Young parents put child’s education before retirement, health

With education becoming increasingly expensive, young parents are readjusting their lifestyles to ensure their child’s education. A whopping 97% of Bangalore’s young parents say they’re saving primarily for their children’s education.

This was a major finding of research on savings and investment practices by young parents in India by Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) for Aviva Life Insurance. While 32% parents across the country are avoiding shopping, only 6% of parents in Bangalore are avoiding unnecessary shopping.

Also, 77% in the city opined that cost of education will be sky-high in the future, 62% think they should start savings immediately, and half the population of young parents fears they won’t be able to afford higher education for their children.

The economic slowdown has again played a great role in savings. More young parents are planning for their children and taking up child plan insurance schemes and looking for flexible premiums so that when the market bounces back and their incomes soar, they can pay higher premia. Read More >>


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Angrezi, the phoney way

In Andhra Pradesh’s Jeedimetla village, where striking teachers are away from school and headmasters double up as teachers for 300 children from six grades, some students are playing chor police and kho-kho in class. On their cellphones, that is.

Chor police isn’t a common virtual game to the best of our knowledge, and neither do poor rural kids flaunt cellphones in school. So, what’s going on? Well, actually the students are learning English.

To end the Confusion Confounded scenario: the Telugu-speaking ten-yearolds are subjects for a pilot study on the use of mobile gaming for education in rural India. Matthew Kam, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University , and his team are developing these games as part of MILLEE (Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies), a research project that aims to help poor Indian children acquire English as a second language . With India all set to have 500 million cellphone users by 2010 and the UN estimating that half of all residents in remote areas will have mobiles by 2012, the ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning project will have a guaranteed audience. Read More >>

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A Very English affair

Dinesh Kumar, a migrant from Vaishali district in Bihar, is an electrician in Delhi. Though making ends meet is a challenge, he is not willing to
send his two children to a Hindi medium government school where education is free.

The school fees and related expenditure exceed Rs 2,000 per month and form a quarter of the roughly Rs 8,000 that Kumar earns each month. But he is happy to foot the expense. “I want my kids to study in an English medium school. If they don’t know English, what future will they have?” asks Kumar. It is such reasoning that helps explain the huge increase in enrolment in English medium schools, making it now the second largest medium of instruction in schools across the country.

According to estimates, just over 10 per cent of the Indian population speaks English. But, it is a growing number and the rate of growth outpaces most vernacular languages. The big exception is Hindi, which, of course, is in a different league with 41 per cent of the country’s population speaking in that tongue. Read More >>

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Many bridges to cross for children in Krishnagiri

In the village of Mundrampatti, in Krishnagiri district, a couple of 17-year-olds are preparing to lobby their village panchayat leader. When I meet them it’s almost 8 pm on a Wednesday and the two teens are consulting with the trainers from the Child Friendly Village project of the district administration and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). N Priya and R Renugopal want their panchayat leader to take up on an urgent footing the need to improve bus services to their village.

Priya has just completed her class XII but has dropped out of higher education. From her village – a couple of kilometres from the state Highway at Mittapally – Priya will have to travel either to Krishnagiri or to Thiruvannamalai. Daughter of agricultural workers, Priya says her parents cannot afford to admit her to private colleges nearby. But with just two bus services, one each early morning and late evening – Priya cannot attend the affordable government colleges either at Hosur, Krishnagiri or Thiruvannamalai. Read More >>

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23,000 schools in India don’t have roofs

When education reforms are said to be a primary focus of the central government, a HRD ministry document has revealed that nearly 23,000 government schools are running under an open sky.

To be precise, 22,762 schools including 7,827 run by local bodies have no building, while 1,757 others across the country are running from tents.

Students in Madhya Pradesh are the worst sufferers as more than 4,400 schools are running in the open. While 3,424 schools in Bihar are functioning under similar conditions, the same is the fate of over 2,200 schools in Uttar Pradesh.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are some of the states where no school is functioning in such pitiable conditions. However, in Tamil Nadu 300 schools are running in tents, the highest figure among states.

