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Shashi Tharoor to start finishing school in Kerala

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    Posted: 19 December 2007 at 2:12pm

Shashi Tharoor to start finishing school in Kerala

 

Former UN Under-Secretary General and chairman of Dubai-based Afras Projects India Shashi Tharoor signed an agreement Wednesday to start a finishing school in Kerala for the young software professionals at the Technopark here.

Tharoor and Technopark CEO R.K. Nair inked the agreement to start the school -Academy for Personality Development and Communication - by March. The school will focus on the capacity building of young professionals.

'The academy will be world class with state-of-the-art technology to develop English speaking skills of young recruits at Technopark and focus on quality capacity building of young IT professionals,' said Tharoor.

Besides the professionals, employment-seeking youth in the universities and colleges will also have access to the institute.

American speech pathologist and trainer Tina Parsons will be heading the institute and will have an international faculty comprising eminent professionals in the field of communication.

Nair, lauding the efforts of Tharoor, said Kerala is gunning for a major share of the global outsourcing opportunity.

'Technopark is very happy that Tharoor, a Keralite of global stature, is setting up a world class training centre in here to address this critical issue,' said Nair

 


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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, May 12: “Kerala’s IT graduates have technological know-how but are not so good at articulating their thoughts in English,” said Mr Shashi Tharoor, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and chairman of Dubai-based Afras ventures, so he has just the solution for worried CEOs, and graduates who missed the bus during campus placements for lack of language skills ~ Afras Academy For Business Communications (AABC).


“It is not an IT-finishing school and Mrs Tina Parsons (An American who has been hired by AABC as Executive Director of Training) is not an English language teacher. AABC is a professional training academy with mock boardrooms, latest voice-recognition software, and custom-made training packages for students already employed and therefore finding it difficult to attend regular classes. The idea is not to have Malayalees pretend to speak like Americans but maintaining cultural identity while improving speech intelligibility,” said Mr Tharoor, a self-confessed “state chauvinist”.

Mrs Parsons, a speech language pathologist and voice specialist, will oversee the course. Topics of the module include language and grammar, with emphasis on business and academic vocabulary, public speaking and presentation skills and business etiquette.
She said that the academy located at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, has employed 12 teachers, all PhDs in English. “Intake will be via a written exam. There will be less than 20 students in six classrooms, the course would commence by early June,” she said.
Mr Tharoor, who has kept himself busy with pro bono service for educational institutions and humanitarian agencies in India and abroad, said he realised that such an institution was the need of the hour after speaking with CEOs of companies based in Technopark who complained that their foreign clients had difficulty understanding their Indian counterparts.
However, Mr Tharoor, wont be teaching any modules, “because I am at best an amateur”, and will act more like a brand ambassador for AABC as he retains his NRI status. But students willing to shell Rs 30,000 for the two-month programme can walk away with a certificate, which as Mr Tharoor puts it, “will be a ticket to successful employment.”
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The Stupid Concept of Finishing Schools, An Article by Kenny Jacob

The recent hype in the education market is about finishing schools. Every Trust, every agency, every organization which is into education of some sort has or is planning to start a finishing school. The latest to join this is the IHRD.

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  Quote meets Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2010 at 5:40am
hi,
 
 ClapIts a great idea to start Finishing School for software professionals.
Please consider my request to join and give my services to the school for spoken and written english.
 Would love to join this finishing school.
 
 
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  Quote nowfelz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2010 at 11:31am
He is one of the best politician in kerala which all has to follow for. Well educated one with good vision to the future. If people like him come over to good rankings in politics withdrawing others i hope kerala has a good future ahead. i support him to the core
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