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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

How Paypal Works...

How Paypal Works for Buyers

Many people in the non-Western world even today are uninformed about how Paypal works. They have the misunderstanding that it's just another online credit-card payment system and the seller might take the money and disappear. There are many who do not have a Paypal account and don't understand how Paypal works for the buyers.

Paypal actually works in the best interest of the buyer and the seller, who are working in an online environment. There is no way a seller can disappear with the money credited to his/her account with a Paypal purchase.

Some salient features of how Paypal works - 
  • The online merchant is required to link his/her bank account to Paypal account.
  • The online merchant is required to link his/her PAN Card to Paypal in a country like India, where all financial transactions made into the bank account of an individual are recorded in his/her unique PAN Card number.
  • All transactions made via Paypal are recorded into the Paypal account just like the online banking account. This record can be produced at any time whenever required and cannot be deleted.
  • The client who purchases a product online via Paypal can claim his/her money back from Paypal in case of any discrepancy.
  • If a complaint is registered by the client with Paypal, the merchant is asked to give a clarification in 14 days. If the merchant doesn't clarify in given time, Paypal automatically reverts the money back to the buyer.
  • If the client makes a false complaint, the Paypal again asks the merchant to explain. If the merchant explains in 14 days with evidence, the complaint by the client is rejected.
  • Thus, you can see that Paypal works in the best interest of both client and merchant and there is no scope of fraudulent practice in it.
  • In fact, Paypal is more secure than payment by cheque. Because a person can still take a cheque and disappear and it will be difficult for the customer to look for the merchant. But Paypal reverts the money back to the client if the client doesn't hear from the merchant after making the payment.
  • At no time do the client and the merchant see each other's credit card or bank information.
  • All you need is an email address and a valid bank account to open a Paypal account. Indians also need a PAN Card to have a working Paypal account.
Please see the image above for understanding how Paypal works and below for how the transaction is recorded into a Paypal account -

Statement of Transaction a Paypal Account



Sunday, 20 January 2013

Art Culture Centre - Our New Venue


Art Culture Centre (Click for Link)

Visions Afar now has a new venue to operate from.

We have grown to a multi-functional system, dealing with various aspects of higher education.

We deal with art, culture, academic travel, online courses and higher education counselling.

We have pre-designe academic lecture-cum travel programmes. We also let people design their own lecture-cum-programmes to suit their tastes. We provide certificate of attendance.

We have online courses to enhance your skills in job market. We provide grades and certificates of completion.

We give finest counselling to students wishing to study abroad in a higher education programmes.

Do visit our new website by clicking this link here to know more about us.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Art Journalism - Online Course


Now we offer an exciting online course in Art Journalism.

About the Course




Most mass communication institutes do not have a specialized course in this field. Hence, fresh journalists go into field knowing absolutely nothing about how to handle art and culture-related themes.

As a result, our print and electronic media is filled with journalistic material that is not up to the mark.

Doing this kind of course will give the art, design and media students an edge over other candidates in their field.

Topics Covered

Topics will include -
Reviewing an Artist from the fields of literature, visual and performing arts, electronic and digital media.

Blog project to report art events, write and discuss artists' profiles and review the artistic activities of celebrities.

Critiquing the reporting of art events and artist figures in print and digital media
End of term assessment. Grade Equivalence and Certificate of Completion will be provided.

Who should attend

This course is meant for art students and for media, design and journalism students who want to go into the field of art and culture-related media and journalism.

Anyone interested in journalism and art can do this course.

Pre-requisites

None. 

What you need

Internet connection. 
Contact - artandheritage@gmail.com


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Online Course - Delicious Dishes from India


Shiksha Sansthan, our Online Educational Institute is now offering this exciting course on delicious dishes from India at a low cost of US $ 100/- only.

All learning is online, with lessons sent via email.

Learners submit assignment via email. Grade equivalence and certificate of completion are provided.

Learners can complete the course at their own convenience.

Apart from recipes and cooking ideas, historical details for dishes will also be provided.

