Benefits Of Leadership Assessment Training

How well a leader or a manager is able to recognize and deal with challenges and solve problems that he or she may face in their company or organization will determine how successful is it. To be able to continuously strive to be great leaders, it makes sense to always look for ways to better yourself. One way in which leaders can become better leaders is through the use of leadership assessments. With the use of executive coaching assessment tools such as the ones found at, leaders will learn how their behaviors and personality as a leader directly affects the viewpoints of their employees. There are many benefits of leadership assessment training and some of them are found below.

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More Knowledge

The leaders are who define the goals and performance standards of the whole company or organization. The leaders need to be self-aware and posses knowledge of everyone and their effect as a whole on the company. Because of this, leaders should continually try to better themselves and self-evaluate to be the best leader they can be. There are many different evaluation techniques and all of them are based on helping to reveal and evaluate the behaviors of the leader and how to improve on them.

Provides Direction

Another way that self-assessment training may help is that it can help leaders find direction. A good leader who is very self-aware and more aware about the individuals that they are in charge of will help them to define a more articulate mission and vision for the whole organization.

More Courage

Leadership assessment training can also benefit a leader by helping them to lead more courageously. High emotional and social intelligence are two top traits of a leader who is courageous and leads boldly. Courageous leaders are not afraid to take a stand for their values and will often challenge their subordinates to make better choices that help the achievements of the organization as a whole.

Leadership assessment training is a critical tool in helping a leader be the best they can be for the long-term success of their organization. The leadership training can also improve the amount of trust and confidence that the employees and team members have in their leader.

UGC is powerless even now, education reforms ‘might not mean much,’ says expert

The setting up of a funding agency for universities and higher educational institutes or Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) and a National Testing Agency for entrance exams will hardly have an impact on the higher education system as the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) has through the years lost most of its autonomy, an academic expert has said.

University Grants Commission

The alleged misuse of section 20(1) of the UGC Act by the HRD ministry, which makes it binding on the UGC to act on government directions, has disempowered it, alleges MM Ansari, former UGC member. “The Distance Education Council was transferred from Indira Gandhi National Open University to UGC (when it required amendments in both the UGC Act and Ignou Act) and the four-year undergraduate programme of Delhi University was scrapped. HEFA has the mandate for funding select public and private institutions, but where is HEFA?” he asks.

Under section 20 (1) of the UGC Act, the Commission is bound to follow the diktat of the government, mainly in the matter of providing policy guidance. “However, under this provision, functional autonomy of the UGC is totally compromised due to its misuse by the Central bureaucracy. This section has been used undemocratically and illegally to bypass the Commission. As a result, it has failed to ensure transparency and objectivity in its decision-making processes as well as implementation of its regulatory guidelines,” adds Ansari.

In fact, Ansari in a presentation before the Hari Gautam Committee set up to assess UGC’s status had said UGC’s funding role, particularly in respect of state universities, had been taken over by the HRD ministry, which in turn had undermined the role and responsibility of UGC for disbursement of grants to universities. The committee had also recommended revamping of the UGC but the report is not in the public domain.There was undue duplication of roles and efforts in funding of universities by the HRD ministry and UGC, Ansari had told the committee. He had also called for greater clarity in sources and methods of funding of universities fix accountability and to seek value for money.

In the last Budget, the government had promised to establish HEFA for supporting 10 universities each from the public and private sector to make them world-class institutions. “The government has forgotten about it and no one knows what happened to HEFA,” Ansari says.

Funding by the UGC also totals a mere one-third of expenditure of Central institutions. “It will hardly have any impact on the higher education system. More than half of Central universities and other institutions like IITs and IIMs established in the last five years have hardly been operational. They continue to suffer due to lack of infrastructure, including shortages of staff to the extent of 40% to 50%. The government is silent on these issues,” Ansari says.

The Centre, last year, had announced the setting up of HEFA to give a major push for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions.

