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Kozhikode: Students outside a school after giving a Board examination, May 27, 2020 | PTI

When should Indian schools physically reopen? The best answer is: not yet

Online classes work best in secondary level. The younger children need teacher’s guidance and the older ones need labs and project spaces.
Fibre optic cables connect data servers | Representational image | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

India can be ‘atmanirbhar’ if technology is its new religion: TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi

With Covid crisis, India has the opportunity to make a blueprint for a self-reliant nation. If data is the new oil, technology should be the new religion.
Migrants wait in a queue to board trains to Assam and Meghalaya from Central Railway Station in Chennai during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, on 13 May, 2020 | R Senthil Kumar | PTI

Jaggi Vasudev says he’s more left than you think, Ashok Desai says slogans won’t ease crisis

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Neelkanth Mishra, Jaggi Vasudev, Jahangir Aziz, Meeta Sengupta and more.
A Delhi school student studies online via WhatsApp. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Zoom, Google Meet out of reach, it’s WhatsApp or no classes for poor students in Delhi

Students who attend govt & low-budget private schools struggle with online classes, while teachers say can't use data-heavy video apps for lack of resources from schools.
Representational image of school children wearing masks | Photo: ANI via Reuters

No assembly or sports, classes in shifts — the likely new normal in schools after lockdown

While there is no clarity on when schools will reopen, NCERT is working on a post-lockdown plan for schools, which will involve a number of social distancing measures.  
Children studying

Why children may be the silent victims of coronavirus

The most consequential effects of this Covid crisis for children are likely to come from two areas: Health and education.
Representational image | A research assistant at the artificial heart development laboratory at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur | Photo: Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg

Johns Hopkins to Peking — Universities are at forefront of COVID-19 fight. But not in India

Look at the website of any top science and medicine college in India, and you won’t see coronavirus updates. DU wants students to wash hands, but taps run dry.
Khasis

Cultural artillery, Christianity, education: How the British & missionaries Westernised Khasis

In 'White As Milk and Rice', Nidhi Dugar Kundalia writes about how 80% of Khasis today are Christian converts because of the British.
Girls studying in a school

Punjab, Haryana drop 6 ranks on school education index, capital Chandigarh retains top slot

According to the MHRD's Performance Grading Index for 2018-19, Haryana drops to 10th rank from 4th since 2017-18 and Punjab from 7th to 13th.
IIT Delhi campus

IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and 7 others have not had full-time chairman in 2 years

At all these 9 IITs, the director holds the additional post of chairman — a move that contradicts an HRD ministry proposal of 2018.

On Camera

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

Chinese intrusion in Galwan lasted for two weeks before it was cleared by Indian troops

China has stopped or diverted the flow of Galwan waters, an action contrary to its assurance that it would not block waters of south and westward flowing rivers.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.