KuchBhi https://www.kuchbhi.com Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:11:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 https://www.kuchbhi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/favicon.ico KuchBhi https://www.kuchbhi.com 32 32 Is Covid Vaccine Pushing Petrol Prices in India? https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/petrol-price-hike-in-india.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/petrol-price-hike-in-india.html#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:09:29 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8542 Diesel and petrol prices inched higher for the 8th day consecutively today. Petrol crossed Rs.89 per litre; while diesel also neared Rs.80, which is by far the highest so far in Delhi. There has been a rise of around fifty per cent in the prices of oil in the global market since last October. The price surged to over $63.30 per barrel. This has forced the oil retailers to raise the prices, says the government.

Since 84% of India’s fuel is being imported, there is a direct impact of the bent crude oil prices on the domestic price of fuel. Companies dealing in oil determine prices based on global prices. Taxes like VAT and excise duties make up around 63% of the fuel prices for petrol and around 60% for diesel, which pushes the petrol and diesel prices even further.

The reason behind rising Oil Prices in India

Petrol Price in India
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Ideally, the change in retail prices should be directly proportional to the oil price changes in the global market. However, this does not work in reality. Controlling oil prices is a one-way practice, and whenever there is a rise in global fuel prices, the ultimate burden comes down to the end consumer. However, whenever oil prices slump, the governments add more taxes to ensure earning more revenues. This causes the consumer to pay more or less the same rate and puts them as well as the oil companies to misery while the government emerges a clear winner.

Fuel Decontrol

This is a step-by-step mechanism in which the government freed up the prices of ATF in 2002, of petrol in 2010, and diesel in 2014 October. Earlier the government used to intervene for price fixation of petrol for the retailers. While Kerosene and LPG remain very much under control, other items like petrol, diesel, and ATF and their prices are a reflection of price fluctuations in the Indian Crude Oil basket.

Reason behind Crude Oil Price Rise

The lockdown situation induced by the Corona pandemic caused the OMC’s in India to stop revising the prices of petrol and diesel for two months. Now, as the economies of the world recover from the impact of the pandemic, there is a huge and increasing soar in the Brent Crude prices and there is a rise in the overall demand for petroleum products all over the world.

Petrol Price and Covid 19 Vaccine Relationship

So, while there is no direct relationship between petrol price and the invention of the Covid 19 vaccine, the fact remains that due to the Covid19 vaccine, nations are in a better position to manage the pandemic. Economies are fast going back to pre-pandemic levels, causing a boom in the demand for petrol and diesel. This increase in demand is pushing up the price of petroleum products.

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Bhuvan v/s Google Maps, Another move towards AatmaNirbhar Bharat… https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/isros-bhuvan-vs-googlemaps.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/isros-bhuvan-vs-googlemaps.html#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:40:06 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8532 In what can be seen as yet another step towards ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, ISRO along with MapmyIndia, announced launching a local mapping portal ‘Bhuvan’ that will compete with ‘Google Maps’. 

What is Bhuvan?

Source: bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in

Rohan Verma, MapmyIndia CEO and ED said that Bhuvan will leverage their indigenous technology of digital mapping with ISRO’s satellite imagery capabilities and earth observatory data.

How Bhuvan will benefit India?

Source: twitter.com/narendramodi

Bhuvan will be a revolutionary step towards making India ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’. With Bhuvan, India will be self-reliant and will not have to rely on foreign firms for geospatial services, navigation, or maps. Most importantly, it will reflect India’s true sovereignty and will show India’s borders as per the Indian Government.

Google Maps v/s Bhuvan

Source: Wikipedia

Though Google Maps claim to be a free service, in reality, it uses user’s data to target advertisements. Also, it collects and monitors the user’s movement. As against this, Bhuvan is expected to offer in-depth and extensive data, which will ensure the privacy of the users. MapmyIndia does not have a business model based on advertising, and this will act as the biggest plus point for the users.

ISRO and CE Info Systems Join Hands for Bhuvan

Source: twitter.com/MapmyIndia

Bhuvan services will be a collaboration between the Department of Science & Technology and CE Info Systems P Ltd, the owner of MapmyIndia. An official MOU has already been signed by both parties for the same.

Bhuvan, MOSDAC and VEDAS

The two companies will work together to identify and develop a holistic geospatial platform using APIs and NavIC web services that are datasets on earth’s observation. The geospatial portals will be named Bhuvan, MOSDAC, and VEDAS.

