Holi-The Festival of Colours

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The festival of colours, Holi, is celebrated with great zeal & enthusiasm all over India.  According to the Hindu calendar, the festival falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, i.e., March. This year, the festival of Holi will be celebrated on 27th March.

Story

There are many interesting legends associated with Holi. One of the most popular legends is that of Prince Prahlad, who was a follower of Lord Vishnu. According to the legend, there was a powerful Asura king, Hiranyakashyap, who declared himself to be the real God and wanted everybody to worship him. He tortured and punished all those who worshipped any other God besides him. However, his own son Prahlad disobeyed his wishes and became a firm devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap tried in many ways to get his son killed, but Prahlad’s devotion made all his attempts go in vain. So, Hiranyakashyap asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon that fire could not harm her. However, the unexpected happened. Prahlad was saved for his extreme devotion to Lord Vishnu, while Holika died in the fire. The tradition of burning Holika or the ‘Holika dahan’ comes mainly from this legend.

Celebrations

Although the Holi celebrations differ from state to state, the essence & spirit behind the celebration remains the same, i.e., love & brotherhood. The festival is celebrated for two days. The celebrations start with Holika Dahan or the lighting of huge bonfire on the first day – popularly known as Chhoti Holi. On this day, people perform Puja and take rounds around the bonfire. The actual celebrations take place on the second day. People apply coloured powder or ‘gulal’ on each others’ faces and cheer up saying “Bura na maano Holi hai!”. Children particularly enjoy the festival, as they throw water balloons on one another and drench each other using their pichkari. Also, people prepare special dishes & sweets such as gujiyas, malpuas, dahi badas etc.

How to celebrate Holi at home?

Holi is one of the most popular festivals of people in India and is associated with great fun & frolic. Here are some interesting ideas about how you can celebrate Holi with your children at home.

  • On the day of Chhoti Holi, dress up your children in new clothes and take them to see the ‘Holika Dahan’.
  • Narrate the story of Prince Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap to your children.
  • Explain to them the significance behind the celebration of the festival, i.e., victory of true devotion over power, which is clearly evident from the legend of Prahlad & Hiranyakashyap.
  • On the day of Holi, involve your children with yourself to prepare special delicacies for the festival, i.e., gujiyas, dahibadas etc.
  • Play eco-friendly Holi with your children, i.e., buy herbal colours that are made of flowers, or you can make such colours at your home also.

So, this Holi, seize the opportunity to make special memories with your children and enjoy the festival of colours to the fullest.

Have a safe and Wonderful Holi!

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Tips to start an Elementary School

 

The first stage of academic learning or compulsory education is known as elementary or primary education. After preschool, elementary school provides formal education to children up to 5th grade. Elementary school, which is followed by middle or secondary school and then higher secondary school, forms the foundation for all levels of learning and development. Indian government acknowledges the importance of primary education and that is why it has already laid down reforms to make elementary education free and compulsory for all children less than 14 years of age. Even, the private sector has also contributed immensely to the growth and development of the education sector.

In case, you too want to enter into the education sector and contribute to this noble venture, consider opening an elementary school. Below mentioned are the basic requirements for starting an elementary school.

 

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  • The basic requirement for starting an elementary school is to have firm funding capabilities. You may either take support from a financial institute or arrange it on your own. An investment of around Rs.15 to 20 lakhs investment is required to open an elementary school.
  • The next requisite for starting an elementary school is to find an appropriate land. Consider all things like number of age groups to be educated, the size of the school before you search a potential location.
  • After this, you will require the EC from the Directorate of Education because Essentiality Certificate is important for starting a school, which verifies & confirms the need of your school in that specific area.
  • Further, you are required to get your school elementary school recognised from the state’s Municipal Corporation.
  • Once the legal formalities are over, you are required to recruit experienced teaching and non-teaching staff for your school. You may ask a consultancy to help you in hiring excellent staff.
  • The next step is the promotion and marketing of your school. Remember that effective promotional approaches will surely help you to promote your school in your community. So, use banners, hoardings, pamphlets, newspaper advertisements and audio promotions for your school.

Mentioned above are the simple steps for starting an elementary school in India. However, if you feel that starting an elementary school is a bit tedious for you being a beginner in the education sector, then you may opt for school franchise from SHEMFORD Futuristic School. Owned and managed by experienced & qualified educationists, SHEMFORD Futuristic School offers unique school franchise opportunities to the aspiring people who wish to start a school of their own. You are required to fill the franchise application form given below to turn your dream project into reality.

 

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Types of School Franchises Available in India

Education is a growing sector which provides the aspiring edupreneurs with prospective business opportunities, to enter into the education industry. Today, the high demand for quality education in India has made school franchises one of the most lucrative business options available. The business of franchising, especially the school franchises, are considered to be low on investment and high on returns with a break-even period within first two years of operations. These factors all together have attracted many ambitious people to take up school franchises and start their entrepreneurial journey in the field of education.