Recipes cover vegetarian, non-vegetarian, sweet dishes and desserts and dishes specially developed for religious fasts.

All payments are secure via Paypal.


Please send enquiries to artandheritage@gmail.com.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Higher Education Abroad - Personal Essay


Some Graduate programmes, especially the Business Studies ones, often ask the candidate to write a personal essay apart from a statement of purpose. Many candidates mistake between the two and don't know how to distinguish one from the other. They often repeat information given in both the essays.

It is important to understand what kind of information the Graduate programmes want in these two different kinds of essays. A successful candidate is able to write two distinct essays with different information in both the essays, which reflect that the candidate is well-suited for this Graduate programme and that the University will be able to give useful instructions to such a candidate.  

A statement of purpose shows how the candidate's past education is related to his/her Graduate studies plans at this university, what relevant expertise and other resources this Graduate department has to offer to this candidate, what kind of future goals he candidate has and how this education will fulfil those future goals and any achievements the candidate has made to show that s/he is seriously engaged in this kind of academic pursuit.

On the other hand, a personal essay discusses the intellectual abilities, the disciplinary interests, the habits and tendencies of the candidate, his/her work style, the work/study/teaching philosophy s/he believes in and what excites him/her in life. Mention of extra-academic activities and achievements, past experiences related to education that propelled the candidate in this direction, how s/he has endeavoured to make life fulfilling, his/her worldview etc. would be of great help. 

In short, a personal essay should bring out a clear portrayal of the candidate as a person with whom the department is going to deal with during the graduate years and the person s/he hopes to evolve into after Graduate education. All this should be interwoven with the Graduate programme s/he is applying for.

A representation of the personal characteristics of the candidate helps the department to understand how s/he is going to benefit from the particular Graduate programme. Hence, a personal essay is the next most important part of the application package, after SOP, Writing Sample and the Letter of Recommendations.

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About this Site -
    We are here to help you get a good-quality education abroad, preferably with as less loans and charges as possible. We don't take any commission from any university and charge you a small amount as compared to what some other businesses in this field charge.

    We give you the following services - 
    • Help you locate  universities for your desired programme which either fund your programme, or charge as little as possible.
    • Help you identify newly emerging programmes which have good opportunities and lead you to fulfilling lives.
    • Help you with writing Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample. You will write the first draft and we will improve the quality.
    • Give you information about visa.
    • All our services are offered online so you don't spend time travelling to meet us. 
    • We cater to all candidates, from India and other countries.
    • While our goal is to help you get admission in a good university with as much funding offer as possible, if you would like to apply for non-funded programmes as well, we would be glad to help you wih such applications as well.
    • Payment is through Paypal, which is a secure online mode of payment through major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. Paypal offers you the option to get your money back if you don't hear from us after making a payment. Hence, there is no chance of fraud in this.
    • Please see the Paypal link above for making a payment. 
    • You can write to us on the link saying on top, "Write to me," or use email address artandheritage@gmail.com. 
    Make this choice to be served by those who have your welfare as goal.

    Monday, 23 January 2012

    Higher Education Abroad - Role of Courses and Professors in Graduate Applications


    Many students overlook the critical role the specific courses and professors play in helping the universities to select Graduate candidates. This is even more important for PhD candidates, but is also true for Masters level applicants. Students are seen to mention mostly their own strengths and what they want to do at a Graduate programme. 

    But actually the Graduate application process requires a lot of research into going into the details of the courses being taught under a particular programme, how these courses help the applicants shape their future goals and also, what specific expertise some of the professors have that can be helpful and interesting to the students. All this needs to be mentioned in the SOP, often in the limited space specified by the admissions department. It is the mark of a successful application to be able to articulate all this effectively in the SOP. Students should no be under the impression that a good GPA or high GRE/GMAT scores will get them in a good programme of their choice. 

    Universities look for students who fit into their course structure and also they want to know how their programme fits into the career and long-term intellectual ambitions and aspirations of the applicants. It is a reciprocal intellectual engagement, not a degree to make money in future, though financial benefits in career often come along with a well-planned education. 