The HEFA will be promoted by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) with an authorised capital of Rs 2,000 crore. The government equity will be Rs 1,000 crore. The HRD ministry will leverage this equity to raise up to Rs 20,000 crore for funding projects for infrastructure and development of world-class labs in IITs, IIMs, NITs and such other institutions.

All Centrally-funded higher education institutions will be eligible for joining as HEFA members. Some experts have welcomed these proposed moves and the existing issues related to formation of a National Testing Agency, central depository for degrees, creation of education funding agency or the general revamp of UGC .

Ashok Thakur, former secretary to the government of India, department of higher education, HRD ministry, has pointed to the positives announced in the recent budget. HEFA and a National Testing Agency will free the UGC to apply its energies solely on regulatory aspects without getting distracted by funding matters which are purely administrative and routine.

The National Commission for Higher Education and Research Bill has proposed that instead of UGC, one single regulator be created in the higher education domain in the country instead of 13 at present. “As for general revamping of UGC, no major enactment of legislation is required. All that is needed is to appoint only persons of stature and academic excellence as chairperson and members of the Commission which alone will pave the way of autonomy and re-visioning of the apex higher education regulatory body,” says Thakur.

In his presentation before the Hari Gautam Committee, Ansari had also pointed out legal flaws in the composition of the Commission. “Of all the national commissions in the country, UGC is the only Commission which is functioning without the support of full-time executive members for regulating and for providing funding support to the second largest education system of the world. Clearly, it suffers from deficiencies in organisational structure because of which it is unable to respond to emerging challenges in the field of higher education and research,” Ansari had said.

Keeping in mind these issues, Thakur says immediate steps should be taken to deal comprehensively with the issue of accreditation and making it autonomous of UGC, cleaning up the process of setting up and running state private universities and deemed-to-be universities (including the appointment of its boards, vice chancellors and faculty) are some of the steps that are necessary.

PG scholarships for women to study in Australia

Applications are invited for Australia’s Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship.

Postgraduate scholarships

The Postgraduate Indian Women’s Scholarship provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding postgraduate female students to study at Macquarie University. It has been designed to recognise academic excellence and provide financial assistance for female Indian students. The scholarship will be awarded progressively through the year to future applicants to the university based on academic merit.

It is a partial scholarship for postgraduate studies. The amount is up to AUD$11,000 and it will be applied towards the applicant tuition fee.

Scholarships will be awarded in the fields of engineering, environment, human science, media, linguistics, and education. Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0 or 60% in their undergraduate degree.

The scholarship does not provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, overseas student health cover, airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study. The scholarship cannot be extended.

Scholarship holders will be responsible for any costs associated with obtaining a student visa to study in Australia.

Recipients of the scholarship will not have further claim to financial support from the university. Scholarship holders can undertake part-time work subject to conditions of their student visa.

CBSE schools to soon eliminate bulky school bags: Prakash Javadekar

Bulky school bags lugged by school students may soon become a thing of the past. The HRD ministry is now working on fresh norms for CBSE schools to reduce the burden of bags on students, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said. “I am going to reduce the weight of school bags…carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried,” he said at an event organised by CSE where children from several schools were present.

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While CBSE has directed its schools that students upto Class II should not bring school bags and the restricted the number of books carried till class VIII, the HRD ministry is looking at these aspects to make the norms more effective, broadbased as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.

Javadekar added that another change he plans to make is regarding project work assigned to school children. He pointed out that it was parents who usually have to pitch in to complete the projects assigned to their wards. Referring to an instance in his family, Javadekar said he once saw his granddaughter working on project-work at home with the help of her mother.

When asked what was happening, he was told that without the assistance of adults, the teacher would not mark a ‘star’ for the assignment. “…but the real education is where the child learns even if he makes a mistake. The seniors can guide though…The parents too need to be educated,” he said.

MHT CET 2017: Registration open, exam on May 11

The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test Cell has released the the official notice the MHT CET exam 2017. It announced that the exam would be conducted on May 11, 2017. The online registration has begun. Interested candidates can apply from the official website.