While NavIC is a local navigation system designed by ISRO, Bhuvan is India’s geoportal services that include geospatial data, services, and analytical tools.

Visualisation of Earth observation Data and Archival System (VEDAS) is yet another online platform for geo-processing developed especially for academics, research, and developing solutions. The platform uses hyper-spectral EO, thermal, microwave, and optical data. 

Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre or MOSDAC will serve as a database for meteorological studies of ISRO. It stores information on weather, tropical water cycles, oceanography, and more.  The success of our own Bhuvan will be seen in the days to come. But for now, we are totally for ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’.

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First Ever Super Randonneur https://www.kuchbhi.com/sports/first-ever-super-randonneur.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/sports/first-ever-super-randonneur.html#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:17:12 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8506 I, Shirish Ghadi, started to plan for next challenge after successfully completing Half IronMan IM 70.3 Goa in 2019.

PBP 2019, in one of the groups, I could see updates from @Kartik Mistry on his journey, and thats when a thought came to my mind, this is an event one should participate in and it became a part of the bucket list of endurance events. Began researching about PBP, and that’s when I realised, one of the prerequisite is completing a SR series.

I made my mind and decided, 2020 would be the year I’d try to get a first hand experience of what earning the SR title would be. Then came the dreaded COVID, and everything across the globe went for a toss. During this period, my focus was mostly on smaller rides around the locality and building aerobic base through running, as well as a few strength and conditioning workouts.

What is Super Randonneur?

The Super Randonneur (SR) title is earned by any rider who completes the Super Series of brevets in any order (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) within the same calendar year (Nov-Oct).

What is Super Randonneur?

The Super Randonneur (SR) title is earned by any rider who completes the Super Series of brevets in any order (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) within the same calendar year (Nov-Oct).

During this period I was lucky to have joined the WhatsApp group of #MaladCyclingClub, and joined them on my first ride with them. This was in mid Oct 20, a scenic location of Uttan, Gorai and Manori, a part of the city which I frequented in school days, but haven’t been there for almost 20 years now. During this ride, happened to meet @Aniruddha Balgi, with whom I discussed about BRMs, SR, PBP and many other things.

Surprisingly we have been staying in the same colony, neighbouring apartments, and had never interacted with one another. Aniruddha spoke to me about a night ride organised by @Vishal Nanil and others to Lonavla, and wanted to join them, but was low on confidence, as my last long ride, a 100k was more than a year back.

Aniruddha was the one who gave me a boost of confidence, and said this is doable, just go and ride along with others. During this ride, met @Puru Khillari, who helped me in the Bhor Ghat climb, and after this ride my confidence was sky rocketing.

Soon after that ride Aniruddha told about the upcoming 200 BRM he was planning to do, and he persuaded me to join in. Well I joined him for the ride and post that there there was no stopping.

I feel blessed riding alongside two super cyclist @Kartik Mistry and @Aniruddha Balgi in 3 of the 4 BRM rides.

This is my journey to achieve my first ever Super Randonneur.

This article is published on behalf of Shirish Ghadi

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Koo- The Indian Alternative to Twitter gets Massive Push https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/koo-indian-twitter-app.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/koo-indian-twitter-app.html#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2021 07:48:09 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8496 The on-going scuffle between the Indian government and Twitter over the blocking of accounts due to the farmer’s protest has resulted in a win-win situation for the Indian app Koo. This app has seen a substantial push from the IT ministers in India. In the last few days, it has seen a massive surge in the number of users as more than 1 million users have already installed Koo on their phones. The user rating of 4.7 on the Google Play Store has also helped the app to gain huge popularity in the country. 

What is Koo?

The Koo is a micro-blogging platform that was developed by Bombinate Technologies Pvt Ltd in March last year. The app was available on the Google Play store for a long time but it came into prominence only after the scuffle began between the Indian Government and Twitter. In August last year, the app won the prestigious AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge which was organized by the Union IT Ministry. 

Source: www.kooapp.com/

Is the Koo App similar to Twitter?


The Koo app looks very similar to Twitter and it allows the user to express his/her thoughts on the platform. A user can also share videos and audio, like the posts of other users, and comment on them. Similar to the retweet feature, users have the ‘re-Koo’ feature. The app is available in English and a few other Indian languages such as Hindi, Kannada, Marathi et al. Many famous Indian personalities like Javagal Srinath, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Anil Kumble are already using Koo. While the PM is not yet on Koo, he did mention it on his program ‘Man ki Baat’ when addressing the nation.