However, when we talk about taking up , there are innumerable options to choose from. Given below are the types of school franchises available in India:

  • Preschools
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • K-12 schools

Amongst all the school franchises given above, opting for a primary school franchise is an intelligent decision. This is because quality primary schools are on high demand in India, as elementary education has been made compulsory for children in the age group 6-14 years, by the government. Moreover, it is advised to start with a primary school, which can later be upgraded to a secondary school and then to full-fledged senior secondary school.

 

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The entire procedure to buy a school franchise is very simple; all you need to do is have a sound financial background and good years of experience in the entrepreneurial field. Now, go through the steps given below to know the procedure in detail:

  • Initially, you need to find out the school brands that provide franchise opportunities and shortlist the best from amongst them.
  • Then, you need to fix a meeting with the concerned person of the franchising school in order to know about their offer and operations.
  • If satisfied with the franchisor’s offer, you need to fill the franchise application form and pay the initial franchise fee to the franchisor along with a set of documents, as specified by the franchisor.
  • Next, you need to look for a location which offers a calm & peaceful environment. Once you find the appropriate location, get the location and land area approved by the franchisor.
  • Prior to the construction of the school building, you are required to obtain the NOC from the Department of Education (DoE). Also, get the blue print of the school building designed by a professional architect and submit it to the franchisor for their approval.
  • Next, you have to begin with the construction, woodwork, whitewashing and interiors.
  • Subsequently, you need to purchase the essential school supplies like furniture, stationery, uniforms, sports equipment, lab apparatuses etc.
  • Further, you need to advertise your new school in the neighbouring areas. For this, you may consult the marketing department of the parent school to get an access to their marketing material which is prepared by experienced professionals.
  • Last but not the least, hire staff for your school and declare admissions open.

This simple procedure will help you buy a school franchise. However, the most important thing is to select the best school franchise. Today, one of the most trusted and leading brands in the formal school education sector is SHEMFORD. SHEMFORD is the fastest growing school chain in India which is spread across 19 states with 100+ branches. Getting associated with SHEMFORD will not only provide you an access to an established brand name, but will also help you to gain respect in the society. So, hurry, click on the tab ‘Enquire for School Franchise’, fill the franchise application form and become a proud member of the SHEMFORD family!

 

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How to Buy a School Franchise

In India, the lack of quality education at the elementary level has led to the growth of the private schooling sector in India. Moreover, today, parents also prefer to send their children to private schools that are well-established and are capable of providing world-class schooling experience to their children. As a result of this growing demand for more private schools, many business persons are considering shifting to the education industry. So, to cater to the demands of such business persons, many school brands are giving franchises of school in India. Franchising is a surefire method of starting a business successfully. It’s a win-win situation for the two parties namely, the franchisor and the franchisee. In case you are considering franchises of school in India, go through the pointers mentioned below, which will give you an idea about the basic procedure to buy a school franchise.

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  • First of all, make a list of all the prospective franchises of school in India and enquire about the franchise fee that they are charging and other details. After going through all the details, have a word with your legal advisor and select the best franchise option.
  • Then, obtain the franchise application form of the selected franchise and submit it after properly filling in all the details. Along with the submission of the franchise application form, also submit the initial franchise fee, as specified by the franchisor.
  • After this, either look for a land yourself and get the land & location approved by the management or seek the franchisor’s help in the selection of an appropriate site. Subsequently, obtain the NOC from the State Government and begin with the construction process.
  • Simultaneously, sign the franchise agreement, get approved the guidelines laid down by the school organisation.
  • Further, start with the whitewashing of the school building and interior decoration. Also, purchase sufficient and safe furniture, lab equipment & apparatuses, stationary material etc. for your school.
  • Later, get in touch with the PR and the advertising department of the franchising school, to have an access to the professionally prepared marketing material. This will help you to effectively promote your new branch in the neighbouring locality.
  • At last, employ qualified staff by conducting interviews within the school premises. You can also consult a placement agency, which can help you in appointing competent staff for your school.

This is the basic procedure to buy a school franchise. The only thing that you need to be careful of is the selection of a good franchise. In India, there are innumerable options available. However, an excellent brand in the field of education, which stands out amongst the rest is the SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools. With over 100 branches located in 19 states, the school chain is spread across the entire length and breadth of the country. It is because of the successful franchising, that today SHEMFORD is counted amongst one of the leading school brands in the education industry. So, get associated with SHEMFORD and make your contribution in the noble field of education. To get started, click on the tab ‘Enquire for School Franchise‘.

