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Ideas @ Neev

Ideas@Neev began as a guest lecture series for our high school students with an aim to inspire first students, and then the broader audience with different experts by making our school a melting pot of ideas. With this initiative, we intend to include the whole Neev community of students, teachers, parents and families for lectures by interesting people, to build knowledge, viewpoints and passions. It all started with a need to create learning opportunities, but we definitely see this initiative grow with additional courses and extensions to it.

Guest Lecture series

Srinath Raghavan
 

Session conducted on 30 August, 2019, Neev Academy Yemalur

Srinath Raghavan, a former infantry officer in the Indian Army and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, is a Professor of History and International Relationships at Ashoka University. He has studied and taught at King's College, London, and is also the author of two other highly praised books, War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (2010), 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (2013) and The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia (2018)

Neeraj Kakkar
 

Session conducted on 27 January, 2020, Neev Academy Yemalur

Neeraj Kakkar is the co-founder and CEO of Hector Beverages, the makers of Paper Boat drinks, traditional Indian beverages. Hector Beverages is one of the faster-growing FMCG companies in India. Neeraj is a graduate from Wharton Business School and was awarded the highest academic honour, the Palmer scholar, in the University of Pennsylvania business program.
He launched the Paper Boat brand in 2013, along with many other products that stir up memories of childhood, which makes Paper boat a truly unique brand.

Distance Learning Courses

At Neev, we have always believed in learning, even during the times of COVID-19, when learning from home became the new normal, we took this opportunity of leveraging from a situation like this and geared up to grow this initiative from in-house conduct to online courses for our Grade 10 & 12 students. We believe in creating opportunities through these courses for our students and facilitators to interact and exchange knowledge on various topics ranging from Literature, Ancient myths, India’s Wars to lessons from the pandemic.

Learning never stops, hence this is an opportunity for Neev to keep the norm going and adapt to this Distance Learning Course as a continuous process, as we believe in the power of knowledge and reading, no matter the medium.

Pre-University

 

These courses are being introduced as a preparatory phase for Grade 12 students. As they learn from home, we would take this opportunity to introduce them to a variety of courses ranging from Media Literacy, India’s Great Wars, Epics and Economics. The purpose is not just to academically equip them but also enhance the knowledge and serve the right platform and exposure to personality development, as it will be of great assistance to them while appearing and looking for options for Universities.

 

 

 

 

Media literacy - 3R's with Covid-19 course
 

Duration - 6 weeks. Optional Course

Frequency of sessions - 2 hours per week

Discussion Facilitators - Rahul Jacob and eminent guest speakers

Facilitators, Rahul Jacob and some eminent guest speakers will guide participants through this short course. Rahul is an author of a book on the delights of travel, a well-known business columnist for Mint, and other global newspapers; he covered the SARS epidemic in 2003 as the Hong Kong bureau chief of the Financial Times.

In addition to a rich discussion between the students and Rahul on Mondays, guest speakers every week will bring in diverse perspectives on the current situation. This course will impress upon the learner why the study of COVID-19 news matters, what do we know and need to know about the impact of the pandemic on India, the broader Asia-Pacific region, and the world. Students will be expected to read deeply, the articles posted by both facilitators, and participate actively in class discussions, contributing to their perspectives and questioning.

Great Books Study - India's Wars course
 

Duration - 6 weeks. Optional Course

Frequency of sessions - 1 hour per week

Course structure - A guided study of India's wars, by the author

Srinath Raghavan, a former infantry officer in the Indian Army and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, is a Professor of History and International Relationships at Ashoka University. Srinath will facilitate a weekly discussion on India's wars, and the themes that defined the period and the book.

This course will impress upon the learner why this period, the relationships and conflicts between the powers that were and the ones that would soon be, is a significant piece of the history of the Indian subcontinent, and critical to understanding many challenges that haunt India even today. Students will be expected to read deeply about 50 pages of the book each week, research the context and participate actively in class discussions, contributing to their perspectives and questioning. At the end of the course, they will write a brief, but rich analytical essay on the book, the period or a theme that left a strong impression.

