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COVID-19 is a human crisis and a challenge of a century

After the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-1920 that wiped out an estimated five crore (50 million) human lives, almost a 100 year later, COVID-19 is posing a similar pandemic threat to humanity across the world. It has posed a huge challenge for the mankind as there is no known cure for this highly infectious disease as of now. This virus …

From periphery to centre stage: Something fundamental is changing about education

School and education was a major poll plank of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during the 2020 electioneering campaign for February 8 assembly elections in Delhi and the party retained power with a huge electoral victory by winning 62 of the 70 seats. For sure, there would be a lot of other factors including water and electricity subsidies besides free …

JNU attack a national shame; cease the opportunity to abhor radicalism, and reform campus governance

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), arguably one of the best public research universities not only in India but globally is in 50th year of its establishment. It was set up in 1969. On this momentous milestone, this premier university has much to celebrate and obviously every Indian must take pride in its academic, institutional and alumni achievements. It has bolstered the …

Campus Flare ups: Under invested education & Student Distress major contributors

The one great divide in well meaning and intelligent people in our society is about defining the fundamental purpose of education right from school to university. While most people have the generic view that education is knowledge assimilation and creation and therefore an intrinsic force which illuminates mind and human spirit with greater understanding and ideation for progressive civilizational values …

Reflection on 30th Anniversary of the UN’s Rights for children Convention

This year’s International Children’s Day (November 20) also marks 30 years of the UN General Assembly adopting the Convention on this day in 1989.  Subsequently, it came into force on 2 September 1990 and currently, 196 countries are party to it except the United States. Leave alone the global scene and statistics for a moment, the progress made by our …

The good and bad of micro ‘education policies’ interventions in practice need research

The whole of India was elated and filled with pride with son of the soil Prof Abhijit Banerjee, now an American, sharing this year’s Economic Sciences Nobel Prize with Prof Esther Duflo, his wife and colleague at MIT along with Prof Michael Kremer of Harvard University, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.  Banerjee and Dutto are cofounders of …

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