Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: academics

DL Sheth, the theorist of desi modernity, and friend of India’s andolanjeevis

Many sociologists who saw nothing but caste in Indian villages turned around during the Mandal debate. But Dhirubhai was firm in his defence of caste-based reservations.

Women less likely to criticise men’s research in academic journals

We conducted a study using author information from all comment letters published over 16 years in PNAS and Science, two of the world’s most high-impact and widely read scientific journals.

‘Delhi riots anti-Muslim, BJP’s Kapil Mishra to blame’ — academics from IITs, JNU, SOAS, UCLA

Over 400 academics in open letter demand judicial inquiry into actions of Delhi Police as well as a ban on organisations such as Bajrang Dal.

Not terrorists, not Congress nor voters, this is who scares PM Narendra Modi the most

PM Modi knows he is invincible, but a small community makes him insecure enough to carry out a branding exercise against them.

Academics & researchers from IITs, DU, JNU urge Indians to vote against ‘those who lynch’

The academics, also from TIFR and Ambedkar University, have written a letter, requesting people to not endorse politics that creates fear.

What sedition headlines don’t tell you about JNU: It’s a leader in science research

The science research at JNU often gets lost in the headlines about its culture of intense campus politics.

US visa restrictions unable to curb China’s rise as a global academic power

China has witnessed a rapid scientific expansion between 2000 and 2016, as its share of global scientific publications has quadrupled. 

TalkPoint: Who should fix poorly reviewed predatory journals– government or academics?

Predatory journals are a phenomenon of dubious research journals that charge authors money to quickly publish their studies and research. Experts weigh in on who should fix these poorly reviewed journals.

Ramachandra Guha’s friends & fans are throwing an elaborate birthday party as he turns 60

The historian’s birthday at the end of April will be commemorated with much fanfare, with a ‘Festschrift’ in the pipeline.

‘T20’ is Modi govt’s new mantra for making Indian education global

The new initiative is set to target 20 countries for Indian institutes to collaborate with, including the US, UK and many European nations.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.