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India’s Biggest The Hour of Code activity by goCODR

goCODR has just concluded India’s biggest “Hour of Code Activity” with 4870 students from 14 partners schools spanning 50 hours of coding and 10 days from Nov 15th to 25th. It was an enormous task no less than organising a rock concert especially for us an early stage edutech startup with a small team. But our big aspirations drove us through. You can read about why kids should learn coding here,and why India needs to push coding here.

About 2035 students completed their projects and created art design, coding exercises using sequential programming, for loop, while loop, if-else statement and more. Students made games such as flappy bird, basketball, art work and design, Minecraft exercises. Coding exercises involving Python, HTML, Javascript that is all the top programming languages for kids to create trivia games and more.

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

The Hour of Code is at its core not about learning a brand new skill in just one hour. One hour isn’t enough to learn how to code. It’s about increasing access to computer science by breaking stereotypes and opening doors. Somebody may learn programming concepts like loops, conditionals, or basic debugging through the Hour of Code. But a much more important goal is for students and teachers to learn that computer science is fun — you can start at any age, in any classroom, even if you don’t have a computer.

Post Activity Survey of participants 

After India’s biggest The Hour of Code by goCODR was over each student was given a survey to fill to share their feedback on coding and their experience. We found the survey very insightful and we hope you will also find it useful.

Insight 1 – 95% of the participants responded that they have never done any form of coding in their lives. And The Hour of Code organised by goCODR was their first attempt at coding. We receive the same feedback wherever we go. Not more than 1-2% of students in a school in a metro have experienced coding. So whatever we have seen so far is not even tip of iceberg.

Insight 2 – 68% respondents admitted that they were totally scared of coding before the activity.  They were totally anxious if they could do it. Most of them thought one needs to be an Einstein to even try it. We don’t blame them coding looks very intimidating from outside especially to children of parents who don’t have tech backgrounds.

But, within an hour of coding the perception changed drastically.  After the activity only 9% said they are still afraid of coding while 91% responded they are now excited about the coding. Looks like what can change in one hour but it was one of the most liberating one hour for students. They no more fear coding, they don’t get intimidated by the idea of learning to code. What we saw on their faces after The Hour of Code was only excitement to code.

Insight 3 – 72% showed interest in continuing to learn coding. Now, this is what we think is biggest win of Hour of Code activity. It exposes children to an exciting new world of technology and development.

Insight 4 – 58% showed interest to explore technology and software development as a career option. Now this is big, imagine the quality of work force we would have in this country and competitive edge this will give to Indian companies at global level.

The best part of the activity for us is that most of the students did coding for the first time in their lives and majority of them were motivated enough to explore coding further down the line. One day hopefully some of these kids would be running big tech companies of the world. And when they would reflect back they would remember goCODR introduced them to coding.

Our promise is not to convert kids in to founders of billion dollar companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google or Facebook. Our promise is to introduce kids to coding and make them fall in love it and improving their logical reasoning, creativity, critical thinking, math skills. goCODR can help kids can become good coders at young age and then choose their own paths and carve their own destiny as they grow.

Write to us at if you want to learn more or want to organise “The Hour of Code” in your school, it’s free of cost. The Hour of Code is free cost online coding class for kids.

Castleton University to Boost International Enrollment with MSM Partnership

Castleton University has struck a partnership with international education provider M Square Media (MSM) as it steps up its efforts to increase its international student enrollment.

Founded in 1787, Castleton University is Vermont’s first institution of higher education and the 18th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Touted as having the longest history of service to Vermont and Vermonters of any college in the state, Castleton University currently has around 2,400 full-time and part-time students, currently representing 19 countries.

Bringing the World’s Learners to Vermont

With the new partnership, MSM will serve as Castleton University’s Global Marketing Office, which will help the institution shore up its efforts to reach out and recruit students from all around the world.

MSM is an established leader in the industry, building industry-acclaimed global and in-country offices for higher education institutions (HEIs) in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and other key markets. It is also affiliated with over 4,500 education agents around the globe. 

