Which is better, Book smart or Street smart?

4 mins readUpdated on Apr 8, 2020 14:52 IST

Only a few years back, I taught Simar, a gifted young adolescent, appreciated by teachers and parents alike and envied by his peer for being the highest scorer. However, he was disliked by the mates for never sharing his work or helping them with doubts, never mingling with companions and showing no interest in sports or any other co-curricular activities. He did not even attend his school’s farewell. They called him nerd, I called him Book-Smart, as he was always with his books. He apparently looked unhappy despite doing what was expected of him. Sadly, no one taught him that the mantra of happiness lies in the essence of friendship, caring, empathy, sharing and the fragrance it leaves around one’s aura.

 This is just one example. I have seen several students unable to take right decisions, they are procrastinating, misinterpreting their expectations from life, non-empathetic, misunderstanding people around them, judgemental, succumbing easily to peer pressure, devaluing their opportunities and eventually end up messing up their lives with drugs, multiple partners or cluttered due to their impulsive selections. Not forgetting the sizable amount of them who leave their future ‘Ram- Bharose’ i.e. waiting for fate to open avenues to their success.

Researches have shown that our success at work or in life depends 80 per cent on emotional intelligence and only 20 per cent on intellect. While our cognitive abilities help us to solve quantitative problems, process information and use data and logic to answer questions, socio-emotional skills allow us to be more creative and use our emotions to resolve our intra-personal and interpersonal problems. 

Visual processing, working memory, spatial and quantitative reasoning are a few parameters of assessing Intelligence Quotient. IQ itself is restricted and does not constitute the full spectrum of human intelligence. While IQ can be a reliable predictor of academic success, it is not essentially a guarantee of life success. Sometimes people with very high IQ battle to sustain themselves in life, while those with average IQ may be able to manoeuvre with ease. Hence, conventional intelligence is no guarantee of success and just because someone is less intelligent doesn’t mean that the person will be a failure throughout his life. Researches show successful people shared the attributes of passion, perseverance and conscientious. These traits are also parameters to assess one's Emotional Quotient. EQ refers to a person's ability to perceive the prism of emotions, control, evaluate, and express emotions in a manner to better adjust in the society while safeguarding one’s own happiness and mental health.

EQ is centred around abilities such as:

  • Self- awareness - Identifying one’s own emotions
  • Social/People’s awareness - Perceiving & evaluating how others feel
  • Self-management - Controlling one's own emotions
  • Relationship/People’s Management - Using emotions to facilitate social communication, relating to others and managing conflicts

Unlike fluid intelligence, which suffers stagnation as one age, emotional intelligence can be developed over time through mindfulness and by providing necessary attention and effort to it. To be efficacious, those IQ traits should be supplemented with social-emotional skills such as motivation, perseverance, impulse control, coping mechanisms and the ability to delay gratification. An emotionally intelligent child is one who can label their own emotions accurately, regulate them and control reactions to them; for example, one can make their parents understand the importance of their choice of subjects and long term life goals instead of giving up on options laid by family and friends. But to enable this, one should first understand their own strengths and weaknesses, skills required to pursue a stream, match the requirements of self and study, make calculated decisions and stand by it. Once you are convinced, you can easily convince others, all of which requires high EQ. A child with high EQ can also handle more complex social situations and build meaningful friendships, relate to and empathise with peers. They may be labelled as ‘Street Smarts’.

Listed here are 11 ways to improve EQ

  1. Practice mindfulness - Pay attention to how you feel, pay attention to how you behave
  2. Question your opinion and act. See how it will affect you and others.
  3. Take responsibility of your feelings and behaviour. Don’t blame others for your failures.
  4. Celebrate what you have. Do not always crib and complain about what you do not have.
  5. Improve the negatives. Think positive.
  6. Set realistic goals and work towards attaining them.
  7. Leave your comfort zone. Curiosity is the key to learning.
  8. Ask for help and help others.
  9. Listen and not only talk. Understand others perspective instead of just judging them in the first go. Form your own opinion.
  10. Respond, don’t react. Impulsiveness detracts.
  11. Remember, past is gone, so don’t dwell, present is a gift, so enjoy and future is uncertain so just plan.