Epics, Ancient Texts and Myths course
 

Duration - 6 weeks. Compulsory Course

Frequency of sessions - 4 times a week

When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata - A Child's View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell over 50,000 copies. An IB Diploma Graduate, Samhita has worked in Afghanistan, where she was head-scriptwriter for a TV series on TOLO TV, Afghanistan's largest TV Network. Besides, she was a scriptwriter for the feature film 'Good Morning Karachi.' She teaches creative writing at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore.

In this course, students will get a perspective in engaging with the literary traditions of the past to help us understand the multiple histories that have shaped us, and explore how the enduring appeal of these narratives offers us a deeper understanding of ourselves and why these stories and texts are still relevant today.

Pre DP

 

The IB Diploma Programme focuses on the overall development of the student, and thus we are launching these online courses for the students of Grade 10, who can study from a wide range of subjects like studying about the Media Literacy with respect to COVID-19 scenario, Study on India’s Great Wars and Skill Development courses on Maths and Science respectively.

This will serve as a preparation for the students before entering DP, and give them a perspective to understand the topics and subjects better before they enter the IBDP Programme at Neev Academy. 

 

 

Media literacy - 3R's with Covid-19 course
 

Duration - 6 weeks. Optional Course

Frequency of sessions - 2 hours per week

Discussion Facilitators - Rahul Jacob and eminent guest speakers

Facilitators, Rahul Jacob and some eminent guest speakers will guide participants through this short course. Rahul is an author of a book on the delights of travel, a well-known business columnist for Mint, and other global newspapers; he covered the SARS epidemic in 2003 as the Hong Kong bureau chief of the Financial Times.

In addition to a rich discussion between the students and Rahul on Mondays, guest speakers every week will bring in diverse perspectives on the current situation. This course will impress upon the learner why the study of COVID-19 news matters, what do we know and need to know about the impact of the pandemic on India, the broader Asia-Pacific region, and the world. Students will be expected to read deeply, the articles posted by both facilitators, and participate actively in class discussions, contributing to their perspectives and questioning.

Great Books Study - India's Wars course
 

Duration - 6 weeks. Optional Course

Frequency of sessions - 1 hour per week

Course structure - A guided study of India's wars, by the author

Srinath Raghavan, a former infantry officer in the Indian Army and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, is a Professor of History and International Relationships at Ashoka University. Srinath will facilitate a weekly discussion on India's wars, and the themes that defined the period and the book.

This course will impress upon the learner why this period, the relationships and conflicts between the powers that were and the ones that would soon be, is a significant piece of the history of the Indian subcontinent, and critical to understanding many challenges that haunt India even today. Students will be expected to read deeply about 50 pages of the book each week, research the context and participate actively in class discussions, contributing to their perspectives and questioning. At the end of the course, they will write a brief, but rich analytical essay on the book, the period or a theme that left a strong impression.

Skill Development - Science
 

Duration - 3 weeks. Compulsory Course

Frequency of sessions - 1 hour per day

The purpose of this course is to give a glimpse of some of the essential skills and understanding students should have as they take up science subjects at the DP level. These skills will help students succeed in their IAs, EEs and understanding of science at large. The course is structured to help students identify the need to design investigations to understand a phenomenon/verify a theory /to establish a relationship between scientific quantities. The twofold objectives of this course is to enable the students to be able to design safe investigations and evaluate the findings of an investigation.

Through this course, learners will be able to identify the topic of the investigation and will describe fully focused research questions, evaluate the investigation to identify the strengths, weaknesses, limitations and suggest improvements & probable extensions.

Skill Development - Math
 

Duration - 5 weeks. Compulsory Course

Frequency of sessions - 1 hour per day

The IB Diploma programme emphasizes on some essential skills in its Math and Science Programmes. It expects the students to generate the right kind of data, relevance of data, and analysis of data and to use the models to make predictions. The process completes with the thorough Evaluation of methods, limitations of conclusions and predictions made out of the data.

This course will focus on a range of things like Data Collection, Organization, Presentation, Validation, along with testing the data with Correlation Coefficient, Rank Correlation, Chi Square Test; making appropriate choice of a test. The final of this will be a coursework done by students that are assessed on DP Coursework Criteria.