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The MHT CET exam is conducted to admit candidates to the full time undergraduate degree courses in Engineering/ Technology (BE/BTech) and Pharmacy (BPharm/Pharm D) in various recognised institutions in Maharashtra. The paper will be conducted in three parts. Paper I will contain questions on Mathematics, paper II on Physics and Chemistry and paper III on Biology.


– You should be an Indian National.

– You should have passed HSC or an equivalent (class 12) examination.

– You should have passed the class 12 exam with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

– There is no age limit.

Important dates:

Registration and application process- February 14- March 30, 2017
Admit cards available from- April 24- May 11, 2017
Date of MHT CET 2017 exam- May 11, 2017
Declaration of results- On or before June 4, 2017

Steps to apply:

– Go to the official Maharashtra Common Entrance Test Cell website (

– Click on “MHT CET” under the “Degree Programmes” menu.

– Under the “Important links” menu, click on “Apply online”.

– Read the instructions carefully and click on “Apply now”.

– Fill in the details in the fields provided and click on “submit”.

– Save a copy of your application form and take a print out of the same for further reference

5 Phases Every Medical Aspirant Goes Through

Getting through a medical entrance test is not an easy task. You might have questioned why only a select few make it to the top. As a medical aspirant, you probably know by now that it takes more than just hard work to do well in a medical entrance test. Do you want to crack the paper in the first go or leave it up to the destiny? To ace it in the first go, it’s best to be aware of, in advance, about few phases that a medical aspirant might go through and know how to tackle these to your advantage.

To make it easier, we have put together few typical phases you may go through as a medical aspirant and how to play them to the best of your advantage.


‘Getting my mind programmed to study’ phase

It’s time to crack down on the books and get started on your studying. It can be a tough phase for some who might find it difficult to get motivated and concentrate. There is a solution for you if you are stuck in this phase. Some believe that doing the same thing at the same time every day will program your mind to do that task automatically. So, with the same logic, all you need to do initially is put aside 10-20 minutes every day at the same time to study a certain subject. Eventually, your brain will make the connection, and you will get into the routine of studying that subject (even if you hate it). Try it out; it might just be the thing you need to do to kick start your preparations and capitalize on the time left for the exam.

‘Finding a good coaching institute’ phase

Medical entrance exams are competitive and rightly so! It is common to hear about students reappearing for a medical entrance test and then too not passing. Hence you might feel it’s best to study for it systematically with the help of expert guidance, such as enrolling with medical coaching classes. It is a very good idea if you find the right type of institute which can help improve knowledge and problem-solving skills. For instance, Aakash Institute offers excellent coaching sessions, showing excellent results in Medical Entrance Exams. Pointers to look out for a while selecting an institute include – highly qualified and trained teachers, updated material, motivational classes, good results and so on. The right kind of medical coaching classes can work wonders for your exam preparations.

‘My friends are doing better than me’ phase

It’s not uncommon to wonder or get competitive when your friends are solving test papers faster than you or seem to have higher chances of cracking the exam. The trick here lies in studying in the right manner. Research shows that you can learn the same amount in one-hour sessions spread over four days as you might learn in one six-hour marathon session. This shows that you can easily cut short your long study hours and take few breaks in between by using a good plan or schedule. It is because your brain works more efficiently by taking the necessary study breaks.

‘I need to get out of social media and other distractions’ phase

Studying with focus and attention is much more important than spending too much time on one subject. Remaining focused means spending limited time on social media (the Facebook update can wait until your next break) or minimizing the noise of the TV, doing errands later, etc. While it is not easy to control the external surrounding, try studying at a time which is more peaceful such as early in the morning or late at night when distractions are limited.

‘I want to party but still do well’ phase

All work and no play will not equal to higher productivity. In fact, necessary breaks mean more focused study as it will relax your mind and increase your concentration. So, go ahead and give your hectic study schedule a rest occasionally. Join your friends at that new lounge bar opening, or watch the new movie you have been waiting to see, or simply just listen to your favorite music or songs. It will help you feel fresh and rejuvenated. Just remember not to go overboard and keep the books your priority.