Who are the Investors of Koo?

Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCryS9-4drIBPQ7W1xM7fKOQ

In February 2021, Koo achieved a major landmark by raising $4.10 million from a gamut of investors including an organization that is backed by none other than Mohandas Pai, CEO of Infosys, and Kalaari Capital among others. 

How to Download Koo?

Source: play.google.com/

The app can be downloaded either from Google Play Store or the iOS app store. The Koo can be accessed from the web app also. The user just needs a valid phone number on which the OTP will come from Koo to facilitate registration on the app. 

Why is the timing so important?

Source: twitter.com/PiyushGoyal

On 31st January the Centre asked Twitter to block a massive 257 URLs and one hashtag due to the misinformation that they were spreading about the farmer’s protest. Although Twitter blocked them after a day, it soon unblocked them after a few hours much to the dismay of the Indian government. The Centre then issued an order seeking compliance on the matter failing the government is determined to take penal action. 

Let’s Koo!

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TATA Group Gears to Build Military Aircraft for India https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/tata-group-military-aircraft.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/technology/tata-group-military-aircraft.html#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:35:09 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8483 TATA Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India, has unveiled plans which would be first for the industry. The group has plans in place to develop, and manufacture a state-of-the-art military aircraft in India. This decision comes after TATA acquired the intellectual property rights for a German origin platform. As per reliable sources, it has been learned that this decision has been taken to give a boost to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long-cherished mission of supporting indigenous defence capabilities, and simultaneously reduce the overdependence on defence imports that proves costly for the nation. 

When will Tata’s Aircraft arrive?

The TATA Advanced Systems Limited or TASL will showcase its capabilities through a twin-engine aircraft that can play multiple roles like cross border surveillance and signal intelligence. It is a high-altitude aircraft and undergoing the final stages of the testing process in Germany. It is expected to arrive within the next quarter in India for further integration. It is significant news because a private company is engaged in making a military-grade aircraft, a domain that was considered to be the monopoly of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL. The aircraft will be showcased at Aero India in Bengaluru sometime in the 2nd week of February. 

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TASL Aircraft to be used in Border Surveillance

The twin-engine aircraft, developed by TASL, will be offered to the Indian forces mainly for cross-border surveillance, and communication jamming. The design of the aircraft is to be based on the German Grob G 180 SPn. It was a German jet but it was never entered the mass production stage due to lack of funds. The first batch of the aircraft is expected to hit the Indian shores in the next three months for the integration of the sensors. However, TASL has confirmed that they do not have any order in hand at the moment, but are willing to bring in modifications and give it to the armed forces as per the requirements outlined by them. 

Tata Aircraft Capacity

The twin-engine aircraft will have a range of 1800 nautical miles, an endurance capacity of 6 hours minimum, and can carry a payload that would be more than 1000kg. The aircraft can fly at an altitude of 41,000 ft and can reach a maximum altitude of 45,000 ft. 

No confirmed orders yet for Tata Group

Tata Group Logo
Source: Wikipedia

There have been concerns in certain quarters that TASL has not received any confirmed orders for the aircraft. But the executives of the company are still upbeat as they said that the investment has been done keeping in mind the requirements of the defence forces of the country. There are also plans to set up a manufacturing plant in the country for serial production. 

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Are Heavy Deposit Flats The New Trend of Rentals in Mumbai? https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/zero-rental-heavy-deposit-flats.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/zero-rental-heavy-deposit-flats.html#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:33:27 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8473 Heavy deposit flat schemes are fast becoming popular in Mumbai. The trend that had initially kicked off in the extended Mumbai suburbs of Mira Road and Vasai- Virar are finding takers even in the other suburbs of Mumbai.

What are Zero Rentals, Heavy Deposit Flats?

Under the normal live and license agreement, a tenant pays monthly rent along with a deposit for the flat. However, in the case of zero rental flats, the owner asks for a huge deposit from the tenant. The tenant does not pay any monthly rent…that is the tenant gets to stay in the flat on a zero rental basis. The deposit amount is returned by the owner once the live and license agreement is over, provided the flat is maintained in good condition. The owner may deduct some money in case of damage to the flat.

heavy deposit flats

How the Zero Rentals, Heavy Deposit Arrangement works?