Both IQ and EQ assuredly play prominent roles in determining our overall success. In addition to strengthening certain cognitive abilities, such as your memory and mental focus, one can also acquire new social and emotional skills that will serve as your core fortitude in many different areas of your life. To be successful, emotional intelligence has importance as great as mathematical intelligence. The greatest benefit may lie in learning to improve skills in multiple spheres.

Stay Street Smart. Befriend Books. Stay Mindful. Stay Happy.

About the author

Dr Kulpreet Kaur is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Business School (JGBS), O.P. Jindal Global University. She carries with her an extensive experience of 25 years in the field of School Education and Counselling which is evenly split between administration and academia

 

 

 

 

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What is BBA+MBA integrated course all about?

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Arshiya Singh

Scholar-Level 16

8 months ago

LPU is the best place for BBA as well as MBA. I must say that the students who graduate with BBA from LPU are able to enter the competitive exams, business market as process managers, risk analysts, development executives, human resource managers, and many others and after BBA you can pursue high...LPU is the best place for BBA as well as MBA. I must say that the students who graduate with BBA from LPU are able to enter the competitive exams, business market as process managers, risk analysts, development executives, human resource managers, and many others and after BBA you can pursue higher studies by joining dual and integrated programs, you will have a great job opportunity in the industrial world. The scope of these particular courses is developing day by day. LPU offers you a dream package. LPU not only gives you the best education but they also prepare students so that they can crack any interview, they organize classes for communication skills because the interview matters a lot. LPU conducts many events, guest lectures, seminars, etc. So that student can enhance their knowledge and I think you should not worry about the placements, if you work hard in the course and learn as much as you can, any company visiting the campus would be happy to hire you. The Business School of LPU is accredited from (ACBSP) Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs from the USA ensuring quality education and industry experienced faculty members, studying in LPU will get a degree accredited from a body of USA. Mittal school of Business ranked among the top 40 Management institution in India as per the latest 2021 NIRF ranking.

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preeti gogna

Guide-Level 15

10 months ago

It is a highly innovative and rigorous programme designed to develop professional capabilities for tomorrow's business managers. The curriculum provides real-life, practical experience making students skilled and work-ready in their selected specialisation. The eligibility is Pass with 60% aggreg...It is a highly innovative and rigorous programme designed to develop professional capabilities for tomorrow's business managers. The curriculum provides real-life, practical experience making students skilled and work-ready in their selected specialisation. The eligibility is Pass with 60% aggregate marks in 10+2 (with English or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST and interview. Salient features of the programme are:
1. Single Degree with one CGPA
2. Saves One Year
3. Same Academic Scholarship will remain continue for the entire duration of programme
4. Same course fees will remain applicable till the end
But there will be no Exit Option
Some of the features of Mittal School of Business, LPU I find worthwhile to be mentioned in this context,
1. Mittal School of Business has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) of USA for its Management, Commerce and Economics programmes.
2. School is ranked No. 2 in India in Outreach and Inclusivity and 38 overall in the prestigious NIRF 2018 ranking released by The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
3. School has students from all states of the country and more than 500 students from all over the world. This integrated programme includes Live Projects & Consultancy, Entrepreneurship Projects, Industry delivered certifications (Voluntary), Cutting Edge Courses in Workshop Mode for Hands-on Experience, Experiential Learning Activities & Business Games, Innovative Pedagogy, Close Interface with the Corporate World.
21 LPA was the highest salary package offered, 5.5 is the average salary package. The university has a tie up with over 700 companies which come for campus placements. Students are placed in the best brands like Amazon, Federal bank, Delivery, Asian Paints, Berger Paint, Bajaj Electrical, Colgate Palmolive, HUL, ITC, Loreal, Marico, MRF, Vodafone.

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How do I apply to Jindal Global Business School through Shiksha website?

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Riya verma

Contributor-Level 10

8 months ago

Shiksha always have the link to the official website of the college. You can visit that website and then apply for your respective course.

