Thursday, 21 July 2016

Anjum Babukhan’s “ABCs of Brain-Based Learning” To Revolutionize Indian Education System!

By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz  
Hyderabad : On 15th of July at Park Hyatt Hotel in Hyderabad, an Indian-American educationist Anjum Babukhan tipped off an interesting discussion on the strong need for a revolutionary system of education in India, the likes of which, according to her, are a rarity in our country. The discussion sparked off during the launch of her book titled ‘ABCs of Brain Compatible Learning’.
The chapters in book outline a clear message: a pragmatic pedagogy that rhymes with the learning mechanism of brain will be more effective in teaching students. Speaking exclusively after the launch of her book ‘’ABCs of Brain Compatible Learning”, Ms. Anjum Babukhan said “This is the first of its kind in India. It is a compendiary of tried and tested brain-based education techniques that make learning interactive, easy and fun.”
What makes this book different is the entirety of its existence as an unprecedented guide that explains how scientific yet simple methods can be used by parents and teachers to optimize learning and make teaching discourses more effective.
Delving into the details she explains “each chapter diligently decodes the ABCs of brain-based learning. For instance, A is for attention and explains how to sustain the attention of the student, which is 5 minutes for a 5 year old and 15 minutes for child in early teens. Most teachers are unaware of this and stretch the classroom sessions to tens of minutes at a go, which is something the brain may not calibrate well with. As a result, the effectiveness of teaching fades away.
Proposing a  headfast solution to this problem, the book aims to utilize applied psychology in elevating the standards of teaching, and learning whilst projecting multifarious  approaches to common problems, is a comprehensive summation of this experiential learning, and could bridge the gap between teaching and learning. It is ideal for both parents and teachers, and could revolutionize the teaching methodology followed in our country.
So what sparked the idea to pen this book? Anjum Babukhan holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership from University of Chicago, and is a noted Educationist. She says “when I moved back to India 20 years ago, the crowded classrooms, stereotypic teaching methodology and instructional attitude of teachers was almost ubiquitous. It raised a silent alarm that there was tremendous room for improvement and the pedagogy needed an overhaul.”
That’s how the idea kicked in and the collective set of procedures and practices projected by the author at several prestigious national and international forums and initially shared with thousands of teachers in her social spheres was significantly refined and impressed into a book.
Quoting famous Tollywood director S.S. Rajamouli who launched the book she says “if we are looking for a creative society, we need more creative teaching practices in schools all across, and the ABCs of Brian Based Learning is the first attempt to plug into that gap.
While the book itself was published in limited copies, the author has plans to gradually make it available across online stores like Amazon and Flipkart in both print and digital editions. The book, essentially a teaching guide, could be a good buy for parents as well as teachers once it hits the stores.
Besides education, Anjum Babukhan has more reasons to fame than just the persona of a sparkling educationist. She belongs to one of the most revered families of Hyderabad being the daughter of ex-Minister and noted philanthropist Mr Bashiruddin Babukhan and is the wife of the Salman Babukhan, the scion of the Babukhan family who overlooks the lofty empire sprawling different realms including education.
Crediting part of her success to her marital lineage, and support of her mother-in-law and parents, she hopes that the book will be adopted and imbibed in the syllabi across all schools across the country, and hopes the favourable review of Dr. Ajit, dean of the prestigious Indian School of Business and other academic reviewers can help these techniques make lives easy for millions of school children across the country. Eventually, the book is also slated to be available in select regional languages including Urdu.
Ms. Anjum Babukhan, has also served formerly as the chairperson of the Women’s Wing of FICCI, and is currently the director of Education at Glendale and the Lead Consultant at Edvantage Teacher Leadership Training institute.
Most of these techniques we already use at our institutions (Glendale Academy and Springfields School), it remains to be seen how long before such medium of learning takes the pivotal stance in ameliorating the teaching practices in schools across other parts of India, and for starters, this book is more than just a ‘teaching guide’ for teachers and parents, she concludes.
The launch of ABCs of Brain based Learning was a glittering affair as eminent personalities from different spheres including Dr. Abhimanyu Acharya, UGC Professor of Eminence, former Dean of Indian School of Business Dr. Ajit Rangekar, noted Tollywood director Mr. S. S. Rajamouli and Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Ms. Sangita Reddy who is a member of the advisory board at Glendale Academy and other eminent personalities were also present on this occasion.
Film maker Mani Shanker directed the video series of the book.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

ABC's of Brain Compatible Learning - Teaser

 It gives me immense pleasure to share the trailer of my 1st book 'ABCs of Brain Compatible Learning' and the Video Series related to this book directed by none other than the ace director Mani Shankar.