Let’s say you want a heavy deposit of 2bhk flat in Kurla for 11 months. The owner takes a deposit of Rs.35 lacs, which will be returned to the tenant after the live and license agreement comes to an end. The tenant pays no rent during their stay.

Advantage of Zero Rental Flats 

Instead of collecting monthly rent, the owner gets a huge amount initially, which they can use and invest wisely. Often there is a hassle for the owner to collect electricity bills and gas bills, particularly for the last month of the life and license agreement. This can be done away within the zero rental flat, as the owner can deduct the amount from the deposit.

For the tenants, zero rental flats work well, especially in a city like Mumbai, where the rents are quite high. The tenant saves on the monthly rent. They get back their deposit in full if the flat is maintained well. The concept of zero rental flats is warming up in Mumbai as it creates a win-win situation for both the owner and the tenant. The only downside is that the tenant has to shell out a big initial deposit.

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Thinking of getting the Digital Voter ID Card? Know eligibility and who can get it. https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/how-to-get-digital-voter-id-card.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/life-style/how-to-get-digital-voter-id-card.html#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:15:56 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8466 Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card or e-EPIC has been formally launched by the Election commission of India on the National Voters’ Day, i.e., 25th of January, 2021, which happens to be the eleventh national voter’s day.

The Event

In a statement on its website, the ECI said that the Union Minister for Law and Justice, Information and Technology and communications and Electronics, Ravi Shankar Prasad will soon be distributing Electoral Photo Identity Cards or e-EPICs to five of the new voters. All the other identity proofs like the Aadhaar Card, the PAN card, and the driving license are already available in digital formats.

This digitization of the voter cards will play a very significant role in the upcoming vote polling in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, and Puducherry.

Digital Voter ID Card/Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card

The electronic Electoral Photo Identity card will be available as a non-editable and secured portable document format or PDF version and will be having a QR code with relevant images and the other demographic details like part number and serial number etc.

Image Source: eci.gov.in/

The e-EPIC document file can be downloaded using a computer or a mobile and can be stored digitally. This service is an additional issue of physical IDs for fresh registrations.

Who are Eligible for e-EPIC?

The initiative for the e-EPIC is launched on a two-phase basis, where in the first phase, which is to be operable from January 25th to 31st; all the new voter applications who have registered their mobile numbers in Form-6 will be able to download by mobile number authentication. However, the mobile numbers need to be unique and not previously registered by the ECI electoral rolls.

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The second phase will be starting from February 1 as per the ECI and will be open for the general voters.

How to Download Digital Voter ID Card?

The given links can be used for the downloading;

Voter Portal: https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/

NVP: https://nvsp.in/

Voter Helpline Mobile App Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eci.citizen

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/voter-helpline/id1456535004

e-EPIC File Format

Image Source: eci.gov.in

The e-EPIC will be available in PDF format.

Steps to Download Digital Voter ID Card

The mobile numbers that are registered need to login/register on https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/ and select download e-EPIC in the menu navigation, enter the Form reference or EPIC number and verify OTP and download.

For unregistered mobile numbers, first, enroll the number and complete the e-KYC, undergo face liveness verification, update KYC with mobile number, and download e-EPIC.

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Knock out at 15! Your Vehicle May Soon Be Scrapped https://www.kuchbhi.com/automobiles/new-vehicle-scrappage-policy.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/automobiles/new-vehicle-scrappage-policy.html#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:56:08 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8456 The current Union Minister of road transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari announced that a proposal for a vehicle scrapping policy has been submitted by the ministry to the government and is likely to be approved soon.

Proposed Vehicle Scrappage Policy

The planned policy states scrapping of the commercial as well as the private vehicles that surpass the age of fifteen years on the road since purchase to promote the demand for newer designs that are more compliant with the pollution norms.

Proposed Vehicle Scrappage Policy likely to be Announced by Finance Minister 

Image Source: twitter.com/nitin_gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, who is also the head of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise ministry, said that they have submitted the proposal and are expecting its approval very soon. The statement was issued while he addressed the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge event in 2020-21. The proposal aims to scrap vehicles like buses, trucks, and cars that have crossed fifteen years of service. As the statement comes just before the budget session for 2021-2022, it hints towards the official announcement by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on the 1st of February, 2021. This move aims to remove the old and polluting vehicles from the roads while creating an economic boost through the demand and use of the new and better designs. However, the final decision resides with the Prime Minister’s Office in Delhi.

