Nutritional Challenge for Students battling with IIT-JEE and NEET

Students in general and in particular, those preparing for competitive exams such as IIT-JEE, NEET etc have only one focus ahead of them which is succeeding in the exam. Yes, this is the single most important step towards their professional future but at the same time, they can ill-afford to allow eating habits to take a backseat. They have to take sufficient care to balance out energy Intake and Offtake. But they tend to overlook both the short term and the long term impact. If eating habits get compromised, it could impact their health just before exams due to dehydration, fatigue and burnout so the whole year’s efforts and aspirations will be shattered.

With Students, dietary habits tend to take a back seat for several but very common reasons.

  • One, the average student is often under pressure having to prepare for highly competitive examinations. Peer pressure, expectations of parents & family elders to perform well and get into professional courses only make things worse. So the attention to food habits gets glossed over.
  • Given that time is at a premium, eating on the go becomes an easy option and therefore they resort to quick takeaways just to overcome the immediate hunger .Skipping meals is another common problem associated with students. Social needs and the hang out with friends tend to make fast food restaurants an attractive option.
  • Emotional turmoil associated with adolescence tends to distance them from parents’ and elders’ advice. It is also an age when they are in search of identity and autonomy.   So they will start to develop their own likes and dislikes when it comes to food, fashion and lifestyle. They tend to rebel when others try to advise them and in the process are also distanced from important health advices.

Here are a few quick tips for students to keep reminding them on how they can develop healthy dietary habits

  • Breakfast time: Morning times are the most precious for some relaxed “Me time “. They have to make the best of this slot by having a healthy and balanced diet that should include whole grain cereals, some fresh juice and fruits that can keep them invigorated for the rest of the day. Fruit flavored soft drinks having chemicals should be avoided.
  • Drink Plenty of water: It is important to drink plenty of water to keep body hydrated and more so where physical activity is vigorous. It is always advisable to carry a bottle of water all the time and keep drinking a little bit at regular intervals.
  • Fast food in moderation: No doubt the fast food joints are tempting with their offerings of instant delicacies that satisfy our appetite. It may be hard to totally avoid fast foods but it is good to remember to avoid or limit high fat stuff. Fast foods generally have low food value, high fat and therefore this could leave students undernourished and obese.
  • Avoid excessive dieting in order to lose weight: Skipping meals is generally not recommended to lose weight. Balanced diet and regular exercise is the only proven solution.
  • Calcium Intake: Doctors strongly advise adequacy of calcium intake even as early as twenties in order to avoid Osteoporosis in the later years. According to World Health Organization, Osteoporosis is second only to Cardio Vascular disease as global health concern. Sufficient quantity of low fat milk , cheese and green leafy vegetables can help build calcium levels.
  • Iron rich foods:Brown rice, Whole wheat bread, Broccolli ,  Oatmeal and Watermelon are some of the quick Iron rich options.
  • Relaxed Snacking while Studying: Almonds and Walnuts are a good option as opposed to fried snacks. Milk chocolates and dark chocolates are not just tasty but also healthy as they are said to contain antioxidants and can help beat stress.
  • Alcohol and its effects:  Studies suggest that moderate drinking can be good for the heart but leaves a dangerous impact on the rest of the body.
  • Excessive Coffee is best avoided.  The Coffee culture and the Caffeine content are a dangerous combination. Research studies have linked Coffee to very serious potential health hazards. Tea is a more recommended option as a stimulator.

Nutrition and health are closely interlinked. So no matter how hard pressed a student is for time, aminimum amount of time and attention has to be set apart for basics such as eating healthy and nutritious food, adequate amount of sleep and regular exercises all of which will also lead to positive thinking and better performance both in exams and in life.

Written by Asha Sampath


How can you prepare well for your CBSE Board exams?

CBSE Board exams always sound frightening to students no matter how well they are prepared. This dilemma is created by their surroundings rather than their subjects. It is quite obvious that whenever a person does anything with the feeling of fear, he/she tend to commit mistakes terribly. If you are able to calm your mind and focus on what you already know and what you have to learn, the exam would go like a smooth cupcake. Even the method you use for preparing for the exam matters a lot in this scenario. Preparation not always means that you focus only on reading the books; instead, it would be much beneficial if you can understand the concept in depth using various methods. Let’s find out some of the important points you shall keep in mind while preparing for your CBSE Board examinations.