The HRD ministry also said that there are over 8,13,000 government schools in the country of which 6,61,117 havepucca brick and mortar buildings. At least 97,479 schools are partly pucca and over 30,000 schools have kuccha buildings.

“Under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, grant for major repair was given to 6,483 elementary schools during 2008-09,” the ministry document said.

Source:  Hindustan Times

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Medical Transcription as a career option

Medical transcription or MT is the process of transcribing or converting recorded dictations into a written text. The dictation is by a physician or healthcare professional located in a foreign country and is regarding a patient’s medical records.

With spiraling cost of health care in countries like the US and other parts of Europe, there is an increasing trend to outsource medical transcription to cheaper destinations like India. This has resulted in a huge job opportunity and involves not only working from an office but from home as well.

In Western countries the entire healthcare industry is based on insurance and detailed medical records are needed for processing insurance claims. Hospitals and labs in Europe, US and West Asia find it cheaper to outsource laboratory tests and other medical processes to India. Outsourcing, is believed to result in a cost saving of anywhere from 30% to 70%.

According to NASSCOM, the MT industry will be worth Rs 40 billion by 2010 and could employ millions of young people. It estimates the size of the US MT industry, will be $ 16.8 billion by 2010. The work off shored is expected to be in the region of $ 860 million by 2010, of which India is expected to capture a whopping $ 647 million.

The industry, which currently depends mostly on the health care institutions of western countries for business, could expect to secure greater business from hospitals in India, in the coming years. This is because the health insurance business that drives the growth of the MT industry is set to gain greater acceptance in India.

Medical transcription follows prescribed and established document formats and is highly dependent upon trained professional Medical Transcriptionists. India has the potential to become one of the largest Medical Transcription (MT) centers in the world due to the large number of people with health care knowledge in the country and industry maturity.

Skills of a Medical Transcriptionist

India provides an ideal location for conducting medical transcription with the large population of educated English speaking people and the comparative low cost which encourages companies abroad to outsource their work to the Indian Medical Transcription field.

An ideal qualification for a medical transcriptionist is a graduation, with English comprehension skill. If the person has a course in medical transcription it is an added advantage.

Further, the candidate should be a good listener, able to adjust quickly to the different accents and diction, with specialized knowledge of medical terminologies, medical procedures and ability to spell medical words correctly. The person should also be able to detect medical inconsistencies in dictation and fix poor grammar and syntax.

A medical transcriptionist must also have a reasonable amount of patience, as the work may get monotonous and repetitive. Medical transcriptionists benefit greatly from on-the-job experience, and especially by handing records from a wide variety of medical specialties. A medical transcriptionist should have basic knowledge of computers and good typing speed would be added advantage.

Medical Transcription – A Great Career Option

The benefits of Medical Transcription as a career include the ability and freedom to work from home, especially for ladies who may not be able to come to office and work, especially pregnant women who may not be able to come to office and work during their maternity leave, etc. There is a good number of people currently enjoying the benefit of working from home and still earning around 25-30k average and as high as 50k to 60 k as well. The recent liberalization of Internet in terms of cost and bandwidth and other related technologies like 3G has accelerated the potential from working from home in an hassle-free environment. In light of the recent liberalization of Internet, it gives the ability to work even from remote parts of the country. A PC with decent configuration, a stereophonic headset, foot pedal (a device that controls the voice player), and other softwares necessary for reference of medical terms/drugs are more than that would suffice to independently work as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Services being Outsourced to India

The country is already witnessing a surge in outsourcing of processes like

  • Medical transcription
  • Claims processing
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Data management for clinical trials
  • Radiology services

Salaries Medical Transcriptionists can Expect

A trained medical transcriptionist could earn up to Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 a month and with experience it could only go higher.