Aiming to make India an Automobile Hub

The Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari claimed that India will become an automobile industry hub when the policy gets clearance. This can be a significant step towards a reduction in the prices of the new vehicles as the scrapped metal from the discarded vehicles can be recycled for producing the new models which can downsize the input costs.

The minister also added that they will be collecting scrap from all over the world and use it in the industry and in this way reduce the manufacturing costs, making the industry more competitive. While the current size of the exports in the automobile sector is 1.5 lakh crore with an industry size of around 4.5 lakh crore as pointed out by the minister, FM Nirmala Sitaraman has also pointed towards the policy to be implemented as soon as it is formed. The industry players have been advocating for an incentive linked vehicle scrappage policy to boost demand for commercial and heavy vehicles.

The government had previously used a draft idea for a Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP) to put forward the idea of taking off 28 million vehicles from the road. However, the idea underwent a redesign by the committee of secretaries (CoS) for greater participation.

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BRM 150: A good route with bad weather https://www.kuchbhi.com/sports/brm-150-a-good-route-with-bad-weather.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/sports/brm-150-a-good-route-with-bad-weather.html#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:04:43 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8435 Sometimes a good route can turn into a bad ride due to weather conditions.

So yet again, I booked a BRM 150 but this time it was 150kms as the route was awesome (Route Link: https://goo.gl/maps/gjZcFnawTA7CUT668) and for this event the cutoff time was 10.5 hours. The event was planned by Cycling for All Club

Pre Ride – BRM 150 – 09/Jan/2021

I planned to take my friend’s MTB (Trek Superfly 7) I had done a maximum of 50kms on this MTB however I had planned to take MTB this time as there was a ghat to cover at Saphale and MTB would be fun.

I set up my bike with all the required equipment. I also did a test ride of about 10kms in the evening to make sure the bike is proper. I had my gears and accessories like puncture kit, pump and water bottle setup and was on the bed by 10:30 pm

Ride Day – 10/Jan/2021

I got up at 4:00 am and got ready, had nice hot tea with some dry fruits. I started from my place at 4:55 am met few fellow riders on the way, we headed towards the start point i.e. Decathlon Dahisar. We reached at 5:30 am

I got my bike check done and signed the waiver form, I was all set for the ride, the flag off was at 6:00 am, in the meantime I interacted with fellow riders.

We were a total 32 riders riding out of 37 registered.

Get Set, Go

The ride started at 6:00 am and we headed towards the control point at Danda Fort, which was about 75kms from the start point.

I started riding at an average pace and reached Varai Naka which was about 47kms from the starting point at about 7:50 am. The was going really good as the temperature was 21 degrees 

The ride from Varai Naka to Control Point at Danda Fort (half way) is very scenic, I did this route about 5kms while doing my previous 100kms BRM

However the route was really scenic post 10kms from Varai Naka. I crossed Vaitarna River at around 57kms and the river was looking just awesome. I was tempted to stop and I clicked a few pictures posted below.

I was wondering when the Ghats will start because I knew I had to cross the Ghat and hence got MTB and wanted to try MTB there.

At around 58kms I started up hill, I was going superbly well and stopped in between for a sip of water and started again, to my surprise the ghat was small, the ascent was of about 2.5 kms and then there was an equal down hill. Since the route was unknown as usual I rode slowly downhill keeping two things in mind, first,  vehicles approaching from opposite directions and second unknown curves.

I rode from there passing through the local village and reached the control point at 9:18 am which was at 75kms from the start point.

I had a chat with Kartik and Kiran for a few minutes, signed, refilled my water bottles and started my journey back in just 5 mins. I wanted to ride fast as the temperature was rising and that time it was about 27 degrees.

I started my journey towards the start point in good pace and until I reached the refreshment point arranged by Cycling For All at 11:17am, approx 104.6kms and temperature was 33 degrees

I was now getting pain in my Neck and little on my back. Aniruddha Balgi was riding with me for about 6 to 8 kms and I told him to move forward and I will take my own time to finish due to my pain.

I started riding slowly and taking halts at every 5 to 7 kms stretching and sipping water. The journey from here became tough, I had planned to ride fast on this road since it was like my home ground. I had done many rides on this highway, however I could not ride as fast as I could since I had pain and the temperature was rising fast.