  • Keep your fear aside

It is the most important factor to remember always that, you should empty your mind before you begin your exam preparation. A mind which is a mixture of vague thoughts and fear can never be filled with knowledge. All you have to do is calming your mind and let it flow free with zero thoughts. You could take the help of a meditation session here to help you achieve this.

  • Get an idea of what you are going to learn

Once your mind is free from any frightening thoughts, you need to concentrate on what you are going to learn and achieve from that particular subject. Your classroom sessions and notes would help you remember the concept and you just have to revisit the chapters for a quick revision. Always remember to clear your doubts before you proceed with another chapter. This would boost your understanding of that chapter clear so that you don’t have to come back to it again and again.

  • Remember to organise your notebook subject-wise

Your notebook is your best partner when you are preparing for your CBSE Board exams. It takes you back to the classroom session where the concept was taught by the teacher. You might have noted down the important points from that subject for your convenience. Go through those short notes carefully and then read your subject text book, and you are good to go.

  • Keep in mind to emphasize the central points

When you are organising your notebooks, make sure that you always pay attention to emphasize the vital parts of the subject and formulae so that you could easily cover those during your revision time. This saves a good amount of valuable time during the exam preparation days.

  • Decide on how you want to study

Prepare a timetable for yourself with subjects marked on it based on the level of your understanding. Provide more time for subject areas which you find a bit difficult to understand, but before doing that, revise those subject concepts which you already know. This would give you the confidence to go further with the tough subjects. Allocate specific time duration for each subject so that you get enough time to read all of it.

  • Try to figure out your strong points and weak points

Before beginning your preparations, try to figure out your strengths and weaknesses in order to work on it for better results. For example, if lack of concentration is your drawback, then try to practice meditation and yoga for a focused mind and body. When you learn the art of focusing on your personal abilities and disabilities, you would succeed in overcoming it.

  • Get a good hold on each subject area through revisions

When you are almost done with your preparation, try not to study any new material so that you don’t get distracted. Concentrate on what you have studied earlier and revise the important points to get a good on the subject matters.

  • Try to go through previous year question papers

It may sound boring, but would turn out beneficial if you study it thoroughly. You may not get the same questions for your examination, but you would get familiar with the patterns and types for better understanding.

  • Keep yourself healthy and happy

Despite all the vigorous preparations, if your health is not working along with you, all the efforts go in vain. So, try to eat healthy and nutritious food and liquids for a fresh mind and body. Along with that keep yourself entertained to relax your mind.

  • Do not over study

Quite often students commit this terrible mistake of over studying. It definitely would not help you in the exams and also reduces your confidence level. The overdose of anything is harmful even if it is your studies. Going back and forth again and again, even during the exam days will make you forget what you have learned systematically all through the year.

Written by Minu Aravind

How “CBSE Class 10 Board Exam to be made mandatory” can uphold and Elevate Educational Standards in India

Speaking at the Centenary Celebrations of an Educational Society in Karnataka last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to  Universities in the Country to aspire to be among the World’s top 100 Universities. So it is indeed a matter to introspect as to why we have not been able to reach the International standards despite a wealth of academic brains that India can pride about . Alongside, there is a recent  announcement made by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar that the Centre is  bringing back the system of compulsory Board exams for Class 10 students studying in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-affiliated schools and this will be effective from year 2017-18 .

Food for thought then, on how Board exams can actually align the Indian Educational system with International Standards and take India at least a small step closer towards featuring in the Global Top 100 Universities at some point.

Also, by virtue of CCE system introduced by CBSE in 2010, Students currently  have the  option to enrol for Class 10 examinations either in  State Government recognized Board examinations  or Central Board Recognized Examinations such  as CBSE, ICSE and other International Boards.  Also the “No detention policy “ as part of the CCE system had inherent problems that slackened the stringent academic and evaluations standards leaving the Class 10 State Exam students with difficulty to transition to  the Mandatory  Class 12  Board exams.  However, if Board examinations would be a non negotiable way forward also for Class 10 at all CBSE Schools , it can be a major contributor to bring Indian students upto International Standards for reasons more than one .