Some Training Institutes in Medical Transcription

There are a number of companies who provide Medical Transcription training in India to meet the current demand of experienced MT professionals. A small list of them is below

HL-3 Jail Road,
Hari Nagar, New Delhi – 110064
Tel: 25135178, 28121726

BL Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd.
2nd Floor, Metro Arcade,
92 Mangal Pandey Nagar,
Near C.C.S. University, Meerut.
Tel: 0121-4022054

B-96, Ist floor
Lajpat Nagar – I, New Delhi – 24
Tel: 29814070, 29819788

e-USA Technology Inc.
Above LML Showroom
Opp. A-Block, Defence Colony
Arjan Nagar Kotla
Tel: 24691822/ 30952002

Infosoft Technologies
13/30 East Patel Nagar
Near Hotel Siddharta
New Delhi-110008, India
Tel: +91-11-25769002/8


B-11, Sector – 1
Noida – 201301
Tel: 9811203654 (Sudhir)

Spanco Tele Systems & Solutions Ltd.
771, Udyog Vihar Phase – V, Gurgaon.
Tel: 0124-2349231, 2450317/18

Shivam Institute of Medical Transcription (SIMT)

D-53 Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-1,

New Delhi 110020

Tel: 6813643, 6813644,

Meditransindia (MTI),

29/1, Ashok Nagar, Jail Road, Tilak Nagar Circle,

New Delhi 110018.

Tel: 5408638

MDS Infotech LTD, (A Member of American Association for Medical Transcription),

B-219, Saraswati Vihar, Pitampura,

Delhi 110034.

Tel: 7022558, 7022580


4, Amrit Nagar, South Ext. 1,

New Delhi 110003

Tel: 4632564,


Indian Institute of Medical Transcription (IIMT)

H-15, South Extn. Part-1,

New Delhi 110049

Tel: 4604532, 4604318, 4638050,


Bajaj Institute of Information Technology (BIIT)

Unit No-1, 1st Floor, C-4E Market Janak Puri,

New Delhi 110058

Tel: 5617375, 5500545, E-mail:

Academy of Medical Transcription,

C-5/32, Safdarjung Development Area,

Opp. IIT Main Gate, New Delhi 110016

Tel: 6963443, 6565222

Fore Transcriptions Private Limited
#93, First Floor,
Above Food World,
Wheeler Road, Cox Town,
Bangalore – 560 005.

Ajaxdotcom Private Limited
#1, 3rd Floor Maruthi Complex,
Above Food World, R T Nagar,
Main Road, Bangalore 560032.
Tel: 080 – 2353 5156, 2363 4881

Rxdocuments (P) Ltd.
Near Vijaya Bank,
#50, 1st Cross, 27th Main, BTM 1st Stage,
Bangalore – 560 068.

Indian Institute of Medical Transcription (IIMT)
#10, 1st Floor, 12th Cross,
22nd Main, 2nd Phase, J P Nagar,

Digimetrix Technologies Pvt Limited
#36/37, 2nd Cross,
Opp. Arekere MICO Layout,
Off. Bannerghatta Road,

IAOS India
#64/5, 9th Cross, Rainbow Garden
Jigani Main Road, Jigani PO
Begihalli, Bengaluru – 560105
Tel: 080-2782 8237 /  9731310814.


#12, 7th Cross, Venkatapura Main Road

Koramangala 1st Block, Near Koramangala Last Bus-Stop

Bangalore – 560034

Tel: 9945 26 46 94 / 9844 250 275


Disclaimer: The above addresses are only a collection and in no way endorse the quality of teaching or certification of the Institute.

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I used to often get punished in school: Aamir

He might be a superstar today, but Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has no qualms in admitting that he has undergone various punishments during his education days – from getting caned to kneeling down for the whole day.

“When in school, kneeling down in front of the principal’s office was a regular feature. I have also been caned a couple of times. It is strange that when you get caned, you don’t realise the pain instantly, but after two seconds it shoots so badly… It’s awful,” Aamir told reporters here.

“I used to be more interested in sports and hence used to always forget doing my homework. Also, poor marks used to create problems for me. I used to get scolded very often,” he added.

The 44-year-old actor also revealed that he only studied till Class 12 and never had a very good college life.

“My education has only been till 12th standard because after that I got into films. Even while in college for my 11th and 12th, I used to hardly attend classes because I was always busy with dramatics.  Read More>>

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