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India should’ve been centre of South Asian studies, but lacks enough experts on region

If India wants to manage its region better, it must first face up to its ignorance of its neighbours. We can’t leave understanding of South Asia to generalist diplomats.
Applicants wait outside an examination centre to appear for NEET | Representational Image | PTI

NEET isn’t about merit at all. It’s about elimination of students

The pursuit of uniformity in diverse societies festers inequality. The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Undergraduates (NEET-UG) isn’t any different. The phrase ‘uniform standards’ is oft-heard in arguments concerning the NEET. One’s allegiance in the debate depends on whether one chooses to stress on ‘uniform’ or ‘standards’. It is undisputed that a sound understanding of the basic sciences is an inevitable pre-requisite for the study of Medicine and the primary objective of any admission test must be to assess this. However, as the seats in medical colleges are grossly limited, admission tests become elimination tests rather than tests of merit. It is in such a situation that inequalities come to the fore. Studying in an ‘institute of national importance’, I can without hesitance vouch that every student in my batch has undergone at least one year of dedicated ‘entrance coaching’ to clear the exam that got them into this college and...
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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, 19th century visionary who humbled a king, wanted education for all

Sunday marks 201st birth anniversary of Vidyasagar, who also fought for widow remarriage and women's rights. Leaders across party lines paid homage to the reformer. 
Professor TJ Joseph in an interview with Al Jazeera after the attack. | Photo credit: YouTube/Al Jazeera English

How I got into trouble in Kerala for setting a question paper with the word ‘Muhammed’ in it

In his autobiography, 'A Thousand Cuts', professor T.J. Joseph recounts the experience during and after the 2010 event that changed his life.
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Cambridge, Stanford, MIT help economies. Now NEP will shape experiment we started at DU

Google uses Stanford brain, Apple Siri uses Cambridge and Houston University adds $6 billion to its city’s economy. Why are India’s knowledge systems lagging behind?
Engineering aspirant Vineet Shukla in his room in Ghaziabad on the day of his JEE (Mains) exam, 5 September | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

JEE scam and NEET ban are failures of the existing system. But tougher questions lie ahead

Given the large number of students associated with these exams, and the high stakes involved, NEET and JEE controversies need to be handled with care.
Children spend their days playing or helping their parents while schools in Hardoi remain shut | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Nobody knows the fate of our ‘out-of-school’ children. Enrolment data is insufficient

Enrolment data is no longer a strong enough indicator to measure drop-out rates; attendance data must be closely monitored as well.
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Caste or income or mother? As primary schools reopen, we need to decide who gets extra support

The pandemic-induced loss of learning in primary schools has remained unaddressed. It is the foundation for vital outcomes like employment and income.
A Delhi school student studies online via WhatsApp | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

37% students in rural areas not studying at all as schools remain shut, survey finds

The survey says that as schools reopen, children are all set to find themselves 'thrice removed' from their grade’s curriculum.
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I taught Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi in DU. Discomfort was at the core of the classroom

We must choose ‘discomfort’ over ignorance when it comes to narratives of violence against women. It is a catalyst for important conversations.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a meeting with World Bank Group chief David Malpass in Washington D.C on 15 October 2021 | Twitter/@FinMinIndia

Climate financing still area of worry, says Sitharaman, flags questions on $100 bn pledge

The remarks came ahead of the upcoming COP-26 Summit to be held in UK. Leaders of nearly 200 countries will gather at the summit in Glasgow to discuss climate action.


Two mo​​re soldiers including JCO killed in J&K’s Poonch, toll rises to 9 for the week

The soldiers were killed in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation at the Surankote forest, Thanamandi in Rajouri & Mendhar in Poonch.
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Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.