“We decided to partner with MSM because of the level of professionalism and success they have with international recruiting,” noted Maurice Ouimet, Dean of Enrollment at Castleton University. “We hope to increase the number of international students on our campus over the next few years and with MSM’s model, we are confident we can increase our international student population.” 

Castleton University offers 75 programs of study and eight graduate programs. Its most popular programs include Athletic Training, Business, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Psychology, and Sport Management. 

The university was recently selected as a College of Distinction for 2020-21 for its commitment to quality education and its undergraduate students. The university also received additional marks of distinction in four areas: business, education, nursing, and career development.

Learning and Inclusiveness

Castleton University offers international students an environment conducive to learning, participation, and inclusiveness. “Students are given the chance to grow and become who they want to be; it’s a transformative experience,” Ouimet said. “Our faculty members provide a relationship-based learning environment where they care about the students and are committed to their learning.”

Castleton’s culture will make students quickly feel like they are home, Ouimet added. With a sprawling 165-acre campus, the university can accommodate around 1,000 students to live in its 11 residence halls.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the university transitioned to online learning in March 2020. Its faculty and Academic Support Center also started to move their services to virtual formats available to keep connected with students. Castleton hopes to transition to partial face-to-face delivery in the spring semester of 2021 and resume normal operations beginning in the fall of next year. 

MSM’s global and in-country office model currently serves around 40 partner institutions and includes managing agent networks to free up its partners’ time and resources for strategic and value-adding initiatives. 

“This partnership is a step for Castleton University to further open its doors to more students from all around the world. We are confident that with our expertise in recruiting students from different student markets, we can help our new partner in its initiative to diversify its campus further even in the current environment,” said MSM CEO and Founder Sanjay Laul

MSM was a finalist in the PIEoneer of the Year category of the prestigious PIEoneer Awards 2020. The annual award is organized by The PIE, an independent media, recruitment, and events website in international education that connects its global community of professionals.

About M Square Media 

M Square Media (MSM) is a leading service provider in international education and other sectors. We offer a wide range of global business solutions to clients including, international business development, market research and deep opportunity analysis, sourcing sales channel partnerships, market entry strategy, market expansion, lead generation, brand development, finance and accounting management, payroll and expense management, tax compliance and corporate administrative services, staff recruitment, local representation, HR support, and ready-to-go office space. Read more about MSM at

About Castleton University

Castleton University is a public university with a sprawling 165-acre campus in Castleton, Vermont. Founded in 1787, it is Vermont’s first institution of higher education and the 18th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. It is home to 2,400 full-time and part-time students from 19 countries, and offers more than 30 undergraduate programs as well as master’s degrees in education and accounting. It is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Contact Information 

MSM Communications Group 

Phone: +1 250 262 6686 


Gonzaga U. Earns Gold from AASHE for Sustainability

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded Gonzaga University a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. The rating is measured through the AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) system.

The broad-based rating is based on performance in areas including academic curriculum and research; engagement with the campus community and public; operations (air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water); planning and administration; and innovation and leadership.

Gonzaga’s STARS report can be viewed at the STARS website.

“This recognition underscores Gonzaga’s demonstrated and mission-focused commitment to the care of our common home. STARS is a sustainability focused system that looks at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic factors,” said Jim Simon, Gonzaga’s director of sustainability. “STARS will inform the advancement of our sustainability and resiliency efforts and ensure that we are reducing our contribution to global climate change.”

Gonzaga submitted its first STARS Report in 2017, receiving a rating of Bronze. The STARS rating system progresses from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum.

“I’d like to thank Jim Simon and all of those who have worked diligently to advance sustainability at Gonzaga,” said Jim Angelosante, vice president for administration. “In particular, I’d like to recognize the efforts of Alex Medina, graduate assistant, office of sustainability; Max Kwenda, director of institutional research; Tomson Spink, grounds and maintenance manager; Ken Sammons, director of plant services; and Pat Clelland, resident district manager of Sodexo Food Services. Not only have we achieved this significant recognition and rating, but we continue to care for creation, reduce costs and create a culture of sustainability on campus and in our community.”