  • Besides the fact that CBSE follows Universal patters across all affiliates, making it the most preferred route for parents with transferrable jobs, there is more to it in terms of upgrading Indian Education.
  • All the major entrance exams such  as IIT ,AIPMT etc have Syllabus  based on CBSE model.
  • Given the fact that the CBSE Board is spread across more than couple of dozen countries,  it is more likely that Schools in India with CBSE syllabus would draw more students from International countries and create a diverse platform for Indian students
  • The CCE grading system introduced by CBSE for Students of Class 6 to 10, as opposed to the absolute marking system in  State level Examinations is another factor that brings about parity with the International Education system.
  • Focus on application based subjects, aligns well with much needed Skill development needs of the Indian Education system.
  • CBSE schools focus  as part of the Syllabus, on Life skills which can make students more resilient to Complex situations and better prepared for Global  competition as they move forward in their  career.
  • There is a common perception which to some extent is also real is that School Exams are easier than Board exams due to an overtly structured syllabus . This can dilute the quality of education if given a choice.
  • Numerous talent search examinations and scholarship exams  held at local and national levels base their content on CBSE syllabus so there is more scope to get students achieve higher goals.
  • Under State Board Syllabus , knowledge is treated as mere absorption of facts and therefore tends to make students strong in Book knowledge rather than at a practical level. In CBSE, due weightage is given during evaluation to grasp of ideas and potential  for  creativity  which not only augurs well  with International standards but also makes students more rounded individuals.
  • Class X Board exam will provide an uninterrupted preparation ground for students to cope better with the Class 12 Board exams and qualify themselves well enough for the Competitive Examinations like IIT-JEE and NIT.
  • CBSE being one of most widely and Internationally recognized syllabus, the level of visibility and access to updated Curriculum and Syllabus is very organized on the website which Students can make good use of, for preparing for exams .

There is of course, a valid fear on the part of Students that by opting for Board Exam, the ones who would not crack the entrance exams would then be deprived of preference for admission in State Universities that have a limited quota for the CBSE Board students . That said, it would infact create a healthy competitive spirit to excel and find themselves a top spot in entrance exams and quality for admission into premier institutes.

Important factors to be considered while preparing for JEE exams

Students who are studying in class 11 and 12 are often burdened with this horror of appearing for the IIT JEE exam. If we think through, is it really that scary as we imagine it? No, it is not. Our society and the people we interact with on a daily basis, in fact,  create this terrifying feeling in us. According to them, one has to be a bookworm 365 days to crack a JEE exam.  But if you are focused and dedicated enough, you can get over it while enjoying all the other happiness in life during this age. So, let’s check out some of those inputs that you have to keep in mind while preparing for the IIT-JEE examination.

  1.  Plan for quality not quantity

Getting into any IIT is not only a genius’ thing. Anybody with a systematic study plan and ability to understand the concept can confidently attend the JEE examinations. Being said that, you have to be disciplined and methodical while preparing for the exam. People have different styles of preparation when it comes to entrance examinations. So you should never compare your study methods with anyone else because the understanding capacity of each person differs according to their intelligence. Some can get the concept in just one, whereas some have to go again and again over a concept to understand it completely. At the end of the day what matters is whether you could solve the problem or answer the conceptual questions.

For this reason, you have to quantify your performance with your study plan for the day. You have to set up clear-cut objectives to be accomplished in a day, in a week, and even in a month.

  1. Being a morning person would help you better

The current scenario might make you think that this point is impractical. But if you think about it deeply, you could understand that a person is more active and productive during the early morning hours. Keeping yourself awake late through the nights is your biggest mistakes while preparing for the IIT-JEE exams. This not only makes you unhealthy but also keeps you inactive during the day. In between these sleepless night juggles you may miss out some valuable inputs that you might be taught in the classroom. So try to focus on the class to get familiar with your concepts so that you don’t have to force yourself to understand it later. Sleep early and wake up early for positive results both in life and exams. 

  1. Avoid rote learning for better results

Rote learning is one of the worst forms of learning for anyone. You will neither understand the meaning of the concept nor be able to apply it in real life when required. If you are aiming at cracking the IIT-JEE exams, then it is better to identify and understand the concepts rather than the rote learning. When you are aware of a concept, then you don’t have to study it again because you would automatically figure out the applicability of that concept and would be able to answer any question that comes related to that. The JEE exams actually test whether you are able to apply your thoughts or not. So be intelligent enough to understand the concept. 