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How to Get Franchise of School

Franchising is a practice wherein two entities (franchisor & franchisee) establish a long term association on the basis of an agreement in which the franchisor grants the franchisee with the right to use its business model and brand name. For the past few years, franchising has been growing at a fast pace. In India, franchising business, especially in the education sector is at its peak. This is due to the continuous rise in the demand of educational institutions that provide standardised education. Moreover, taking a school franchise is a wonderful opportunity for people who want to establish their name in the education industry. In case you too want to know the procedure to get a franchise of school, go through the pointers mentioned below:

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  • Firstly, make a decision about the type of school you wish to get a franchise of. You can either get a play school franchise or a 10+2 school franchise. Then, do some research on the internet and make a list of all the brands in the education sector that offers franchise of school.
  • Next, shortlist the best franchise opportunity and plan a meeting with a concerned person from the franchising school. Get all the details regarding the franchise fee that they are charging and what all they are providing in return. After this, discuss the details of the meeting with a legal advisor and make a decision.
  • Subsequently, get the franchise application form, fill it completely and submit it to the concerned person.
  • Afterwards, make arrangements for the funds which you will need to invest for the establishment of your franchise school. You may invest this money on your own or get financial help from private money lenders or government banks.
  • After you have secured the investment, a person from the franchising school will assist you in site selection.
  • Once the land & location is finalised, secure the NOC from the department of education and begin with the construction, followed by whitewashing and woodwork.
  • Simultaneously, sign the franchise agreement in the presence of the franchisor & your legal advisor and retain a copy of it for yourself.
  • Next, the franchisor will guide you through the process of gaining affiliation for your school from an educational board, in case you are opening a 10+2 school.
  • After this, get in touch with the marketing department of the franchising school to get assistance in the marketing and promotion of your franchise school. They will help you to execute cost-effective promotional techniques which in turn will make your school name known in the locality.
  • Lastly, hire experienced subject teachers and other staff like Principal, librarian, lab assistants etc. However, while hiring the teachers, make sure that they are well-learned in their respective subjects.

By following these simple steps systematically, you can set up your franchise school easily. However, you just need to make sure that you conform to the rules & regulations and set standards of the franchising school. One of the superior brands in the education industry which is acknowledged for providing fruitful franchising opportunity is the SHEMFORD Futuristic School. The school chain is spread pan India with 100+ branches at 19 locations. The SHEMFORD franchise guarantees to help & guidance in terms of personalised support, marketing assistance, recruitment & training and academic support. So, click on the tab Enquire for School Franchise to get associated with SHEMFORD.

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Maha Shivratri | Maha Shivratri Date

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, meaning the grand night dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a famous festival of Hindus which is looked upon with great reverence by the followers of Lord Shiva. Every year, according to the Hindu calendar, the festival falls on 13th or 14th day of the Krishna Paksh in the Phalgun month. Maha Shivratri in 2013 will be celebrated on 10th March.

Legends

There are many legends associated with Maha Shivratri which explain the reason behind its celebration. One of the most popular legends is the story of Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) by the gods and the demons. Mount Mandranchal was used as the churning rod and the king of serpents, Vasuki was the churning rope. It is believed that at the time of the Samudra Manthan, a highly toxic poison originated from the ocean, which terrified both gods and demons. As advised by Lord Vishnu, the gods approached Lord Shiva to seek his help, as only Lord Shiva could swallow the poison without being affected. So, on the gods’ request, Lord Shiva consumed the poison. However, Goddess Parvati held his neck, so that the poison does not go down his throat. Hence, it stayed in his throat and Lord Shiva remained unharmed. Due to this poison, his neck became blue and hence, Lord Shiva was also named as Neelakantha (the blue-necked). The gods were advised by some wise men, to keep Lord Shiva awake during the night. So, to keep him awake, the gods performed dances and amused him by playing music. As the night ended, Lord Shiva was pleased by their devotion and blessed them all. Since then, on this day, people worship Lord Shiva with great devotion.

Another popular story linked with the festival is that Maha Shivratri is the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

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Traditional Celebrations

The Shivratri celebrations begin early in the morning. People take early bath, observe fast and worship Lord Shiva all through the day. Huge crowd of worshippers gather outside the temples, which are beautifully decorated with flowers. People offer prayers along with other traditional puja items like milk, holy water, bel leaves, fruits etc. they light oil lamps in the temples and seek Lord Shiva’s blessings by chanting the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. Some temples also organise nightlong Jaagrans, where devotees sing hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. In the following morning, people break their fast by eating the Prasad offered to Lord Shiva.

How to celebrate Maha Shivratri at home?

The auspicious festival is celebrated with great zeal & enthusiasm by the worshippers of Lord Shiva all across India. You too can celebrate the festival along with your children at home in the following ways:

  • Narrate the popular legends associated with the festival, to your children and tell them about the significance behind the celebration of the Shivratri.
  • Encourage your children to express their thankfulness in front of Lord Shiva by chanting the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’.
  • Take your children to a nearby temple to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.
  • Get a DVD about the story of the life of Lord Shiva and have your children watch it along with you.
  • Invite your children’s friends and organise a fancy dress wherein, children can dress up as Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati etc.

So, along with your children, celebrate the auspicious festival at home, with full zeal and dedication.