Monday, 23 May 2016

The Khan Factor - RITZ talks with Ms. Anjum

The Khan Factor – Anjum
May 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it,” says Maya Angelou, the American poet and memoirist. Here’s one Hyderabadi woman achiever who believes in living by that Mantra. Not content with being just the daughter in law of Hyderabad’s First Family of Real Estate and Infrastructure – the Babukhans – Anjum has emerged as one the city’s most respected educationists and philanthropists. In an exclusive one-on-one with RITZ, the graceful Anjum speaks on her family and endeavours.

To be born into an illustrious family and build on its strengths is one thing, while to be married into one and create one’s own identity is another. While Salman Babu Khan, a Management Graduate from Chicago belongs to the former category, his wife Anjum belongs to the latter. Salman’s grandfather, Khan BahadurAbdul KarimBabukhan, the doyen of the clan, established a highly successful business empire in the 1930s which was expanded further by Salman’s father, BasheeruddinBabukhan.

The Arts College of the Osmania University, Hyderabad House, the Delhi Palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Deccan towers, the Mogul court, the Babukhan estate, the AsafJahi Towers and the Babukhan Millennium Centre along with over 20 major projects that dot the city today are a few of the monumental marvels the family has created. His father also forayed into politics and had held important portfolios as a Cabinet Minister in the 90s. Salman, on his part, has successfully led the Babukhan enterprises into the next millennium besides making his presence felt at the Round Table, YI and CII.

Anjum was a Psychology Major from the Loyola University in Chicago when she got engaged to Salman. She was always keen on being associated with the education sector. So she pursued her Masters in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership, soon after their engagement and started working in Springfields School after marriage, which was established by her father-in-law. After 7 years, she started Glendale Academy, her own institution in 2003.

“My father-in-law, late BashiruddinBabukhan, always wanted to create a state-of-the-art institution and leave that as his legacy. Even though the family had a name in real estate, he always thought of empowering others and giving back to the society. He was into philanthropy and charity until his last breath. The last place he visited before passing away was Glendale. 
He was really proud of me for making his dream come true. Having been a successful businessman, politician and philanthropist, he always attributed his success to his alma mater. He wanted to do the same thing and create leaders who would make the world a better place like he did,” shares Anjum.

“My in-laws and husband have been ever supportive, encouraging and proud of everything pursue, by God’s grace. They helped me settle in wonderfully.  There is a beautiful synergy in our family that supports one another and what we contribute to the society. Glendale Academy is the biggest example. It was my father-in-law’s vision and dream and my mother in law’s dua (prayers) and blessings, which helped us build Glendale. My husband carried out the entire physical project from building to landscape architecture to handling the logistics and government permissions; and then I did everything else from helping design the concept, logo, stationary, curriculum methods, pedagogy, training of teachers, procuring the best international resources, inputs on the interiors, to our entire school programs… Glendale represents us in more ways than one. We wanted to create proactive, productive and value-enriched peaceful global citizens,” adds the poised lady. The school attracts the future heirs of several high profile families even though it’s not intentional.

Countless personalities have inspired AnjumBabukhan. “I love to learn from everyone and synthesise those experiences into my life,” she says. Her passions include anything nurturing, rejuvenating, spiritual and enriching. She loves spas and travelling. “I feel so nurtured and restored when I go to a spa! I love learning new things to enrich myself. Of course travelling is wonderful! My husband and I love to take a restorative break as well as visit new lands not explored before. My spiritual book club is very special too and I have learnt and grown so much as a person – whether it is from the Power of Now by Eckart Tolle or Soul to Soul by Gary Zukav. I would much rather enjoy an intimate lunch with a friend and have a satiating conversation instead of attending a social do with small talk. I love nature and all natural things from aromatherapy to zinc,” reveals the educationist.
Anjum strongly believes that she has a lot to offer teachers and education leaders. She wishes to publish her book and video that is a neuroscience based guide for educators. She wrote it several years ago but didn’t have time to launch it yet. “I would love to take my Edvantage Teacher Leadership Institute to the next level in the future. There is definitely a need for this,” she says as she signs off.