  1. Do not proceed with the easy way

People have this tendency to keep aside the difficult chapters to study and go through the easy ones. The bad effect of this is that you are burdening yourself with more study. To tackle this situation, you have to start with the most difficult part of the course, especially during your most productive hours. The positive effect of this is that the difficult part will turn out to be a simple one and would make you understand the easy ones even faster. Try managing your time here and get going with a fresh mind. 

  1. Scrutinize your methods of homework

You might have figured out by now the importance of going through the previous year question papers and mock question papers. They help you frame an idea about the entire system of IIT_JEE exams and prepare you for the journey. When you do more and more mock papers, you get the glimpse of the upcoming exam pattern. Not only that, when you clear previous year question papers, you could find out your strengths and weaknesses regarding the concept. Self analysis would boost your confidence to achieve better targets. 

  1. Be healthy and happy

Since you have dedicated an ample amount of your time for preparing for the IIT-JEE examination, you must make the best out of it. It definitely does not mean that you sacrifice your sleep or leisure time for this. All you have to do is plan things properly so that nothing comes in between the other thing’s way. Make sure to eat healthy food so that you get the energy to finish all your targets including your leisure times. Keep your mind peaceful and happy for productive study hours. Never compromise your sleep for anything because it reduces your productivity. Also, keep your exercise regime intact so that you can remain physically and mentally fit. After all, it is our mind what controls the body. So keep calm and stay focused.

Written by Minu Aravind

How the Educational Ecosystem can help Stress Management of today’s Millenials

Stress can be a positive and enjoyable factor  if it challenges  students’  limits and stimulates them to do better . On the other hand,  excessive stress beyond a point , can be a highly detrimental factor if it reaches a point of pressure and conflict due to several factors  physical, mental and social. But, how do we identify this optimum point and what role does the Educational ecosystem play in helping the millennials cope with  stress during the formative years of their lives as a student.

The external environment is such a highly competitive landscape today that it sometimes deprives even the Generation Y of a carefree and enjoyable journey towards adulthood. Inevitably, even as they enter this world , the peer competition spirit sets in consciously or unconsciously. And in the growing years, schooling in particular can be a stressful phase , being saddled with an avalanche of pressure from  examinations,voluminous reading , extensive homework, complexity of curriculum,choice of academic direction and career exploration . Interpersonal relations ,ragging and in some cases socio-economic factors only make things worse . Stress could also result from unreasonable expectations from parents , inadequate coping skills on the part of students and difficulty to come to terms with realityStress is a top health concern not just in India but globally.

Stress is a  state of mind resulting from perception of the environment and  the way one reacts to it . It is not something that can be completely eliminated nor should anyone attempt doing that  because One, it is inevitable and two, a certain level of stress is in fact necessary to ensure that the full potential is unleashed and leveraged . The  challenge then is not to avoid stress but to help students manage it in a way that they are in control of  their lives,their priorities and the focus on their  goals . When this is not managed well, stress can lead to very negative implications such as

  • Early burnout in their lives
  • Depriving them the space to think creatively about choice of their field
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Low self esteem,coupled with self degradation .
  • In extreme cases It is not unusual to see these factors leading to psychosomatic and psychophysiological problems resulting in depression and its grave consequences .

However, educational institutions and parents can play a key role in helping Students cope with stress and come out with flying colors as they reach adulthood. Schools and Colleges  are not merely educational buildings but they are more like a home where students spend considerable time in their lives , building dreams , creating   friendships and evolving holistic personalities for themselves that last for a life time .  Mere education does not make a person successful in life. The need of the hour is far beyond.

But how can this be achieved ?