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Sumit Kumar

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9 months ago

Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance is an undergraduate program that emphasizes an in-depth understanding of the concepts used in the banking & finance sectors.Adjudged as the flagship Institute of Chandigarh University and ranked among the Best BBA banking and Finance Coll...Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance is an undergraduate program that emphasizes an in-depth understanding of the concepts used in the banking & finance sectors.
Adjudged as the flagship Institute of Chandigarh University and ranked among the Best BBA banking and Finance College in Punjab, India, USB has taken a unique initiative to prepare a new generation of bankers and other financial professionals who can serve the needs of emerging India. Our explicit course curriculum covers the study of the basic concepts of management along with dedicated training in domains like International Banking and Finance, Investment Banking, Treasury Operations, Risk Management, Project & Infrastructure, etc.
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US BLS forecasts a hike of 30% in job prospects of personal financial advisors whereas the scope of securities, commodities and financial services sales agents is expected to increase substantially by 10%.
10+2 with 50% marks in aggregate or its equivalent examination in any stream conducted by a recognized Board / University / Council.
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Aadarshini

Contributor-Level 10

9 months ago

Chandigarh University offers the best MBA finance program. Also, ranked among Asia's best and fastest-growing universities, CU has coupled the experience of top industry leaders and renowned academicians to foster a global approach.A wide spectrum of programs paired with flexibility, experiential...Chandigarh University offers the best MBA finance program. Also, ranked among Asia's best and fastest-growing universities, CU has coupled the experience of top industry leaders and renowned academicians to foster a global approach.
A wide spectrum of programs paired with flexibility, experiential learning and interdisciplinary orientation emancipate our students to explore their interests and pursue dream careers. At CU we are grooming students to be socially sensitive through intellectually challenging and contemporary diverse cultures.

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I am from PCM background with 70% in 12th. Can I get admission for BBA course?

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Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

10 months ago

Hey Krish
For admission into BBA courses, students are needed to clear the 10+2 or equivalent examination from any recognized board or school. Some colleges consider the criteria of securing 50% marks in the qualifying exam. The age should be between 17 to 25 years.

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Which is better for BBA+MBA integrated: Doon Business School, LPU, Amity Noida, Jindal Global Business school, Nirma?

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Poonam Angural

Scholar-Level 16

a year ago

This course enhances students' managerial skills and knowledge based on ethical considerations. Though all the universities have a great academic structure but being an alumni let me share the details. Let me share the salient features of BBA-MBA integrated Global accreditation ACBSP, USA Option ...This course enhances students' managerial skills and knowledge based on ethical considerations. Though all the universities have a great academic structure but being an alumni let me share the details. Let me share the salient features of BBA-MBA integrated
Global accreditation ACBSP, USA
Option to choose specialisation area/electives. Pathway programme to help students choose a clear path into the career of their choice like Government Jobs, Corporate Jobs, Entrepreneurship, Higher Studies etc. Minors in areas like Data Science, Internet of Things, Fashion Management, Lifestyle Design etc. Option to follow the interest by choosing interesting courses from a wide range of Open Elective course offered by different Schools in the University. Application oriented lectures, assignments and projects to sharpen analytical skills. Entrepreneurial skill development through on campus entrepreneurship projects. Online access to 5000 research journals, 6,000 leading company annual reports and 30,000 business dissertations. Usage of software and databases for data analysis. Option to opt for industry relevantand industry delivered skills to enhance placement prospects e. g. Six Sigma, NSE Certified Capital Market Modules (on Mutual Funds, Derivatives, Financial Markets, and Financial Modelling etc. ). Student driven Clubs/Activities for Leadership Development
Training in data analysis using the latest software. Special sessions on sharpening analytical and soft skills. Faculty from reputed B- Schools. Industry Tie Ups: NSE
So far the students are working in the companies Banking Sector-ICICI, HDFC, RBS, HSBC, SBI Canara Bank etc. IT/ITES-Wipro Technologies, Infosys, HCL, NIIT etc. Insurance-AEGON, RELIGARE, Bharti AXA, ICICI Prudential Max New York life etc. I hope the information helps.

