Science) Degree course at Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Mumbai, Mumbai Campus and 4 year B. Tech. (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering) Degree course at Visakhapatnam Campus for the session commencing in August 2011 will be made through the Joint Entrance Examination 2011 conducted by IITs. There will be no separate Entrance Examination for admission to the above institutes/courses and only those candidates who secure Minimum Qualifying Marks for Ranking (MQMR) in the individual subjects for respective category in JEE-2011 will be called for counselling in order of merit in the month of July/August 2011.
Important Information:
Form Availability: online|Offline
Issue of form: IV week of February
Date of form submission: IV week of April
Website: http://www.imu.tn.nic.in
ICAR: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
Eligibility: Candidate must have passed 10+2 Senior Secondary Examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education or any other examination within scope and standard found to be equivalent to the Senior Secondary Examination of an Indian University/Board after a period of 12 years of study.
Important Information:
Form Availability: online|Offline
Issue of form: IV week of December
Date of form submission: III week of February
Exam Date: III week of April
Result Declaration: III week of May.
Website: http://www.icar.org.in

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