    Research level students are especially required to show how their research experience and future research plans fit well with the research expertise of a department where they are applying. They should be able to explain in a few paragraphs how their research experience and future plans are beneficial for the research going on in the department. It's a challenge and meeting this challenge is one of the keys to a successful application.

    It must be kept in mind that even if you get into a department where you don't fit, you will not be able to do well in your Graduate programme there or will not be able to use your Graduate degree to your utmost advantage. Hence, getting into a programme anyhow should not be the strategy of an aspirant for a Western University Graduate education.    

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    About this Site -
      We are here to help you get a good-quality education abroad, preferably with as less loans and charges as possible. We don't take any commission from any university and charge you a small amount as compared to what some other businesses in this field charge.

      We give you the following services - 
      • Help you locate  universities for your desired programme which either fund your programme, or charge as little as possible.
      • Help you identify newly emerging programmes which have good opportunities and lead you to fulfilling lives.
      • Help you with writing Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample. You will write the first draft and we will improve the quality.
      • Give you information about visa.
      • All our services are offered online so you don't spend time travelling to meet us. 
      • We cater to all candidates, from India and other countries.
      • While our goal is to help you get admission in a good university with as much funding offer as possible, if you would like to apply for non-funded programmes as well, we would be glad to help you wih such applications as well.
      • Payment is through Paypal, which is a secure online mode of payment through major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. Paypal offers you the option to get your money back if you don't hear from us after making a payment. Hence, there is no chance of fraud in this.
      • Please see the Paypal link above for making a payment. 
      • You can write to us on the link saying on top, "Write to me," or use email address artandheritage@gmail.com. 
      Make this choice to be served by those who have your welfare as goal.

      Friday, 20 January 2012

      Higher Education Abroad - How Not to Write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)


      Many students tend to write a poetic Statement of Purpose. They think it attracts attention. In reality, the poetic and ornate language in a Statement of Purpose distracts and makes the real intent of the candidate unclear. Many selection committees regard such language as reflection of an attempt to over-impress the reader. Hence, it's not a good policy to use ornate language in the SOP. A well-written SOP should be well-organised, with clear focus on what a candidate wants to do, why s/he wants to do it, what preparation s/he has for it and how a particular programme can help him/her achieve this end. Dividing the SOP in sections with sub-tiles is a good idea. Language should be methodical, direct and non-ornate in tone. 

      If you are applying for literature, creative wiring, comparative literature, performance studies and related disciplines, you may use such language in a writing sample which is no research-based (e.g., a play or poem you have written, or an essay you wrote in class), but SOP is clearly not the place for such creative writing. 

      Many applicants don't check the SOP for spelling and grammatical errors. These should be avoided at all costs. Care should be taken to correct the draft several times so that no errors are left out. A straight forward, clear, well-argued SOP is the mark of a successful candidate.

      Many candidates think that if they have high GRE/GMAT scores, they can get away with an average SOP, since their test scores will see them through the application process. This is in fact not the case. As said in the previous post, GRE/GMAT scores don't play much role in many subjects and in others, they help the candidate in only the first screening. On the other hand, SOP plays a critical role in the selection of the candidates. Selection committees carefully read through the SOP to understand the achievements, aspirations and the suiatbility of the candidate. Along with the writing sample and the recommendation letters, SOP is the most important part of the Graduate application package in the Western countries. In order to succeed, the candidate should pay extra attention on writing a sophisticated SOP.   

      Many students also overlook the need for outlining the area of research interest (in case of a research programme) and the general direction of one's Graduate study plans and interests (in case of Masters). This is because in India, most universities train the students to do well in exams and get a degree with a good percentage of marks or grades. This is not the aim of the Western universities, where students are trained to explore the disciplines of their interests and to enhance their innate potentials, so that they can lead a wholesome life after their Graduate education.

      An Indian candidate's SOP should reflect the s/he has understood the goal of a Western education and wants to make a difference to his/her life after receiving this education, which is not just a degree on paper. 

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