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Ankush Singh

Contributor-Level 9

2 years ago

Doon Business School is a good option. BBA+MBA (5 years) is an Integrated MBA Programme for all eligible class XII pass-outs aspiring for a career in the? Eld of business management. It is an innovative designed dual degree programme that combines the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes u20...Doon Business School is a good option. BBA+MBA (5 years) is an Integrated MBA Programme for all eligible class XII pass-outs aspiring for a career in the? Eld of business management. It is an innovative designed dual degree programme that combines the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes u2013 BBA and MBA. On successful completion of? Ve years, a 'MBA Integrated' degree will be awarded by Uttarakhand Technical University. Faculty members are very well trained and they will guide you through out the course. So you can choose DBS.

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Which one is better among IIBS in Bangalore and Jindal Global Business School, Haryana? I got 97 percentile i.e.730 marks.

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Pooja

Contributor-Level 6

a year ago

IIBS has all the required infrastructure with immense exposure to the course work. Laboratories and classrooms are well maintained. The hostel and food court all hygienic. This college has best curriculum with worldwide universities. The study goes along with the job market recruitments. All the ...IIBS has all the required infrastructure with immense exposure to the course work. Laboratories and classrooms are well maintained. The hostel and food court all hygienic. This college has best curriculum with worldwide universities. The study goes along with the job market recruitments. All the necessary structure facilities. Infrastructure is very good and well maintained. All type of facility aur available. It has green campus and friendly environment. Academic is outstanding and our teachers are cooperative and supportive. Faculty members are highly qualified professor and their way of teaching is awesome. Classes schedule for properly manage and classes done regularly. Well defined topic is taught properly both theoretical and practical knowledge is given. All raps of properly developed and has and the newest technology. All the recent articles and research are updated time to time. Practical way of everything makes our job ready. The curriculum is updated with recent development. IIBS offers excellent placement opportunities. It has its own placement cell. It even offers many internship for the students. Approximately 90% students are placed placement in our course. Companies are likely to be Berger paints, Reliance capital, ages global, HDFC, IBM etc. The highest package offered 22 LPA, average package offered around 8 LPA, and the lowest package is around 4-5 LPA. It is the best place for the placement recruitment and higher education.

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Rajshree Bhattad

Beginner-Level 4

5 years ago

Hi Kusuma SreeMy name is Rajshree Bhattad and I am pursuing my MBA from Jindal Global Business School. I would suggest you JGBS as JGBS not only provides you with the best exposure and opportunities but it is the place where you can groom ,develop and grow. Also since your percentile is very good...Hi Kusuma Sree
My name is Rajshree Bhattad and I am pursuing my MBA from Jindal Global Business School. I would suggest you JGBS as JGBS not only provides you with the best exposure and opportunities but it is the place where you can groom ,develop and grow. Also since your percentile is very good you can also get a scholarship on your tution fees. Since it is also one of the crucial factor.
Jindal has best faculties around the country. It is a fully residential college which provides really good facilities.
Hope this helps!

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Which is better:Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies-Noida for BBA or O. P. Jindal Global Universit for BBA (h)+MBA integrated programme?

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OPJINDALGLOBALUNIVERSITY

Beginner-Level 4

a year ago

Dear Readers , I would intentionally not like to name any college here as reply to the above questions but show some guidance to all here through my experience being in Education Sector . Before i start sharing my thoughts i would like my readers to understand that while choosing a B school a stu...Dear Readers , I would intentionally not like to name any college here as reply to the above questions but show some guidance to all here through my experience being in Education Sector . Before i start sharing my thoughts i would like my readers to understand that while choosing a B school a student need to do a self introspection also. Students are the brand ambassadors of all Colleges / Universities .
The 5 Year Integrated BBA(H) + MBA program at JGBS is a very practical , multidisciplinary and Industry oriented courses which is consciously designed to meet the changing needs to the Job market .
The first 2 years are designed to expose students to a gamut of courses which enable students to learn from diverse disciplines and help develop broad world view and launch a strong foundation for the future. The courses cover a range of disciplines including Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Business History, Quantitative Techniques and Communication.
The year 3 and 4 introduce students to the dynamic world of management and business in an engaging manner so that they can solve business puzzles. Students learn the fundamentals of management and its various disciplines - Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Business Analytics, Finance and Accounting in 3rd year .
In the 5th year offers students an opportunity to pursue deeper learning. Students have an option to go abroad for a one year MS programme in one of the partner universities. Students are exposed to business simulation and have an option to assist a professor in a business consultancy. They also have the options for working in a firm as an intern or to design and develop a new business idea and to start a new business.
What makes the program unique is :
1.Global Curriculum
2.Cross Electives : Freedom to opt for Cross Elective subjects from Law , Public Policy , International Affairs , Liberal Arts & Bank & finance subjects .
3.Internships : 3 compulsory internships after 2nd, 3rd and 4th year in both corporate and social sectors
4.Entrepreneurship : All the students have the option to register for RISE (Research & Innovation Semester for Entrepreneurs) in their final semester to design and develop one or more new business ideas under the guidance of leading entrepreneurs .
5.Global Exposure : Optional Immersion Trips, Summer Schools between semesters . MS degree in the 5th year with partner foreign universities (optional) .
6.Compulsory foreign language