  • Educational institutions have a multiplicity of roles to perform – as  mentor ,friend and a role model who can influence students significantly outside of the formal curriculum, and help them stay on track during the trans-formative age when they are susceptible to  negative influences.
  • Life skill straining in the Curriculum can make them better prepared citizens with self confidence and tolerance  to sail through complex situations smoothly and bridge gap between complex environment and the dynamism.
  • Build an ecosystem  that  provides students an opportunity to have a balanced curriculum which includes statusquo challenging sessions that encourages them to question, analyse and build creative capabilities in their thinking.
  • Provide  career counselling platforms whereby  the counsellors can connect and relate well to the students, their thoughts, feelings and ambitions and help them pick  the right academic course.  Parents should let go what the neighbour’s or relation’s or friends’ kids are doing but focus on what is logically correct for their child.
  • Make the educational ecosystem an inclusive onewhereby the student begins to identify himself as part of a society and use educational platforms to be a better citizen rather than just enrich academic knowledge. For example in most western schools it is mandatory for students to have a Social volunteering activity during vacation and this is non-negotiable in the curriculum .It could be working for an old age home,or an animal care center or a natural calamity struck destination .This helps to  make child’s personality inclusive in society.
  • Help  students to set up a calendar that can help them multitask with homework, sports,arts and some fun time with friends.A certain amount of daily relaxation /recreation is important in everyone’s life  to preserve physical and emotional health .So a disciplined schedule for the day is necessary to be inculcated, no matter how much pressure the teacher is to complete the prescribed syllabi. Extra curricular activities are an important part of education .It could be sports, art forms like music,dance,culinary,gardening painting whereby the creative side to the student is unraveled.
  • Integrate academics with nature so it can unleash artistic potential of the child simultaneously and also bring about a sense of responsibility towards environment in the trans-formative years.

Thus we can see that there is no magic wand to help students manage stress but it will be a combination of several actions that can inculcate a holistic view  of life in the student and make him enjoy the journey more than the goal itself.

What do our Alumni Say?




Legacy institutions stand the test of time and no great institution can be created overnight.  Hundreds, if not thousands, of coaching centres may mushroom in your neighbourhood with the promise of extra-ordinary coaching for IIT-JEE and NEET, but most of them end up either being mediocre or cease to exist sooner than later.  What is unique about Vikas Vidyaniketan is that it is unique!  Vikas is at Vizag/Visakhapatnam. Period.  No branches anywhere, neither in your locality, nor in your city (unless you are based at Vizag) and we don’t intend opening branches for the sake of expansion.  Mindless expansion impacts quality of academic delivery and for Vikas, academics is of prime importance.

While it is a common sight to see coaching centres splash big bang advertisements with photographs of their (hundreds of) top achievers, it is rare for anyone to question, what is the success %?  At Vikas, we boast of a 1:2 success ratio in IIT-JEE Mains which means 1 in every 2 students qualify.  Our batches are limited in size and 50% of the test takers have qualified for further evaluation.  Vikas is more than just another boarding school.  It is a Mini-India that houses students from different parts of the country.  Its world-class food-courts, contracted to Sodexo, offer wholesome, nutritious and hygienic meals to students.  The fully air-conditioned hostels provide all necessary amenities besides provisions for attached indoor and outdoor sports.  An in-house clinic (with attached ambulance) with doctor on call supports students who are sick.  Each state has a dedicated state counsellor who is responsible for the welfare of the students of that state.  This is besides the numerous floor co-ordinators, study-hour supervisors and student welfare officers who are available round the clock to ensure smooth management of the campus.

There are several advantages of studying in a boarding school:

  1. Zero travel time as classes (for both school and test preparation) and hostels are under the same roof
  2. Discipline and punctuality as all activities have pre-defined and earmarked time slots.
  3. Reduction of dependence on parents/guardian as students learn to become more responsible and independent

In a nutshell, Vikas, a fully residential state-of-the-art boarding school, located in India’s 5th cleanest city (also tagged to be a smart city under PM Modi’s smart city project), offers top-notch education besides safe, secure and comfortable living.  Here is what some of our former students have to say:


12345Falguni, a student of class of 2012 at Vikas, says, “Vikas was fondly referred to as mini India and it really was, given the diversity of student base.  We had batchmates from different parts and cultures of India, all studying under one roof with a single mission”.  Falguni, daughter of Mr.Babul Chandra, Jalpaiguri, scored 95% in CBSE Class XII and is currently studying MBBS at NRS Medical College, Kolkata.