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Gonzaga University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Last month, Gonzaga University was once again named among the 416 most environmentally responsible colleges and is included in the 2021 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.”

Earlier this year, AASHE recognized Gonzaga’s Cataldo Project as one of 16 national Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The AASHE program aims to infuse sustainability concepts into higher education curricula. The Cataldo Project aims to provide students with a fundamental awareness and understanding of the importance of the natural environment to life, how all human activities affect the environment, and an ethic for responsible stewardship of the planet.

Also, in September 2019, Gonzaga and ZagDining by Sodexo achieved its “Real Food Challenge” goal with 20% of the food served on campus sourced from ecologically sound, fair and humane, and local- and community-based providers.

Gonzaga approved its first comprehensive Climate Action Plan in 2013. Moreover, as a signatory to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the University has pledged to work toward climate neutrality by 2050. To reach that goal, Gonzaga aims for all new campus construction to meet LEED Silver certifications or better.

Gonzaga has met its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 20% by 2020 and aims to reduce the emissions by 50% by 2035 (from 2009 levels).

GU supports renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates equivalent to 48% of its electrical energy usage through Avista Utilities’ Buck-a-Block program. With an additional 3.8% of its energy coming through Avista Utilities’ Solar Select Program, which began in 2018, Gonzaga’s electrical energy usage from renewable sources is just over 50%. The remaining portion of the electrical consumption is primarily from hydroelectric sources and two small on-campus solar arrays.

With robust car sharing options, four electric vehicle charging stations and access to shared mobility options such as Lime Scooters, GU makes it easy for students and faculty to adopt green practices.

In 2014, Gonzaga hired Simon as its first director of sustainability to help coordinate Gonzaga’s sustainability efforts.

“Students clearly are asking for sustainability and climate action to be part of their college experience, and I am excited that Gonzaga has again been recognized for our efforts to care for our common home,” Simon said. “Those deserving credit for this rating include many students, faculty and staff who have been committed to sustainability and creation care.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, the STARS program is open to all institutions of higher education. The criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

Visit for more information about the STARS program.


MEDIA CONTACT: For more information about Gonzaga’s sustainability efforts, contact Jim Simon at or (509) 313-5571.

Saint Gerard Society Announces Boyd Family Scholarship

Saginaw, Mich. – The Saint Gerard Society (SGS) today announced a scholarship program honoring the Boyd family for generations of dedicated service to Catholic education in Saginaw.

The Boyd Family scholarship will provide tuition assistance to families and students of all faiths who wish to attend Nouvel Catholic Central Schools.

“The Boyd family has provided nearly one hundred years of combined service to Catholic education in Saginaw,” said SGS President, Pete Ramah. “The family’s unmatched success on the playing fields pales in comparison to the positive impact the family has had on forming young adults in the teachings of Christ and reaching their academic potential.”

The SGS awarded $75,000 in renewable scholarships to 68 students who attended Nouvel Schools in 2019-20. Ramah expects the Boyd Family Scholarship to increase those numbers.

The Boyd family’s contributions to Catholic education stretches back decades.

Family patriarch, Leo “Smokey” Boyd, was an outstanding basketball and football player at SS Peter & Paul High School. He played on two national championship football teams at Michigan State. Boyd returned to his alma mater where, in addition to being a teacher and later athletic director, he coached football, basketball, track, and baseball. He remains the winningest high school football coach in Saginaw County. His achievements both in the classroom and on the field have earned him the honor and respect of his peers and his former students.  Boyd has been inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame, the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saginaw Catholic Schools Hall of Fame.

