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Women unsafe from male sexual harassers in online classrooms too. MK Stalin govt is fixing it

Recording of online classes, random auditing to monitor teachers’ behaviour, and a grievance hotline are just some of the measures introduced by Stalin govt to check this menace.
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‘No exams please’: DU, JNU, AMU students want finals waived, cite Covid trauma & syllabus woes

Spate of Covid deaths & infections, disparity in online access to course material, disadvantage for specially-abled students — these are among the concerns raised by students.
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How Covid has reshaped the way we learn and why online classes are here to stay

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a staggering impact on almost every aspect of our lives. The world of education also witnessed a phase of transformation from the start of the pandemic as educational institutions across the world shut down and online classes gained momentum. Starting in 2020, this sequence of events has led to an unanticipated and widespread adoption of alternative teaching methods. Even before the pandemic struck, technology had been democratising education. And now, virtual classes have replaced face-to-face classroom interactions. Let us understand how Covid-19 has reshaped the way we learn and why this change is here to stay. Digital learning is the new norm While online learning is by no means a new concept, Covid-19 acted as a catalyst in its growth, leading to a widespread adaptation by schools and universities across the world. Students and teachers alike have adapted to the mass migration of classrooms to the digital...
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With severe new wave and vaccine shortage, students face another year of despair

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
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Visually impaired students can’t access more than half of NCERT material on DIKSHA: Study

A study of Centre's DIKSHA platform found that e-textbooks are not uploaded in appropriate formats, which means students are unable to navigate the materials.
Kozhikode: Students outside a school after giving a Board examination, May 27, 2020 | PTI

64% kids in rural India fear they have to drop out if not given additional support: Survey

Conducted by a Delhi-based NGO across 20 backward districts in 10 states in November 2020, the survey was carried out among 1,725 children, 1,605 parents, and 127 teachers.
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Online learning is the future. Education ministry and UGC must not hold India back anymore

If India is to achieve 50% gross enrolment ratio target by 2035 as outlined in the Modi govt's NEP 2020, online learning has to be given prominence.
The Diksha platform was launched in 2017

How govt portal Diksha with ‘3 cr hits/day’ has become key tool for teachers during Covid

Diksha offers textbooks for students, and training modules for teachers on subjects that go beyond the curriculum, such as mental well-being.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to help you with your children’s homework

Homework Helpers was set up by US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to bridge the growing education gap during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As digital divide widens, India risks losing a generation to pandemic disruption

India has the world’s second-largest pool of internet users, about 600 million, comprising more than 12% of all users globally. Yet half its population lacks internet access.
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Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.