I managed to reach Vasai Creek by 1:55 pm at about 145 kms and the temperature was 40 degrees. Here I got heavy traffic, however I did not mind as I had MTB so I took the extreme left road which was uneven and rode happily since this is what MTB is made for.

When I reached Vasai I got cramps on my left thigh and after relaxing I started riding again and in a few mins I got  cramps on my right thigh. I was blank and a little worried as I had to cover Fountain Climb.

I stopped at Fountain, drank water and did a little stretching. By this time the temperature was at 41 degrees. I moved my bike gears to lowest and started riding, I managed to complete the climb without any issues and slowly reached the end point at 2:38 pm in 8:38 hours.

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Which is the Best Education Board for Your Child? https://www.kuchbhi.com/education/best-education-board-for-your-child.html https://www.kuchbhi.com/education/best-education-board-for-your-child.html#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:38:36 +0000 https://www.kuchbhi.com/?p=8422 Unlike the olden days, today several education boards are operating in India, and parents are often overwhelmed in deciding which is the best education board for their child. Let us help you make an informed decision:

State Board (SSC/HSC)

Each state and UT in India has its education board– SSC and HSC, as we all know. SSC is for Class 10, while HSC is for class 12. If you have settled in a state and have no plans to move out, you may decide to settle for this board. The features of the SSC board include:

  • Affordable fees
  • Fairly easy curriculum as compared to other boards
  • Teach local languages
  • Can be studied in English or local language
  • Extracurricular activities in addition to the syllabus

CBSC (Central Board of Secondary Education)

The CBSE board is run by the central government and follows a universal curriculum irrespective of the board, in all states and countries. If you are in a job where you are transferred frequently, you should put your child in a CBSE school. Apart from India, CBSE schools are found in 25 other countries. Features of CBSE board are:

Image Source: cbse.gov.in
  • Gears students for competitive engineering and medical exams since their syllabus matches with the syllabus of national entrance exams in medical and engineering.
  • More focused on Science and Math
  • Conducts exams for Std X (AISSE) and Std XII (AISSCE)
  • Ongoing evaluation for Std VI to X (CCE) through continuous comprehensive evaluations.
  • Students can learn in English or Hindi 

ICSE Board (Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations)

This private run board conducts exams for class 10(ICSE), class 12 (ISC), and Vocational education (CVE). In addition to India, ICSE has schools in Singapore, UAE, and Indonesia. The board is known for its extensive, vast curriculum. Students have the option of picking up one of 23 Indian and 12 foreign languages. The downside is the high fees for this course.

Image Source: cisce.org

Features of ICSE board include:

  • Extensive curriculum offering in-depth knowledge
  • Focus on the development of analytical skills
  • Superior focus on the English language
  • Option to choose diverse stream in Science, Arts, Commerce right from Class VIII
  • Students can choose subjects in higher class as per their aptitude

IB Board (International Baccalaureate)

IB board is a privately run international board based in Geneva, Switzerland. The board has its presence in 144 countries and has 3500 schools across the globe. If you plan to send your child to a foreign university, they may not need to appear for additional tests. 

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  • Integrated approach
  • Boosts analytical skills, humanities, arts, and languages
  • Higher fees 

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Yet another private, international education board that gears students to prepare for CAIE (International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Assessment International Education) A-level. The four exams of this board are:

  • Cambridge Primary for 5 to 11-year-old students
  • Cambridge Secondary 1 & 2 for 12 to 16-year-old students
  • Cambridge Advanced for students aged 16 to 19 years
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Cambridge Advanced readies students for higher education and students can either take Cambridge Pre-U or Cambridge International AS and A level

The board has its presence in 120 countries. The board is highly flexible and offers an option of 70 subjects for the IGCSE level and more than 55 subjects for AS and A levels.

National Institute of Open Schooling

This is a Government of India initiative taken in 1989, especially to help students study remotely and continue with their studies after a break. The board aims to enhance education access in remote areas. It offers basic schooling education or primary education for Class 3 to 8 and covers math, computers, and environmental science.

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For std X, the student has to select 5 subjects plus 1 language. Further options are provided in Std XII within science, commerce, and humanities. The student has to select one or two subjects from each of the five groups.

In addition to OBE, the board conducts the secondary and higher secondary exam. Students have up to 5 years to clear their exams.

Now that you have a fair idea about different education boards, you can select the one that best suits you!

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