Smokey’s two sons, Christopher and Michael, were educated at SS Peter & Paul High School. They followed in Smokey’s footsteps, serving as coaches for the Nouvel football team, with Michael ultimately taking on an extended role at the school.In addition to hismany years as an assistant coach for the Panthers, Christopher’s contributions include service as the president of the Nouvel school board and long term board member.

Michael Boyd starred in football at SS Peter & Paul and Alma College. He came back to serve as an assistant to his father at Nouvel in 1990.When Smokey retired, Michael took over as head coach in 2000. In all, Michael served as a Nouvel school administrator for 21 years. During his tenure, he served as both athletic director and dean of students. Under his leadership, Nouvel was selected as Michigan’s top high school athletic program by Sports Illustrated magazine. Michael was the Panther’s head football coach for 19 years, in addition to the nine years spent assisting his father. With Michael in a coaching role, Nouvel won 19 District and Regional titles and three State Championships. Boyd was twice named State Coach of the Year and led 14 Academic All-State teams.In 2019, he joined his father as a member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Smokey, Michael, and Christopher cite Betty Boyd as the unifying force of the family. Betty was a long-time educator at SS Peter & Paul Elementary school and served on numerous Catholic School Committees. She and Smokey have been married for nearly 70 years. The positive impact that this family has had on generations of Saginaw Catholic School students is due to the loving support and encouragement of Betty as a wife and mother.

“The Boyd family has cherished Catholic school education beginning with my father attending Saginaw SS. Peter & Paul,” said Michael Boyd. “We have always believed in faith-based education and the significant difference it has made in each of our lives and the lives of others, including Christopher’s three children and my own two daughters. The strength and accessibility of Catholic education in our community has and will continue to be a priority for our family for generations to come. Our family is honored to be members of the Nouvel community and humbled to be recognized through this scholarship. ”

The Boyd Family Scholarship is a donor-advised fund and will be part of the Saint Gerard Scholarship program. It will be designated as long-term with endowment provisions. Interest from the fund will accumulate and be distributed each year into the general scholarship awards made by the Saint Gerard Society.

For more information, please visit or Pete Ramah or (989) 928-1990.




The craze for becoming an architect is still prevalent among the students. Because if you become an architect, then you can build something unique and innovative that can make a profit for your business and for any organization you work. Today, the demand for computer architects is more because everything is getting digitalized. So, today we will be discussing how a microservices course can help you become a computer architect and which institute is the best in Hyderabad. A certified microservices candidate deserves a great job after completing a microservices course. So, let’s get started.   

What is Microservices?

Microservice architecture is also known as microservices, it is just a style of architecture for structuring the applications because it is a collection of services that include deployed independently, testable and highly maintainable, organized according to the business capabilities, loosely coupled, and is owned and maintained by a small team. Microservice architecture makes frequent, quick, and trusted deliveries of large and complex applications. It also makes an organization technologically strong and powerful. Microservices develops and transforms a single application into a suite of small services, and each suite of small services has its process of running and communicating. 

Need for Microservices

If your organization is not big, then also converting into microservices can provide your organization with several benefits like:

  • Increase in Flexibility: With the help of microservices, your organization’s entire application will be divided into several groups and will work as separate entities.
  • Improved Expandability: Microservices’ main advantage is expandability. With the help of microservices, you do not have to scale the whole application because several entities are there, which means you can scale their performance easily.
  • Capable of selecting the right tool for the required task: With the help of microservices, you get the resilience to use the right tool at the right time and for the right task.
  • Faster market availability: Microservices deals with separate entities, when you require any changes or need to add something to the application, you need not require changing the whole application.
  • Easy maintenance and faster debugging: Testing of applications and debugging becomes easy with the help of microservices.
  • Reduced TCO and increase ROI: Microservices also use a limited amount of resources. Also, the time consumed development gets reduced. Microservices reduce the cost of infrastructure and also decrease the operations time.
  • Rapid and Continuous Delivery: Because of separate entities, the work becomes easy, and the delivery of applications in the market catches a faster pace.  