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Jindal Global Business S

Beginner-Level 5

4 years ago

Jindal University started with law and the batches have passed out from Law and this is the reason why people know more about Law as compared to BBA or Integrated BBA. Jindal university has been rated among the only 2 private Universities by UGC and MHRD for full autonomy status in India. Above t...Jindal University started with law and the batches have passed out from Law and this is the reason why people know more about Law as compared to BBA or Integrated BBA. Jindal university has been rated among the only 2 private Universities by UGC and MHRD for full autonomy status in India. Above that it is among the top 10 private Universities in the BRICS Nation for the QS ranking and the only University from Haryana to top the list. The exposure that students get in terms of Semester exchange or the MS Dual Degree option from the partner foreign Universities make it stand different. For Integrated BBA (Hons) + MBA the batch size is 50 only and the Multi Disciplinary curriculum add more weight age to the programme.

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my daughter wants admission in BBA , but we came to know that the atmosphere is not good as the students come from a rich back ground.

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OPJINDALGLOBALUNIVERSITY

Beginner-Level 4

a year ago

Before sharing my reply i would like to clarify that my reply to the above answer is not be adjudged with my current Designation and role . Having spent more than 16 years in Higher Education since year 2003 when i completed MBA and we started witnessing Privatization of Higher Education in India...Before sharing my reply i would like to clarify that my reply to the above answer is not be adjudged with my current Designation and role . Having spent more than 16 years in Higher Education since year 2003 when i completed MBA and we started witnessing Privatization of Higher Education in India i saw lot many changes in Higher Education — positive and negative as well .
I personally feel that many people in our country feel that Education at College Level is better in a Government College as compared to a private Institution . They think Private Colleges and Universities are made for profit and do not focus on Quality education . They are also of this opinion that serious students only aspire for Govt Colleges and usually in private colleges anyone and everyone can get a seat , you just need to have the affordability .
I would like to raise few points here and leave my readers to think over them :-
Should we compare an Apple with an Orange just because both appear to be identical in shape .
Does the marks scored by a student in Class 10th or 12th or Entrance exam makes him/her perfect to be a successful person later in life .I feel the very nature of Private Universities to adopt them to the changing environment , come up with advanced Curriculam , collaborate with Industry and International Partners help their students to be future ready . In one of the replies to the above question i read someone quoted that JGBS has very young faculty who have just completed Phd and are teaching there . I personally feel that what is the harm if the faculty is YOUNG . We must try to understand that these people have taken Education as a passion with making it their profession . There was a time when becoming a Professor was a last option for anyone . We as educationist have a greater responsibility to make future of our community . Be it Engineers , Doctors , Lawyers or any other profile they all need good teachers .
When we accept young MBA graduates as Vice President , CEO , CFO then why there is a mental blockage if their is a Professor who is equally Young . I feel the connect which a Professor of 35 or 40 Year can make with this “Generation Z ” is more useful . Jindal Global Business School has an unmatched Faculty :Student Ratio of 1: 9 . I have hardly heard this ever in my professional Career in any College in India . JGU is a fully residential campus where no student at Graduation level can step out of the main gate until their parents approve their gate-pass

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Abhishek Desai

Scholar-Level 17

3 years ago

Hello, generally, one will find many people belonging to a rich family background in private colleges. However, one should not get distracted due to that and solely work on his/her goals. You would also find good people helping you out on the journey.

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