12345Priyanjana Saha, daughter of a serviceman father and advocate mother always cherished becoming a doctor.  Besides scoring 92% in CBSE Class XII at Vikas, Priyanjana also ranked 32 in the KPC Medical College Entrance test.  She says, “The whole credit for what I am today goes to my parents and teachers.  Sudha madam is like a 2nd mother and Dr.Venkat sir is like a 2nd father to me.  I miss a lot and remain grateful to Vikas for what I am today” 

12345Subhoday hails from Jalpaiguri and studied at Jermel’s Academy before moving to Vikas to pursue his 10+2.  He cracked the KIITEE, SRMJEE, WBJEE, COMEDK and finally settled for Electrical & Electronics Engineering at KIIT University, Odisha.  He goes on to say, “To me, Vikas was a wonderful place to learn to be independent in life.  The teaching staff was extremely supportive and the level of strictness helped us focus on studies”

12345Jyotirmoy, son of Mr.Akhil Chandra Barman who serves the Public Works Department of the Govt of West Bengal, passed out of Vikas in 2016.  He is known to be an extremely meritorious boy and results confirm the same.  He voted for NIT Allahabad over the newer IITs and chose to study computer science.  He recollects his days at Vikas, especially his interactions with Prof Eswaran, HOD Mathematics and CEO of Vikas Vidyaniketan.

Written by Sid Baliga

The National Level Talent Search Examination (NLTSE) 2016

The smell of legacy continues to linger at Vikas Vidyaniketan which kickstarts its admissions process, to class XI, for the academic year 2017-18 through the prestigious National Level Talent Search Examination (NLTSE).  This is the time of the year when candidates, currently in class X, take up the 60-minute test to gain admission to the integrated programs offered at the twin boarding campuses of Vikas at Visakhapatnam.

The examination assesses the candidate’s knowledge in Science, Mathematics and English and is aligned to the syllabi prescribed for classes IX and X of the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE).  It is a paper and pen based test and is organised at select schools in various states in the country.  To know whether a particular school is participating in the NLTSE or not, one may reach out to the admissions cell of Vikas.

Top performers in the NLTSE are awarded generous scholarships in the form of cash awards (for zonal toppers etc) or substantial tuition waivers that enable students to study for class XI+JEE/NEET Coaching at Vikas at a subsidised cost.

Vikas Vidyaniketan also admits students directly basis performance in the class X board examination.  Special scholarship/fee-waivers are offered to qualifiers in the Olympiad, Government of India’s NTSE etc.  Vikas has been in existence for over 2 decades and has prominent alumni who have gone on to study at prestigious institutions such as IIT/IIM/BITS etc and many of them are currently working in prominent blue-chip organizations.


Life Skills for the aspiring doctors and IITians at Vikas Girls Campus, Vizag

Addressing students is something I am passionate about-perhaps the inherent teacher in me makes its appearance! On a serious note, it gives me an opportunity to share real life experiences-some of my own and many from those of noted personalities. Experience sharing help people from falling into these common traps.  No doubt, all successful people go through their own unique cycles of setbacks, but a few thumb rules can always be handy.

Attitude plays the most important role in the game of life.  While each person is shaped by the environment and education that he grows with, a positive attitude creates a fertile mind for new ideas.  Most students were shy to admit that they day-dream, but day-dreaming is extremely productive as it helps visualise success and you become what you feel.  Ideas shape up into new innovations and the entire process from the dream stage to the actual finished product in the real world shapes the dreamer’s personality.  While preparing for the IIT-JEE is gruesome, 2-3 years of hard work does strengthen fundamentals and does more good than harm even if one does not eventually make it to the IITs.  The eternal optimist looks at the key learning in contrast to the pessimist who would relate non-selected candidates in JEE to failures.


“All those who have attained great heights have not attained them in a single flight; they, while their friends slept, toiled upward in the night”

Behind every successful man/woman, there are years of hard work.  It is a common misconception that successful people are plain lucky while others are not.  Luck does play an important role in success but that luck is again circumstantial and fighting hard can make you lucky too.  “Stay long to get lucky” is a common pithy.  Success is relative, subjective and time-centric.  I consider my day successful and well spent as Dr.Venkat, Principal, found me worthy of delivering a talk here.  The general  (not necessarily correct) definition of success is to correlate the person with the amount of money he has made.

Most people give up when they are close to the finish line and perseverance & hunger are two qualities that define winning traits.  Winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win.  Procrastination is fatal and most people who procrastinate are eternal losers who don’t realise that time is a limited commodity.

Education in its broadest form shapes up citizens of tomorrow.  Value based learning is as critical as academic education because value learning imbibes judgmental capabilities that are missing in pure academic learning.  The highly ambitious girls of Vikas found the six rules of success useful and liked the idea of self-branding from a young age.

Written by Sid Baliga