Disadvantages of Microservices

Microservices also have some disadvantages or pain areas like:

  • Complex communication between services: Because of several entities, the team must be careful while communication is happening between different entities.
  • More entities/services mean more use of resources: More entities means more difficult for the team to handle the functionality.
  • Testing all the entities globally is difficult: Microservices testing can be very troublesome. Each entity has to be confirmed before the testing stage occurs.
  • Problems related to debugging can become harder: Due to separate entities, all the entities have different logs, which can create problems at the time of debugging.
  • Challenges of Deployment: Coordination may be needed between the products and multiple services, which may create a problem at the time of deployment.
  • Company’s product- Small vs. Large: Microservices can be a great option for large organizations, but small organizations may face complications and slower implementation of the application.

The above disadvantages can be tackled down if trained employees and the right automation tools are present in an organization.  

Certification for Microservices

Becoming a certified and well-informed candidate by completing any foundational courses can increase your various abilities regarding the IT background. Some of the best microservices certification training are:

  • Microservices Foundation Course powered by LinkedIn Learning.
  • Introduction to Microservices Architecture presented by Learning Tree.
  • Udemy presents Microservices Tutorials and Certifications.
  • Coursera provides IBM Microservices Certification Course.
  • Pluralsight presents Microservices Architecture.

If you understand the benefits and uses of microservices architecture and accordingly take up any microservices architecture course, it will surely be a benefit for your business. Before you start a course, look for the details of the course.

Training for Microservices: Hyderabad

Some of the top centers for microservices training in Hyderabad are:

  • Azure DevOps Training in Hyderabad.
  • Gyanvriksh.
  • AYYAPAN Training in Hyderabad.
  • QSHORE Technologies Training Institute.
  • Kosmik Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

These are some of the highly-rated microservices institutes in Hyderabad. Interested candidates of Hyderabad can take admission in any of the above-mentioned institutes and can easily grab knowledge about IT. For more information visit the institute’s official website.


So, we have provided some relevant information about microservices and regarding its course. Read the above points and decide accordingly.

Necessity of Step 2 CS Exam Tutoring for Medical Students

Medical students who want to practice in the U.S. need to make sure that they pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

All sections of the United States Medical Licensing Examination have been designed to know a doctor’s ability to examine his or her patient-centered skills and to apply those concepts, knowledge and principles that form an effective and safe patient care.

Having a good curriculum is of maximum importance to fully understand and the pass Step 2 CS exam, so we have built a through and unique guide that helps steer doctors into the right direction.

Award winner, Dr Sermarini enthusiast his energy to Step 2 CS Exam Tutoring.

This examination have to be passed for the relevant medical licensing authorities to determine whether a student is competent and ready to deal with actual patients and real-life scenarios or not.

Students will be evaluated with a multiple choice question exam that is computer-based. Each section consists of content related to pathology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry and behavioral sciences. Other areas such as immunology, genetics, nutrition, aging and molecular and cell biology are included in this exam as well. Students are expected to perform other tasks as well such as identify microscopic pathologic and normal specimens, interpret graphs and tables and apply basic knowledge to various clinical problems.

The USMLE Step 2 consists of

  • Clinical Knowledge (CK)
  • Clinical Skills (CS)

USMLE Step 2 CK tests a student’s clinical knowledge. Subjects covered in Step 2 CS Exam Tutoring  include pediatrics, medicine, surgery, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology.

It is important for students to get as much study time as possible while preparing, thus Step 2 CS Exam Tutoring will help ensure that you are ready to pass the exams the first time round. One of the best ways that preparation can be done is by joining Step 2 cs exam tutoring at CSE Review, as this will help you prepare for the actual examinations that will eventually be written. It is normally recommended that students join the tutoring and familiarize themselves with the type of questions they can expect to encounter during their actual exams.

Once students have prepared a passing mark for these examinations, they can look forward to being able to apply their knowledge in any medical situations at various hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities around the country.